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2010-2011 Season
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The Department of Theatre Celebrates a year of 


The Department of Theatre is housed within the College of Arts and Letters and has positioned itself as an immediate respondent to the initiatives of the College and University. Taking our theme from the College’s motto “Engaging the World” we have created a season that offers opportunities to explore unique eras, locales, genres and styles. 

Just take a look at the season ahead and plan to explore the many worlds we have to offer: 
The season opens in fall 2010 with Williamston Theatre’s Tony Caselli directing Arthur Miller’s panoramic view of a country in the midst of trying economic times in the 1930s—any similarities to today are not coincidental. This production is followed by a campy musical based on former MSU student Sam Raimi’s definitive “Evil Dead” films. Next up is a hellraiser of a fundraiser where the entire Auditorium Building is transformed into the decrepit mansion we always knew it was. Off then to Shakespeare’s gentle Forest of Arden, followed by the red carpet event that is the Freshman Showcase. 

2011 begins with an excoriating view of secular and religious celebration in a world premiere comedy, followed by a digitally enhanced fantasy world of Oz. The next stop is a visit to the beleaguered dust bowl of John Steinbeck, and from here the odyssey leads to the unique environment of modern dance. The journey ends with a visit to Hispanic magical realism. 

Without having your passport stamped once, you can experience these unique and exciting worlds that promise to engage and excite. Our mission to explore the human condition is magnified by the College’s goal to Engage the World. We invite you to join us on this once in a lifetime journey.

2010-2011 Season Brochure (PDF)

2010-2011 Main Stage Season

The American Clock

By Arthur Miller
September 22-26 & September 29-October 3, 2010
Auditorium Arena Theatre

Evil Dead: The Musical

Book and Lyrics by George Reinblatt; Music By Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt
October 15-17 & 20-24, 2010
Pasant Theatre

As You Like It

By William Shakespeare
November 16-21, 2010
Pasant Theatre

The Wizard of Oz

By L. Frank Baum; Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg; Background Music by Herbert Stothart; Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard; Orchestration by Larry Wilcox; Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
February 18-20 & 23-27, 2011
Fairchild Theatre

The Grapes of Wrath

By Frank Galati; From the novel by John Steinbeck
April 6-10, 2011
Concert Auditorium

2010-2011 Second Stage Season

Freshman Showcase: Secret in the Wings

By Mary Zimmerman
December 10-12, 2010
Auditorium Arena Theatre

Happy Holy Days

By Rob Roznowski
January 25-30, 2011
Auditorium Arena Theatre

References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot

By José Rivera (revised version)
April 19-23, 2011
Auditorium Arena Theatre

2010-2011 DOT Initiatives

Haunted Aud

2nd Annual Event
October 28-31, 2010
Auditorium and Fairchild Theatre

Traveling Tales II: Children's Tour

Touring Elementary School Production
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Orchesis Dance Concert

Under Supervision of Sherrie Barr
February 3-6, 2011
Auditorium Arena Theatre

Arts and Culture at MSU

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Arts and culture at MSU play a critical role in nurturing the human spirit while contributing to a richer quality of life. Museums, galleries, and gardens along with libraries, historic sites, and performance spaces provide a catalyst for cultural exchange of diverse ideas and inspirations. At the same time, audiences on campus and around the world take advantage of academic and research programs, public broadcasting, online resources, publications, and outreach initiatives. 

Join us in exploring a world of arts and culture at Michigan State University. Learn more at artsandculture.msu.edu

Risk-Taking within the Department of Theatre

“MSU’s Theatre Department excels in risk-taking, making bold choices that are undoubtedly valuable for students... With the right choice of script, lighting and costumes — skillfully designed by graduate students and academic professionals — quality acting and some calculatedly risky directorial choices, MSU can outscore Izzo’s boys.” 

- City Pulse