Theatre Productions


    Schuster Theater 2015-16 Season

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    Gannon University Schuster Theatre's
    Main Stage Season 2015-2016

    15 Altar Boyz logo

    ALTAR BOYZ – a crazy musical comedy revue that celebrates the efforts of a fictitious 90’s style Christian “boy band” as they reach out to save the souls of each audience member. With music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker and book by Kevin Del Aguila (based on an idea by Marc. J. Kessler and Ken Davenport), ALTAR BOYZ has been entertaining audiences around the world for ten years and earning the recognition of being the 9th longest running Off-Broadway musical of all time. The Schuster Theatre production, directed by Alaina Manchester and assisted by Jasse Camacho-Vera, stars Will Atonfack, Seamus Clerkin, Zach Hyman, Chase Miles, and Zak Westfall.  Public performances August 27-29 at 8pm, and August 30 at 2pm.  


    15 Stage Fright Play Fest logo

    STAGE FRIGHT: PLAY FESTIVAL OF FEAR – what happens when members of Gannon University’s honorary theatre fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega, take over the theatre for the last two weekends of October? HORROR! This year, our annual “Stage Fright: Haunted Theatre” is becoming a celebration of all things ghoulish and ghostly with student written/directed plays with macabre and frightening themes and performances. Some will make you laugh nervously, some will make you squirm in your seats, and some may make you run from the theatre in FEAR! NOTE: some of plays may be emotionally/psychologically disturbing; those with weak stomachs may be put in a state of dis-ease… – Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival participating production for Regional Festival, January 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. Performances October 23, 24, and 30 @ 8:00 pm, 10:00 pm, and Midnight, as well as Oct 31 @ 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. 


    15 Twelfth Night logo

    TWELFTH NIGHT; or, WHAT YOU WILL – William Shakespeare’s classic comedy that celebrates love in times of winter receives a full production under the direction of Fr. Shawn Clerkin. This light-hearted favorite brings to the stage some of Shakespeare’s most entertaining of characters, including the melancholic Duke Orsino, the standoffish Olivia, the caustic Malvolio, the playful Feste, the sot Sir Tobey Belch, and the gender-bending Viola…or is it Cesario?!? Entwining music, mirth, and social comment, audiences are sure to be warmed by TWELFTH NIGHT in spite of the December chill.  Performances Thursday-Saturday, December 3-5, 10-12 at 8:00 pm, Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 pm 



    Fringe Fest Logo - Design by Keefer Kopco

    FRINGE FEST ERIE 2016 - Gannon University’s Schuster Theatre’s springtime fundraiser for the theatre program’s participation in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival/Edinburgh (Scotland) Festival Fringe! Now in its 6th year, the Erie Fringe Fest has grown to include five producing theatre in Erie (the Schuster Theatre, All An Act, Dramashop, PACA, and The Playhouse). Our local Fringe is a taste of the experience of the Edinburgh Festival – smaller cast shows, “edgy” material, and non-traditional staging. For a few weeks at the end of winter, local stages explode with bursts of creativity. Erie Fringe Fest is not like anything else the theatres normally do! NOTE: For the on campus productions, a limited number of Fringe Passes are available – a single price for unlimited attendance to shows produced at Gannon (subject to seat availability). NOTE: some productions, both on campus and off-campus, may contain adult language and situations; be sure to consult the FRINGE FEST ERIE 2016 brochure/Gannon University Schuster Theatre website in January/February for information on each production.  February 1-24 – various times and locations


    16 Laz Laugh logo

    LAZARUS LAUGHED – Written by American master Eugene O’Neill in 1925, this “Play for Imaginative Theatre” was and is one of the playwright’s most innovative and unusual plays. While O’Neill is better known for THE ICEMAN COMETH and LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, LAZARUS LAUGHED is a powerful exploration of the events following the raising of Lazarus from the dead by Jesus, and the lives that this extraordinary event touched. The play moves from Bethany, to Athens, to the emperor Tiberius’ palace in Rome. It invites the audience to question their own faith and the strength of conviction in the face of tyranny and doubt.  Directed by Alaina Manchester (NOTE: This production will be our on-campus main stage entry into the 2016 Fringe Festival.)  Performances Wednesday-Saturday, February 17-20 at 8:00 pm; Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 pm. 


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    RENT – The legendary rock musical with book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, comes to the Schuster stage under the direction of Jax Vadney. While challenging when it first opened more than twenty years ago, RENT has become an American classic, having won the Pulitzer Prize; Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Score, and Best Musical; Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Book of a Musical, Orchestrations, Lyrics, Music, and Outstanding Musical. Based on Puccini’s LA BOHÈME, but updated to the more recent Bohemia of Manhattan’s East Village, it explores the strength of the human spirit in times of adversity brought about by artistic, economic and social challenges and choices, though a spirit of resolve and restoration pervades the finale of this truly inspiring musical. NOTE: RENT contains adult language and situations.  Performances - Thursday-Saturday April 21-23, April 28-30 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, May 1 at 2:00 pm