Theater and Dance

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Theater

Performances, dates, times, and venues are subject to change.  Please watch this page for announcements of any changes, or join our e-news mailing list for information to be delivered directly to your inbox.

Dance

Whether it’s a Balanchine ballet, or breaking, locking, and popping, CSM’s Dance Ensemble performs a variety of pieces to appeal to all lovers of dance. The dance ensemble presents two performances each year, which may include traditional ballet alongside modern styles such as hip hop, contemporary, and jazz dance.

CSM’s dancers come from diverse backgrounds and experiences ranging from credit students on the path to professional dance careers to community members with strong regional experiences in dance studios and theaters. In addition to their practical experiences in ensemble rehearsals, CSM’s dancers receive intensive instruction in method classes in ballet and contemporary dance.

Theater and dance performances take place at the La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater. 

Upcoming Events

We will hold auditions for our first production, These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich and directed by Brian Donohue, August 1-3 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater (FA 100) in the Fine Arts Center on the La Plata Campus. 

Be prepared for cold readings from the script. 

Performance dates are October 14-16 and 21-23

We will hold auditions for our second production, RENT! book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larsen  and directed by Ann Marie Saunders, September 6-8 and 13-14 from 6 - 9 p.m. in the Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater (FA 100) in the Fine Arts Center on the La Plata Campus. 

Be prepared to recite a one-minute monologue, sing 16-32 measures of a song from a contemporary musical, and learn a dance routine. Please bring sheet music for the accompanist and wear comfortable clothing for the dance. 

Performance dates are November 11-13 and 18-20

by Melanie Marnich

Directed by Brian Donohue

THESE SHINING LIVES chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them.

Performances:
Friday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 16, at 3 p.m.
Friday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 23, at 3 p.m.

THESE SHINING LIVES is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (www.dramatists.com)

Book, Music, and Lyrics by
Jonathan Larson

Musical Arrangements
Steve Skinner

Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements
Tim Weil

Original Concept/Additional Lyrics
Billy Aronson

Dramaturg
Lynn Thomson

RENT was originally produced in New York
by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway
by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon
and New York Theatre Workshop
Directed by Ann Marie Saunders

Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

Performances:
Friday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 13, at 3 p.m.
Friday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m.

Rent

Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com


 

 

by Paula Vogel

Directed by Suzanne Donohue

A wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel.

Performances:
Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 5, at 3 p.m.
Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 12, at 3 p.m.

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (www.dramatists.com)

Adapted for the stage by David Wood
From the book by Roald Dahl 

Director TBA

Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms.

Performances:
Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 2, at 3 p.m.
Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, at 3 p.m. (Note the special Saturday matinee!)

We are excited to present this show at a special daytime matinee on Friday, March 31 at 10 a.m. This performance is reserved for field trip and homeschool groups; prior reservations are required and tickets will not be sold at the door. Reservations close one week before the performance. Contact the Box Office for information, ticket prices, and to make reservations for this performance.

“Fantastic Mr Fox (Wood)” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
www.concordtheatricals.com

Performance:

Wednesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m.

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