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Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

2016/17 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.

September 29-October 2

Everyone is familiar with Alice's antic adventures, and they are all here—but with an arresting difference. From the presumed innocence of the original is drawn a caustic and giddy revelation of the human psyche and the dark, unsettling shadows which can linger there. This piece of pure theatre is full of truth, fun, terror and uncanny pertinence to our own topsy-turvy times.

Version of Lewis Caroll’s classic created by The Manhattan Project, under the direction of Andre Gregory
Directed by Dr. Beth Peters-Ferrara

November 3-6

Performed by an ensemble of young women, EMOTIONAL CREATURE is made up of original monologues about and for girls. Placing their stories squarely center stage, it gives full expression to their secret voices and innermost thoughts, highlighting the diversity and commonality of the issues they face. EMOTIONAL CREATURE is a call, a reckoning, an education, an act of empowerment for girls, and an illumination for us all.
This is a drama suggested for mature audiences

By Eve Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues
Directed by Joanna Whitney

November 17-20

An eclectic blend of tap, jazz, hip-hop, and modern, DanceWorks features original pieces choreographed and performed by current students and dance alumnae.

Artistic Direction by Sarah Carlson

February 23-26

From the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical, Ragtime) comes the Olivier Award-winning Once On This Island. This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid garnered eight Tony nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune's life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love, though, is not enough to win Daniel's heart and Ti Moune pays the ultimate price; but the gods turn Ti Moune into a tree that grows so strong and so tall, it breaks the wall that separates the societies and ultimately unites them.

Book & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Music by Stephen Flaherty.
Based on My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy.
Directed by JoAnn Wilchek Basist
Music Direction by Brian Foley
Choreography by Robin Gerchman


By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
March 23-March 26

In a new comedy from the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK is a seventy-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come.

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Clair Freeman


April 20-23

Cedar Crest College Dance Company presents new works created by faculty choreographers.
Artistic Direction by Robin Gerchman

Box Office

PHONE: (610) 606-4608
EMAIL: performingarts@cedarcrest.edu
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. http://www.cedarcrest.edu/ca/campusmap.shtm

HOURS: Beginning the week of 8/29/16, Monday-Friday from 1 pm to 5 pm. 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.

Plays & Dance Shows: 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 performingarts@cedarcrest.edu.

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.