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    John Bucchino joins the Schuster Theatre for IT'S ONLY LIFE, Dec 2 & 3.

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    The Schuster Theatre is thrilled that Mr. John Bucchino, Broadway Composer/Lyricist, will be joining our cast to accompany on piano for all three of our performances of IT'S ONLY LIFE:  THE SONGS OF JOHN BUCCHINO.  Here is a little bit about Mr. Bucchino from his website:

    John Bucchino's songs have been performed and recorded by renowned pop (Art Garfunkel, Judy Collins), theatre (Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald), cabaret (Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein), and classical (Yo-Yo Ma, Deborah Voight, Nathan Gunn) artists as well as The Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl, The Sydney Opera House, London's O2 Arena and The White House

    Among his honors are two Drama Desk nominations, The Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award, The ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, The Jonathan Larson Award, The Kleban Award, The Los Angeles Ovation Award (for the revue IT'S ONLY LIFE), The DVD Premiere Award (for the song "Better Than I"), and the first annual Fred Ebb Award.

    He has written scores for the musicals URBAN MYTHS, LAVENDER GIRL, Broadway's A CATERED AFFAIR (nominated for 12 Drama Desk Awards and winner of the New York Drama League Award for Best Musical, with a book by Harvey Fierstein), IT'S ONLY LIFE, and the Dreamworks animated film JOSEPH, KING OF DREAMS, and lyrics for the children's musical SIMEON'S GIFT (with a book by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton and music by Ian Fraser).  Some recordings of his work are:  GRATEFUL, THE SONGS OF JOHN BUCCHINO (with companion songbook), SOLITUDE LESSONS (another collection of original songs), ON RICHARD RODGERS' PIANO (solo piano interpretations of Rodgers songs on the composer's own Steinway, voted Best Instrumental CD by Show Business Weekly), and the PS Classics releases of the cast albums of IT'S ONLY LIFE (with companion songbook) and A CATERED AFFAIR.  As part of their Julie Andrews Collection, Harper Collins published a children's book, based on John's song, called "Grateful, A Song of Giving Thanks" which was awarded the Parents' Choice Gold Award.

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     Tennessee Backporch comes to the Schuster Theatre on Dec 9 & 10 to perform FOLLOW THE STAR! 

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    Gannon University's Schuster Theatre is proud to welcome FOLLOW THE STAR, a Christmas Tour featuring Tennessee Backporch!  This is the eighth year for the tour, and the first time Tennessee Backporch will be bringing the show to Gannon.  The show has been performed at area churches and has gone to Warren, PA as well.  FOLLOW THE STAR incorporates original music and original arrangements by Chris Moore.  The production showcases some very moving original pieces, as well as creative arrangements of familiar Christmas favorites that will guarantee a special Christmas concert for young and old.  FOLLOW THE STAR will also feature Zach Hyman, a junior Theatre and Communication Arts major, as well as the Gannon University Chorus.

    According to Chris Moore, "We have gotten many comments on how the show was one of the most spiritual experiences they have had during the Christmas season.  Every year it is changed in some ways to make it fresh but there is definitely a core storyline regarding the birth of Jesus, including an interesting perspective of Mary and Joseph as well as the innkeeper.  The story is in the first act and then the second act is much lighter and fun.  At the end, the meaningful storyline is brought back for the big finish."

    FOLLOW THE STAR is being produced at Gannon's Schuster Theatre on Friday December 9th and Saturday December 10th at 7pm.  Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students.  Proceeds from this event will go to support the Gannon Theatre Program's participation in the 2017 International Collegiate Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August.

    If you would like to reserve tickets, you can do so at the top of this page, or call our Box Office at 871-7494 or email  Tickets will also be sold at the door for 30 minutes prior to curtain.  

    Space is limited for this event, so be sure to reserve your tickets early before they sell out!  

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     Gannon's Theatre Program is heading back to Scotland in August 2017!

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        Gannon's Theatre Program will be returning to participate in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival (ICTF) in August 2017.  ICTF is a 12 day experience  that runs in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - the world's largest performing arts festival - held each August in Edinburgh, Scotland.  ICTF was developed to offer college and university the opportunity to perform and gain global perspectives in an international experience that compliments collegiate performing arts programs.  In 2017, Gannon's Theatre program will be returning for a third participatory trip to Edinburgh, having first been invited to participate in the inaugural ICTF in 2011.  We are committed to returning on a 3-year cycle, giving all of our students the opportunity to participate in ICTF at least one time during their college career.


        This August, in preparation for participating next summer, Jax Vadney (Technical Director and Design Faculty) will be travelling to Edinburgh to participate in the ICTF Familiarization Tour (FAM).  This 4 day submersion experience allows program directors to experience ICTF on an abreviated schedule, meet with ICTF staff and technical crew, tour performance venues, and gain knowledge about the experience the students will have in the upcoming year.  FAM allows directors to meet with the other colleges and universities that will be participating in a year, discuss production concerns, network, and develop plans for fundraising, international travel, and more.  

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        Gannon's production of APE/ESSENCE written by Fr. Shawn Clerkin, Director of Theatre, is a new work being created this coming academic season.  Based on Aldous Huxley's novel "Ape and Essence", Clerkin will be writing an adaptation that will incorporate puppetry, performance art, devised theatre, and more.  This production will be produced at the Schuster Theatre in April 2017 and then will be the production that will travel and be performed at ICTF in August 2017.


        To learn more about the ICTF Experience, please visit


        For questions and information about Gannon's participation, how you can get involved as a current Gannon student, or if you would to make a donation to support the travel program, please contact Jax Vadney at

     Zak Westfall, Theatre and Communication Arts Class of 2016, Pursues MFA in Acting at Florida Atlantic University

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     We recently touched base with Zak Westfall (GU Class of 2016 - Theatre Alum) to see how his studies were going. Since graduating Gannon, Zak moved to Florida to pursue a MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University. Here is a little bit of what Zak had to share:

    "So, within my first month of being here I have been cast in both of the mainstage shows we are doing. First, OMNIUM GATHERUM where I play Terence, a British snob who went to Cambridge. The show deals with the social issues that arose post 9/11. It's a fantastic show by Theresa Rebeck. That opens on September 29th. Second, I just got cast in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK as Peter Van Daan. That is being directed by our acting teacher and I am super excited. Rehearsals for that start the Monday after the first weekend of OMNIUM. So its a quick turn around haha.

    And classes are amazing. Our acting prof is so cool. He went to the Goodman school back in the day. Voice and speech is just amazing. Our movement is Alexander technique based and our script analysis class is sooo in depth and they link it to acting and I love it!"

    In addition to the acting training and opportunities, Zak has been awarded a graduate assistantship. This position has Zak working in the Scenic Production area at FAU. Zak has been using the technical theatre fundamentals he developed at Gannon to work on technical aspects for the shows as well. We are proud to share a little insight into one of our alumni, as he pursues the next stage in his career. Bravo Zak! Thank you for sharing and keep us posted on the good things that will surely come your way.


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  • Schuster Theatre

    Phone: 814-871-7494
    Toll Free: 1-800-426-6668

    Office Location:
    Scottino Hall
    620 Sassafras. St.