Season

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

Webster Students, Faculty and Staff Free with a valid ID
$12 for Adults
$6 for Seniors, Alumni, and Non-Webster Students
$2 for children 12 and under

Fall 2013

Alice in Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll
Original Music by Chris Pratt
Oct. 2-6, 9-13
7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Special Matinees Saturday Oct. 5 and 12 at 11:00am.
Emerson Studio Theatre
In this new adaptation created by the Conservatory students, young Alice, bored with life above ground, follows the White Rabbit into a wild and wonderful world of the imagination. Determined to make her way through the tiny door into the beautiful garden, Alice engages the challenges of Wonderland, encountering a menagerie of colorful characters along the way. By the end of her adventure she learns that there's no reason to be bored when one has  imagination to fill their life.

The Country Wife
By William Wycherley
Nov. 20-24
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Browning Mainstage Theatre
Wycherley's masterpiece turns on two scintillating plot devices: a London rake fakes his own impotence in order to pursue affairs with married women and an inexperienced young “country wife” arrives into town. A quintessential Restoration comedy, the play reflects the era's aristocratic and anti-Puritan feelings. Based partly on the works of Molière, The Country Wife continues to appeal to audiences, as it did in seventeenth-century London, through its fast and complicated plots, its sparkling dialogue, and its mischievous double entendre.  

Smokey Joe's Cafe - The Songs of Leiber and Stoller
Words and Music by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Dec. 4-8, 11-15
7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Stage III
“The appeal of the piece is not some kind of conceptual brilliance or illuminating narrative frame (oh no) but the dizzying number and variety of songs that this pair wrote... Unlike, say, single-composer revues of Broadway or American songbook fare, where fans tend to know what they are about to get, Smokey Joe's celebrates a prolific pair of songwriters who are not necessarily linked with all their songs, which transcended genre and were usually associated more with the singers thereof than the writers." Chicago Tribune

Spring 2014

The House of the Spirits
by Caridad Svich
Based on the novel by Isabel Allende
Feb. 19--23 Feb.26-Mar. 2
7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Emerson Studio Theatre
“The haunting best-selling novel by Isabel Allende comes to the stage in this fascinating adaptation, showing the struggles of a landed, privileged family in a South American nation as four generations of women face up to a powerful patriarch and dictatorship in the 20th century.” Arizona State University

Directing Capstone Project
Stage III
Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at 2:00 p.m.

Reckless
By Craig Lucas
Mar 28-30
“With Reckless... Mr. Lucas has given us a bittersweet Christmas fable for our time.  It's a Wonderful Life as it might be reimagined for a bruising contemporary America in which homelessness may be a pervasive spiritual condition rather than a sociological crisis... Reckless has a simple emotional pull akin to that of a Crosby ballad born of the lonely World War II home front, it yanks us through every conceivable absurdist hoop, fracturing narrative, language and characterization on the way to its rending destination." New York Times

A Devised Piece
Artistic Team
A Found Location To Be Announced Later
Apr 4-6
From Punch Drunk's Sleep No More to The Public Theater's Under the Radar festival, devised theatre is taking New York and the contemporary theatre in an exciting new direction. It seeks to create performances through experimentation, collaboration, and innovation. Devised theatre can emerge from a dream, a newspaper article, a poem, or anything that inspire its creator or creators to make a dynamic theatrical event. In this Conservatory first, students actors and designers will collaborate to create a piece of theatre from scratch.

Into the Woods
Book by James Lapine
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Apr 23-27
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Browning Mainstage Theatre 
“The forests are not always what they seem in Sondheim's spellbinding, romantic, and brilliant Into the Woods. Weaving everyone's favorite fairy tales together, this delightful and witty musical asks: what happens after happily ever after?" McCarter Theatre

“In Sondheim's and Lapine's neck of the woods, the Baker and his Wife are longing for a child, but the Witch next door has put them under a barren curse that she will lift only if they can produce a white cow, a red cape, a lock of yellow hair, and a golden slipper. Enter Jack (of beanstalk fame), Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel, and Cinderella. From then on, as one song attests, anything can happen in the woods.” Huffington Post

Webster University Dance Ensemble
May 2-4
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Browning Mainstage Theatre