This upcoming season of theatre performances promises a mix of fun and thoughtful productions
As the BYU Theatre and Media Arts department moves to the new BYU West Campus this spring, the Theatre department has put together a remarkable lineup of classic and modern stage productions for its 2022–2023 season. This season boasts several fun and family-friendly productions alongside more serious stage plays.
“We enthusiastically invite our audiences to join us as we move to the Mainstage Theatre, Studio Theatre and Black Box Theatre at BYU West Campus,” said BYU Theatre Artistic Director Stephanie Breinholt. “From award-winning contemporary theatre to revered classics, this season is diverse and exciting. There is sure to be something for everyone!”
Productions for the upcoming season include “Go Dog. Go!” and “Twelve Angry Jurors,” as well as the musical “Godspell.” Patrons can also enjoy the work of up-and-coming student playwrights and designers with an evening of “Microburst Theatre” and the “Fabularis: Characters of Myth & Legend” fashion show.
Come support new voices in theatre storytelling with “Microburst Theatre.” This fast-paced new play festival showcases the best of student playwriting in an evening of 10-minute plays, workshopped and performed by an ensemble of bright young actors and dramaturgs. Support new work and become acquainted with the next generation of playwrights who will change the world.
The department will also host an evening of “Contemporary Voices,” where students will perform readings of the best of American contemporary theatre, including “Matilda the Musical,” “The Clean House” and “Shakespeare in Love.” Engage with the work of master playwrights whose important voices might otherwise not be heard in our university community. Students bring life to these scripts through carefully rehearsed staged readings, and the audience is invited to post-show conversations about the themes, complications and joys of these plays.
“These performances are some of the students’ favorites as they are vital in bringing current plays to our BYU stages,” Breinholt said of the “Contemporary Voices” series.
Join the dash of racing dogs with Young Company’s production of “Go Dog. Go!” A veritable canine carnival, P. D. Eastman’s classic children’s book comes to life filled with movement, music, color and comedy. Honoring the 60th anniversary of the beloved “I Can Read!” book, this rollicking free-for-all is a joyful musical celebration that children and their grown-ups will love!
Celebrate the work of student designers and makeup artists with the department’s first-ever fashion show, “Fabularis: Characters of Myth & Legend.” Talented student costume and makeup designers interpret myths and legends from across world cultures to create an evening of fantasy and fashion. Mingle with designers at the reception between shows and take a peek behind the design for stories of the runway you won’t want to miss.
Immerse yourself in the world of a mid-20th century courtroom drama with “Twelve Angry Jurors.” Twelve jurors assume the responsibility of deciding the fate of an 18-year-old boy as he stands trial for murder. Tensions rise and pressure mounts as the trial unfolds, revealing the bias, prejudice and character of each juror. The journey to a final verdict is a suspenseful and timely story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
“This adaptation is almost identical to the original,” said Breinholt. “It is the iconic story of how one person’s conviction to what is right can make all the difference.”
A timeless celebration of Christian friendship, loyalty and love based on the Gospel of Matthew, “Godspell” is a Tony-nominated musical for the entire family. With an updated script and score fresh from the 2012 Broadway Revival, this dance musical presents beloved New Testament parables praising the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Humor, romance and wacky escapades take center stage in William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” performed by BYU’s Young Company. It’s the hilarious fairy tale about the fickleness of love set in a fun and fanciful pajama party. In a condensed adaptation for family audiences, it’s a dream you won’t want to wake up from!
“The move to BYU West Campus has been an invitation to faculty, directors and designers to look outside the box,” said Breinholt. “We are excited for the opportunity to push the boundaries of our creativity in storytelling in these new venues!”
The full list of 2022-2023 performances can be found at TheatreSeason.byu.edu.
Season tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 12, at 10 a.m. at byutickets.com.