Theatre

Typically two performances are staged annually, a drama or comedy production in the fall, and a musical in the spring on May Day/graduation weekend.

The Crucible

2017 Fall production

The Crucible
by Arthur Miller

Nov. 2, 3 and 4,  7:30 p.m.
Nov. 5, 2:30 p.m.
Ramseyer Auditorium in College Hall

When the young daughter of Reverend Parris falls mysteriously ill, revelations of girls dancing in the woods lead to accusations of witchcraft, tragically infecting the insular Puritan village of 1692 Salem, Mass. Miller’s award-winning 1953 drama served as an allegory for McCarthyism, and its themes of intolerance, deceit and integrity continue to resonate today.

Cast List
Dr. Melissa Friesen, a professor and chair of art, communication and theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show. Check out the major roles and participating students/community members on the cast list.

Curtains "unfolds backstage at Boston's Colonial Theatre in 1959, where a new musical could be a Broadway smash, were it not for the presence of its talent-free leading lady. When the hapless star dies on opening night during her curtain call, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi (David Hyde Pierce) arrives on the scene to conduct an investigation. But the lure of the theatre proves irresistible and after an unexpected romance blooms for the stage-struck detective, he finds himself just as drawn toward making the show a hit, as he is in solving the murder." - See more at: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/its-curtains-for-curtains-murder-mystery-musical-will-close-june-29-148558#sthash.rvYFOTCr.dpuf
Curtains "unfolds backstage at Boston's Colonial Theatre in 1959, where a new musical could be a Broadway smash, were it not for the presence of its talent-free leading lady. When the hapless star dies on opening night during her curtain call, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi (David Hyde Pierce) arrives on the scene to conduct an investigation. But the lure of the theatre proves irresistible and after an unexpected romance blooms for the stage-struck detective, he finds himself just as drawn toward making the show a hit, as he is in solving the murder." - See more at: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/its-curtains-for-curtains-murder-mystery-musical-will-close-june-29-148558#sthash.rvYFOTCr.dpuf

Ticket information
Tickets, $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens, Bluffton University faculty and staff and non-Bluffton University students., Admission is free for Bluffton University students, howeve tickets are required and will be available online at http://tickets.bluffton.edu or in person at the box office at the Marbeck Center Information Desk.

2018 May Day Musical

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Music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell

This delightful contemporary show is an original musical about writing an original musical. Premiering in the 2004 Musical Theatre Festival in NYC, and documenting its own process of creation, this small-cast show addresses themes of creative collaboration, self-doubt and the journey of following your dreams.

7:30 p.m.
May 4 and 5, 2018
Yoder Recital Hall
$15 reserved seats; $5 for students

This beloved tradition showcases Bluffton’s musical theatre talents to culminate our annual May Day festivities.

Exercise the thespian within by being a part of the annual fall theatrical performance or the spring May Day musical. Want to know more about Bluffton University theatre studies? Visit our department home page or contact Melissa Friesen at friesenm@bluffton.edu