What's On Stage?
When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.
Theatrefest 2019! | November 16, 2019 @ 12:30PM
Directed toward southeastern Michigan middle and high school students, TheatreFest features workshops with theatre professionals and Rochester University faculty on various topics including acting, auditioning, musical theatre, and technical theatre. Workshops will be followed by dinner and a complimentary performance of Rochester University’s production of A Wrinkle in Time. The registration fee is $30 per student. Be sure to choose your workshops when you register!Register for Theatrefest
2019-2020 Main Stage Season
A Wrinkle in Time | November 14-24, 2019
Adapted from Madeline L’Engle’s novel by John Glore
In Juliet’s Garden & When Shakespeare’s Ladies Doth Protest | February 13-23, 2020
In Juliet’s Garden by Judith Elliot McDonald
When Shakespeare’s Ladies Doth Protest by Brandon Langeland
About RU Theatre & More
Audition to join the theatre program and/or qualify for scholarships!
Who can participate: Scholarships are for participation Rochester College campus theatrical productions regardless of major. Scholarships for theatre and musical theatre majors are available also. All incoming freshmen, transfer students, and current students are invited to participate.
- Performance scholarships and/or program entry: 2 contrasting monologues totaling 3-4 minute
- Technical scholarships and/or program entry: Bring a portfolio/pictures/resume or similar artifact.
- Musical Theatre Applicants and/or program entry: Perform one 1-2 minute memorized monologue and a short musical theatre piece of your choice (at least 16 bars).
- All applicants will be given a short interview period with the theatre faculty.
Scholarship recipients are expected to participate in productions throughout the mainstage theatre season.
You can help support the theatre program with your tax-deductible contributions. All contributors will be acknowledged in upcoming programs and some will enjoy such amenities as season tickets.
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- Friend ($25-$99)
- Supporter ($100-$199)
- Patron ($200-$299)
- Sponsor ($300-$499)
- Benefactor ($500 and above)
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Noah Robery Mabey Scholarship Fund
Through generous funds provided by friends and family of Noah Robert Mabey, Rochester College offers an annual scholarship for students who are currently english majors with a theatre minor, have a 3.0 GPA, and the recipient should exemplify a passion for the arts, including writing, theatre and literature. Additionally, awardee should demonstrate noticeable character and compassion with a sense of humor while willingly participating in Rochester College and a general commitment to be inclusive and serving others.
Every summer, the UnCovered Theatre Company and Rochester University Theatre Department team up to produce the Rochester University Shakespeare Festival. Professional actors and directors from around the country come to RU’s campus to perform some of Shakespeare’s best plays. Past shows include: Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Godspell and As You Like It. Come out and enjoy the Bard in our lovely outdoor theatre space!