Theatre and Dance Performance Calendar
All performances are at the NDNU Theatre, 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont, unless otherwise noted.
A Christmas Carol: A Gift to the Community
December 11 – 20
Musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens, based on Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel. Performances are offered free as a gift to the community; audience members are encouraged to bring a donation of a new toy or non-perishable food item to be distributed to Peninsula families in need.
Performance Dates: December 11 at 7 p.m. (gala performance, benefit to offset production costs), December 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m., December 12, 13, 19, 20 at 2 p.m.
For more information and to order tickets, visit christmascarolthegift.com
February 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The showcase allows students to employ the skills, knowledge, and talent developed through their course of study at NDNU in a production that is fully supported by the Theatre Department faculty and staff. One of the most unique and productive facets of the NDNU Theatre program is the requirement that graduating seniors produce, direct and sometimes, design a play for public presentation as their capstone experience.
Featuring Student Directors: Jay Sharma, Emily Stouten, Joseph Hill, and Victoria Weber
Twilight Los Angles 1992
April 8 – 17
Acclaimed as “an American masterpiece” (Newsweek), TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 is a stunning new work of “documentary theatre” in which Anna Deavere Smith uses the verbatim words of people who experienced the Los Angeles riots to expose and explore the devastating human impact of that event. From nine months of interviews with more than two hundred people, Smith has chosen the voices that best reflect the diversity and tension of a city in turmoil.
NDNU Department of Theatre and Dance faculty: Edward Trujillo, Director; R.Dutch Fritz, Set Design; Will Springhorn, Lighting and Sound Design; Jenny Earlywine, Hair, Wigs and Makeup Design.
Performance Dates: April 8 at 7:30 p.m. opening night performance and reception, April 9, 15, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m.
April 28 – 30
Featuring NDNU dance class students under the direction of Coleen Lorenz, NDNU Dance Instructor. Free admission. For more information contact email@example.com.
Past Performances This Season
NDNU Theatre and Dance Festival
August 21 – 29
Tickets $8 for single show, $15 for two or all evening shows. $40 for festival pass to all shows. NDNU students free.
Children’s Theatre Festival, August 22 and 23, 1 p.m.
“Susie Macaroni,” with story and songs by Karen Byrnes. A music infused story about a little girl growing up in San Francisco, guided by her fun loving “silly Grandma” and fueled by mac & cheese with lifelong effects.
“Camp Run-A-Mucca” by Karen Byrnes. Summer campers, healthy eating, fresh air, exercise and forging new friendships prove to be a summer that’s out of this world.
Winners and finalists of children’s playwriting contest about kid inventors. Directors, R. Dutch Fritz and Karen Byrnes. Ages 8-10: “THE AMAZING, NEW, EFFICIENT, MAGNETIC WAY OF TRAVEL!!!” by Clarissa Lai; “The DreamBot Infinity” by Abbey Wong; “Teamwork” by Max Stallings, Luke Holmes and Charlotte Padmore. Ages 11-14: “Infringement” by Jeremy Pitzer; “The Secrets of the Rockaway Crystal” by Charlotte Kane; “The Healing” by Sophie Chung.
Adult’s Theatre and Dance Festival, August 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 6:30 p.m. weeknights and 6 p.m. weekends
Friday, August 21: 6:30 “Steel City”; 7:00 “Lone Star”; 8:00 “Acid Attack”; 9:30 “Wandering”
Saturday, August 22: 6:00 “The Pipes are Calling”; 7:30 “Lone Star”; 8:00 “Steel City”; 9:00 “Acid Attack”
Sunday, August 23: 6:00 “Wandering”; 7:30 “Acid Attack”; 9:00 “Lone Star”
Wednesday, August 26: 6:30 “The Pipes are Calling”; 8:00 “M”; 9:30 “Steel City”
Thursday, August 27: 6:30 “Wandering”; 8:00 “The Lady of the Lake”; 8:30 “Steel City”; 9:30 “M”
Friday, August 28: 6:30 “M”; 8:00 “New Ground Full Steam”; 8:30 “The Lady of the Lake”; 9:30 “In Quest”
Saturday, August 29: 6:00 “In Quest”; 7:30 “New Ground Full Steam; 8:00 “The Lady of the Lake”; 9:00 “The Pipes are Calling”
“New Ground Full Steam” by Coleen Lorenz and New Ground Theatre Dance Company. New Ground Theatre Dance Company performs new creations on a steampunk theme.
“In Quest” by Iris Kokish. ** Reality and the world of computer role playing collide with terrifying consequences.
“The Lady of the Lake” by Karen Byrnes. A spirit has haunted Stow Lake, in SF, since 1908, looking for her lost child. Ms. Byrnes’ short play delves in the story behind this 100 year old mystery.
“Wandering” by Megan Wadley. ** A young lady of privileged classes finds greater meaning for life, among the clouds, caught up in an uprising staged by a brotherhood of daring airship revolutionaries.
“The Pipes Are Calling” by Denis Yudin. ** A dashing young revolutionary, fighting a system that oppresses and categorizes its citizens has his idealism and ethics challenged as he learns that notions of freedom are as fickle as the personalities who define them.
“Steel City” a triology by Daniel Guyton. ** Are expression and inspiration the privilege only of human intelligence or does the universe demand more than existence from all sentients?
“M” by Jeannie Barroga. ** Ms. Barroga’s mind-teasing play ponders the persistence of love across dimensions.
“Acid Attack” by Che Enrique Munoz Ramierez. ** A violently cruel act in the name of tradition punishes a young woman for wanting an education equal to men. Yet her pain and humiliation turn to inspiration that leads to a path none would have thought possible.
“Lone Star” by James McClure. Vietnam vet, Roy and little brother Ray reunite over Texas long-necks, popcorn and Mars Bars, until a woman comes twixt them embodied in Roy’s vintage, pink, Ford T-bird, in McClure’s tale about the cruelty of time and the enduring ties of blood.
** Indicates juried Playwrights’ contest finalists; their challenge was to write steampunk themed and/or styled plays. They are competing for a $1,000.00 prize. You get to help choose the winner.
Evening shows may contain adult language; under 17 with adult advised. Wear your favorite steampunk gear to get in for half price and have your picture displayed in our lobby for a chance to win an autographed copy of Abney Park’s Retro-Future Vagabond Vinyl Album and other cool gear.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
October 9 – 18
Picasso at the Lapin Agile is written by comedian/actor/screenwriter/musician Steve Martin. Set in a Parisian bar in 1904, the play imagines a comical encounter between the young Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein. In addition to the two historical figures, the play is also populated with an amusingly incontinent barfly (Gaston), a gullible yet lovable bartender (Freddy), a wise waitress (Germaine), along with a few surprises that trounce in and out of the Lapin Agile.
Cast: Joe Hill (Pablo Picasso), Jay Sharma (Albert Einstein), Juan Pasqual (Freddy), Linsey Almassey (Germaine), A Visitor (Luis Ortiz), Hannah Massagli (Suzanne), Lilian Mangrobang (A Female Admirer), Lilian Mangrobang (The Countess), Emily Scouten (Sagot), George Metropolis* (Gaston), Johnny Villar* (Charles Dabernow Schmendiman). *Guest Artist
Production Staff: Bruce Williams (Director), Cynthia Delgado (Stage Manager), R. Dutch Fritz (Set Design), Will Springhorn (Lighting and Sound Design), Jenny Earlywine (Hair, Wigs and Makeup Design)
Performance Dates: October 9 at 7:30 p.m. Opening night performance and reception October 10 at 7:30 p.m. Special NDNU Alumni Homecoming performance October 16 at 7:30 p.m. October 17 at 7:30 p.m. October 18 at 2 p.m.
Halloween Dance Show
October 30, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring zombies, ghouls, and vampire students from all over campus. The audience is encouraged to wear their finest Halloween costume. Free admission. For more information firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.