Performing Arts Season

Each academic year, our Performing Arts department produces a collection of theater productions open to our campus community and the general public.  In addition, Artists' Ensemble, Rockford's only professional theater company, is in residence on our campus and performs in our theatres in the Clark Arts Center.  

The following list includes this year's Rockford University productions. Single ticket admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors age 55 and up and for students. Group rates are available. Dates and locations are subject to change.

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Rockford University Performing Arts Season: 2014-2015

And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little
Oct. 2 - 5, 2014, Thu.-Sat. @ 7:30 pm & Sun. @ 2 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

by Paul Zindel, 
directed by Deborah Mogford, Performing Arts Chair, Professor of Acting and Directing

The Reardon sisters have grown up in a house of women, dominated by their recently deceased mother. But time and multiple neuroses have erased their closeness.  Poignant drama and callous honesty is countered with the mocking and cynical humor of the emotionally crippled sisters and their intrusive neighbors
with their own agenda.


Babes in Arms
Nov. 20 - 23, 2014, Thu.-Sat. @ 7:30 pm & Sun. @ 2 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Lorenz Hart,    
Book by George Oppenheimer, 
directed by Jeff Hendry, Professor of Performing Arts and Costume Designer

The quintessential "Hey kids, let’s put on a show!” musical boasts one of the greatest scores ever written. Set in a summer stock theatre, the plot concerns a group of young apprentices and their conviction to mount the original revue they have created while dodging the underhanded attempts of the surly theatre owner to squash their attempts at every turn. Further complications are provided by the overbearing stage mother of an ex-child star and the inflated ego of a hack Southern playwright. But of course the show must go on, and so it does in a resolution of comeuppance, reconciliation and romance.


Feb. 26 - Mar. 1, 2015, Thu.-Sat. @ 7:30 pm & Sun. @ 2 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Music and Lyrics by  Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Book by  Peter Duchan, 
directed by Timm Adams, Associate Professor of Music 
Based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort

A musical adaptation of the 1991 film of the same name, Dogfight tells the story of three young Marines the night before their deployment, setting out for one final night of partying and trouble-making.


The Rockford University Student Dance Company in Concert
Mar. 26 - 28, 2015, Thu.-Sat. @ 7:30 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Dance Concert Showcase directed by Amy A. Wright, Assistant Professor of Dance


Love's Labour's Lost
Apr. 30 - May 3, 2015, Thu.-Sat. @ &:30 pm & sun. @ 2 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

By William Shakespeare, 
directed by Deborah Mogford, Perf. Arts Chair, Professor of Acting and Directing

The King of Navarre and his three academic-minded friends, for the sake of their studies, vow to abstain from food, sleep and, of course, women for three years, however, hormones may be stronger than their wills.