2017-2018 Season 

Our Country’s Good

By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Amy Seham, Director
November 16-18 at 8 p.m. | November 19 at 2 p.m.
Anderson Theatre

In 1787, in the first Australian penal colony, a ragged, half-starved group of convicts put on a performance of The Recruiting Officer, an elegant comedy of manners by George Farquhar. Inspired by this strange-but-true moment of theatre history, playwright Wertenbaker has created a compelling contemporary work. With great humanity and humor, Our Country’s Good uses the many levels of this play within a play to explore class, race, sexuality, and the effects of incarceration on prisoners and on those who imprison them. London critic Georgina Brown proclaimed, “Rarely has the redemptive, transcendental power of theatre been argued with such eloquence and passion.”

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Our Country's Good - Gustavus

Currents: The 2017 Choreographers’ Gallery

Melissa C. Rolnick, Director
December 8 at 8:30 p.m. | December 9 at 2 p.m. | December 10 at 7 p.m.
Kresge Dance Studio 

The Department of Theatre and Dance celebrates the choreography and performance of our most highly skilled students. Experience the eclectic range of a new generation of emerging choreographers.

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Kinesthesis: Dance Honors Showcase

December 8 at 6:30 p.m. | December 9 at 5 p.m. | December 10 at 5 p.m.
Kresge Dance Studio

Senior honors students in dance, Tom Damery, Jordan Lovestrand, and Allison Retterath, present a concert that transcends expectations, bounds in athleticism, and showcases provocative original work.

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Isabel Watching it Rain in Macondo: The Physical Theatre Project

By Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Henry MacCarthy, Director
December 8 at 11 p.m. | December 9 at 7 p.m. | December 10 at 2 p.m.
Black Box Theatre

Devised by the members of the ensemble, the Physical Theatre Project will explore the expressive possibilities of the body in the construction of commonplace narratives for an exhilarating theatre experience.

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TheatreDanceWeekend Poster


Book by Joe Masteroff. Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. Music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.
Amy Seham, Director
February 23-24 at 8 p.m. | February 25 at 2 p.m. | March 2-3 at 8 p.m. | March 4 at 2 p.m.
Anderson Theatre

Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome to the notorious Kit Kat Club in 1931 Berlin. Here you will see beautiful singers, dancers, and musicians, along with a most extraordinary Master of Ceremonies! See the naïve young writer, Cliff Bradshaw, struggle to keep up with our delightful diva, Miss Sally Bowles. Enjoy the freedom, the laughter, the danger of our delicious decadence! Watch how the Nazi presence grows more and more powerful, until – well, you will see for yourselves. Come to the Cabaret!

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Gustavus Cabaret Poster - Annie Galloway Creative

The Marriage of Figaro

By Pierre Beaumarchais
Henry MacCarthy, Director
April 20-21 at 8 p.m. | April 22 at 2 p.m.
St. Peter Yoga Studio | 112 Grace Street, St. Peter

Beaumarchais’ controversial comic masterpiece of love, lust and class warfare, follows one mad day of adventures in the Castle of Aguas Frescas. Foreshadowing the French Revolution, this hilarious, tightly-plotted farce explores how a group of servants employs every trick in the book to dismantle aristocratic privilege. A timeless comedy of social revolution and change.

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Gustavus Marriage of Figaro

Falling Toward Beginning: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert

Michele Rusinko and Melissa C. Rolnick, Directors
May 11-12 at 8 p.m. | May 13 at 2 p.m.
Anderson Theatre

This year’s concert features work by Gustavus faculty Sarah Hauss, Jill Patterson, Melissa Rolnick, and Michele Rusinko, guest choreographers Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner and Jeffrey Peterson, recent alumna Laura Johnson ’16, and selected student choreographers. Please join us in our embrace of falling as an opportunity to rebound and begin again.

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Falling Toward Beginning Poster


Take a look at information from the 2016-2017 season.