We sincerely thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for the Performing Arts at High Point University and look forward to being able to have you on campus when it is safe to do so.
Our motto this season is Adapt. Create. Connect.
We must adapt as artists to continue to make our art in a safe and responsible way. We must adapt our expectations, behaviors, and mindsets to focus on what is really important.
We must create. Creativity is a powerful force that can heal, bolster, and renew us. We must tap into what it means to create in difficult times, and what our art does for humanity.
We must connect– with ourselves, one another, the world, our struggles and triumphs – in order to make the world a better place. We will connect through the empathy and humanity inherent in the performing arts, providing joy and escape for our society.
That’s what we are striving for this fall. Keeping safety top of mind, we have designed a unique season that will provide extraordinary learning opportunities for our students and campus community. Sadly, we cannot welcome community members or visitors to campus but we will be hosting live streams and recording video to share with our patrons and the friends and families of our talented student performers and crew
This Random World
By Steven Dietz
Directed by Doug Brown
Pauline Theatre in Hayworth Fine Arts Center
January 28, 29, 30 at 7:30pm and January 31st at 2pm
Through a whirl of nearly missed connections, This Random World: The Myth of Serendipity, follows a series of crisscrossing lives. We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but is that just a myth? The playwright asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without truly noticing one another. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.
February 11, 12, 13 – 7:30pm
Pauline Theatre in Hayworth Fine Arts
Spring Dance I features the choreographic talents of our own High Point University students. This dance concert will feature 6 new works representing various dance styles and performed by students. Samantha Bridge, Alison Carroll, Alex Griswold, Rachel Peterson, Tara Shtayyeh, and Quinn Van Popering will all be presenting their dance works in Hayworth Fine Arts February 11-13, 2021.
Our Dance Concerts are typically also food or school supply drives for the community surrounding High Point University. This year, with a greater community need but no in-person audiences to gather donations, we are raising funds for Backpack Beginnings, a non-profit here in the NC Triad that provides food, comfort, and clothing for children in need. You can learn more about them and DONATE here. If you donate directly with them, please put HPU Dance in the notes field.
You can also send in smaller donations on Venmo. Please send those to @HPUDanceCo.
Please consider donating to this cause, as just $5 feeds one child for a weekend!
Spring Dance II is senior dance major Grace Ann Letzinger’s capstone presentation of her choreography.
March 18, 19, 20 – 7:30pm
Pauline Theatre in Hayworth Fine Arts
Written and Directed by Jay Putnam
A new play, written by Associate Professor Jay Putnam, to be performed as an interdisciplinary collaboration in HPU’s new Culp Planetarium. The site-specific piece will explore this unique location, making use of all available tools to unlock the theatrical potential of this amazing planetarium space. Theater and Dance students will engage in a year-long developmental workshop, which will feature performances this February & April, and undergo revisions for a full audience-immersive production in the Spring of 2022.
Audiences are invited to a wedding celebration, and are treated to engage in the joy and festivity. When the bride doesn’t show up, TIME travels back through past experiences to explore her mystery and its impact on all who love and surround her. Weaving together astronomical concepts of space with personal experiences of intimacy, the play explores the many ways we experience the wonder of time.
Developmental Workshop – Feb 25, 26, 27 7:30pm
Revision Workshop – April 22, 23, 24 7:30pm
Directed by Ken Elston
Book by John-Michael Tebelak
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
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.
April 15, 16, 17 at 7:30pm
If it rains or the weather dictates that we cannot perform one evening, that night’s performance will be cancelled. There is no rain location.
If a performance has to be cancelled, there will be one additional performance on Sunday April 18 at 2:00pm.
Outside of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center on the Kester International Promenade
Dance x Caine Conservatory
We are excited to add this special collaboration with dance faculty and the Caine Conservatory to present 3 new site-specific works inspired by the Caine Conservatory. Audience is limited to 10-15 people, standing room only and no reservations are required. Performance lasts for about 20-25 minutes.
April 25th 2pm
April 26th 7:30pm
Sur la Rive en Fleurs, choreographed by Kerrie-Anne Sparks
Preserved, choreographed by Michele Trumble
Unbroken, choreographed by Christine Bowen Stevens
On The Exhale – February 5, 6 at 7:30pm in Pauline Theatre
Directed by Ragan Keefer
After a devastating school shooting, a woman develops an obsession with assault rifles that begins to take over every aspect of her existence. A one woman show turned into a 6 woman ensemble directed by Ragan Keefer.
Backwards Broadway – February 19, 20 at 7:30pm in Pauline Theatre
Directed by Jackson Barnes
Backwards Broadway is back for a special ENCORE production! Join HPU Musical Theatre students on February 19-20 for a vocal cabaret, that will simply turn Broadway upside down. Backwards Broadway is packed with gender-reversed mayhem, ALL gender norms are smashed for the evening. Our miscast production features some of your favorite Broadway tunes, from The Music Man to Mamma Mia. Please join us February 19 and 20 for an evening that will leave you in stitches. We can’t wait for you to celebrate love and equality with us.
The show will be performed LIVE on February 19-20 and a livestream will be available. People are welcome to attend if they feel safe. There will also be a recording of the performance available shortly afterward if you miss the live stream.