To Kill a Mockingbird
by Christopher Sergel
Directed by Mark DiPietro
To Kill A Mockingbird is Harper Lee’s beautiful story of a town in turmoil told through the eyes of Scout, where the young girl is about to witness the dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. She and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their father, Atticus, and the strong-minded housekeeper, Calpurnia. Wide-eyed Scout is fascinated by the people of her town, but from the start there is a rumble of thunder just under the calm surface of the life here.
By Michael Frayn
Directed by Doug Miller
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off is a hilarious and classically comic play within a play. It is about an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors rehearsing a flop called NOTHING ON. Slamming doors, on and back stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in this brilliant satire of life in the theatre.
Student-Directed One Acts
Directed by SHU students in Mark DiPietro's directing class.
YOUTH THEATER: The Wizard of Oz
Directed by Joni Warner
Enchantment abounds as your favorite characters (Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion) join Dorothy on her wondrous journey to The Land of Oz! Good Witch Glinda and the Munchkins point Dorothy toward the Yellow Brick Road, the magical path to the Emerald City. And we're off... off to the WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ!
The Iliad, The Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less
by Jay Hopkins and John Hunter
Directed by Mark DiPietro
On a simple stage, with the clock ticking in front of everyone’s eyes, the cast speeds through all of Greek Mythology. It’s funny, updated and made easy to understand. The Gods walk the Red Carpet. The Creation of Mankind is a botched subcontractor’s job. Man and Pandora try settling down despite an ominous wedding gift. And don’t forget the two greatest stories ever told, The Iliad and The Odyssey. Kidnap Helen of Troy and you’ve got a 10-year slap-fight of epic proportions with pouty Achilles, war-hungry Agamemnon and clever Odysseus, destined to wander the seas for 10 more years fighting giants, seductresses and the Gods themselves. All the silly decisions, the absurd destinies and the goofy characters are presented lightning-bolt fast with hysterical results as the clock is stopped with only seconds to spare.
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Book by Allan Knee
Directed by Kerry Graves
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s own family experiences (and novel), Little Women, follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written. Now this wonderful narrative has been brought to life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious music, dancing and heart.