WELCOME TO THE SHOW!

The School of Theatre and Dance is proud to be back live and on our stages for the Spring 2022! This fall we instituted a number of changes to the way that we operate. We encourage everyone to explore the tabs below for more information on attending our Comeback Season!

BEFORE YOU ATTEND

All productions are presented as part of the curriculum of the School of Theatre and Dance. Patrons are subject to current mask guidelines for classrooms at the University of Montana. For current information visit:

https://www.umt.edu/coronavirus/

We ask that you follow all directives from staff and house management. If you do not wish to follow current guidelines, please do not attend.

This year we are partnering with the Adams Center to handle all box office operations and moving to digital tickets and paperless playbills. All purchased tickets will include a $2.50 facilities fee. Additonal convenience fees are added for online and phone transactions (see below). There are four ways to purchase tickets: 

  1. Online at umt.edu/griztix (acilities fee + 10% convenience fee)
  2. Over the phone at (406) 243-4051 (facilities fee + 15% convenience fee)
  3. At the Adams Center Box Office or Wordens Market during regular business hours (facilities fee only)
  4. At the PARTV Box Office one hour before the show starts (facilties fee only)

Our concession stand is open and we are now accepting both cash and credit card at all registers. All proceeds benefit Theatre and Dance Student Scholarships.

During evenings and afternoons when Theatre and Dance performances are the only events on campus, patrons can find convenient parking in the P, Z, and N lots. See the map below for details. 

Parking can be difficult during performances that coincide with events at the Adams Center. Reserved and paid parking typically takes over the P and Z lots. Patrons are welcome to purchase parking at their descretion. Limited free parking is available along Maurice and 6th Street. 

Parking dedicated to Theatre and Dance patrons will be available at no extra cost in the N parking lot between PARTV and the Law School ot the North and the College of Education and the School of Music to the South. These spaces may be shared with other events in the College of the Arts and Media so we recommend coming early to get your spot.

Parking during Football Games is not open to Theatre and Dance patrons. We recommend arriving early, taking the free campus shuttle, or parking in the University District.

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This year our mission is to return safely to the stage, re-engage our community through live performance, and make our productions accessible and affordable. In that spirit, we are moving to a “Pick What You Pay” model for the 2021-2022 Season.

What does this mean? We ask that all audience members who can pay for a ticket do so at whatever level they can offer. It might be $5, it might be $50. However, no one will be turned away at the Box Office if they cannot afford the price of ticket.

How can we afford this? Good question! The production season of the School of Theatre and Dance is the cornerstone of our training programs. Each year we spend $25,000-$50,000 producing our season of performances. Costs include raw materials such as wood, steel, and fabric; specialized equipment; student employees’ salaries; and the licensing rights to plays and musicals. The cost of these vital student resources is offset through ticket sales.

We have received an anonymous matching challenge of $5,000 to subsidize the “Pick What You Pay” initiative. Please consider adding your support to sustain this program through a monthly or annual gift to School of Theatre and Dance.

The School of Theatre and Dance is committed to creating inclusive, accessible events. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations for this event, please contact (406) 243-4481. 

Assistive Listening Devices

The Masquer and Montana theatres each have an FM assistive listening system for patrons who are hard of hearing. Earphones and neckloops are available at the Box Office for checkout during performances. Patrons will be required to leave a credit card or the number of their active Griz Card until the equipment is returned.

Audio Description

The second Thursday of each theatre production will feature live audio description (or first Thursday for a one-week run). Audio description is a free service for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Through an inconspicuous FM receiver, the listener hears a description of the visual elements of the performance between lines of dialogue. Patrons will be required to leave a credit card or the number of their active Griz Card until the equipment is returned.

Open Captioning

The second Thursday of the run of each theatre production is open captioned for the hearing impaired (or first Thursday for a one-week run). Please contact us to request seats in the section of the audience from which the open captioning is visible.

The School of Theatre and Dance season is selected to meet the curricular needs of our student body and to share entertaining, enlightening live performances with the local community. Our current and upcoming performances are listed below. Click the tabs to learn more about these exciting productions and mark your calendars!

UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS

February 9-13 / Masquer Theatre

ONE WEEK ONLY. An evening of contemporary comedies and dramas directed by first-year MFA directing candidates. These short plays feature compelling narratives presented without formal designs and using minimal stagecraft. The audience is invited to immerse themselves in the actors’ craft with staging techniques distinctively suited to live performance.

The program will feature:

  • Anniversary by Rachel Bonds
  • Hardware by Jess Honovich
  • One Lane Bridge by Stephen Gregg
  • Rules of Comedy by Patricia Cotter
By UM Dancers and Choreographers

February 18 / Open Space

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

By Sophie Treadwell
February 23-27 / Montana Theatre

ONE WEEK ONLY. Based on a true story of a sensational 1928 murder, Machinal is a powerful expressionist drama about the dependent status of women and the living hell of a loveless life. Audience discretion is advised.

March 31-April 2 / Montana Theatre

ONE WEEK ONLY. Our popular annual concert celebrates the culminating choreographic work of students, faculty, and guest artists—including local favorites Joy French and Faith Morrison plus nationally lauded choreographer and artist Ishmael Houston Jones. 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.

By Jerry Bock, Joe Masteroff, and Sheldon Harnick

April 27-May 8 / Montana Theatre

Get ready for romance! The Tony-award-winning musical She Loves Me is a treasured Golden-Age musical adaptation of the classic play Parfumerie by Miklós Lásló (most recently adapted as the 1998 film You've Got Mail). Set in the 1930s, this charming comedy follows the misadventures of workers in a high-end perfume and toiletries shop. Audiences will delight in the romantic complications–especially the farcical travails of co-workers Amalia and George, who are combative competitors in the shop by day while unknowingly smitten with one another as anonymous "pen pals" outside the workplace. The beautiful score is by the renowned composer/lyricist team behind Fiddler on the Roof–Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick–while the book is by Joe Masteroff, librettist of Cabaret.   

Dance on Location

By UM Dancers and Choreographers
October 2 /12 PM Mansfield Library Mall - Free, Donations Accepted

The UM Dance Program launches its 2021-2022 season with its most alternative annual concert: Dance on Location. The free outdoor concert begins at UM’s Mansfield Library Mall and unfolds as the audience travels (on foot, bike, stroller, skateboard, etc.) to different venues on and around campus to behold diverse dance and performance-art installations. Dance on Location invites the audience to celebrate the gems of UM’s beautiful campus through the eyes of a choreographer and the magnificent movement of dancers.

Haunted: An Immersive Design Exhibition

By UM Designers
October 6-10, 13-15 / Montana Theatre Stage

This walk-through design exhibition showcases four distinct environments that have been inspired by scary stories from across the globe. Admission to Haunted is $5 and can be purchased at the door. Audiences are welcome to arrive at any time between the exhibition’s opening time and 15 minutes prior to its end.

Verbatim: Celebrating Resilience

October 17 / Zootown Arts Community Center - Free, Donations Accepted

In recognition of LGBTQ+ history month and national coming out day, UM acting students and local high school students working with EmpowerMT and director/playwright Gregory Hinton will present a historical and contemporary perspective of LGBTQ+, Two-Spirit, & Gender-Diverse Montanans.This Theatre for Social Justice project will include a public sharing of work to take place at the ZACC. The performance is free to the public with a $20 suggested donation accepted at the door. All proceeds will be gifted to LGBTQ+ supporting organizations. 

Dance Film Fest 

By ASUM Dance Club
October 22 / University Center - Tickets at the door, or stream on ShowTix4u.com

The UM School of Theatre and Dance celebrates innovative, whimsical, and thought-provoking original choreography in its upcoming production of Dance Film Fest. Choreographers were asked to create dances that were made specifically for the camera. This choreographic format allows dancers the opportunity to experiment with ideas, time and place that might be difficult to fully realize in a live, staged performance. Donations are encouraged to support the ASUM Student Dance Club.

Fabled: A Youthful Celebration of Musical Theatre and Dance 

Co-produced with the School of Music

November 10, 12-14, 17-21 (Special $5 Matinee at 2PM for Griz-Cat) / Montana Theatre

FABLED is an evening of five short musicals and two original dance pieces for the whole family. as a celebratory return to live performance, each piece will feature familiar characters from children's literature including the the Ant and the Grasshopper and the Tortoise and the Hare. All performances will be accessible, relaxed performances intended to welcome our whole community back to live performance. The show will run approximately 85 minutes with one 15-minute intermission. Seating will be general admission to allow for social distancing. The program will feature the following pieces:

  • "Ant and Grasshopper," Book & Lyrics by A. J. Freeman, Music by Dimitri Landrain
  • "On Your Mark!," Music by Aaron Kenny, book and lyrics by Danny K. Bernstein
  • "The North Wind and the Sun," Choreographed by JoLeah Nicholas
  • "End of the Line," Book by Howard Ho, Lyrics by Chris Edgar, Music by Kristen Rea
  • "Book Lovers," Book & Lyrics by Talaura Harms, Music by Jonathan Bauerfeld
  • "Still Waters Run Deep," Choreographed by Shenoah Curley-Wildshoe
  • "What's Your Wish?" by Thicket and Thistle

Dance Up Close

By UM Dancers and Choreographers

December 2-4 / Masquer Theatre

Dance Up Close is a uniquely intimate production that provides a platform for choreographers to experiment with choreography and performances. The live production features BFA and BA Senior and Junior Creative Research projects exclusively. Choreographers work collaboratively with Design & Technology faculty and students to achieve a complete visual translation of their choreographic intention. They use movement as a vehicle to research diverse themes under the mentorship of faculty and peers. Let yourself be engulfed in the sensory extravaganza that is Dance Up Close.