PERFORMING ARTS SEASON

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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 $12, $9 for seniors age 55 and up, and non-RU students is $9 unless otherwise noted.  Groups of 8 or more are $5 each. RU STUDENTS/FACULY/STAFF are FREE with ID, or by emailing the box office, but free tickets are limited (boxoffice@rockford.edu).  Dates and locations are subject to change. All seating will be assigned.

 

Rockford University
Performing Arts Season: 2023-2024

Summer 2024 Performance

The Theory of Relativity
July 27-28 (Saturday & Sunday at 4pm) FREE TO ATTEND
Cheek Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Director, Ben Greiner
On July 27th and 28th at 4pm, RU Performing Arts Students will be performing two stateside showings of The Theory of Relativity! These two showings will take place in Cheek Theatre, and are FREE to attend. Seating will be limited. Then, it’s off to perform the show in Scotland at the Festival Fringe!
From Drama Desk Award nominees Neil Bartram and Brian Hill (The Story of My Life), The Theory of Relativity is a joyous and moving look about our surprisingly interconnected lives. Whether you’re allergic to cats, in love for the first or tenth time, a child of divorce, a germaphobe or simply a unique individual, audience members and actors alike are sure to find themselves in this fresh new musical.
Through a seemingly unrelated collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection.

 

Rockford University
Performing Arts Season: 2024-2025

Fall 2024 Performances

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
October 3-6, 2024 (Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm; Sunday 2 pm)
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Director, Prof. Marissa Barnathan
In this musical, an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves a champion! At least the losers get a juice box.
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Much Ado About Nothing
November 21-24, 2024 (Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday 2 pm)
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Director, Prof. Deborah Mogford
Love, deceit, and misunderstandings abound in this witty and charming comedy by William Shakespeare. Beatrice and Benedick, two strong-willed and witty friends, must confront the complexities of relationships as they face the blurred lines between truth and deception. Meanwhile, Claudio and Hero’s budding love is put to the test as rumors and lies threaten to destroy their bond. Will love prevail, or will the whispers and rumors of the day destroy the bonds of affection? Dive into this timeless tale of romance, humor, and drama to find out.

Choir Concert
December 6, 2024 (Friday, 7:30 pm)
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Director, Prof. Timm Adams
More details to be announced! These once-a-semester concerts feature Rockford University choirs.

Spring 2025 Performances

Blithe Spirit 
February 20-23, 2025 (Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday 2 pm)
Cheek Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Director, Prof. Deborah Mogford
A smash comedy hit in London and New York, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives concerns fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, who has remarried but finds himself haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, Elvira. Clever, insistent and well aware of Charles’ shortcomings, Elvira is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” the eccentric and flighty Madame Arcati. As everyone’s personalities clash, Charles’ current wife, Ruth, is accidentally killed. She “passes over” and joins Elvira, allowing the two “blithe spirits” to haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity. “Blithe Spirit” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

The Prom
April 10-13, 2025 (Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday 2 pm)
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Director, Prof. Marissa Barnathan
Four eccentric Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage. So when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town prom, they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the high school dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. On a mission to transform lives, Broadway’s brassiest join forces with a courageous girl and the town’s citizens and the result is love that brings them all together. Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, THE PROM expertly captures all the humor and heart of a classic musical comedy with a message that resonates with audiences now more than ever.THE PROM is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com

Choir Concert
May 2, 2025 (Friday, 7:30 pm)
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Director, Prof. Timm Adams
More details to be announced! These once-a-semester concerts feature Rockford University choirs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Box Office
Clark Arts Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4100
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