Student Life

Theatre Siena



Experience the joy of live theater at Siena Heights University. All productions take place in Francoeur Theater in the Performing Arts Center. Productions take place through most of the school year and feature a renowned and dedicated staff.

One of the programs unique to Siena Heights University is the Creative Stages Child Drama/Children’s Theatre program. It is designed to provide children 4-16 years old with an opportunity to create and take part in improvised creative drama experiences and theatrical productions. 

Originally started in 1963, the Creative Stages program employs students and faculty of Siena Heights University to work with the children to create improvised plays in workshops held on campus during the fall and winter semesters, and in a summer camp.

As students explore and play stretching their imaginations, minds and bodies, they also gain increased confidence and self-esteem as well as useful skills in articulation, creative problem-solving, group interaction skills and public speaking.

Curtain time for all Theatre Siena shows (except student-directed one-acts and the Sunday performance of the Youth Theater production) is 8 p.m.

Ticket Pricing

  Show Type General Admission Students & Staff
Youth Theater

Season Passes (good for two) are available for $75.

  • Tickets are available at the theater box office beginning 30 minutes before curtain. Curtain rises at 8 p.m.
  • Please note: The curtain time for A Midsummer Night’s Dream is at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Curtain time on Feb. 2 is 2 p.m.
  • We cannot accept reservations.

2013-14 Season Schedule


October 4-6
by Jonathon Larson
Directed by Doug Miller

Set in the East Village of New York City, "RENT" is a story of falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. It was the winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Based loosely on Puccini’s "La Boheme," Jonathon Larson’s "RENT" follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musician struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

November 7-9
By Lee Blessing
Directed by Kerry Graves

This clever comedy takes up where Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" ends. Using a contemporary voice, the play explores the importance of TRUTH as an array of ghosts implore the new ruler, "Fortinbras," to tell their story. Blessing’s play is both outrageously funny and thought-provoking, entertaining us while it gently prods our awareness of today’s hotbed issues involving truth in our own country.

November 20-23
Student-Directed One Acts
Directed by SHU students.

January 31-February 2
A Midsummer Night's Midterm
Adapted by Rober LaVohn
Directed by Joni Warner

In celebration of Siena Heights University’s 50th Year of Youth Theatre, we are delighted to bring to the stage William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Midterm." The magic begins as four high school friends gather to cram for a mid-term on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the play comes to life -- literally! The story unfolds before the teens, as Lysander and Demetrius compete for Hermia’s attention and Helena attempts to capture Demetrius’ attention. When the fairies and Bottom show up, the students work even harder to understand this delightfully convoluted story. The student’s insightful comments on Shakespeare’s language, his characterization of women and men, and his relevance to today’s world add even more fun to this full-stage production.

February 6-8
The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later
By Moisés Kaufman
Directed by Trudy McSorley

“The Laramie Project” depicts the reaction to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming. This high-profile case spurred hate crime legislation across the country, and play addresses issues such as prejudice and tolerance. There will be a special “talk-back” forum after each performance in the Performing Arts Center. This thought-provoking show is targeted for those high school age and older.

February 20-22
next to normal
Music by Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorke
Directed by Kerry Graves

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, "next to normal" is a contemporary musical that explores how one suburban household copes with crisis. With provocative lyrics and an electrifying score of more than 30 original songs, "next to normal" shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact. Recommended for mature audiences. 

April 3-5
Pride and Prejudice
Dramatized by Jane Kendall from the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Mark DiPietro

From Jane Kendall comes what is widely accepted at the best dramatization of Jane Austen’s novel. With five daughters to marry off, was ever a mother as put upon as Mrs. Bennet? At first it looks as if Jane has fallen in love the wealthy Mr. Bingley, and that romance is possible between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy is a proud young man, and is shocked by Mama’s vulgar matchmaking. Mr. Darcy leaves for London and takes Mr. Bingley with him, breaking Jane’s heart! Will the attraction between Elizabeth and Darcy triumph over the pride of one and the prejudice of the other? Be sure to see one of the greatest stories of English literature.

Additional Information

Francoeur Theater and Stubnitz Theater are both handicap accessible.  During productions, please turn off all cell phones and pagers.  Photography of any sort is prohibited. 

Box office/Questions: (517) 264-7890

For a printable 2013-14 season brochure, click here.


Questions about an upcoming show? Give us a call.

Box office: (517) 264-7890

Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.