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.  


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    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. 

    1 KCACTF award

    Congratulations to the Production Team of STAGE FRIGHT, for being recognized for Creative Excellence by the KCACTF Region 2!


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    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 local producing theatres throughout 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. Fringe Fest Erie is not like anything else the theatres normally do!  NOTE: some productions, both on campus and off-campus, may contain adult language and situations.  All on campus productions are $5 admission.  All proceeds go to support the Schuster Theatre’s participation in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2017.  For more information about Fringe Fest Erie, please contact Fringe Producer Jax Vadney at



    THE DOG LOGS - Written by CJ Johnson and Directed by Megan Hamm and Cassie Bielecki

    Performances: Feb 1 & 2 @ 8pm

    Location:  Palumbo Academic Center 2005


    AN APARTMENT WITH GRAYSON - Written and Directed by Michael Fujito

    Performances: Feb 8 & 9 @ 8pm

    Location:  Zurn 101

    *NOTE - There is stage violence, sudden loud noises, and adult language in this production.  Not appropriate for those under the age of 16 without an adult.

    SIX SIGMA - Written and Directed by Michael Haas

    Performances: Feb 22 & 23 @ 8pm

    Location:  Palumbo Academic Center 3rd Floor Lounge



    For our on campus productions, see the first two shows and get into the third FREE!  All you have to do is bring your programs from THE DOG LOGS and AN APARTMENT WITH GRAYSON with you and you will be admitted to see SIX SIGMA for FREE!!!!  (Please note, there are no Fringe Fest Erie Passes being sold this season.)



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    BLACK COFFEE - Written by Agatha Christie and Directed by David Mitchell

    Produced by All An Act Theatre

    Starring:  JD Mizakowski * Adele Crotty Gross * Jawn Gross * Sue Hansen * Michael Hipwell * Wayne Gardner * Joe Butoryak * Dave DiCola * Stephen Salchli * Chad Santos * Eli Coppock

    From the Mistress of Suspense!  This little known mystery will surprise and delight Christie fans.  Written in 1934, the story concerns a physicist named Sir Claude Amory, who has come up with a formula for an atom bomb.  Sir Claude is poisoned and Hercule Poirot is called to solve the case.  He does so after many wonderful twists and turns in true Christis fashion.

    Performances:  Feb 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, and March 4 & 5 @ 7:30pm

                                  Feb 14, 21, 28, and March 6 @ 3pm

    Tickets:  $12 Adults/$10 Seniors (55+) and Students

    For more information, ticket reservations, and questions, please visit All An Act's website


     16 BOISE DramashopDramashop logo

    A BRIGHT NEW BOISE - Written by Samuel D. Hunter and Directed by Zach Flock

    Produced by Dramashop

    Starring:  JR Fabin * BJ Waide * Lacey Johnson * Nick Warren * Danny Desrochers

    In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. Alex works there along with Leroy, his adopted brother and protector, and Anna, a hapless young woman who reads bland fiction but hopes for dramatic endings. As their manager, foul-mouthed Pauline, tries ceaselessly to find order (and profit) in the chaos of small business, these lost souls of the Hobby Lobby confront an unyielding world through the beige-tinted impossibility of modern faith.

    Performances:  Feb 26 & 27, March 4, 5, 11, & 12 @ 8pm

    For more information about this production, about Dramashop, and to order tickets, please visit Dramashop's website.  


    16 PACA Mrs HeadPACA Logo

    THE MISERABLE MRS. HEAD - Written by Richard Boler and Directed by Mark Tanenbaum

    Produced by PACA - Lighting Design by Digg It Dave - Scenic Design by Dan Pruyn

    Starring:  Betsy Butoryak * Cheryl Horton * John Stockhousen * Camille Jones

    This original one act comedy is written by Rick Boler, author of the comedic plays "Spooks" and "The Bad Haircut".  This world premiere of his latest work humorously portrays the interconnection and disconnection of the human animal in our attempt to find relevance in an ever evolving technological world.

    Performances:  Feb 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 @ 8pm

    Tickets:  $10/BYOB with ID

    For more information, please visit PACA's event posting on Facebook


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    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. Admission is $7 or Free with a current Gannon faculty, staff, or student ID.


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    EVITA - Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Lyrics by Tim Rice.  EVITA, the popular musical on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Peron, comes to life on the Schuster stage under the direction of Jax Vadney.  This story follows Eva's early life, rise to power, and eventual death.  The musical was first conceived in 1976 as a rock opera.  EVITA won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical in London, and in 1979 was the first British musical to win the Tony for Best Musical on Broadway.   Performances - Thursday-Saturday April 21-23, April 28-30 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, May 1 at 2:00 pm.  Admission is $7 or Free with a current Gannon faculty, staff, or student ID.