It has been quite some time since we had an opening night at University Theatre. However, we have been busy applying the lessons learned over the past eighteen months to our upcoming year and beyond.
Guided by our new mission and vision, we are excited to begin a fresh chapter of theatre making on NC State’s campus. This fall we will introduce an assortment of innovative programs that provide new and meaningful ways for everyone to experience theatre in all of its forms while continuing to produce stellar shows on the stages of NC State.
A few of our 2020 virtual series will make their live debuts this year.
UT’s Out Loud Series, a free casual script reading and discussion experience, invites guests to hear scripts read aloud or to voice a character themselves. This year we explore familiar plays adapted by current playwrights.
The Wright Way continues supporting new works by students. Junior biological sciences major Gaven Bell’s award-winning play, A Case of Salt, will be developed this fall and performed in March.
And our brand new UT Beyond Series seeks to move beyond the walls of the theatre in an effort to meet people where they are and bring theatre to the places they inhabit. More information will be available on our site soon!
Finally, our Producing Series will continue to highlight the amazing shows built by, performed by, and operated by NC State students.
In late October we invite you to dream away the time with us in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a classic tale about the afflictions of love, the mischief of magic, and the torment of amateur theatre.
And I personally cannot wait to share with you the regional premier of Nickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Musical in March.
“When SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world, chaos erupts – lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage.”
There is no better time than now to echo the message that the power of optimism really can save the world.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs October 14-24, 2021 with ticket sales beginning October 1. The SpongeBob Musical runs March 31-April 10, 2022 with ticket sales beginning March 1. Both shows will be performed in Thompson’s Titmus Theatre.
Though there may be fewer titles this year, each of our new programs will certainly pack a punch. 2021 is the year we smooth out the wrinkles of all the exciting ideas we had to throw away due to the pandemic.
We continue to monitor the current COVID guidelines and look forward to welcoming you back to UT in whatever form that may be.
Stay safe, stay healthy and stay tuned.
I’ll see you at the theatre!
Joshua A. Reaves
Director, University Theatre