Current season Tickets: $10/adults, $5/students
The 2021-22 theatre season at Northwestern College begins with The Adam Bomb, a musical written and performed by former Northwestern theatre professor Mark Tyler Miller. The modern retelling of the story of Cain and Abel—set after Abel’s murder—focuses on Adam and Eve as they deal with the death of a child. The show explores themes of grief, separation, sin, truth, consequences and redemption.
|Friday, September 17, 6:00 PM||England Theatre|
|Saturday, September 18, 4:00 PM||England Theatre|
Charlotte’s Web, based on the well-known children's book by E.B. White, tells the tale of Wilbur, who is transformed from the runt of the litter into a prize-winning pig with the help of a young girl and a wise and gentle spider. The adaption by Joseph Robinette is directed by Drew Schmidt, associate professor of theatre.
|Friday, September 24, 6:00 PM||Allen Theatre|
|Saturday, September 25, 4:00 PM||Allen Theatre|
Little Shop of Horrors is a Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical about a hapless flower shop assistant who raises a plant that feeds on human flesh and blood. Megan Weidner will serve as the guest director for the show, which was written by Howard Ashman. Theatre professor Ethan Koerner is designing Audrey II, the Venus flytrap-like carnivorous plant around which the plot revolves. Koerner's puppet creations for last year’s children’s play, Jabberwocky, made it one of four productions cited for special achievement in puppet design at the 2021 national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
|Thursday, October 28, 7:30 PM||England Theatre|
|Friday, October 29, 7:30 PM||England Theatre|
|Saturday, October 30, 7:30 PM||England Theatre|
|Thursday, November 4, 7:30 PM||England Theatre|
|Saturday, November 6, 2:00 PM||England Theatre|
|Saturday, November 6, 7:30 PM||England Theatre|
|Friday, October 29, 8:30 AM|
|Friday, April 29, 8:30 AM|
Enjoy a holiday buffet of student-directed plays.
Senior Wyatt Waage is directing You’re in My Thoughts by Scott Haan. Junior Sofia Schaeffer’s selection is This Property is Condemned by Tennessee Williams. Senior Sabrina Van Gorp’s cast will be performing The Chocolate War by Stephanie Alison Walker.
|Friday, December 3, 7:30 PM||England Theatre|
Northwestern's Drama Ministries Ensemble will perform Remember, a selection adapted by junior Sierra Tumbleson. For her honors project, she has not only researched and adapted the play, but also has directed and written original music for the show. Scriptures are told using music, dance, liturgy, performance and live icons in a series of tableaus. No tickets and no charge.
|Friday, December 10, 7:30 PM||England Theatre|
|Saturday, December 11, 2:00 PM||England Theatre|
|Friday, May 6, 7:00 PM||Proscenium Theatre|
Students in a special topics theatre class will explore puppetry with Professor Koerner, whose work on last year’s “Jabberwocky” show was one of four productions cited for special achievement in puppet design at the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
|Thursday, February 24, 7:00 PM||England Theatre|
|Friday, February 25, 7:00 PM||England Theatre|
|Saturday, February 26, 7:00 PM||England Theatre|
RUSH features a wide variety of dances, choreographed and performed by students.
|Thursday, March 24, 7:00 PM||England Theatre|
|Thursday, March 24, 9:30 PM||England Theatre|
|Friday, March 25, 7:00 PM||England Theatre|
|Friday, March 25, 9:30 PM||England Theatre|
|Saturday, March 26, 4:00 PM||England Theatre|
|Saturday, March 26, 7:00 PM||England Theatre|
An aristocratic Russian landowner returns to her family’s estate just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage in this play that has been described as a comedy, farce and tragedy.
|Friday, April 22, 7:30 PM||Allen Theatre|
|Saturday, April 23, 2:00 PM||Allen Theatre|
|Saturday, April 23, 7:30 PM||Allen Theatre|
|Thursday, April 28, 7:30 PM||Allen Theatre|
|Friday, April 29, 7:30 PM||Allen Theatre|
|Saturday, April 30, 7:30 PM||Allen Theatre|
|Saturday, April 30, 5:00 PM||Vogel Community Room|
Northwestern theatre students, faculty and staff will present a staged reading of Nobody Could Have Invented Our Lives: a survival fantasia. A staged reading is unlike a fully rehearsed and produced play in that the performers typically only rehearse a couple of times and read from their scripts while sitting on stools.
THE STORY: Ruth Anderson, 42, mother of two, has nearly lost her mind. She is recovering from an abusive marriage and going through the painful and sometimes absurd territory of divorce. Watch her and her three friends as they journey together from pain and heartbreak to survival and healing.
The play was written by Dr. Debra Freeberg, an artist-in-residence on Northwestern's theatre faculty this semester. She is an emerita director of theatre and professor of communication at Calvin University. She has lectured and conducted workshops on directing, playwriting, children’s theatre, theatre history, communication and leadership across the U.S., Canada, Norway and Sweden.
|Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 PM||Proscenium Theatre|
Staged readings of plays crafted by students in Northwestern’s playwriting class will be presented.
|Thursday, May 5, 7:00 PM||Proscenium Theatre|
|Thursday, May 5, 8:00 PM|
|Friday, May 6, 8:00 PM|
|Saturday, May 7, 2:00 PM|
|Monday, June 20, 8:30 AM||DeWitt Theatre Arts Center|
|Tuesday, June 21, 8:30 AM||DeWitt Theatre Arts Center|
|Wednesday, June 22, 8:30 AM||DeWitt Theatre Arts Center|
|Thursday, June 23, 8:30 AM||DeWitt Theatre Arts Center|