Breaking news, breaking news! The Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance’s 2021-2022 academic season has officially been released!
The theatre and dance department will have a jam-packed academic season showcasing a huge variety of theatre and dramatic literature!
In the fall, the productions will include:
- The Ordinary Days musical by Adam Gwon,
- Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare,
- And, She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen.
Spring productions will include:
- Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka,
- Baltimore by Kirsten Greenidge,
- A Chorus Line musical- book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch, and lyrics by Edward Kleban-,
- A Bright New Boise by Samuel D. Hunter,
- And, of course, the spring dance concert featuring work by Ruth Barnes, Azaria Hogans, and Sarah Wilcoxon.
Please read the following statement from the Department of Theatre and Dance’s Department Head Joe Price regarding the selection and special considerations of each academic season:
“The academic season planning starts in September of each academic year. The Production Selection Committee is charged with proposing a season for the upcoming academic year. Proposals are requested from the department (faculty, students, and staff) and are submitted in September and early October. Between October and December, the committee meets to review all of the proposals. During those meetings, the committee considers numerous factors as they narrow the proposals down to the productions that will be submitted for department approval. During these meetings, the committee looks at design and performance opportunities, our ability to produce (budget/space/personnel), equity/inclusion/anti-racism issues, and public affairs missions. The department also uses a rotation schedule to ensure that students encounter a variety in the dramatic literature that they are working on. For instance, Shakespeare (or his contemporaries) shows up every other year. Academic theatre is truly about educating students. We hope that the season provides opportunities for all of our students to develop intellectually, grow as artists, and learn about their craft. Once the committee has determined a season, they submit the season to the department faculty and staff for approval.”
This season for the department will have exciting, riveting, and challenging productions coming in the next year. Of course, all productions are subject to change as seen fit, but the quality and showmanship are sure to be more than evident, regardless. We hope you’ve enjoyed this breaking news!