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    ANNOUNCING THE 2018-2019 SEASON


    FALL 2018 

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    TROJAN WOMEN by Euripides, Directed by Alaina Manchester, Assistant Directed by Molly Cooke (GU Class of '19) 

    This classical Greek tragedy explores the causes and casualties of war along with the way that individuals manipulate perception.  It asks us difficult questions about our ability to feel empathy in moments of enmity.  Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin, this terse version is updated with a powerful, modern spin.


     Auditions are scheduled for Thursday & Friday, August 23-24 at 6:00pm.

     

    Schuster Performances: 

    Sept 27-29 at 8pm 

    Oct 4-6 at 8pm

     Oct 7 at 2pm   

      

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    A Medieval Christmas Banquet, Conceived and Directed by Fr. Shawn Clerkin

    This is Gannon University's Schuster Theatre first foray into dinner theatre in decades and centers around a medieval feast in a Great Hall (in our case, the Yehl Ballroom!).  A Medieval Christmas Banquet is a mix of seasonal music and medieval comedy that promises to put all attendees in a holiday spirit.


     Auditions are scheduled for Monday & Tuesday, October 1 & 2 at 6:00pm.

     

    Yehl Ballroom Performances: 

    Nov 30 - Dec 3 at 7:30pm 

     

    SPRING 2019

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    Endgame by Samuel Beckett, Directed by Alaina Manchester

    Fatalism and humor collide in this wonderful exploration of hte endless cycles in which we exist.  In a room isolated from the world, characters do their best to find their ways out.  The audience, too, finds that in looking for a diversion, this play (and all plays) only shine light back upon their own lives.  At times funny, this absurdist farce remains one of Beckett's most profound plays.

     


     Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday & Wednesday, Dec 4 & 5 at 6:00pm.

     

    Schuster Performances: 

    Feb 13-16 at 8pm 

    Feb 17 at 2pm 

     

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    This year marks the 9th Annual fringe, bringing in productions from theatres around Erie, as well as unusual student produced productions on our own campus – this is our own answer to the “Three Weeks” in which our theatre program engages every three years. Student productions will be determined during the fall 2018 semester. Fringe Fest Erie is scheduled for the month of February 2019.

    Applications for Student Directed productions will be available in Fall 2018.  If you have questions, please contact Fr. Shawn Clerkin

    Auditions for on-campus fringe productions are scheduled for Tuesday & Wednesday, December 4  & 5 at 6:00 pm, in conjunction with the auditions for ENDGAME. 

      

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    Big Fish, Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa, Book by John August (Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the film by Tim Burton), Directed by Fr. Shawn Clerkin

    Parents and children, tall tales and real life challenges, life-changing and life-affirming events are the ground on which this wonderful musical is built, with a great score and delightful characters.  Edward Bloom, a travelling salesman with a penchant for hyperbole, has regaled his son for decades with a lot of story, but not a lot of reality; but at the core of it is a love that is more true than real.

     

     Auditions are scheduled for Monday & Tuesday, Feb 11 & 12 at 5:00pm.
     

    Schuster Performances: 

    April 25-27 at 8pm 

    April 28 at 2pm 

     May 2-4 at 8pm