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Moments Between - Fall Dance Concert
September 30 - October 2
Pauline Theater in Hayworth Fine Arts Center

The annual Fall Dance Concert will feature choreography by faculty and guest artist Denise Murphy. The 5 pieces will be ballet and contemporary and are all new work created for this concert.

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Directed by Michael Huie

10/21 - 10/23 at 7:30pm
10/24 at 2pm
10/25 - 10/27 at 7:30pm
Empty Space Theatre

Something Wicked This Way Comes reveals Shakespeare’s dark side. With scenes from plays such as Macbeth, Hamlet and the very Game of Thrones-esque Titus Andronicus, the evening showcases ghosts, witches and the truly bizarre from the mind of William Shakespeare.

There will be no livestream of this show.

Working! The Musical
By Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Doug Brown

11/18 - 11/20 at 7:30pm
11/21 at 2:00pm
Pauline Theater in Hayworth Fine Arts Center

Click here to register for the live stream on Saturday night

This musical, based off the 1974 book “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do” by Studs Terkel, was written by Stephen Schwartz and includes music by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, James Taylor, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The musical features monologues and songs performed by a variety of working class folks, taken from the interviews in the book, and meant to compel the audience to look at the person behind the job. These characters portray the need to find dignity in even the most seemingly mundane employment, the reward of taking pride in one’s work, no matter how humble, and the legacies of parents either passing down professions from one generation to the next, or striving to enable better working lives for their children.

Nutcracker Sm
The Nutcracker in a Nutshell
Join us for selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite with live accompaniment in the beautiful Hayworth Chapel. Bring the whole family and stay to meet the dancers afterwards! This performance is free, open to the public, and requires no tickets.

December 4th at 3:00pm
Hayworth Chapel
Time Web
Time Like Water
Written and directed by Jay Putnam
2/18 at 7:30pm
SOLD OUT 2/19 at 6:00 SOLD OUT and 8:30pm
Culp Planetarium

“Time Like Water” is a play that will be performed at HPU’s Culp Planetarium. The showings are February 18th at 7:30pm and February 19th at 6:00pm and 8:30pm. Audiences are invited to a representation of a wedding and marriage in the planetarium. This show examines the physical and emotional nature of time and love, using the wonder and majesty of the planetarium space. “Time Like Water” features theater, dance, music, visual art and astrophysics. This production is the culmination of a two-year process of development, revision and rehearsal.

Please note that the only seats remaining are for the 8:30pm performance on Saturday 2/19.
Spring Dance Web
evolution: Spring Dance Concert
3/17 - 3/19 at 7:30pm
Pauline Theater in Hayworth Fine Arts Center

The Spring Dance Concert features new works choreographed by students Abby Williamson, Alison Carroll, Connie Quagliata, Lauren Johnson, Melanie Fitts, Olivia Keider, Quinn van Popering, and Tabitha McGuire.
There will be a free livestream of this performance all 3 nights. Click here to view the livestream.
Periphery web
by Ed Simpson
Directed by Doug Brown and Ken Elston
4/10-4/13 at 7:30pm
Pauline Theater in Hayworth Fine Arts Center
There will be a livestream of this performance on Sunday, April 10.

When a powerful event hits a community, we often only experience it through the eyes of those directly involved. Such an event occurred in Greensboro, NC in 1960 when 4 young men from A&T University sat at the "Whites Only" dining counter at the downtown Woolworths. This small act of defiance started a movement that would spread throughout the country and become a key catalyst in the Civil Rights movement. But Periphery, written by Ed Simpson, is not about the central figures in this drama but rather, as the title implies, focuses on the citizens of Greensboro and students from local colleges who were impacted by this event. This play explores multiple perspectives of the cultural divide from both the Black and White communities. The events from 1960 echo loudly with the recent events that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement of today. The production of this play is a result of that movement.

Since June of 2020 Theater Department Chairs from 8 local triad colleges have been working together to create a festival of plays that focus on this movement. Recently, this consortium of Theater departments received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to assist in the fruition of this festival. Each week, during the month of April, a different play will be performed at 4 different universities:
Mend A City: The Movement at Bennett College April 8-10, Periphery at High Point University April 10-13, Nick and the Prizefighter at UNCG April 22-24, and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at A&T University on April 28-May 1.
Student-Produced Works
The following are student-produced works that are almost completely ideated, created, and produced by our students. These performances do not require tickets.

Gruesome Playground Injuries January 20 7:30pm Empty Space Theater
Directed by Emmie D'Amico

Color My World - February 17th at 7:30pm Empty Space Theater
By Jackson Barnes

Enigma by Shayne Maggard, and DMV directed by Elizabeth Malone - March 24th at Enigma starts at 7:30pm, DMV starts at 8:30pm Empty Space Theater

Senior Capstone Concert - Impact - the capstone work by dance majors Samantha Bridge and Alex Griswold - April 21-23 at 7:30pm Empty Space Theater

STAGES - a staged reading of a new play by Lani Skelley, produced by Hailey Turner- April 28 at 6:30pm, Empty Space Theater
All seating is general admission, and we encourage you to arrive at least 15 minutes early to get the best seats and allow the show to start on time. For performances that are sold out, unclaimed tickets are at risk of being released to patrons on standby if they have not checked in at least 5 minutes before the start of the show.
Patrons arriving after the show begins will be seated at the usher’s discretion.

There is no photography, food or drink, texting, or telephone calls allowed during the show. Please plan to stay for the entire performance out of respect for the actors and fellow audience members. We reserve the right to remove patrons that are causing disruptions or not following these rules.


Cancelling your ticket

If you are unable to use your ticket we ask that you please email us at theatreboxoffice@highpoint.edu to allow us to release your seat(s) for other patrons.

Switching to a different performance

You may exchange your ticket for a different date of the same show (provided there are still seats remaining) by clicking on the link at the bottom of your ticket confirmation email.

Sold Out Shows

If a show is sold out, you will be not able to get tickets to it through the website. Please email theatreboxoffice@highpoint.edu to be placed on the wait-list, providing your name and the date of the performance.
Those on the wait-list or hoping to get a ticket must check in at the door no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the performance.
Seats that are unclaimed 5 minutes prior to the start of the show will be filled in the following order:
1. Those on the wait-list and who have checked in at the door.
2. Those not on the wait-list who have checked in at the door.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU FOR A SHOW: Nothing! After you have confirmed your tickets, your name will be on our list and we will check you in at the door. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. All shows are general admission.

The Empty Space Theatre is located in McInnis Hall, the small building adjacent to Slane Student Center and the Roberts Hall Reflecting Pool. McInnis hall is between map marker 25 and 26 on this campus map.

If you are driving to campus, you can enter at any gatehouse. We recommend that you enter at Montlieu Ave/University Parkway or Montlieu Ave/N Centennial St. The friendly security officer will direct you on where to park. If you enter at one of the entrances listed above, you will be walking approximately 5 minutes from the designated parking lot to the Empty Space Theatre. There is handicapped access for this theatre – please call Campus Concierge at (336) 841-4636 if you have questions.

The Charles E. and Pauline Hayworth Fine Arts Center is home to the Pauline Theatre. Upon entering campus at Montlieu Ave/University Parkway, it is the building with the dome on your right.