2009-2010 Mainstage Season

Proof by David Auburn
Oct 1-4, PAC

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness—or genius—will she inherit? Mature language.

Godspell by John Michael Tebelak, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Oct 15-18, PAC

Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, "Godspell" boasts a string of well-loved songs, and the parables of Jesus Christ coming humanly and hearteningly to life. Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, "Godspell" is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love. This family-friendly play is directed by senior Joshua Peters for our mainstage season (depictions of the crucifixion may be intense for some younger viewers).

Sing and Wave Your Flag Recital by Lance Russell
Oct 31, PAC

Senior Lance Russell is joined by numerous musical theatre students to bring you an evening of patriotic songs and ballads, an uplifting night of honoring our country through dance and song. Mature themes. Free!

Bad Panda by Megan Gogerty
Dec 3-6, PAC
In this sweet celebration of non-traditional families, Gwo Gwo the panda must balance his newfound desire for Chester the crocodile with his obligations to his prescribed panda mate, Marion. The animals eat, mate, splash around in identity politics, meditate on their impending extinction, and love one another as only families can in this original play developed with the playwright in residence during our fall semester. Deals with mature themes.

Musical Theatre Performance Recital
Dec 9, PAC

A lively and innovative fall concert including the best of course work from the Musical Theatre classes!

Winter Dance Festival
January 29-31, PAC

Three days of workshops, master classes and performances featuring the established as well as the up-and-coming talent from the region (and beyond!) are sure to delight and educate, whether you’ve been dancing forever or simply love to see the endless possibilities of movement, line, form and content on the stage! Special Guest: West Virginia Dance Company

You Can't Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Mar 18-21, PAC

One of the most popular plays of our times concerns Tony, young son of the Kirbys, who falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on what turns out to be the wrong evening! The shock sustained by the Kirbys at the extraordinary antics of Alice’s family shows Alice that marriage with the “normal” Tony is out of the question. Tony realizes the Sycamores may seem mad, but if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder and he is determined not to give her up!

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
April 22-25, PAC

"Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!" Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written – the perfect escape from life's troubles. This show takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom.

Danceworks XX, Musical Theatre Performance, and Movement Theatre Recitals
April 30, May 1, PAC

The best of course work from the Dance, Musical Theatre and Movement Theatre classes is sure to delight and entertain you!