• Experience HSU Theatre

    2017-2018 Season

    The Wedding Singer

    Music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and book by Beguelin and Tim Herlihy
    Directed by Teri Wilkerson, musical direction by Dr. Melody Rich

    This is your invitation to the party of the year! The Wedding Singer takes us back to 1985--a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the 1998 hit movie of the same name, we meet Robbie Hart a New Jersey wedding singer whose fiancee has just left him at the altar. Heartbroken, he is forced to reexamine the meaning of love and marriage with the help of Julia, a waitress from one of his wedding-singing venues. Just say yes to the most romantic musical in twenty years!

    October 5- 7, 12- 14 at 7:30pm and October 8 and 15 at 2:00pm at Van Ellis Theatre

    Check Please, Take 2

    By Jonathan Rand
    Co-directed by Landri Thompson and Carley King

    After sell out performances of Check Please! in 2015, HSU is proud to present Check Please, Take 2! Soon after a relationship ends, a guy and a girl are forced by their well-intentioned best friends to plunge back into the dating pool. In a series of short vignettes, we witness the struggles of trying to make that love connection. Are first dates really that unbearable? Yes. Yes, they are.

    November 2- 4 at 7:30pm in the Skiles Building, Round Room, 2nd Floor

    This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing

    By Finegan Kruckemeyer
    Directed by Hope Hargrove

    Once upon a time, there were three sisters who were abandoned in a forest. One walked one way around the world, one walked the other way, and the third decided to stay put. Twenty years later, they meet up and share what they have learned. It's part fairy tale and part fable by a young Australian playwright named Finegan Kruckemeyer. This fascinating and whimsical play has only been done a handful of times in the US, and we are proud to premiere it in Abilene. Appropriate for ALL ages.

    November 15-18 at 7:30pm and November 19 at 2:00pm at Van Ellis Theatre

    The Christians

    By Lucas Hnath
    Directed by Dr. Victoria Spangler

    On the day in which the megachurch celebrates paying off its debt, Pastor Paul approaches the pulpit to reveal that the congregation will be taking a new direction: no longer will they believe in the existence of hell. Associate Pastor Joshua takes issue with this theological turn. Thus begins the fallout, and then the schism. This drama, about real ministers and real Christians, has been applauded by critics and was performed at the Humana Festival in 2014 and Off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2015.

    January 31-Feb. 3 at 7:30pm and February 4 at 2:00pm in Behren's Chapel

    Shrek, The Musical

    Music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
    Directed by Dr. Chris Hollingsworth

    Based on the characters and story from William Steig's book and the hit Dreamworks film, this hilarious production turns the world of fairy tales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, musical comedy. Join Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Shrek is a mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!

    February 14-17 at 7:30pm and February 18 at 2:00pm at Van Ellis Theatre

    From Up Here

    By Liz Flahive
    Directed by Kelsie LeFlore

    Kenny Barrett did something that has everyone worried. He wishes he could just make it through the rest of his senior year unnoticed, but that's going to be hard since he has to publicly apologize to his entire high school. At home, his mother is struggling with a rocky start to her second marriage and a surprise visit from her estranged sister. A new play about a family limping out the door in the morning and coming home no matter what. Hip, smart, and fresh.

    April 5-7 at 7:30pm and April 8 at 2:00pm. DownCentreStage LabTheatre, in the basement of the Van Ellis Theatre Building

    The Marriage of Figaro

    By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Directed by Dr. Chris Hollingsworth

    Figaro, the wily barber and part-time matchmaker has finally fallen in love, but--like everything else in his life--it's complicated. On the eve of Figaro's marriage to Susanna, Count Almaviva's wandering eye has landed on the lovely bride-to-be. Servant and master go head to head, and even the Countess herself gets into the action when she learns of her husband's plans. Or is she embroiled in a liaison of her own? Mozart's comic masterpiece delivers an ageless message of love and forgiveness.

    April 12-14 at 7:30pm at Van Ellis Theatre

    DirectFest 2018

    Student-directed One-Act Play Festival

    Our annual one-act play festival directed, designed, performed and produced by HSU theatre students. Four nights of captivating theatre.

    April 25-28 at 7:30pm at Van Ellis Theatre.

    Special Events

    Pops at the Pond

    Outdoor Concert

    Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, a picnic basket, and enjoy an evening outdoors as music and theatre students perform hits from Broadway and beyond. Performances from new musicals as well as classic favorites. No admission charge for this event.

    September 29, Friday, 5:30pm,

    At the Duck Pond on the HSU campus

    Starlight Extravaganza

    An evening of elegant dining and Broadway show tunes

    Dramatic decorations, a beautifully served three course meal, and exceptional entertainment! That's what Starlight Patrons can expect as our vocal performance and musical theatre majors present a variety of musical theatre entertainment. Each table will be decorated to represent a musical, and you can choose your own table. All proceeds from this evening will benefit our HSU Theatre Travel Fund, which supports our students as they travel to Edinburgh Scotland and New York City on alternating years. This year, we are bound for NYC! Call and reserve your table! 325-670-1405 Tables: $350; Individual tickets: $65.

    March 24, Saturday-- Doors open at 6:30pm; Dinner served at 7:00pm in Van Ellis Theatre

    Ticket Prices and Showtimes

    Evening shows begin at 7:30pm; Sunday matinees begin at 2:00pm

    For all plays, including the opera:
    General Admission $10
    Military, seniors and students $5
    HSU Faculty, staff and students free


    For Musicals: The Wedding Singer and Shrek
    General Admission $15
    Military, seniors and students $10
    HSU Faculty, staff and students $5

    Purchase tickets through the box office or online at the HSU Theatre webpage
    Van Ellis Theatre Box Office: (325) 670-1405

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