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The 2016-17 Season




Short Works Festival

Reviving a Central Theatre Ensemble tradition from years past, the Student Works Festival offers a venue for emerging student directors, designers, and actors to share their work and passion with the public. Sometimes irreverent, often amusing, and always entertaining, this bill of short plays reflects the interests, concerns and aesthetics of current students and their emerging views of the world.

Produced and Directed by Theatre Arts Students
February 16, 17 at 7:30 PM
February 18 at 4:00 PM
Milo Smith Tower Theatre
Adult $10 – Senior $10 – Under 18  $10 – CWU Student $8
Advanced purchase recommended

Parental Guidance

——Mainstage Production——

MONKEY: His Magic Journey to the West

Bryan Nason's retelling of the Journey to the West. Hsi-yu Chi, the ancient Chinese classic. 
Thought to have been written down by Wu Ch'eng-en

This adaptation of Wu Cheng-en’s 16th century novel, His-yu Chi or The Journey to the West, is a rollicking tale of adventure for the whole family. Australian playwright Bryan Nason adapts the original Chinese tale, based on the real-life journey of Buddhist monk Xuanzang to India to bring back sacred Buddhist writings back to China, in a way that brings out its humor and fantastical adventures while retaining its focus on the spiritual journey of the main characters. The original story is considered one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature and remains a much beloved story in many Asian countries. Join Sun Wu Kong, the Handsome Monkey King and Great Sage, Equal to Heaven as he and his companions, Pigsy, Sandy, Dragon Horse, and their Buddhist monk master Tripitaka as they fight monsters, demons, and each other on their hilarious and holy journey to India.

Directed by George Bellah
March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 PM
March 12 at 2:00 PM
McConnell Auditorium
Adult $12 – Seniors $10 – Under 18  $10 – CWU Student $8
Advanced purchase recommended

Family Friendly


——Studio Workshop Production——

Chicago: The Musical

April 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30 PM
April 15 and 22 at 7:30 PM and 11:00 PM (Late-Night Adult Production)
Directed by Terri Brown
Milo Smith Tower Theatre
Adult $15 – Seniors $12 – Under 18  $10 – CWU Student $8
Advanced purchase recommended

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.

“Fosse’s best work, uncompromising and with real strength showing in every idea and image.” - Newsweek

——Mainstage Production——

Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Matthieu Chapman
May 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 PM
May 14 and 18 at 2:00 PM
Location TBA
Adult $15 – Seniors $12 – Under 18  $10 – CWU Student $8
Advanced purchase recommended
The adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur
actors are controlled by the fairies.

Orchesis Dance Concert

McConnell Auditorium

This perennial favorite returns as the Orchesis Dance Company teams-up with the BFA lighting students in presenting their Spring Dance Performance. Student and faculty choreography and lighting are featured in this collaborative effort between the two departments.

Families of all ages can enjoy this production together.
Children should be able to sit next to their parent quietly for at least 1 hour.


Spring Fashion Show

Milo Smith Tower Theatre
General Admission
Contact Fashion Merchandising for Tickets pre-sale (sold the week before the show in the SURC tabling area) students with ID $8 general admission $10 - all tickets at the door $12.

Building on successful collaborative efforts over the past  five years, the CWU student chapter of the United State Institute for Theatre Technology joins the CWU Student Fashion Association and the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising Program showcasing the talents of students in all three areas.

In an effort to advise patrons of program content
we have developed three rating levels that you may find useful:

Family Friendly
Families of all ages can enjoy this production together. 
Children should be able to sit next to their parent quietly for at least 1 hour.

Parental Guidance
Parents may consider some material unsuitable for their youngest children.
May include situations, language, or actions that may startle some patrons.

Mature Audiences
Some material unsuitable for children under 17
Includes language and situations some patrons may consider offensive.




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