NU Theatre Announces 52nd Season

September 7, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

Announced today, Niagara University Theatre’s 52nd season of theatre productions promises an exhilarating assortment of entertainment options to suit a variety of tastes.

Steve Braddock, director of Niagara University Theatre said, “We’ve chosen a diverse and fascinating selection of shows, all encompassing the common theme of “women at the edge, women on the brink.” We are thrilled to begin the season with Afflicted: Daughters of Salem by Laurie Brooks, a timely drama that reveals devastating issues many young people confront at school and in the community. NU Theatre is proud to continue to provide such ‘outreach’ dramas to spotlight critical topics affecting the lives of students of all ages.”

The season continues with the NU Players’ production of William Mastrosimone’s Extremities; William Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes, The Taming Of The Shrew; 9 To 5: The Musical by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick; the annual Short Play Festival; Jean Genet’s The Maids; Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde; and, finally, the multiple Tony Award-winning parody of musical theatre, The Drowsy Chaperone by Bob Martin, Don McKellar, Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.

The entire season will be produced in the renovated William P. and Marie Leary Theatre in the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre – with the exception of the Short Play Festival, its annual collaboration with the Castellani Art Museum.

“While many area theatres focus on producing one type of theater, our season of theatre is about variety and tremendous value,” added Braddock. “With our $3.1 million renovation several years behind us, our first-class facility can offer audience amenities that add to the entertainment experience: a circular driveway drop off, a computerized box office, an elevator, air-conditioning, comfortable seats with arm and leg room, and an audience lounge for pre-show and intermission – complete with a photographic mural spotlighting NU Theatre productions from the 1960s through 2010.

“We invite theatregoers from across Western New York and Southern Ontario to join us for our 52nd year of theatre performances featuring theatre majors from across the country. These students work under the direction of our award-winning faculty, comprised of a professional team of directors/actors, a choreographer, a stage combat expert, vocal instructors/musicians, a costume/makeup designer, a costume technologist and scenic and lighting designers.”

For more information and tickets, please visit http://theatre.niagara.edu.