Elmhurst College Theatre at the Mill

Current Season


Book by John Michael Tebelak, music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, directed by Alan Weiger, music directed by Scott Uddenberg, choreography by Amy Lyn McDonald

Conceived in 1970 as a master’s degree thesis project by John-Michael Tebelak, Godspell opened Off-Broadway in 1971 with a new score by Stephen Schwartz, composer of the contemporary hit Wicked. Godspell is a joyous retelling of the parables of Jesus from the gospel of Matthew featuring many songs that have become classics. “Day by Day” from the original cast album reached #13 on the Billboard pop singles chart.

Thursday–Sunday, October 8–11, 2015
Thursday–Saturday, October 15–17, 2015
Thursday–Saturday 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m.

POSTPONED: Plays Live/Live at the Library
Originally scheduled for October 24, Plays Live / Live at the Library has been postponed until January 2016 due to a scheduling conflict with the World Music Festival. Participants will gather at the library on Friday, January 22, and performances will be Saturday, January 23, in the A.C. Buehler Library.

A. C. Buehler Library
Saturday, January 23, 2016
7:00 p.m., Free admission

You Can't Take It With You
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, directed by Bryan Wakefield

Family can do crazy things to people. The Sycamore family is a little crazy to begin with—a happily eccentric gang of snake collectors, cunning revolutionaries, ballet dancers and skyrocket makers. When their youngest daughter brings her fiancé and his buttoned-up parents over for dinner, that's when the real fireworks start to fly! Come visit the wackiest household to ever hit the stage, winner of the Pulitzer Prize!

Thursday–Saturday, November 12–14, 2015
Thursday–Sunday, November 19–22, 2015
Thursday–Saturday 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m.

An Evening of Dance
A collaborative showcase of dance, featuring choreography of both faculty and students. Evening of Dance sells out fast, so order your tickets early.

Saturday–Sunday, December 12–13, 2015
7:00 p.m. $5

Middle Eastern Dance Recital and Concert
Members of the Elmhurst College class Middle Eastern Dance Through History to Today will share both dance and percussion performances. The evening will feature the diverse dances of Egypt, Turkey, Morocco and Persia.

Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 29, 2016
7:00 p.m., Free admission

The Other Place
By Sharr White, directed by Amanda Baker

Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. In this brilliantly crafted work, however, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.

Thursday–Saturday, February 4–6, 2016
8:00 p.m., $5

The Tempest
By William Shakespeare, directed by Janice Pohl

Shakespeare crafts a storytelling storm, a vortex of sleep and dreams, in this masterful play from the later years of his career. The magic of Prospero leads us from shipwreck through rebellion, vengeance, and captivity. Young lovers embody hope, and illusion gives way to a sea-change with some promise for humanity's future. 

Thursday–Saturday, March 10–12, 2016
Thursday–Saturday, March 17–19, 2016
Showtimes at 8:00 p.m.

Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking Up
By Joel Kim Booster
Directed by Andrew Behling

Kate and Sam are Hollywood's most popular couple, and they’re calling it quits. Amidst media and message board speculation, their biggest fan plans to convince them otherwise. Kate and Sam must reconcile and rekindle their relationship or accept grisly repercussions. This sinister and savage comedy pits perceptions of reality against living vicariously through the rich and famous. What happens to our understanding of consequences when we live on the Internet?

Thursday–Sunday, April 21–24, 2016 
Thursday–Saturday, April 28–30, 2016
Thursday–Saturday 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m.

An Evening of Dance
A collaborative showcase of dance, featuring choreography of both faculty and students. Evening of Dance sells out fast, so order your tickets early.

Saturday–Sunday, May 7–8, 2016
7:00 p.m. $5

An Evening of One-Act Plays
Explore a range of distinct theatrical moments! Students of the directing class will each stage a short one-act play. Come enjoy the work of student directors and actors.

Saturday–Sunday, May 14–15, 2016
8:00 p.m., $5

All performances are held in the Mill Theatre unless otherwise noted.

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