2017/18 Season Events
The Performing Arts Department offers theatre and dance events throughout the year. The department is committed to producing premieres and original works by new playwrights that offer important acting roles for women and convey themes with significance for women.
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner
Directed by Bill Whitney
Music Direction by Brian Foley
Choreography by Joanellyn Schubert
February 22-25, 2018
Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.
What Lies Within: Dancing with Race and Identity
Hosted by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and the Performing Arts Department
Wednesday, February 28 at 7 PM
What Lies Within: Dancing with Race and Identity is a collaborative performance by DanceLink and Basement Poetry that creatively unpacks the complex issues of racial identity and injustice. In an age of increasing societal division, "What Lies Within" seeks to explore identity, examine oppression and initiate conversations that lead towards racial understanding and healing. The show involves a mix of improvisational movement and poetry with live musicians Moe Jerant (percussion) and Vernon Mobley (keyboards).
This is a free event that is open to the community. To reserve your ticket, please call the Box Office at (610) 606 4608.
A Voice of My Own
By Elinor Jones
Directed by Joanna Whitney
March 22-25, 2018
Covering a broad spectrum from Sappho to writers of the present day, the play points up not only the triumphs of women in literature, but also the discouragement, derision and disbelief to which they were too often subjected. Spanning twenty-six centuries, the play evokes the words and feelings of women who were frequently obliged to hide behind anonymity or male names in order to practice their art, and from whom fantastic strength of character and indomitability were required. That they succeeded so brilliantly in their efforts is not only a tribute to these talented women in particular but, in a more general sense, to the irrepressible spirit of the entire "other half" of humanity, whose voice would not be denied.
I Never Saw Another Butterfly
Hosted by the Lutz Center for Community Service and the Performing Arts Department
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7 PM
The Lutz Center for Community Service and Performing Arts at Cedar Crest College present I Never Saw Another Butterfly, an emotional show full of dances and readings about the children that were taken to concentration camps during the Holocaust. After the performance, please join us for a talk-back with the performers.
This is a free event that is open to the community
April 19-22, 2018
Cedar Crest College’s Meraki Dance Company presents new works created by faculty choreographers Sarah Carlson (African Ensemble), Jill Fitzgerald (Tap Ensemble), Sarah Parker (Jazz Ensemble), Alex Pobiedzinkski (Contemporary Ensemble), Sammy Rayes (Hip -Hop Ensemble), Amy Smith (Ballet Ensemble) and Corrie Cowart (Modern Ensemble).
PHONE: (610) 606-4608
LOCATION: Tompkins College Center, 2nd Floor, at the entrance to Samuels Theatre
Samuels Theatre is located in the Tompkins College Center (TCC) on the Cedar Crest College campus in Allentown, PA. The TCC is building #25 on this map.
The student-run Box Office is currently closed until the Spring 2018 Semester and will reopen on Monday, January 22. For immediate questions/concerts, please contact Performing Arts Department Chair, Roxanne Amico, at 610-437-4471 ext. 3619.
The Box Office also opens 1 hour prior to the start of every performance. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or in person. Service fees may apply.
Dance: Adults and Seniors: $15; Children/Students: $10
Plays: Adults: $20; Seniors: $15; Children/Students: $10
Musicals: Adults: $25; Seniors: $20; Children/Students: $10
Cedar Crest College students are always free with college ID
Cedar Crest College staff and faculty are $5.00 with college ID
Students, Staff, and Faculty from any LVAIC school are $5.00 with college ID
Groups of 10+ are eligible for a 20% discount. For more information, contact the Box Office at (610) 606-4608 or email email@example.com.
If you are planning to come for an interview or tour of the College, the Performing Arts Department would be happy to provide complimentary tickets to you and your family. Contact the Admissions Office for details on special tours and open houses throughout the year.