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Conservatory Season

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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 2017

[title of show]
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell
Sept. 27–Oct. 1, Oct. 4–8
7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 pm
Emerson Studio Theatre

Jeff and Hunter, two self-confessed nobodies in New York, make a pact: They will write an original musical and submit it to a festival. The only catch? The deadline is in three weeks! They gather their friends, Susan and Heidi, and their trusted accompanist and set off. With the team assembled, Jeff and Hunter hit another roadblock-- what should they write about? Jeff and Hunter decide to follow the old saying, “write what you know,” and set off on a unique musical adventure: writing a musical about writing a musical. As the deadline looms, insecurities creep in and jealousies flare. Will the team succeed with their musical? Could it even win a Tony?! Frequently hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and thoroughly inspiring, [title of show] is a love story celebrating individuality and creativity.

“Mr. Bowen and Mr. Bell have turned themselves into well-drawn comic characters and shaped their struggles — and those of Ms. Blickenstaff and Ms. Blackwell — into a shaggy saga of youthful hopes frustrated, channeled and (hooray!) ultimately rewarded, as their doodle of a musical comes together.” -The New York Times

As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
Nov. 15–19
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 pm
Browning Mainstage Theatre

When your life is at risk and you flee court to find refuge in the woods, it’s good to have a clown along. Stepping into the magical Forest of Arden with the philosophical fool Touchstone and her cousin Celia, Rosalind disguises herself as a young man and takes a walk into self-discovery. In this brave new world, she finds other court exiles - and the man she loves! Falling in love and learning who you are by acting the part are at the heart of this charming production in which romantic playfulness builds to a woodland wedding extravaganza.

Lysistrata
By Aristophanes
Dec. 6-10, Dec. 13–17
7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Stage III

How do you end a war that seems never ending? Aristophanes' famous play, Lysistrata, takes on this question as it centers on the lives of the soldiers' wives toward the end of the Peloponnesian War. One woman, Lysistrata, under the impression that a man's libido is ultimately his driving force in life, comes up with an interesting peace solution: to deny their husbands and lovers sexual relations until they can settle on a peace agreement that will end the war. However, Lysistrata's strategy effectively creates even more conflict than before as the sexes begin to feud with each other. Aristophanes' play is both comic, poignant, and revealing as it examines gender relations that somehow still feel relevant thousands of years late

Spring 2018

Men on Boats
by Jaclyn Backhaus
Feb. 14–18, Feb. 21–25
7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Emerson Studio Theatre

In 1869, one-armed explorer John Wesley Powell and his crew of 9 men in 4 boats went down the Colorado River into the Grand Canyon, not knowing what lay ahead.  This great adventure is reenacted by ten women —- the rapids, the rations, and the ride of their lives. An ingenious, hilarious, and brilliant new play, Men On Boats brings to life the true(ish) history of a 1869 expedition like you have never seen it before.

“[MEN ON BOATS] is marvelously destabilizing both as history and theater. The stalwartness and selfishness of the adventurers—their cockiness and cluelessness—become biting satire when sent up by women." —New York Magazine

She Kills Monsters
By Qui Nguyen
Directing Capstone Project
March 30–April 1
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm
Stage III

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

"Nguyen is a refreshing, break-the-rules writer — he has a ready embrace of pop culture, high-school speak and 'High Fidelity' cool, and he also has a mission to redeem gaming geeks everywhere...She Kills Monsters, delivers exactly what it promises, is generally a blast" - Chicago Tribune

Fly By Night
Conceived by Kim Rosenstock
Written by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick & Kim Rosenstock
Directing Capstone Project
April 6–8
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm
Stage III

A star-crossed prophecy. A lot of music. Just not a lot of light. In this darkly comic rock-fable, a melancholy sandwich maker’s humdrum life is intersected by two entrancing sisters. A sweeping ode to young love set against the backdrop of the Northeast blackout of 1965, Fly By Night is a tale about making your way and discovering hope in a world beset by darkness.

"The ways in which these people [...] intersect are meant to evoke a cosmic pattern, a sense of the invisible connective tissue that underlies the mundane [...] The score flirts with early rock ’n’ roll, as well as recurrent motifs that are guaranteed to take up longtime residence in your ear." - The New York Times

Brigadoon
Music by Frederick Loewe
Book and Lyrics by Bob Alan Jay Lerner
April 18–22
7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm
Browning Mainstage Theatre

When New Yorkers Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas get lost on a vacation in the Scottish Highlands, they stumble into Brigadoon. Brigadoon is a mythical village that appears for a single day once every hundred years. After falling head over heels for the headstrong Fiona, Tommy is forced to choose between returning to the world that he knows — or taking a chance on love in a mysterious new place. Including such famous hits as “Heather on the Hill” and “Almost Like Being in Love,” Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon has music that will sweep you off your feet coupled with a whimsical story that is a tribute to the power of true love.

" ‘When you love deeply enough,’ Lundie says, in the best moment of the show, ‘anything is possible. Even miracles.’ So we all like to believe, especially while watching a musical. So the endeavor is worthy. And significant, worthy work has been done here. [...] The choreography is both delicate and engaged with the narrative. The big production numbers are rich, detailed and respectful in their pageantry.” - Los Angeles Times

Webster University Dance Ensemble
April 27–29
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 pm
Browning Mainstage Theatre