World premieres and a classic: USF announces theatre season lineup

August 28, 2019

The University of Sioux Falls theatre program is excited to announce the theatre production lineup for the 2019-2020 academic year. This season features a variety of topics, includes two world premieres and showcases the writing of Dr. Kevin Cole, a professor of English at USF. 

“Affording our students the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of performance genres is a priority for us, and this year is exceptionally unique,” said Joe Obermueller, theatre program director and associate professor of theatre at USF. “We have the chance to premiere a brand new musical about the life of Jesus, premiere a new play by a USF faculty member about American society and violence and then close our season with a classic musical. It will be another entertaining, edifying and transformational performance season.”

Heaven to Heaven The Musical: The Life of Jesus  | Author: Austin Vanderzee | World Premiere
NOV 20, 2019-NOV 24, 2019

Heaven to Heaven tells the complete story of the life of Jesus. While other popular musicals about Jesus end with His death on the cross, Heaven to Heaven celebrates His resurrection and triumphant return to heaven, leaving audiences filled with hope and inspiration to share His good news with others.

Loving Arms | Author: Dr. Kevin Cole | World Premiere 
FEB 19, 2020-FEB 22, 2020 

In a hushed Italian Baroque wing of a world-famous art museum, three strangers—an unemployed linguist, a city traffic manager, and a docent—forge an unlikely friendship in conversation about two paintings: one by Artemisia Gentileschi, one by Michelangelo Caravaggio. When they decide to celebrate their new-found friendship and extend their conversations over lunch, in comes an American shooter. What happens next? Is it a parable? Allegory? Or just another day in America?

Singin’ in the Rain | Screenplay: Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Songs: Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed | 
APR 1, 2020-APR 4, 2020

When the transition is being made from silent films to ’talkies,’ everyone has trouble adapting. In silent movies Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes things aren't always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina's squeaky voice might be the end of her career in ‘talking pictures’ without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin' in the Rain a show not to be missed.

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