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2011-12 Theatre and Dance season announced

The talented students and faculty of the Theatre and Dance Department will present musicals, drama and comedies as part of its 2011-12 production season.

Seats are still available for the three shows in the Jenkins Theatre for the First Nighter's program, in which participants enjoy a sit-down meal at 6 p.m. and the opening show of each production at 7:30 p.m. Offered annually thorugh the Alumni Association and held in conjunction with the Department of Theatre & Dance and University Dining Services, the First Nighter's program offers socialization opportunities as well as the chance to meet with the College of Fine Arts & Communication’s dean and faculty members and hear details about the plays from the directors themselves.

Participants may attend the three shows in the Jenkins Theatre for $150 per person. Participants may also share the dinner/shows with others if they cannot attend all performances.

To join the First Nighters program, call Alumni Affairs at 715-346-3811 or register online at by clicking on “Calendar of Events.”

To buy tickets for any of the Studio or Jenkins Theatre productions, call Information and Tickets at 715-346-4100 or 800-838-3378 or go online to

Theatre and Dance season 2011-2012
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jenkins Theatre, Nov. 11-13 & 16-19
    First Nighters, Friday, Nov. 11
    Based on the popular movie, this 2002 Tony Award winner for Best Musical includes a full score of new songs and high-spirited dance numbers. Full of the intrigue and jazz of the 20s, Millie Dillmount has just moved to New York City in search of a new life. This musical will have audiences dancing the Charleston.
  • Afterimages 2011, Studio Theatre, Dec. 8-11
    This all student show features student choreography, dance and direction.
  • The Normal Heart, Studio Theatre, Feb. 10-12 & 15-18, 2012
    In 1980s New York City, a small group of friends battles ignorance, fear and government indifference during the early days of the AIDS crisis. Selected as one of the 100 greatest plays of the 20th century by the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, the show electrified Broadway in its acclaimed 2011 revival. It is not appropriate for young audiences.
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, Jenkins Theatre, March 2-4 & 8-10
    First Nighters, Friday, March 2
    The play begins on a steamy afternoon in the heart of New Orleans as Blanche DuBois arrives on the doorstep of her younger sister Stella and Stella’s sexy yet brutish husband Stanley. Tennessee William’s masterpiece delivers an unforgettable dramatic ride filled with love, loss and the dream of what’s to come.
    It is not appropriate for young audiences.  
  • Spring Awakening, Studio Theatre, April 13-15 & 18-21
    The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the show celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy and passion audiences won’t forget. Adapted from Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the teen years, the contemporary rock score by Duncan Sheik was hailed as the Best Musical of 2007 by the New York Times. It is not appropriate for young audiences.
  • Danstage 2012, Jenkins Theatre, May 4-6 & 9-11
    First Nighters, Friday, May 4
    The show presents an evening of extraordinary dance and choreography by UWSP faculty, students and guests.