Welcome to the performance schedule for our 2019-2020 production season! We are pleased to offer complimentary tickets for all of our performances, and we welcome High Point and surrounding Triad community members to join us on campus at one of our shows.
Tickets are available to be reserved online 2-3 weeks prior to opening night, and all seating is general admission. There are handicapped accessible/wheelchair seats at both of our theatres. We encourage you to sign up for our email list to receive a notification when tickets go live for each of our shows.
Our Department works as a Company – where students and faculty work alongside each other on each and every production. Our students are involved in every aspect of producing our productions, from designing lights and sounds, constructing sets, stitching costumes, stage managing, and of course performing! We welcome students from all majors to audition and be involved – not just those majoring or minoring in Theatre or Dance.
We look forward to welcoming you to one of these outstanding productions, each chosen carefully to provide educational opportunities for our campus community, to match and challenge the talents of our incredible Company, and to showcase different and special work in the Triad of North Carolina.
These Shining Lives
By Melanie Marnich
Directed by Doug Brown
Performances at 7:30pm October 3-5 and 7-9; 2:00pm matinee on October 6.
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.
Fall Dance Concert
Performances at 7:30pm on October 25 and 26, 2:00pm matinee on October 27.
The Fall Dance Concert is our annual student-produced dance showcase and features mainly modern and contemporary pieces. Featuring choreography by students Grace Ann Letzinger, Lynn Cole, Liv Huang, and Samantha Bridge, alumni guest artist Mal Verez, and faculty Michele Trumble, Emily Crofford, and Christine Stevens.
The Fall Dance Concert is also a community outreach event, and our students ask that attendees bring donations of school supplies for Fairview Elementary School in High Point.
Bright Star (Broadway Musical)
by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
Directed by Jay Putnam
November 14, 15, 16 at 7:30pm and Nov 17 at 2:00pm
Inspired by a real event and featuring the Grammy-nominated score by Steven Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.
By Jennifer Blackmer
February 20-26, 2020 at 7:30pm
As Judy London nears the end of her career as a Professor of Home Economics, an encounter with one of her former “practice babies” leads her to question her life’s journey and the sacrifices she’s made along the way. Loosely based on Ball State’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences former operation of “practice houses,” BORROWED BABIES explores the ever-evolving role of women and mothers in American society over the last sixty years.
Book by John Michael Tebelak
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
April 2-5, 2020
Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”
A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.
Spring Dance Concert
Choreography by faculty and guest artists
April 16-18, 2020
Join us for the annual Spring Dance Concert, featuring several new works by faculty and guest choreographers, performed entirely by HPU students. This concert is also a food drive for Open Door Ministries of High Point, an organization that provides services to homeless people in High Point.