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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 2018

The Fantasticks
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Oct. 3-7, Oct. 10–14
7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 pm
Stage Three

Whimsical, poignant, and romantic, The Fantasticks is an allegorical story that focuses on two young lovers, their meddling fathers, and the journey we all must take through adolescent thrills, the growing pains of hurt and betrayal, the highs of passion, the challenges of distance, and the agonies of heartbreak to discover how to truly love. With the record for the longest American theatrical run, The Fantasticks is a gem of the American musical theatre.

“The truly gripping love story of “The Fantasticks” is not that of the Boy and Girl at the plot’s center but of the undying affection lavished on this bauble of a musical by Mr. Jones and Mr. Schmidt, who through sheer devotion and tenacity turned it into the Little Show That Wouldn’t Die.” -NY Times

Fahrenheit 451
By Ray Bradbury
Nov. 14–18
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 pm
Browning Mainstage Theatre

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper ignites. Ray Bradbury’s classic drama is about the inner struggle of Guy Montag, a fireman. Montag has worked as a civil servant for ten years burning books, in a society that views reading as a threat to peace. But Montag becomes increasingly unsure about what he is doing and about his vegetable-like existence. It is not until he meets Clarisse, who is filled with strange ideas, that he is led into a dangerous and highly combustible situation. Now he must choose between continuing his nonexistent existence and risking everything for the right to think. A timely and suspenseful journey, Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian tale about the importance of reading and thinking for oneself.

“ ‘We did it to ourselves. We demanded a world like this.’ Did we? Are we? Look how eerily relevant this premise is, Fahrenheit 451blares. With its conception of an America where knowledge and education are threats rather than assets and where the news networks constantly blast inescapable paranoia-stoking crime reports and patriotic soundbites - could this be more now? -The Atlantic

The Three Sisters
By Anton Chekhov
Adaptation by Sarah Ruhl
Nov. 28- Dec. 2, Dec. 5-9
7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Emerson Studio Theatre

Trapped in a provincial Russian town after the death of their father, three sisters lament the passing of better times and long for the excitement of Moscow. One of them has married a local teacher; another has become a teacher herself; the third has settled for a dull job in the local telegraph office. Their principal interest is focused on the officers of the local regiment, of which their father had been commandant, men who bring a sense of sophistication and the world outside to their suppressed existence. In the end the fateful pattern of their lives is made clear—their dreams will be denied but, despite all, there must always be hope, however futile, and the ways of the world are to be accepted, if not understood.

"Chekhov once said that life is both complex and simple, and Three Sisters, by mining the utter, giggly absurdity of its characters, captures that paradox pristinely. —Time Out Chicago.

Spring 2019

By the Say... Meet Vera Stark
by Lynn Nottage
Feb. 13–17, Feb. 20–24
7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Emerson Studio Theatre

In a new comedy from the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. By the Way...Meet Vera Stark is a seventy-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come.

"That this show is so informed and incisive while being wildly entertaining may be Nottage's biggest achievement here: In a way, she's beaten Hollywood at its own game." —NY Post.

The Little Prince
By Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
Adapted from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
March 29–30
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 11am,  2 pm, and 7:30 pm
Stage III

The Little Prince tells the story of a world-weary and disenchanted Aviator whose sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara Desert and a mysterious, regal "little man" who appears and asks him to "Please, sir, draw me a sheep." During their two weeks together in the desert, the Little Prince tells the Aviator about his adventures through the galaxy. The Little Prince talks to everyone he meets: a garden of roses, the Snake and a Fox who wishes to be tamed. From each he gains a unique insight which he shares with the Aviator: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly." "What is essential is invisible to the eye."

“Not only does it clearly capture the tale of a man whose creativity was crushed in childhood only to re-emerge at a moment of great stress, but The Little Prince deftly illuminates Saint-Exupery's themes of the meaning of love, the opposing pulls of solitude and companionship, and man's relationship to the universe itself.” -Chicago Sun Times

Photograph 51
By Anna Ziegler
Directing Capstone Project
April 5–7
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm
Stage III

A humorous and moving portrait of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. A play about ambition, isolation, and the race for greatness.

“My only complaint about Anna Ziegler’s intriguing, informative 95-minute play is that it is not longer... What the play does is correct a historical injustice and ask, by implication, whether women are still sidelined in the scientific world...It proves that science is inherently dramatic and that the neglect of Rosalind Franklin’s contribution to uncovering the secret of life remains a blot on our history.” —The Guardian (US)

Love's Labour's Lost
A New Musical Based on the Play by William Shakespeare
Songs by Michael Friedman
Book Adapted by Alex Timbers
April 17–21
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 pm
Browning Mainstage Theatre

Romance, revelry and enchanting music ignite in this contemporary, yet lovingly faithful, musical adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy. The King and his best buds decide at their five-year college reunion to swear off the joys of women. But when four cute, clever girls from their past show up, they're forced to reconsider all of their vows. Add in an outlandish Spanish exchange student and a performance art-loving professor, and love and devotion are put to the test with hilarious results. Smart, sexy, outrageous and irreverent, Love's Labour's Lostis a madcap celebration of true love and coming of age.

“Love’s Labour’s Lost” (at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park) is so good on so many levels that it makes you excited about not only what the American musical can do but how well it reflects on those producers who support the new, full-out." -The New Yorker

Webster University Dance Ensemble
April 26–28
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 pm
Browning Mainstage Theatre