Conservatory Season

For tickets to all Conservatory of Theatre Arts productions Call (314) 968-7128

Webster Students, Faculty, and Staff Free with a valid ID
$15 for Adults
$7 for Seniors, Alumni, and Non-Webster Students
$2 for children 12 and under

Fall 2016

By Allison Moore
Sept. 28–Oct. 2, Oct. 5–9
7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 pm
Emerson Studio Theatre

Every actor has their big break: for DiCaprio is was the epic Titanic, for young Sheena it’s a low-budget horror movie. At least that’s what she thinks, but her mother begs to differ. As a diehard feminist, Frances sees her daughter’s role as “last girl” horribly offensive. She will stop at nothing to pull the brakes on the film. Hopefully everyone survives the ordeal. This hilarious dark comedy won high praise at its premiere at the 2009 Humana Festival. It’s a night of laughs...with a few screams mixed in of course.

"Screaming. Blood. Impalements. Meat hooks. Electric drills. Objectified sexy women. Crazy mother in wheelchair. Whaddya expect? It's a slasher movie." - Philadelphia Inquirer

By William Shakespeare
Nov. 16–20
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 pm
Browning Mainstage Theatre

After his glorious victory in a civil war, Scottish general Macbeth encounters three ominous witches. They prophesize his magnificent rise to power, but it is not through noble means. His path involves murder, deceit, and ruthless pursuit of power. All the while his wife, Lady Macbeth, pushes for more, and the body count rises. The infamous Scottish Play is one of magical fantasy and  tragedy that is considered by many to be Shakespeare’s darkest work. It begs the question: Is there a limit to human ambition?

The Glorious Ones
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Based on the novel by Francine Prose
Nov. 30–Dec. 4, Dec. 7–11
7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Stage III

In sixteenth-century Italy, a new form of comedic theatre is forming at the hands of Flaminio Scala: Commedia Dell’arte. Flaminio gathers a group of lowlifes together to create an acting troupe that specializes in improvisational comedy with masked characters. From the creators of Seussical and Ragtime comes a beautiful tribute to an important moment in theatre history and to the highs and lows of being an actor, then and now. Prepare yourselves for jokes that are as bawdy as they are old and as silly as they are sweet. As book writer Lynn Ahrens himself puts it, The Glorious Ones has “one hand on the crotch, one hand on the heart.”

“It encourages sniggers in one scene, as we watch the players perform comic sketches on a scrappy wooden stage, and sympathy in the next, when we sneak behind the scenes to lend an ear to their hopes, dreams, and heartaches” -The New York Times

Spring 2017

The Philadelphia Story
by Philip Barry
Feb. 15–19, Feb. 22–26
7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Emerson Studio Theatre

Socialite Tracy Lord is preparing for her second marriage at the estate of her family. The Philadelphia Lords have all gathered for the celebration. So has Tracy’s ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven and an attractive reporter named Mike Connor. This makes the weekend a little more complicated. These American nobles handle all with a lot of wit in this classic 1930s comedy. There’s nothing like a high-society wedding for some high-caliber entertainment.

The Philadelphia Story is an unusual American comedy insofar as it is witty rather than funny, sophisticated without being cynical and open-hearted without being sentimental.” -The Globe and Mail

Next Fall
By Geoffrey Nauffts
Directing Capstone Project
March 31–April 2
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm
Stage III

Adam and Luke are in a happy, committed relationship. They have been living together for years, despite some minor differences: Luke is a Christian and Adam is very much not. This leads to some debates, as well as to Luke keeping his relationship with Adam a secret from his family. Everything is running somewhat smoothly, until a sudden accident forces Adam to turn to Luke’s family for support. This touching and funny play questions the limits of love and faith.

“Compassionate, laugh-filled and enormously entertaining. Geoffrey Nauffts invests the play with a generosity that doesn't prejudge, embracing both the virtues and foibles of his characters. And that inclusion makes Next Fall an even richer experience." -Associated Press  

By Eugene Ionesco
Translation by Martin Crimp
Directing Capstone Project
April 7–9
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm
Stage III

All is quiet in small town in France. Friends meet in the town square for coffee and lively discussion. It is normal. This is all disrupted by a rhinoceros barreling through the town. Many believe it never happened, but the local drunk Berenger insists it was real. Slowly, he witnesses his fellow townspeople turning into rhinos and wreaking havoc. Rhinoceros is full of insight on the human condition with little pieces of humor mixed in, a must-see classic of the Absurdist movement.

“Rhinoceros is filled with animal grunts and snorts and panicky human frailty, showing us how it feels to have one's identity subsumed and traduced.” -The Guardian

The Drowsy Chaperone
Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin & Dom McKellar
April 19–23
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 pm
Browning Mainstage Theatre

It all starts with a man in a chair, who is feeling a little bit blue. To cure his sadness, he throws on one of his old favorite records: the original cast recording of the fictitious 1928 musical The Drowsy Chaperone. He paints us the picture of a hilarious wedding between famous actress Janet Van De Graaf and oil tycoon Robert Martin. The wedding is expected to run smoothly, but toss in an aspiring starlet, a desperate Broadway producer, a couple of suspicious pastry chefs, an erroneous womanizer, and a rather tipsy chaperone and well...things get a little complicated. Sit back and cure any of your “non-specified sadness,” with this wildly humorous, Tony Award–winning musical.

“It is a valentine to the extravagant musicals of the 1920's.  A fond reminiscence of a long lost era when prohibition reigned, liquor flowed like water, showgirls were the Madonna's of their time, and gangsters were a dime a dozen.” -Splash Magazine

Webster University Dance Ensemble
April 28–30
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 pm
Browning Mainstage Theatre