2017-2018 Mainstage Season

Thank you to our past and present season subscribers for your support and friendship. With your help, we have been able to bring Missoula audiences such critically acclaimed productions as Avenue Q, Jumping into FireDracula, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and DollsThe Lion in Winter, The Elephant Man, Romeo and Juliet, and the annual Dance in Concert, just to name a few.

Your additional support of the Theatre & Dance Talent Scholarship has allowed many fine young artists to continue to pursue their dreams of learning the crafts of both theatre and dance.

Our varied and vital season provides our students the creative challenges in performance, choreography, and production/design that help ready them for future success. It also offers you the finest in live dance and theatre.

Please accept our invitation to join us for heart-warming, thought-provoking entertainment from October to April. Visit our Season Ticket Order page at GrizTix today!

To order individual tickets, visit the Theatre & Dance page at GrizTix.

AS YOU LIKE IT

By William Shakespeare
Masquer Theatre  /  October 11-15, 18-22, 2017

With its themes of love, forgiveness, and justice, this pastoral comedy is one of the Bard’s most enduring and romantic tales. Protofeminist Rosalind and her loyal cousin Celia take refuge in the Forest of Arden and cross paths with a series of fellow courtiers as well as country folk. Disguises, love at first sight, bad poetry, and even a lioness intertwine in As You Like It to form a delightful backdrop for some of Shakespeare’s most famous phrases.

DANCE UP CLOSE

Masquer Theatre  /  November 10-11, 2017

A highlight of the Dance Program’s season, this annual black-box showcase provides audiences with a chance to see new, original work of emerging and established dance artists in an intimate setting and gives developing designers the opportunity to collaborate with those dancers.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

By Rick Elice
Montana Theatre  /  November 21, 24-26, 29-December 3, 2017

This rowdy, enchanting play spins the tale of how the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up came to embrace his legacy as the one and only Peter Pan. Audiences of all ages will be thrilled by the inventive staging and pun-packed language of Peter and the Starcatcher and will fall in love with Molly, an irrepressible young woman who gives Peter a run for his money. Plus … a nemesis for Peter not named Captain Hook? There must be more to the story!

ON GOLDEN POND

Presented by MONTANA REPERTORY THEATRE

By Ernest Thompson
Montana Theatre  /  January 20, 25-27, February 1, 3, 2018

On Golden Pond is an American treasure. Many of us are familiar with the story through the Academy Award-winning film with Henry and Jane Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. Beguilingly simple, this tale of a family and how they pull apart and then find each other again has been touching audiences for decades. Something deep and profound resonates through the events that unfold in this masterpiece, brilliantly penned by Ernest Thompson.

IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY

By Sarah Ruhl
Masquer Theatre  /  February 21-25, 28-March 4, 2018

Set in the 1880s, this comedy of manners connects the dawn of the age of electricity with the awakening of feminine sexuality at the end of the American Victorian era. Ruhl was inspired by the bizarre historical fact that at the time, doctors used vibrators to treat “hysterical” women (and some men); the play centers on Dr. Givings, his wife Catherine, and how his new therapy affects their entire household. In the Next Room is a charming, intimate, beautifully balanced look at love, longing, and relationships.

DANCE IN CONCERT

Montana Theatre  /  March 8-10, 2018

Our popular annual concert celebrates the culminating choreographic work of students, faculty, and guest artists. This extravaganza in the Montana Theatre features inventive and thought-provoking works that have been selected to provide an evening of dance that is beautifully performed, exquisitely crafted, and provides our audiences with a rich feast of choreographic invention.

AMERICAN IDIOT

Book by Billie Joe Armstrong & Michael Mayer, Music by Green Day, Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Montana Theatre  /  April 18-22, 25-29, 2018

Pop-punk masters Green Day burst onto the stage early this decade with an adaptation of their seminal award-winning album of the same name. The rock opera’s action centers on three restless and disaffected young men who rebel—sometimes with disastrous consequences—against stifling suburban life. Politically charged and full of the emotions of young adulthood, The New York Times called American Idiot “thrillingly raucous and gorgeously wrought.”