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.
A Full-Length Play
Adapted from the book by E. B. White
By Joseph Robinette
Directed by Clair M. Freeman
November 2-5, 2017
The Children's Literature Association named this "the best American children's book of the past two hundred years," and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling theatrical presentation. All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be "a true friend and a good writer." Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes, "Some pig." It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship.
Danceworks is an eclectic blend of jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, modern and tap featuring original pieces choreographed and performed by current students and alumnae. This year, the choreographers will be challenged to make a dance for an 8x8 ft platform. Seating for the performances will be on the stage surrounding the platform and limited to 80 per show.
Artistic Direction by Sarah Carlson
Choreography by Ellen Sherman, Thalia Mendez, Taryn Thomason, Cari Heft, Maddie Cannon, Ashley Cole, Giselle Tavarez, Mallorie McIlwain, Jessica Minor '17, and Laura Jane Moser '17
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.
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.
April 19-22, 2018
Cedar Crest College’s MERAKI Dance Company presents new works created by faculty choreographers.
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 Fall 2017 Semester, beginning the week of August 28, 2017. 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.