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Theatre

College of Arts and Humanities

Current Productions

 

GROUPS of 10 or more receive 20% discount on CTE Productions- automatically applied to order. We would love to make your group's experience unique and memorable- please contact Theatre.Arts@cwu.edu to find out more about backstage tours, workshops, visits with designers, production teams and cast.

 

2018-19 Season


Fall 2018

 

Picnic

by William Inge
November 8-10 and 15-17 @ 7:30PM, November 18 @ 2:00PM
An alluring drifter, a local beauty and the last sweltering days of summer are the key ingredients in William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize and Critic’s Circle winner, Picnic. The play explores themes of sexuality, repression, rites of passage, and disappointment.

On November 9th and the 15th, audiences are invited to join Dr. Natashia Lindsey in a post-show discussion. We want to hear from you; how do the gender and class dynamics of Inge's mid-west world of the 1950s speak to contemporary experiences of gender and class?

Milo Smith Tower Theatre
Adults $15 | Seniors $12 | Alumni $12 | Students $12 | CWU student wID $8
Advance ticket purchase recommended

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

 

The Red Curtain Broadway Revue

November 29, 30 and December 1 @ 7:30 PM, December 2 @ 2:00PM
A bit of Broadway right here in Ellensburg.  This annual favorite features top-notch
singing, dancing, and choreography from some of Broadway’s best shows.

Adults $15 | Seniors $12 | Alumni $12 | Students $12 | CWU student wID $8
Advance ticket purchase recommended

McConnell Auditorium

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

 

Other Offerings This Term:

NELLIE MASTERSON, P.I..


Seattle. 1955. Nellie Masterson is the first woman to join the all-male fraternity of private detectives. After a confusing meeting with a crying client, Nellie embarks on an adventure that challenges her deductive powers and threatens her life.
NELLIE MASTERSON, P.I. was written and directed by Michael J. Smith, who is excited to present the first in a series of NELLIE MASTERSON, P.I. live radio episodes.
 

FREE PERFORMANCE

October 30th
7:30PM
Hertz Auditorium

 

Mattawa Monologue Project 2

December 5th, 7:00PM

Back at it again, CWU students work with Wahluke Jr. High Students to create a unique evening of theatre and insight into the lives of these adolescents. This years theme is Bullying.

Free and Open to the Public!!!

SURC Theatre

 

The Nutcracker

December 7th 7:30PM, December 8th 2:00PM and 7:30PM, December 9th 2:00PM

It is Christmas Eve; the younger children are in wonder of the sparkling decorations and the enchantment of the evening.  Once the children have been put to bed, imaginations begin to envision a fanciful wonderland of dance and enchantment unfolds in a magnificent dream of everything that is magic about the holidays.

A joint production with Ellensburg's Central Washington Dance Ensemble, the CWU Orchesis Dance Company, and Central Theatre Ensemble.

Adults $15 | Seniors $12 | Children under 12 & CWU student wID $7
Advance ticket purchase recommended

McConnell Auditorium

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.

We invite our younger patrons, ages 3 and up, to join us for Hot Cocoa with Clara, beginning one hour before each matinee performance. Make a holiday keepsake, decorate a delicious cookie, visit and take pictures with characters from the ballet, and enjoy fresh hot cocoa! Tickets are $10. Adults chaperoning their children do not need to purchase tickets.

Hot Cocoa with Clara tickets do not include entrance to The Nutcracker performance.
 


Winter 2019

Short Works Festival

February 7-9 @ 7:30PM, February 10 @ 2:00PM
SWF is a student-driven outlet for creating fresh, innovative and relevant theatre for and by the students of CWU. Come see what moves our Students!! 

McConnell Auditorium
Adults $12 | Seniors $10 | Alumni $10 | Students $10 | CWU student wID $8
Advance ticket purchase recommended

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

 

The Transition of Doodle Pequeño

A Comedy by Gabriel Jason Dean


February 28, March 1-2 & 7-9 @ 7:30PM, March 3 and 10 @ 2:00PM

Special School Matinees March 1 and 8 (contact theatre@cwu.edu)

This magical, multiple award-winning play for all ages is about two boys who become friends in spite of their differences. A blend of English, Spanish and “Goat,” this comic play takes a heartwarming look at the consequences of misused language and interrogates the issue of gender-bullying.

Milo Smith Tower Theatre
Adults $15 | Seniors $12 | Alumni $12 | Students $12 | CWU student wID $8
Advance ticket purchase recommended

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.

Spring 2018

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

A New Musical, Based on the Victor Hugo Novel and Songs from the Disney Film

May 10-11 and 16-18 @ 7:30PM, May 12 and 19 @ 2:00PM

A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

McConnell Auditorium
Adults $20/15 | Seniors $17/12 | Alumni $17/12 | Students $17/12 | CWU student wID $8
Advance ticket purchase recommended

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

 

Other Spring Offerings

Orchesis Dance Concert

April 11-13, 7:30PM

New Dates and Location for this perennial favorite. 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.

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.

 

Spring Fashion Show

June 1, Times TBA
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.

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.

AND
Watch for our new year-long

GhostLight Lab Series

Special workshop productions throughout the year;
based on diversity, inclusivity and equity from the voices of a new generation.

 

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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