Hands are preparing a wig for styling.

Preparing for the season: Wendi Zea, associate professor, costume design, prepares a wig ahead of the SIU School of Theater and Dance’s performance of Romeo and Juliet, Oct. 13-16, in McLeod Theater. Grace Brown, below, a senior in musical theater who plays Juliet, works on a costume. (Photos provided)

October 05, 2022

SIU’s School of Theater and Dance set to kick off stage season

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Starting with the classic “Romeo and Juliet,” that long-held story of doomed love, Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s School of Theater and Dance returns to a full schedule for the 2022-2023 season in October.

“It’s great to have a full main-stage season again, plus we have the Big Muddy New Play Festival in March, so we are totally back in business,” said H.D. Motyl, interim director in the School of Theater and Dance. “It’s great for the students to be seen and heard. That’s why they’re here — to perform before a live audience.”

From William Shakespeare’s tragic story of two young lovers, a musical adaptation of a classic American novel, an iconic Agatha Christie murder mystery and a celebration of the life of one of the nation’s most important composers, audiences will have a great variety to choose from.

“It’s a wonderful, varied season of work,” Motyl said.

The season’s schedule is available here. All of the performances will be in McLeod Theater, located in the Communications Building, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday. The four-show subscription series is $70 for adults, $65 for senior citizens and $28 for students. Individual tickets are $20, $18 and $8, respectively.

The schedule is:

  • Photo-2-Grace-Brown-Musical-Theater-sm.jpgOct. 13-16 — “Romeo and Juliet.” Directed by Susan Patrick Steinfeldt, associate professor, SIU School of Theater and Dance, with fight choreography by Rick Sordelet, visiting artist.
  • Dec. 8-11 — “Little Women: The Musical.” Directed by Bill Kincaid, SIU theater alumnus, with music directed by Angela C. Shultz, assistant professor of practice, SIU School of Music, and choreography by Darryl Clark, assistant professor, School of Theater and Dance.
  • Feb. 16-19 — “The Mousetrap.” Directed by Matthew C. Williams, assistant professor, School of Theater and Dance.
  • April 20-23 — “Sondheim Tribute Review.” Directed by Angela C. Shultz, and choreography by Darryl Clark.

The Big Muddy New Play Festival, featuring new works by SIU student playwrights with a stage performance and individual readings of new full-length plays, is scheduled for March 23-26.

Tickets for all the productions are available by contacting the McLeod Theater Box Office or the SIU Arena Box Office at theateranddance.siu.edu or 618-453-6000.