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: 2015-2016

Seesaw
Oct 1- 4, 2015, Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 pm & Sunday at 2pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
$12 adults, $9 students and seniors
Directed by Deborah Mogford, Performing Arts Chair, Professor of Acting and Directing

A straight-laced lawyer has a love affair with an uninhibited dancer in New York, in Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields and Michael Bennett’s musical adaptation of William Gibson’s play Two for the Seesaw.


The Second Annual Rockford City Dance Festival
Oct. 9 & 10, 2015, 7:30 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Free will donation at door

This production, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Amy Wright, brings together local dance companies and independent artists for a collaborative evening of ballet and modern dance. The festival is held in honor of the late Jayne Poor, who was a vital part of the Rockford dance scene, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Performing Arts. 


Twenthieth Century
Nov. 12 & 13, 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm, Nov. 14 & 21 at 4 pm & 8 pm, Nov 15 & 22 at 2 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
$15 adults $9 students and seniors
Directed by Richard Raether, Artists' Ensemble Artistic Director

A co-production between Rockford University and Artists’ Ensemble; Producer, Oscar Jaffe, has only the time aboard a luxury train to New York to sign a Hollywood diva, Lily Garland, to a contract. Problem is, she's his ex.

Winter Concert
Dec. 4, 2015, 7:30 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center 
Free will donation at door


The Orchesis Student Dance Company Concert
Jan. 28–30, 2016, 7:30 pm.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Amy Wright
$12 adults, $9 students and seniors


Antigone by Sophocles
Feb. 25-28, 2016, Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 pm & Sunday at 2 pm
Cheek Theatre, Clark Arts Center
$12 adults, $9 students and seniors
Directed by Deborah Mogford, Performing Arts Chair, Professor of Acting and Directing

In Antigone, contempt of death enables a weak maiden to conquer a powerful ruler, who, proud of his wisdom, ventures in his unbounded insolence to pit his royal word against divine law and human sentiment, and learns all too late, by the destruction of his house, that Fate in due course brings fit punishment on outrage.


Company
April 28 - May 1, 2016, Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 pm & Sunday at 2 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
$12 adults, $9 students and seniors
Directed by Jeff Hendry, Professor of Performing Arts

Stephen Sondheim’s landmark musical, is the a sophisticated and frank story of finding love in the modern urban landscape.


Spring Concert
May 4, 2016, 7:30 pm
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center 
Free will donation at door