YSU Theatre and Dance announces ’19-’20 season

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance announces its upcoming 2019-2020 season, which opens on Sept. 27.

“We are on track for another spectacular University Theatre Season following the incredible success of the 2018-2019 lineup,” noted Stephanie Smith, Interim Chair of the Department of Theatreand Dance.

“Our mainstage offerings for 2019-2020 include the musical ‘Cabaret,’ based on the book by Joe Masteroff, with unforgettable music and score by Kander and Ebb. The annual ‘Spring Dance Concert’ and William Shakespeare’s classic ‘Romeo & Juliet’ will round out the mainstage season but there is much more in the offing with our Spotlight Theater production of Stephen Karam’s ‘Speech & Debate,’ directed by YSU alumnus Connor Bezeredi, and the musical theatre cabarets, ‘The Heavy Hitters’ and ‘A Kiss to Building a Dream On,’ at the Eleanor Beecher Flad Pavilion. We are beyond excited to share the talents of our students, faculty and staff with the community,” she continued.

Season subscriptions for adults are $60, and are available for purchase by calling the University Theatre Box Office at 330-941-3105 or emailing lafactor@ysu.edu. Discounts are also available for members of the YSU Alumni Society, Penguin Club and Regional Chamber; YSU faculty and staff and retirees; and non-YSU students. University Theatre performances are free for YSU students.

The 2019-2020 season marks the 56th consecutive year of University Theatre’s existence as a theater producing agency on the YSU campus. The mission embraces the study of theatre, dance and film as a form of artistic expression, but does not lose sight of the fact that it is also an instrument of communication, capable of opening windows to the past, present and future; examining the workings of modern society, enhancing the awareness of other cultures, and stimulating thinking about moral and ethical issues. The artistic forms of Theatre, Film and Dance strengthen and rebuild a sense of empathy, allowing patrons to step outside the mundane and enter the realm of the sublime, reminding the audience of its fundamental humanity.

Smith reminded patrons that joining the Friends of University Theater helps to support the faculty, staff and students continue to produce innovative, creative and evocative theatre for the entire community. Contact Stephanie Smith at 330-941-3810 for information about giving opportunities.

2019-2020 season includes:

– Speech & Debate

By Stephen Karam

Sept. 27, 28 and Oct. 4, 5 -7:30 p.m.

Sundays, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 – 2 p.m.

Spotlight Theater

Three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon discover they are linked by a sex scandal that’s rocked their town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, secrets become currency, the stakes get higher, and the trio’s connection grows deeper in this searching, fiercely funny dark comedy with music.

Contains Strong Language and Adult Themes

– Cabaret

Music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Joe Masteroff

Nov. 15, 16, 22, 24 – 7:30 p.m.

Sundays, Nov. 17 and 24- 2 p.m.

Ford Theater

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Frulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.”

– Ten-Minute Plays

Dec. 8 – 7 p.m.

Spotlight Theater

Join for the eighth annual evening of Ten-Minute plays showcasing student directors and actors in these workshop productions. The directors will explore the foundations of story-telling and develop their skills inworking with actors on these exciting and innovative scripts. Free Admission; no reservations taken.

– YSU’s Dance Ensemble in Concert

Coordinated by Amy Wright

Thursday, Feb.27, Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 29 – 7:30 p.m.

No Sunday Performance

Ford Theater

The Youngstown State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents the YSU Dance Ensemble in concert, showcasing student, faculty, and guest choreography, in a variety of genres from Ballet and Modern to Tap and Jazz, performed by members of the YSU Dance Ensemble.

– Festival of New Works

March 6 and 7 at 7 p.m.

Spotlight Theater

The third annual Festival of New Works highlights and honors student creativity in playwriting, choreography, designing, filmmaking, directing and acting. The event features short plays, films, musical theatre and dance choreography, devised work and puppets. In addition, the Molly & Sam Galano Creativity Award will be presented. All donations will support the award endowment to provide students with even more opportunities in generating new, original work. Free Admission; no reservations taken.

– Romeo & Juliet

By William Shakespeare

April 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 5 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 9, Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.

No second Sunday show on Sunday, April 12

Ford Theater

One of Shakespeare’s classic plays, “Romeo & Juliet” tells a story of young love, revenge and tragedy as Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love in defiance of their respective families’ long-standing vendetta.

These additional shows are not included in the season ticket price, and are separate fundraisers benefitting Musical Theatre program initiatives.

– Fall Cabaret: The Heavy Hitters

Coordinated by Dr. Maria Fenty Denison

Oct. 18 -7 p.m.

Eleanor Beecher Flad Pavilion

DeYor Performing Arts Center

This fabulous cabaret is a not-to-be-missed, one-night-only event featuring show-stopping numbers from the musical theatre canon.

– Spring Cabaret: A Kiss to Build a Dream On

Coordinated by Dr. Maria Fenty Denison

Feb. 14 – 7 p.m.

Eleanor Beecher Flad Pavilion

DeYor Performing Arts Center

Featuring jazz favorites drawn from the American Song Book, this Valentine’s Day cabaret will impress with its iconic tunes and dazzling voices.