COVID-19 Updates

Our guidelines have been updated for this coming fall.

Current Season

We are pleased to welcome audiences back to live theatre and dance!

This season the Elmhurst University Department of Theatre and Dance returns to live performance. While mask mandates have been eased, mask-wearing is still very welcome as families and communities continue to keep an eye on health care circumstances.

Evening of One Acts

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 directors Angelina Hermiz, Lindsay Janicki, Alexa Nastasi, and Alexa Williams—and the work of their collaborative production teams! Performances are Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, at 8:00 p.m.

To minimize congestion at the box office in the lobby, seating will not be reserved but will be general admission.

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An Evening of Dance

Join us in the Mill Theatre for a spring celebration of dance with our end-of-term dance concert!

Work featured includes choreography of faculty and students—in fact, student choreography is among the highlights of this Spring Term! Performances include solos, duets, and small and large group ensembles representing various genres ranging from tap and ballet to jazz and modern/contemporary.

To minimize congestion at the box office in the lobby, seating will not be reserved but will be general admission.

Performances are Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, at 7:00 p.m. To help support more vulnerable members of our extended audience family, we hope to live-stream one Evening of Dance performance. (With respect to royalty issues, we do not anticipate uploading an on-demand recording.)

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The Theory of Relativity

Music & Lyrics by NEIL BARTRAM
Book by BRIAN HILL

Directed by Janice Pohl
Music Direction by Scott Uddenberg
Choreography by Amy Lyn McDonald

“Originally Produced by Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, CT”

What happens when a theory about the relationships of light, mass, and energy intersects with a song cycle?

Composer Neil Bartram and writer Brian Hill answer that question with the delightfully original musical The Theory of Relativity. Their clever songs, quirky and personable characters, and interwoven stories deliver a delightful evening of musical theatre. Join us in the Mill Theatre to celebrate what we have learned to treasure so deeply over the past two years:  our connections to each other.

The Musical was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals in 2015.

Performances:
  • Thursday–Saturday, March 31–April 2, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday–Saturday, April 7–9, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.

Or reserve tickets at the Mill Theatre Box office: mill@elmhurst.edu or (630) 617-3005.

THEORY OF RELATIVITY is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

The Bear

BY ANTON CHEKHOV
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL MANOCCHIO
ADAPTED AND DEVISED BY THE ENSEMBLE

Yelena Popova has locked herself away to spend the rest of her days grieving the untimely death of her husband. Her mourning, however, is interrupted when her late husband’s debts bring the desperate collector Grigory Smirnoff to her door. He demands payment immediately to save his estate from foreclosure, but Popova must wait two days for her steward to arrive before she will have the funds. This seemingly simple disagreement spirals into an explosive debate when Smirnoff refuses to leave until he is paid, and can eventually only be resolved through violence. Popova is perfectly ready to duel it out with pistols—just as soon as Smirnoff teaches her how to use them.

This hilarious and bizarre battle of the sexes from one of history’s great dramatists is brought into the 21st century with a new production that asks if we can ever escape our seemingly endless day-to-day performances—of grief, of etiquette, and of gender.

Tickets may be purchased directly online through our box office marketplace link. Tickets may also be reserved by contacting our box office at mill@elmhurst.edu or (630) 617-3005.

To provide opportunities for audience distancing, as well as to minimize congestion at the box office in the lobby, seating will not be reserved but will be general admission.

The Bear will be presented without intermission.

Performances are:

  • Thursday–Saturday, Feb. 3–5, 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 6, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday–Saturday, Feb. 10–12, 8:00 p.m.

New Play Workshop and Festival

Announcing a call for playwrights and those eager to stretch their writing muscle:  we have an event for you. We welcome students, staff, faculty, and alums to participate as writers in the workshops.

6-10 playwrights will write ten-minute plays under the mentorship of Dr. Lance Wilcox and Dr. Janice Tuck-Lively.  Writing workshops will be held on campus.  Preparation? Character ideas and a situation.  Must attend all three workshops in order to have your play performed in the festival.

Also announcing a call for actors:  the two person plays crafted call for actors to participate in a first reading, a rehearsal with the revised script, and two staged readings for an audience.  (For the safety of audience and performers, cast members must be vaccinated.)

Andrew Behling and Michael Manocchio will direct.

Evening of Dance

Saturday, December 11, and Sunday, December 12, 2021
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Mill Theatre

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Join us in the Mill Theatre for a fall celebration of dance with our end-of-term dance concert!

Work featured includes choreography of faculty and students. Performances include solos, duets, and small and large group ensembles representing various genres ranging from tap and ballet to jazz and modern/contemporary.

We are very excited to welcome audiences into our theatre space. For the health and safety of all members of the audience and of the performers, we ask everyone to wear masks. Due to the number of performers in the theatre spaces, dancers will also be masked with the exception of one singer.

Tickets may be reserved at mill@elmhurst.edu.

To minimize congestion at the box office in the lobby, seating will not be reserved but will be general admission.

Performances are Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 7:00 p.m. To help support more vulnerable members of our extended audience family, we hope to live-stream an Evening of Dance performance. (With respect to royalty issues, we do not anticipate uploading an on-demand recording.)

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The Life of Galileo

By Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Andrew Behling

Galileo Galilei hears of a new invention — the telescope — and builds one for himself. In doing so, he uncovers evidence for our actual place in the universe and sparks a dangerous dispute with the supposedly indisputable powers that be. Brecht’s parable explores the battle between belief and reason and how the pursuit of truth, when passed down through generations, can win out over even the greatest of foes.

Performances are:

  • Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 11 to 13, at 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 18 to 20, at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2:00 p.m.

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