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 for adults, seniors age 55 and up, and students is listed next to each performance. Group rates are available. Dates and locations are subject to change.
 

Rockford University Performing Arts Season: 2016-2017
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Guest Bartenders for Rockford University Performing Arts students
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 5:00 — 7:00 pm
University Club of Rockford
945 North Main Street
Rockford, Illinois 61103
815-962-1730

Bob Kantner, a founding member of the Friends of the Performing Arts at Rockford University, and Professor Deborah Mogford, Chair of the Performing Arts department, will pour drinks to raise funds for the RU students who will be traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland in August to perform at the world renowned Festival Fringe. We are only one of eight schools in the USA to be invited to perform at the world's largest arts festival.
Come out and enjoy hors d'oevres, participate in a 50/50 raffle, and see performances by faculty, friends, and students. A light dinner menu will be available for purchase until 8:00 pm. We'd love to see you there.


2 by 5, a musical revue/cabaret
Friday, July 29, 2016, 7:30 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Free will donation at door
815.226.4100

This production, under the direction of Performing Arts department Professors Deborah Mogford, Timm Adams, and Amy Wright, is a compilation of popular musical theatre songs and dances that will be performed by our students in Edinburgh, Scotland in early August 2016 at the world renowned Festival Fringe. We know you will enjoy each and every number.

 
Picnic
Oct. 6–9, 2016, Thu-Sat at 7:30 PM, Sun, at 2:00 PM
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
$12 adults, $9 students and seniors
Directed by Deborah Mogford, Performing Arts Chair, Professor of Acting and Directing

Considered William Inge’s masterpiece, Picnic won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
"Picnic is really a play about how you always want what you cannot have. Every character in it longs for something that is just beyond reach—beauty, marriage, respectability, economic security, true love, emotional peace. Inge writes warmly, with such sensitive, understated compassion about little people desperate for a place in a bigger world that his work is timeless" - New York Observer


Third Annual Rockford City Dance Festival
Oct. 14 & 15, 2016, Fri-Sat, at 7:30 PM
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
tickets are free but required
815.226.4100 to reserve
free will donations accepted at the door

Rockford University students perform under the direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Amy Wright as well as guest dance companies performing selected sets.

Nunsense (musical)
Fri, Nov.18, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Sat, Nov. 19, 2016, at 4:00 pm
Sun, Nov. 20, 2016, 7:30 pm
Cheek Theatre, Clark Arts Center
$12 adults, $9 students and seniors
Directed by Prof. Timm Adams

The Little Sisters of Hoboken are raising money to bury their sisters accidently poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God).
These nuns know how to have fun, as will you when you attend our limited run of this wildly popular show.

Forever Plaid (musical)
Thu, Nov.17, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Sat, Nov. 19, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Sun, Nov. 20, 2016, 2:00 pm
Cheek Theatre, Clark Arts Center
$12 adults, $9 students and seniors
Directed by Kyle Donahue (2003 alum)

Singing in close harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations, and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with over-zealous precision, the "Plaids" are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they're not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950's.

Winter Concert
Fri, Dec.9, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
tickets are free but required
815.226.4100 to reserve
free will donations accepted at the door

A celebration of the season featuring: Rockford University’ s Regent Singers, Women’ s Ensemble, and Vocal Collective.

 
Rockford University Orchesis Dance Company in Concert
Thu-Sat, Jan. 26-28, 2017, 7:30 PM
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
$12 adults, $9 students and seniors
Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Amy Wright

The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Feb. 23 - 26, 2017, Thu-Fri, at 7:30 pm, Sun, at 2:00 pm.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
$12 adults, $9 students and seniors
Directed by Professor Jeff Hendry

A naughty, bawdy, mischievous, and dysfunctional Florida community set to music.

 

A Flea in Her Ear (farce)
Apr. 27-30-2017, Thu-Sat at 7:30 PM, Sun, at 2:00 PM
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
$12 adults, $9 students and seniors
Directed by Deborah Mogford, Performing Arts Chair, Professor of Acting and Directing

Paranoia, infidelity, and lechery take centre stage in this raucous bedroom farce. A hysterical cocktail of chaos that could only have been devised by the master of comic stagecraft, Feydeau.


Spring Concert
Wed, May 5, 2017, at 7:30 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
tickets are free but required
815.226.4100 to reserve
free will donations accepted at the door

Music for the season featuring: Rockford University’ s Regent Singers, Women’ s Ensemble, and Vocal Collective.