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Top College Productions To See This Year In Connecticut

October 14, 2013 8:00 AM

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A state with an abundance of superior colleges and universities as well as exceptional regional theaters, it is not surprising that Connecticut is known for outstanding college theater productions. Here is where the best of the best train and hone theater skills. Whether it is for performance, design or for special effects, Connecticut colleges and universities have top-notch faculty members who have or are working in the theater. You will find great theater all over this state.

“Chicago: The Musical”
Western Connecticut State University
181 White St.
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 837-8499
www.wcsu.edu/theatrearts/events

Date: Oct. 30, 2013

Directed by Julio Agustin Matos,“Chicago: The Musical” is likely to be one of the most memorable theater productions at West Conn this season. Not only is Western Connecticut State University known for its outstanding theater department, but it’s also well known for its music department. Doing a Broadway hit musical like “Chicago,” which is steamy hot, sexy and comical, will not only pull in a college audience but the general public as well. The show opens October 30.

“Arsenic And Old Lace”
Post University
800 Country Club Road
Waterbury, CT 06708
(203) 596-4500
www.post.edu

Date: Dec. 6, 2013

Robert E Tansley directs two shows a year at Post University. One is a comedy or drama and one is a musical. Director Tansley chose an old chestnut of a play for starters. He will present Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Here’s a proven comedy that is bound to sell out. With two dear little old ladies and a crazy nephew filling the basement with dead bodies, this is a great laugh-out-loud production. The show opens the first weekend of December.

“Richard III”
The Hartt School at the Roberts Theater
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117
(860) 768-4454
www.harttweb.hartford.edu

Date: Oct. 17, 2013

The Hartt School will present Shakespeare’s “Richard III” in October. One of Shakespeare’s longest plays, second only to “Hamlet,” this hunchback character is one of the Bard’s ugliest and meanest. The play is filled with action and brings history to life in a most dramatic way. As for the Hartt School productions, considering its partnership with two outstanding regional theaters, Hartford Stage and Goodspeed Musicals, performances will undoubtedly be outstanding. The production opens on October 17.

“The Three Musketeers”
Connecticut Repertory Theatre at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre
802 Bolton Road, Unit 1127
Storrs, CT 06269
(860) 486-2113
www.crt.uconn.edu/shows/the-three-musketeers

Date: Nov. 21, 2013

This college theater’s productions are Equity professional. Adapted by Linda Alpert, Douglas Langworthy and Penny Metropulos from the novel of the same title, Alexandre Dumas’s story takes to the stage with all the excitement of an adventure filled with trials and tribulations. Expect sword play and romance, laughter and tears in what is bound to be an excellent production by the UConn acting company. “The Three Musketeers” opens on November 21 in time for the holiday season.

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“Bram Stoker’s Dracula”   
Quinipiac University, Clarice L. Buckman Theater, Mount Carmel Campus
275 Mount Carmel Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 582-8200
www.quinnipiac.edu/department-of-visual-and-performing-arts/ba-in-theater-and-minor/productions

Date: Nov. 7 , 2013

Directed by Bob Bresnick, here’s a ghoulishly delightful play that lends itself to chills and thrills. With vampires being all the rage, the best of them by far is none other than that famous Count known as Dracula. Though the play will excite and entertain as good and evil battle it out, the production itself should prove to be quite a winner on this college campus and will certainly draw in the community for a biting show. The production opens on November 7.

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Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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