2014-2015 VSU Theatre & Dance Season

(Subject to Change)

The box office hours are Mon-Sat, 2-5 pm.
(229) 333-5973

The box office typically opens 2 weeks prior to the first performance of the semester and is open thru the final performance of each semester.  Exceptions include campus holidays and major out of town conferences impacting VSU Theatre & Dance.


Music and Book by
James Valcq
Lyrics and Book by
Fred Alley
Based on the film by
Lee David Zlotoff

September 18 – 20,
22-24, 2014 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 21, 2014 @ 3:00 PM
Lab Theatre                             

A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cooking' at the Spitfire Grill.

"A soul satisfying...work of theatrical resourcefulness. A compelling story that flows with grace and carries the rush of anticipation. The story moves, the characters have many dimensions and their transformations are plausible and moving. The musical is freeing. It is penetrated by honesty and it glows." - The New York Times

"Soaring melodies!...Well before the show reaches its conclusion, many...city slickers in the audience may be ready to enter Percy's raffle." - The Wall Street Journal

Please note: this production contains adult language and themes.

VSU Repertory Dancers' Annual Concert

October 9 – 11, 2014 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 12, 2014 @ 3:00 PM
Sawyer Theatre

Join the VSU Repertory Dancers as they explore the world of dance without boundaries.  This year’s annual dance concert will present original choreography as well as restagings from our extensive repertoire by Sarah Wildes Arnett, Eric Nielsen and Catherine Schaeffer.



by Oliver Goldsmith

November 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Sawyer Theatre    



Mr. Hastings has gone to the country with his best friend to meet Kate, his future wife whom he has never met. Because of a practical joke, the young men eventually arrive in the ancient Hardcastle house thinking it is a country inn. They treat the future father-in-law as if he were the innkeeper and demand much from the willing but bewildered hosts. Kate, the well-bred daughter of Mr. Hardcastle, discovering the delusion the two young men are under, stoops to conquer her dashing fianceé by pretending to be a kitchen maid and allowing him to court her without the pretensions of polite and artificial society. The play is filled with the exuberant hijinks of Tony Lumpkin, a boisterous but lovable prankster who causes much of the joyous mayhem in the play.  Mrs. Hardcastle's ridiculous aspirations to high society deliciously contrast with her husband's plain, dowdy ways. Against this wacky background of improbable characters, a pair of young lovers somehow meet and journey to happiness.

The set-up of the plot invites jabs at antique conceptions of class, snobbery, and stereotypes and Goldsmith rings comic variations on the wages of snootiness high and low.  SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER was a hit when it premiered in 1773 and has proven its enduring appeal for over two centuries.  

by Johnny Simons
based on the stories
of Carlo Collodi

Friday, February 6, 2015
@ 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 7, 2015 
@ 10:30  AM
Sawyer Theatre

Promotion Support provided by Hester and Morris Orthodontics

Pinocchio, who first appeared in 1883, is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by the Italian writer Carlo Collodi. This production follows Collodi's story, but in the comic style of Commedia dell'arte. Carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village, Pinocchio was created as a wooden puppet, but dreams of becoming a real boy.  Pinocchio is prone to telling lies and fabricating stories, be he is never able to fool others with his lies!

Come enjoy the adventures of PINOCCHIO in this Theatre-for-Young-Audiences presentation.

VSU Theatre & Dance Area is committed to serving the young people of South Georgia and North Florida by bringing live theatrical events to them.  This tradition will continue in the 2014-2015 season with this presentation for young audiences.

For tour information or to book a tour date for February or March, 2015, please contact Jacque Wheeler at (229) 333-5820.

Tennessee Williams’s

February 19 – 21,
23 – 25, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 22, 2015 @ 3:00 PM
Lab Theatre

SUMMER AND SMOKE tells the story of Alma, a minister's daughter, who cannot resist her attraction to the rakish and inspiring young doctor, John, who lives next door. Like moths to a flame, their relationship becomes an emotional battle of wills when her spiritual devotion is pitted against his sensuous need for physical desire. 

Stylistically, SUMMER AND SMOKE is Williams’s realistic compromise between the poetic expressionism of The Glass Menagerie and the violent theatricality of A Streetcar Named Desire.  Although SUMMER AND SMOKE is more conventionally realistic than the other two, it is also his most allegorical statement on the conflict between the soul and the body, between innocence and experience, and between eternity and life—themes taking various forms in all of Williams’s plays.

Please note: this production contains adult themes.

Book by
William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by
Charlie Smalls
From the story
“The Wonderful Wizard
of Oz” by L. Frank Baum

April 3 & 4, 6 – 9, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 5, 2015 @ 3:00 PM
Sawyer Theatre

Ease on down the Road! This beloved Broadway musical sets Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, funk, and soul!  Featuring the songs “Believe in Yourself,” “Everybody Rejoice (Brand New Day),” and “Easeon Down the Road.”  THE WIZ won seven 1975 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Fifth Annual
an alternating program
Student Choreography
Thursday April 23 at 7:30 PM
and Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 PM

Musical Theatre
Friday, April 24 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 26 @ 3:00 PM

Sawyer Theatre

VSU Theatre and Dance continues the Emerging Artists Showcase tradition. Audiences, who so enjoy watching our student artists develop their talents, can enjoy a performance or two of alternating programs.  One program features our students graduating from the musical theatre program, the other performance includes upper level dance majors presenting choreography of their own creation.  Each performance of the showcase will spotlight our outstanding students.