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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Performance

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/theatre/season/

 

BOX OFFICE: Call 507-389-6661 from 4-6 p.m.,
Monday-Friday.

Box Office is located in the lobby of the Earley Center
for Performing Arts on the campus of Minnesota State
University, Mankato. Get directions here.

Our performance schedule.

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(All performances are at 7:30 p.m.)


May

‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

May 25-28 in the Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, MSU

Detailed schedule here.

By Christopher Durang (a premiere)

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, Penn., where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

Tickets: $16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more).

June

‘Seussical’

June 8-11 in the Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, MSU

Detailed schedule here.

Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty; music by Stephen Flaherty; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; co-conceived by Eric Idle (a premiere)

Now one of the most performed shows in America, “Seussical” is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination—Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

Tickets: $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more).

‘The Nerd’

June 22-25 in the Andreas Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

By Larry Shue (produced in HST 2001)

The action centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he's never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. The visitor turns out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly stupid “nerd” who outstays his welcome with a vengeance.

Tickets: $16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more).

July

‘Footloose’

July 7-9 and 13-16 in the Ted Paul Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

Music by Tom Snow; lyrics by Dean Pitchford; stage adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford; additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman (produced at MSU in 2002)

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

Tickets: $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more).

 

 

Mainstage Season 2016-17

 

September

‘The Full Monty’

Sept. 29-Oct. 1 & Oct. 6-9, 2016 in the Ted Paul Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

Book by Terrence McNally; music and lyrics by David Yazbek (a premiere)

While spying on their wives at a “Girls Night Out,” a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo see how much the women enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. This production is a Minnesota State Mankato premiere and is recommended for mature audiences.

Tickets: $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

October

‘Frankenstein’

Oct. 13-16 & 19-23, 2016 in the Andreas Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

By Fred Carmichael; based on the novel by Mary Shelley (performed by MSU Theatre in 1993)

A doctor named Victor Frankenstein builds a person composed of the reassembled dead, but the result is hideous and an abominable mockery of Victor’s higher intentions. Victor tries to dispose of his creation, but it escapes into the dark night. Frankenstein’s creature wanders through Germany, beaten and scorned, until a kindly blind man, De Lacey, takes him in and teaches him to speak and read. Frankenstein was performed at Minnesota State in 1993.

Tickets: $16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. 

 

November

‘The Two Henrys’

Nov. 3-5 & 10-13, 2016 in the Ted Paul Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

By William Shakespeare; adapted by Paul J. Hustoles (a premiere)

Combining Shakespeare’s history plays Henry IV, Part 1; Henry IV, Part 2; and Henry V, Paul J. Hustoles’s adaptation begins following King Richard’s death. Henry Bolingbroke is now King Henry IV and feels guilty about Richard’s removal. Meanwhile, Wales and Scotland are threatening rebellion and the young Prince Hal is nowhere to be found. This is an MSU premiere.

Tickets: $16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. 

 

January-February

‘The Glass Menagerie’

Jan. 26-29 & Feb. 1-5, 2017 in the Andreas Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

By Tennessee Williams (performed at MSU in 1980)

Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother’s nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura, crippled, also lives in her illusions. The Glass Menagerie was performed at Minnesota State in 1980.

Tickets: $16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. 

 

February

‘The Game's Afoot’

Feb. 16-18 & 23-26, 2017 in the Ted Paul Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

By Ken Ludwig (a premiere)

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself to track down the killer. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit. This is a Minnesota State premiere.

Tickets: $16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. 

 

April

‘Aida’

April 6-9& 13-15, 2017 in the Ted Paul Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

Music by Elton John; lyrics by Tim Rice; book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang (a premiere)

A musical epic of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love. Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility she faces as leader of her people. This is a Minnesota State premiere.

Tickets: $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

 

Studio Season 2016-17

 

September

‘Comic Potential’

Sept. 14-17, 2016 in the Andreas Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

By Alan Ayckbourn (a premiere)

The satire begins in a television studio where a hospital soap opera is being taped. One actor starts speaking gibberish; he is an “actoid,” a robot, and his programming is off kilter. Adam, the young nephew of the producer, is on the set. Adam starts chatting with Jacie Tripplethree, the actoid playing the nurse and finds, to his surprise, due to what she calls a fault in her programming, she has a very creative imagination.

Tickets: $10 regular, $9 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

November

‘Carrie the Musical’

Nov. 16-19, 2017 in the Andreas Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

Music by Michael Gore; lyrics by Dean Pitchford; book by Lawrence D. Cohen. Based on the novel by Stephen King (a premiere)

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it in this musical adaptation of the hit movie.

Tickets: $13 regular, $12 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

March-April

‘And Baby Makes Seven’

March 29-April 1, 2017 in the Andreas Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

By Paula Vogel (a premiere)

Anna, Ruth and Peter await the arrival of their newborn child. But first they must rid the crowded apartment of their three imaginary children. The boundaries in the family dynamics between illusion and reality, power and subjection, and friendship and love are so porous, the play redefines “family.”

Tickets: $10 regular, $9 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

April

‘The Library’

April 19-22, 2017 in the Andreas Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

By Scott Z. Burns (a premiere)

After Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly shooting at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities, and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. This bold and chilling play asks us to examine the truth and the lies that claim to heal us.

Tickets: $10 regular, $9 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

 

Dance Concerts 2016-17

 

December

Fall Dance Concert

Dec. 2 & 3, 2016 in the Ted Paul Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

Tickets: $10 regular, $9 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

April

Spring Dance Concert

April 28 & 29, 2017 in the Ted Paul Theatre

Detailed schedule here.

Tickets: $10 regular, $9 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.