The School of Theatre, Film & Television (TFTV) has announced its 2022-2023 theatre season, which includes mythologically inspired play, two award-winning musicals, a world-premiere production of visual theatre, and the ultimate love story.
Hailed by Broadway World as “a stellar program to rival some of the nation’s most reputable institutions,” the Arizona Repertory Theatre, led by Artistic Director Hank Stratton and comprising students in the BFA Acting and Musical Theatre program, presents Legally Blonde, Polaroid Stories, Head Over Heels and Romeo & Juliet. The Next Performance Collective, a program of the School’s BA Theatre Studies division, will present the balance of the season with two original productions: Vaud and the second annual New Directions Festival. All productions are supported by students in the BFA Design and Technical Production program.
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TFTV announces 2022-2023 theatre season
OCT. 2 —16, 2022
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin • Book by Heather Hach, Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture • LEGALLY BLONDE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
A light-hearted and award-winning musical based on the much-adored movie of the same name, Legally Blonde the Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Hilarious, heartwarming, and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances.
OCT. 23 – NOV. 6, 2022
By Naomi Iizuka
Inspired in part by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories takes place on an abandoned pier on the outermost edge of a city, a way-stop for dreamers, dealers and desperadoes, a no-man’s land where runaways seek camaraderie, refuge and escape. Serpentine routes from the street to the heart characterize the interactions in this spellbinding tale of young people pushed to society’s fringe. Informed, as well, by interviews with young prostitutes and street kids, Polaroid Stories conveys a whirlwind of psychic disturbance, confusion and longing. Like their mythic counterparts, these modem-day mortals are engulfed by needs that burn and consume.
DEC. 1 – 4, 2022
Created by Wolfe Bowart
An original work of visual theatre created by Theatre Studies students in collaboration with physical theatre creator Wolfe Bowart, Vaud is inspired by the colorful world of the American Vaudeville circuit of the turn of the twentieth century and the culture that grew up around it – the costumes, the boarding houses, the travel, the stages and the rich and complex cultural diversity. Researched and developed using the University of Arizona’s American Vaudeville special collection, Vaud gives life to modern stories inspired by one of the most popular eras of American entertainment.
Romeo + Juliet
FEB. 26 – MARCH 19, 2023
By William Shakespeare
Perhaps the most famous love story ever written, Shakespeare’s play about the romance of two teenagers from feuding families has inspired opera, ballet, and the musical theatre masterpiece West Side Story. This production will include matinee performances for high-school groups.
Head Over Heels
April 9 – 23, 2023
Songs by The Go-Gos. Based on ‘The Arcadia’ by Sir Philip Sidney. Conceived and Original Book by Jeff Whitty. Adapted by James Magruder. Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing. (www.broadwaylicensing.com)
Head Over Heels is the bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening. A hilarious, exuberant celebration of love, Head Over Heels follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction—only to discover the key to their realm’s survival lies within each of their own hearts.
New Directions Festival
April 21 – 30, 2023
Harold Dixon Studio Theatre
Join us in the Spring for the second annual New Directions Festival. The Festival showcases 100% student-created, student-designed, and student-performed content, allowing BA students to tell their stories through voices that are uniquely their own.