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Performances and Performance Opportunities


There are many great performances and performance opportunities at Merrimack College.

Return to this page often for updates and additions regarding both performances and auditions.

Click the links for more information and/or to purchase tickets online!

AUDITIONS 

THE SHAPE OF THINGS

by Neil Labute
Directed by Kathleen Sills and Presented by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts 

Auditions on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 6:30 -9:30 pm in Stevens Auditorium, Cushing Hall.  Call backs on Wednesday, September 10. No monologue needed, all actors will do cold readings from the script. Roles for 2 men, 2 women.  Stage hands/crew also needed.  

Contact Stage Manager Mike Semonelli, ’17 at semonellim@merrimack.edu with questions and for more information.

 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

music and lyrics by William Finn
book by Rachel Sheinkin
directed by Emily Salvi and music direction by Phil Naroian for the Onstagers Dramatic Society

Open Casting Call for this Ensemble Musical on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 at 6:30 pm, Stevens Auditorium, Cushing Hall.  Be prepared to sing!  Also looking for stage crew, musicians, and so forth! Come, join the fun!

Contact stage manager Nate Vilandre ’16 at vilandren@merriamck.edu with questions and for more information.

 

OPPORTUNITIES for MUSICIANS!

 

LIVE THEATRE

On stage in 2014 - 2015!

 

Frank Ferrante in

An Evening with Groucho

October 4, 2014, 7:30 pm

Award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray for Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.”

Tickets and information at Rogers Center for the Arts Box Office, 978-837-5355 or  PURCHACE ONLINE HERE

The Shape of Things

by Neil LaBute,

directed by Kathleen Sills for the Department of Visual and Performing Arts

October 23-25, 2014

The Shape of Things tells the story of young art student Evelyn, and shy, insecure student Adam, who become entangled in a steamy affair after meeting in a museum. Evelyn decides to give her new boyfriend a makeover, but just how far will she go? Set at a university, LaBute’s modern-day telling of the fall of man is nothing less than dangerously seductive and challenges our deeply entrenched ideas about image, identity, loyalty, love and art.

Tickets and information at Rogers Center for the Arts Box Office, 978-837-5355 or  PURCHACE ONLINE HERE

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

music and lyrics by William Finn
book by Rachel Sheinkin
directed by Emily Salvi and music direction by Phil Naroian for the Onstagers Dramatic Society

 

November 23-25, 2014

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul crushing, pout inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. 

Tickets and information at Rogers Center for the Arts Box Office, 978-837-5355 or  PURCHACE ONLINE HERE

RED HERRING

a Film Noir Love Story

by Michael Hollinger,

directed by Fr. Richard J. Piatt, O.S.A for the Department of Visual and Performing Arts

February 12-14, 2015

Three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices.  It’s 1952:  America’s on the verge of the H-bomb, I Love Lucy is on TV, Senator Joe McCarthy’s daughter just got engaged to a Soviet spy, and Boston detective Maggie Pelletier has to find out who dumped the dead guy in the Harbor – or else lose out on a honeymoon in Havana.  A blunt-nosed, sharp-eyed look at love and tying (and untying, and retying) the knot! The Philadelphia Inquirer called the play “Exceedingly funny” while the Main Line Times calls it “Hilarious. A valentine celebrating love and marriage.  A fun, engaging, farcical romp with a cleverly complex plot and a loving heart.”  

What a Perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day this season!

Tickets and information at Rogers Center for the Arts Box Office, 978-837-5355 or  PURCHACE ONLINE HERE

 

The Spencers:  

Theatre of Illusion

March 13, 2015

The Spencers production is a unique fusion of magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality. With a background in clinical psychology, Kevin likes to say, “I was going to help people’s minds, but now I just mess with them.”  By blending the theatrical elements of a Broadway-style production with the high energy of a rock concert, these artists take their audience on a journey to the brink of impossibility… and back again. The Spencers have been described as “Modern Day Houdinis” by the critics. The duo presents a big, high-tech stage show that combines drama, comedy, romance and suspense with elaborate stage illusions. 

Tickets and information at Rogers Center for the Arts Box Office, 978-837-5355 or  PURCHACE ONLINE HERE

 

NEXT to NORMAL

music byTom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, presented by the Onstagers Dramatic Society.

April 9-11, 2015

Next to Normal is a Pulitzer Prize winning musical that tackles the difficult topic of mental health within the modern family. The show has become an immediate hit amongst musical fans due to it hard-hitting reality and its award winning music specifically “I’m Alive” and “Superboy and the Invisible Girl.” Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s masterpiece will cause you to laugh, cry, and rethink the impact that musicals can have on audiences of all kinds.

Tickets and information at Rogers Center for the Arts Box Office, 978-837-5355 or  PURCHACE ONLINE HERE

 

Previous Theatre events in the 2013-14 season include:  Aquila Theatre’s Fahrenheit 451TartuffeTrue West, Little Shop of Horrors, and Doubt: A Parable (Honored by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 1 as a “held” production for possible production at the 2015 Regional Festival).

LIVE MUSIC

 Coming fall/winter 2014!

 

15th Annual Pops Concert

with  the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra

September 2, 2014

Enjoy an afternoon of light and lively favorites at the Pops. Student Trombone Soloist, Christian M. Howard will play the “Morceau Symphoniqe, Op. 88” by Alexandre Guilmant.

Tickets and information at Rogers Center for the Arts Box Office, 978-837-5355 or  PURCHACE ONLINE HERE

The New England Tenors

October 5, 2014

The New England Tenors return for their annual concert featuring Jeffrey Hartman, Damien Corcoran, and John Middleton-Cox.  This concert is always a crowd-pleaser and we welcome them back for what promises to be a great afternoon of entertainment!

Tickets and information at Rogers Center for the Arts Box Office, 978-837-5355 or  PURCHACE ONLINE HERE

SIMPLY SINATRA

November 1, 2014

Simply Sinatra, starring Steve Lippia, has been thrilling sold-out Pops audiences across North America.  In this musical celebration Steve interprets some of the most well-known and beloved Frank Sinatra hits.  In this musical celebration it is clearly Steve who comes through. His singing reveals a man who truly understands a lyric, in a deeply personal way. Steve Lippia brings to life the music and lyrics of some of the greats such as Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Rodgers and Hart and Stephen Sondheim.

Tickets and information at Rogers Center for the Arts Box Office, 978-837-5355 or  PURCHACE ONLINE HERE

Music, Image, Time: Place as Inspiration,

Dr. William Pfaff

November 6, 2014

The multimedia presentation highlights Dr. Pfaff’s interdisciplinary experiences as an Artist-in-Residence at the Petrified Forest National Park. It includes photos, original compositions and a screening of the collaboratively produced work, Unconformities.

The presentation includes a screening of the collaboratively produced work,Unconformities. Completed upon return from the park, the multimedia composition includes Pfaff’s photos and his original score for five electric basses. The music was performed, recorded, mixed and engineered by Dr. Drew Waters. Pfaff’s images were refined and set into Final Cut Pro by SUNY Plattsburgh Alumnus, Steve Twardzick.

Tony Kenny’s Christmastime in Ireland

December 5, 2014

Imagine Christmas time in Ireland……A warm turf fire on a cold night, a rousing sing-along by the hearth, favorite Christmas songs and hymns, laughter as everyone gathers for a sampling of Irish wit and wisdom, and the joyfulness of youthful dancing in celebration of the holidays, then allow Tony Kenny, Ireland’s Premier Entertainer, and his all-star cast to take you there. Christmas Time in Ireland is a dynamic concert that presents the finest in Irish song, dance, music and laughter. Starring vocalist Tony Kenny, the line-up also includes George Casey, Kathy Durkin, The Dublin Trinity Band and the Dublin City Dancers.

Celebrate the holidays at the Rogers Center! Christmas Time in Ireland is a show not to be missed this season!

Tickets and information at Rogers Center for the Arts Box Office, 978-837-5355 or  PURCHACE ONLINE HERE

 

Merrimack College Jazz Ensemble:  A Very Jazzy Christmas!

December 7, 2014

The Merrimack Jazz Ensemble presents a fun-filled concert to celebrate the season. The Ensemble, composed of students, faculty, and alumni of Merrimack College, will perform big band arrangements of your favorite traditional and contemporary holiday tunes.

Tickets and information at Rogers Center for the Arts Box Office, 978-837-5355 or  PURCHACE ONLINE HERE

 

Previous Live Music events in the 2013-14 season include: The Marcus Roberts Jazz Trio, Dublin’s Irish Cabaret presents: Andy Cooney with Noel V. Ginnity, the Guiness Folk Band, and Darrah Carr DanceAn Evening of Classical Music, A Gershwin Celebration(Best of Broadway),  the 10th Annual Evening of Jazz: with the Merrimack College Jazz Ensemble, Concerts by Concert Choir and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Spoken Word and Literary Events

UP NEXT: Coming fall 2014!

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EXECPECT SOME FANTASTIC THINGS THIS YEAR! Previous Spoken Word and Literary Events at the Writers House include: Henry Petroski, Baba Brinkman, Robin Becker, Bob Hicok and Piper Kerman.

Art Gallery

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ArtsWarriors is a student curated gallery featured in Augies Pub. To join up contact Kevin Salemme (salemmek@merrimack.edu) or Molly Canyes (canyesm@merrimack.edu).