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FSU Theatre and Dance Presents Rollicking Seasonal Line-Up

FSU Theatre and Dance Presents Rollicking Seasonal Line-Up
FSU student dancer Alexandra Stewart

Frostburg State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will bring audiences a colorful collection of murder mystery, justice on trial, culturally eclectic holidays and playwrights challenging the scope of their art in the 2015-2016 season.

The season kicks off with Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” a thrilling production from one of the world’s foremost mystery writers. Shortly after Mollie and Giles Ralston welcome an eccentric group of visitors to their guest house in the English countryside, news of a nearby murder casts a dark shadow over the weekend, and a snowstorm ends any plans to escape. As the snow grows deeper, so does the mystery. Secrets from the past cause a flurry. Another murder takes place. Everyone is a suspect, and in this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, only one of them knows the rules. Performances will take place in the Drama Theatre in the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17, and Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 22 to 24, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Oct. 17.

The Fall Dance Concert will once again showcase the skill of Jamie McGreevy, choreographer and FSU Dance coordinator, as well as the spectacular talent of the FSU Dance Company on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m. Patrons of the art of movement can look forward to an engaging and intimate experience in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre.

Get in the mood for a hilariously cross-cultural holiday with “Coney Island Christmas,” coming to FSU with performances in the Drama Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, and Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 10 to 12, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays, Dec. 6 and 13. The year is 1935, and Shirley Abramowitz, a Jewish girl, has just been cast as Jesus in the school’s Christmas pageant, leaving her immigrant parents exasperated. As an older Shirley shares the memory with her great-granddaughter, audiences are captured by the merriment, nostalgia and music of the era. Based on Grace Paley’s story “The Loudest Voice,” “Coney Island Christmas” weaves a beautiful and charming tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays.

Next up is Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tale, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” adapted for theatre by Christopher Sergel. Scout is a young girl of 10 in the summer of 1936 when her sleepy Alabama town erupts in a storm of intolerance, anger and fear. Tom Robinson, a poor black man, has been accused of attacking a white woman, and it is up to Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, to defend him against the charges. Performances will take place in the Drama Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27, and Thursday through Saturday, March 3 to 5, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Feb. 27.

The fourth and final play of the season takes a twist with the unusually named “[title of show],” a delightfully introspective production by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell that offers a peek into theatre life. “[title of show]” follows Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers desperate to get a piece into the New York Musical Theatre Festival, which is just three weeks away. The duo embarks on a journey of self-expression as they write a musical … about writing a musical. Described as a “true Broadway geek fest,” this Great-White-Way-inspired one-act is a tribute to the joy of collaboration and a love letter to that distinctly American art form called musical theatre. Performances will take place in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, and Thursday through Saturday, April 21 to 23, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 16.

The season wraps up with the annual Spring Dance Concert on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Theatre. The spring concert shines a light on emerging young artists from the FSU Dance Company and features original choreography in a celebration of movement and the joyful, sensitive and complex aspects of humanity.

Season subscriptions are available until Oct. 24. For $40, Main Stage subscribers receive four tickets (one ticket per show for Main Stage productions). In addition, Main Stage subscribers can reserve tickets in advance of the general public and may purchase tickets to the Fall and Spring Dance Concerts at student rates. Individual tickets are $12 for general admission and $6 for students.

For information, call the Theatre and Dance box office at 301-687-7462 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.


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