2019-2020 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 acclaimed productions as As You Like ItDraculaAvenue Q; White ChristmasJumping into Fire; Romeo and Juliet; Fiddler on the RoofAugust: Osage County; and the annual Dance in Concert.

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 September to May. Visit our Season Ticket Order page at GrizTix today!

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

MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY

By Anne Washburn
October 9-13, 16-20, 2019 / Montana Theatre

This darkly comic imagining of a post-apocalyptic near future, a contemporary play the New York Times called “downright brilliant,” spans over 80 years and at least as many pop-culture references. A group of strangers becomes a traveling theatre troupe performing remembered episodes of “The Simpsons” as a way to make ends meet in the barter economy that rises from the ashes of American consumerism. Mr. Burns celebrates the human need to connect again and again through shared stories.

TWELFTH NIGHT

By William Shakespeare
November 13-17, 20-24, 30-December 1, 2019 / Masquer Theatre

Brimming with some of Shakespeare’s most poetic and beloved language as well as multiple earnest love stories and affecting themes of identity, time, and healing from loss, Twelfth Night more than deserves its recognition as the Bard’s most popular comedy. The play’s title references the end of the Christmas season, which was often celebrated with a temporary suspension of rules and social orders. Masters and servants, wise and foolish, men and women all overturn convention in the course of this warm, witty, wonderful production.

DANCE IN CONCERT

December 5-7, 2019 / Montana Theatre

Our popular annual concert celebrates the work of students, faculty, and guest artists. This extravaganza 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.

SPRING AWAKENING

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik (based on the play by Frank Wedekind)
Co-produced with the School of Music
March 4-8, 11-15, 2020 / Masquer Theatre

Lush melodies, incisive lyrics, and the tribulations of coming of age intertwine in this Tony Award-winning musical. Based on a famously provocative 1891 German drama, the plot follows a group of small-town teenagers as they struggle with the urges hormones have thrust upon them in the midst of a repressive society. Much more than just an exploration of sex, violence, and rock ‘n’ roll, Spring Awakening is a landmark production that harnesses all the passion and tragedy of adolescence using a powerful alt-rock aesthetic.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

By Kate Hamill (based on the novel by Jane Austen)
April 15-19, 22-26, 2020 / Montana Theatre

Jane Austen called her own masterpiece “light and bright and sparkling;” she could have been reviewing this charming 2017 adaptation. The iconic Bennett sisters and their suitors—suitable and unsuitable alike—are brought to life in inventive and winsome ways that will surprise and delight audiences familiar with Pride and Prejudice’s twists and those for whom the madcap matchmaking is brand-new.

DANCE UP CLOSE

April 30-May 2, 2020 / Masquer Theatre

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.