Theatre students perform a scene for one of the BU Players productions

BU Players

The Bloomsburg University Players promote experience in all aspects of theatre and are a proud resident producer of Arts in Bloom of Bloomsburg University.

Membership and participation in productions are open to all students, regardless of major. Membership in Players is an excellent way to meet people and enjoy various theatre-related activities on campus. BU Players is also the producing arm of the Theatre program. To find out what we are producing next, visit the Current Season section below and contact us if you want to be a part of it!

    Season 2022-23

    A Year with Frog and Toad

    A Year with Frog and Toad
    Music by Robert Reale, Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
    Based on the books by Arnold Lobel
    Directed by Dr. Carrie Winship
    Thursday, November 3 through Sunday, November 6, 2022
    Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Centre Street, Downtown Bloomsburg
     
    Thursday 11/3 @ 7:30 pm
    Friday 11/4 @ 7:30 pm
    Saturday 11/5 @ 1 pm
    Saturday 11/5 @ 7:30 pm
    Sunday 11/6 @ 3 pm
     
    Based on the beloved Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, this Tony-nominated, jazzy, family-friendly musical tells the story of an all-seasons friendship.

    There will be an Audition Workshop on Wednesday, August 31 to help prepare students for auditions. Auditions for A Year with Frog and Toad will begin on Tuesday, September 6. For more information, click on the Auditions section below. 
     

    Six Characters in Search of an Author

    Six Characters in Search of an Author
    By Luigi Pirandello newly adapted and directed by David A. Miller
    A co-production with Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
    Thursday, February 23 through Sunday, March 12, 2023
    Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center Street, Downtown Bloomsburg
     
    "Six characters, abandoned by their playwright, interrupt a theatre company’s rehearsal in the hopes of finally telling the story they each carry within them."

    Auditions for Six Characters will begin on Monday, August 29. For more information about how to sign up for and prepare for auditions, click on the Auditions section below.
     

    12th Annual Dance Minor Concert

    12th Annual Dance Minor Concert
    BU Professor Julie Petry, Artistic Director
    Sunday, April 30, 2023, at 3:00 pm
    Monday, May 1, 2023, at 7:30 pm
    K.S. Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall
     
    Dance works inspired by a wide variety of themes and styles.
     
    Plays in Bloom Residency
    Prof. David A. Miller, Artistic Director
    Monday, May 15 through Thursday, May 25, 2023
     
    The second annual residency will again feature a student company collaborating with one another, faculty, and guest professionals to develop new plays by professionals and by students and recent alums. Applications for the 2023 company will be available in the fall.
     
    To read more about Plays in Bloom, visit http://playsinbloom.org/. 

    Auditions

    Auditions are open to all current Bloomsburg students. 

    Initial Auditions for Six Characters in Search of an Author will be on Monday, August 29 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Actors are asked to prepare a 60- to 90- second monologue of their choice. To read the play, learn more about the auditions, and read sample monologues you are welcome to use, visit the BU Players Auditions Resource folder.

    An Audition Workshop will be held on Wednesday, August 31 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Theatre Lab (Arts and Administration 036). This workshop is a great opportunity to learn more about what to expect at the auditions for A Year with Frog and Toad! We will cover topics such as: what to prepare in advance, the structure of the initial audition, general tips for auditions and callbacks, and how to effectively communicate with an accompanist and nail your song!

    Auditions for A Year with Frog and Toad will begin on Tuesday, September 6. For more information and to sign up, visit the BU Players Auditions Resource folder.

    Initial Auditions for the Directing Class Projects will be on Friday, September 25 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with callbacks on Sunday, September 27 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Additional details to follow as they develop.

    To learn more about the season of plays, musicals, and dance concerts, click on the Current Season tab above. To learn more about the auditioning process, read the auditioning posts on the Backstage with BU Players blog

    If you are a student interested in finding out more about auditions or want to be added to the email list about other upcoming auditions please contact Prof. David A. Miller (dmiller@bloomu.edu).

    Non-students: We do sometimes have specific productions that hold auditions for the wider community to include faculty, staff, and/or community members. We will announce those auditions here as well.

    Production Handbook and Production Calendar

    The most up-to-date versions available in this shared folder.

    General Production Crew Announcements

    • If you are enrolled in Practicum and are interested in upcoming crew calls, please check your email or contact Professor Ethan Krupp.
    • If you are interested in working on a production in a non-acting capacity, please let us know by sending a message to Professor Ethan Krupp.  You can scroll to the bottom of this page for his contact information

    Season 2020-21

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    John Proctor is the Villain
    by Kimberly Belflower
    Directed by BU Professor KC MacMillan

    November 3 to 7, 2021
    Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3:00 pm
    Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center Street, in downtown Bloomsburg

    In present-day Appalachian Georgia, a high school class explores the seminal American classic, The Crucible. As scandal swirls in their community and old heroes are unmasked, the English assignment becomes uncomfortably relevant for the students. The line between witch and heroine blurs in this post-Me Too examination of power, love, and sex education.

    Throughout the play, the students navigate their personal lives—finding surprising connections between the personal and what they are studying in class. The play encourages the destigmatization of female desire and as such, the play's teen girls have the kinds of conversations that teen girls have when adults are not present—frank conversations about their desires and experiences, as well open discussions about sex, sex education, relationships, politics, feminism, literature, and life.

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    By William Shakespeare | Newly adapted by the BU Players and BU Professor Dr. Carrie Winship | Directed by BU Professor Dr. Carrie Winship
    March 3 to 6, 2022
    Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm
    Sunday at 3:00 pm
    Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center Street, Downtown BloomsburgAbout the play: Love triangles, love quadrangles, couples, and an ass on a Bottom. Magic and mischief in the woods and an imminent wedding at the palace.

    Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies

    Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies Poster

    By Tearrance Arvelle Chisolm
    A Student-Driven Project led by students Brian Bond, Gibryl Livingston, and Kalie Peterson
    Friday, April 8, 2022, at 7:30 pm
    Saturday, April 9, 2022, at 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm, 2022
    Theatre Lab (Arts & Administration 036)

    Marquis and Tru are both fourteen-year-old black boys, but they exist in two totally different worlds. Tru decides that Marquis has lost his “blackness” and pens a how-to manual entitled “Being Black for Dummies”. He assumes the role of professor, but Marquis proves to be a reluctant pupil.

     

     

     

    11th Annual Dance Minor Concert Poster

    11th Annual Dance Minor Concert
    Finding Our Footing

    BU Professor Julie Petry, Artistic Director
    Sunday, May 1, 2022, at 3:00 pm
    Monday, May 2, 2022, at 7:30 pm
    Mitrani Hall in Haas Center for the Arts

    This year's concert features six exciting dance works inspired by a wide variety of topical themes and dance styles. From abstract to story-telling methods, the works explore the current human experience as we feel our way through this complex world. The Concert blends student, faculty, and staff talents as choreographers, dancers, lighting, costume, and sound designers, and is sure to offer something visually pleasing for all ages. The themes explored include unconditional love, addiction, cultural trendsetting, trauma recovery/support, self-reliance, free-thinking, inspiration, hope, and peace.

    Plays in Bloom Residency

    Plays in Bloom Residency
    Staged Readings of New Plays by Guest Artists, Students, and Alums
    Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 3:00 pm
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 7:30 pm 

    A Student Company of theatre artists will collaborate with a guest professional playwright in a week-long development of a full-length play and participate in a festival of new short plays written by student and alum playwrights. The inaugural residency will take place May 15 to 25, 2022 with two public sharings of new work during that span. 

    Plays in Bloom is supported by a Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Grant from Bloomsburg University and the Faculty Professional Development Council of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. To find out more about the program and how to get involved, contact Professor David A. Miller, Artistic Director. To learn more about the Plays in Bloom program.

    Season 2020-21

    The Screen Plays

    November 11-12, 2021

    Dramatic Stories & Digital (Dis)connections
    A virtual performance festival of six original plays written and performed by Bloomsburg University students.

    Full details about The Screen Plays

    Much Ado About Murder

    A Virtual Audience Participation Murder Mystery
    by Pat Cook
    Directed by Dr. Carrie Winship
    March 10-14, 2021

    Rich but rotten Carlton Larraby is hosting yet another themed dinner party for his family and friends: a Halloween party with everybody dressed as a character from Shakespeare. The macabre surprise at this particular party? Someone's been murdered and it's up to the guests, including the audience, to solve the mystery.

    To view the program, click on this link (PDF).

     

    Project F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C.A.L.: Labyrinth of Stagnant Souls

    A Student-Driven Project initiated by Olivia Hershey, Samantha Corcos, and Sarah Goldstein
    We invite you to come with us and venture through this labyrinth of the possible, the impossible, and the fantastical. To view the performance, please join us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXZwvfq_DMs.

    To view the program, click on this link (PDF).


     

    Table for One, The Tenth Annual Dance Minor Concert

    Artistic Direction by Julie Petry, MFA

    Online Viewing of additional works:

    Series A – Dance for the Camera Works – CLICK ⟶ https://tinyurl.com/dance-concert-series-a
    Series B – K.S. Gross Auditorium Works – CLICK ⟶ https://tinyurl.com/dance-concert-series-b

    The live performance on the Academic Quad will feature four solos and one duet. Limited seating will be first come, first served, but strolling by is also welcome.

    The online series features a collection of fully staged dance works paired with site-specific dance for the camera pieces.

    All these works explore the impacts of the COVID-19 experience on our lives. All programs feature choreography and performances by BU Dance Minors and collaborative design elements by Theatre faculty and students.

    Dance Concert 2021 Program (PDF, 1.5 MB).

    Season 2019-20

     

    For audition information for all plays and musicals, visit the Auditions page.

    Remembered: A Play Inspired by the Rosemont Cemetery
    Created by David A. Miller with Kamryn Felty, Emily James, Dano Madden, Kali Morgia, Chelsea Soto, Chris Thorne, Reagan Venturi, and Somer Walsh
    Directed by Daniel Roth
    Produced by Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and featuring the writing and performing of Bloomsburg University students and faculty
    October 17 through 20, 2019
    Thursday through Sunday at 6:00pm
    in Rosemont Cemetery, Bloomsburg, PA
    Tickets $15 General, $10 Students. Tickets may be reserved at the BTE Box Office or online at bte.org.

    A collaboratively created theatrical experience in which the audience travels through the very cemetery that inspired the performance. A mixture of contemporary scenes and moments from the past, as well as a collage of researched facts and imagined moments about the living and the dead, the forgotten and the remembered.

    “Will we be comforted to lay still near our loved ones? Will we miss the living? Will we know we’re dead? Where are the answers? Let’s seek them out. Together.”

    Be More Chill
    Music and Lyrics by Joe Iconis, Book by Joe Tracz, Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini
    Directed by Carrie Winship

    October 31 through November 3, 2019
    Alvina Krause Theatre, Downtown Bloomsburg, PA

    Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3:00pm.
    Tickets are Free for BU Students/CGA Activities Card Holders, $12 for adults, $8 dollars for students/seniors.
    Tickets for all BU Players productions must be purchased in person at the box office or over the phone at the Arts in Bloom Box Office. Contact information and hours for the Arts in Bloom Box Office can be found at https://bloomu.edu/arts-in-bloom. Tickets also may be purchased starting an hour before curtain time at the Alvina Krause Theatre.

    About the show: Jeremy Heere is just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about “The Squip” – a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk?

    PLEASE NOTE: Be More Chill deals with young adult issues in an honest and direct way, and includes strong language. Parental discretion is advised.

    “Everything about you is going to be
    Cool
    And powerful
    And popular
    Incredible
    And you will
    Be More Chill.”

    Everybody
    By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
    Directed by David A. Miller

    February 26 through March 1, 2020
    Alvina Krause Theatre, Downtown Bloomsburg, PA

    Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3:00pm.
    Tickets are Free for BU Students/CGA Activities Card Holders, $6 for adults, $4 dollars for students/seniors.
    Tickets for all BU Players productions must be purchased in person at the box office or over the phone at the Arts in Bloom Box Office. Contact information and hours for the Arts in Bloom Box Office can be found at https://bloomu.edu/arts-in-bloom. Tickets also may be purchased starting an hour before curtain time at the Alvina Krause Theatre.

    About the show: Travel with Everybody (chosen from among the cast by lottery at each performance) as they journey through life’s greatest mystery—the meaning of living. This modern take on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman which features characters such as Love, Death, and Friendship, was a finalist for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2018. | Mature language and themes.

    “Was that a dream or was that a vision? Were you even asleep? Or are you really dying? Is this how Death comes to you? In a dream?”

    The theatrical design from the production will be featured in the exhibit The Theatrical World of Everybody at the Danville Arts Council Gallery from January 20 through March 20 with a reception on Thursday, January 30 from 6pm to 8pm.

    10th Annual Dance Minor Concert has been cancelled
    Julie Petry, Artistic Director

    The Dance Minor Concert is inspired by a variety of topical themes and explores a vast array of exciting dance styles. The Concert blends student, faculty and staff talents as choreographers, dancers, lighting designers, costume designers, and sound designers.

    Season 2018-19

    The Importance of Being Earnest
    By Oscar Wilde (1895)
    Directed by Professor David A. Miller
    Performances October 31 through November 4, 2018
    Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3:00pm
    Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St, in Downtown Bloomsburg

    About the Play: Two clever bachelors, Algernon Moncrief and Jack Worthing, create double lives in a chaotic story of mistaken identity in The Importance of Being Earnest. In hopes of courting the enticing Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, they each create an elegant ruse that unravels with hilarious consequences, particularly when Lady Bracknell enters the picture... This charming farce—a satire of Victorian life, is often regarded as Oscar Wilde's most beloved play.

    MISS PRISM. No married man is ever attractive except to his wife.
    CHASUBLE. And often, I’ve been told, not even to her.

    Themes: Social expectations, Victorian England, farce, identity, half-truths, Bunburrying

    Good Kids
    By Naomi Iizuka (2015)
    Directed by Dr. Carrie Winship
    Performances February 27 through March 3, 2019
    Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3:00pm
    Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St, in Downtown Bloomsburg
    Tickets are Free to BU Students with ID, $6 for Adults, $4 for Students/Seniors
    Tickets available in advance at the Haas Center for the Arts Box Office on the campus of Bloomsburg University or at the Door Starting One Hour Before Curtain

    About the Play: Good Kids explores how a sexual assault at a high school party, documented and distributed on social media, shocks the student community and evokes surprisingly varied responses. The recollections and the rumors of the incident incite conflict between the “good kids” in the school community. When everyone has their own truth in the world of social media, can justice exist and what are the repercussions?

    Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Underage Drinking, Bullying, Mature Language

    MADISON. So why is it that every time some kid does something totally messed up, everybody’s like, ‘I don’t get it. He was such a good kid. Why?’

    Themes: Truth, rumors, social media, sexual assault, ethics, appearances, consent culture, bullying

    Art-ticulation: The Body and Voice Show
    Student-driven Project Initiated by Brandon Leiphart
    Thursday, March 21 & Friday, March 22 at 7:30pm
    Temporary Theatre Laboratory (McCormick 2314) - Free Admission

    Tales from the Nightmare City of R’lyeh
    Student-driven Project Initiated by Chris Thorne
    Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6 at 7:30pm
    Mitrani Stage, Haas Center for the Performing Arts - Free Admission

    9th Annual Dance Minor Concert
    Choreographed by Students, Faculty and Guest Artists
    Professor Julie Petry, Artistic Director
    Performances Sunday, April 28 at 3:00pm
    and Monday, April 29 at 7:30pm
    K.S. Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall
    Tickets are free.

    The concert is inspired by a variety of topical themes and explores a vast array of exciting dance styles. The Dance Minor Concert blends student, faculty and staff talents as choreographers, dancers, lighting designers, costume designers, and sound designers.

    Season 2017-18

    The Arsonists

    By Max Frisch in a new translation by Alistair Beaton
    Directed by David A. Miller
    Mainstage Production
    Performances November 1 through 5
    Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3:00pm
    Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St, in Downtown Bloomsburg
    “Fires are becoming something of a problem, but Biedermann has it all under control. He is a respected member of the community with a loving wife and a flourishing business, so surely nothing can get to him. The great philanthropist is happy to meet his civic duty by giving shelter to two new guests but when they start filling his attic with petrol drums, will he help them light the fuse?” (Methuen/Amazon)

    Narrators Gone Bad

    Conceived and directed by Kate Mochnacz
    Student-driven Project
    Performance on Saturday, December 2 at 6:00pm
    Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall. Free. Limited seating.
    Young theatre artists from the community and Bloomsburg University college students collaborate with director Kate Mochnacz to create and perform a devised piece on the theme of storytelling. The themes of storytelling will be explored through questions such as “Where are stories told?”, “What are the different types of stories?” and “How can stories be told?”

    Directing Projects

    Directed by Student Directors
    Class Project
    10-minute Play Performances on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00pm.
    One Act Play performances on Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00pm.
    Performances in Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall.
    A series of 10-minute and one-act plays selected and directed by student directors in Theatre 411 Play Directing and Theatre 492 Seminar in Advanced Directing.

    Machinal

    By Sophie Treadwell
    Directed by Andrew Blasenak
    Mainstage Performance
    Performances February 21 through 25
    Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3:00pm
    Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St, in Downtown Bloomsburg
    “For the Young Woman, a stenographer in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s, life is nothing like she hoped it would be. Restless and unfulfilled in a passionless marriage and unwanted motherhood, she finds her only joy in the form of an illicit love affair. But when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she’ll go to any lengths to regain her freedom.” (Playbill)

    [IMPROV NAME HERE]
    A Student-Driven Project Initiated by Toni Carosella

    Performances Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30pm
    Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall
    Free - Donations Encouraged
    For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page.

    8th Annual Dance Minor Concert

    Julie Petry, Artistic Director
    Mainstage Performance
    Covering a vast array of exciting dance styles, the Dance Minor Concert features a blend of student, faculty and staff talents, alongside varied guest artist designers in lighting, costuming, choreography and performance.
    Performances on Sunday, April 22 at 3:00pm and Monday, April 23 at 7:30pm
    Mitrani Stage in Haas Center for the Arts

    Season 2016-17

    The 7th Annual Dance Concert

    Julie Petry, Artistic Director
    April 23 & 24, 2017
    Free to all. Tickets available at the door.
    Mitrani Hall in Haas Center for the Performing Arts

    Covering a vast array of exciting dance styles, we invite you to this year's 7th Annual Dance Minor Concert. Featuring a blend of student, faculty and staff talents, alongside varied guest artist designers in lighting, costuming, choreography and performance, we look forward to taking you on an expressive journey. This year's concert features works investigating political and social commentary on racism, an exciting exploration of props--including fabric, elastics and drumsticks, a glimpse at the different aspects of loving relationships that fail and/or succeed, to dances exploring the acceptance of one's own body. This concert promises to leave the audience with a piggy bank full of powerful imagery, and unforgettable moments connecting energy, music, expression, and visual meaning. We hope to see you there!

    The Rocky Horror Show


    Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O'Brien
    Directed by professional guest artist Samantha Norton
    Choreography by Professor Julie Petry
    Music Direction by Professor David Tedford
    Genre: Musical, Dark Comedy

    November 3-6, 2016

    Newly engaged couple Brad and Janet are stranded in a storm, but find safe haven—or so they think—at the nearby castle… It just so happens that this is the home of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad (but sweet) transvestite scientist and his Time Warping associates from outer space.
    "A socko wacko weirdo rock concert." - WNBC TV
    "Campy trash."- Time

    Harvey

    A comedy by Mary Chase
    Directed by Professor David A. Miller
    March 1-5, 2017
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3:00pm

    Tickets $6 adults, $4 seniors/students, free for BU students with ID. Tickets at the door starting one hour before curtain time or in advance at the Haas Box Office
    Performances at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St. in downtown Bloomsburg

    “One can’t have too many friends,” Elwood P. Dowd insists. The only problem is that Harvey is one of his best friends and is a mischievous creature. Not everyone is happy to have Harvey around…

    Harvey won the Pulitzer Prize Drama in 1945.

    Beyond Communication: Three plays in three days (Student-driven Project)

    April 5, 6 and 7, 2017
    Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30pm
    Performances on the Mitrani Stage in the Haas Center for Performing Arts
    Free to all. Tickets available at the door.

    Beyond Communication is our featured Student Driven Projects this year. These are three plays written by students from the Advanced Scriptwriting class. The plays are entirely performed and directed by students. Each night will feature a different play by a different playwright, and we will hold a talkback session following the performances in order to allow the audience to give feedback for the artists. The main goal of the talkbacks will be to provide information to the playwright pertaining to audience impact. This will help the playwright in further revising of the work

    Creatures of the Night by Jonathan Lewis
    Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30pm

    It's another normal day for college student Scott Hawthorne as he tries to find his way in life. There's a quick shift, however, when he has a quick hookup with a hot demon hunter. Now the two of them and their friends have to face off with a horde of demons and the mastermind behind them.

    F-Bomb by Zachary Hueston
    Thursday, April 6 at 7:30pm

    Girl is having a grand old time cheating on her Boyfriend until he walks into the room. They break up, and Girl wants to use her freedom to have a fun night with her Friend. It's a great plan until the Boyfriend and the Guy she hooked up with won't leave her alone. It seems as though nothing can keep these two away, but excessive use of the F-Word doesn't hurt.

    Lily by Nate Stosius
    Friday, April 7 at 7:30pm

    War veteran Miles has the grueling task of meeting with his ex-wife today. Luckily, he has his daughter Lily with him to help keep the peace. Just as they plan to leave, Lily mysteriously disappears from the house, and Miles finds himself needing his ex to help search for her.

    Season 2015-16

    Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom

    by Jennifer Haley
    directed by David A. Miller
    November 4-8, 2015
    Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3:00pm
    Alvina Krause Theatre in Downtown Bloomsburg
    226 Center Street

    In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game setting? A subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, the players realize that fear has a life of its own. (Samuel French, Inc.)

    See production photos from Neighborhood 3.

    The Laramie Project

    by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project
    February 24-28, 2016
    Alvina Krause Theatre

    Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie, Wyoming over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the kidnapping, beating and death of Matthew Shepard. Matthew was assaulted because he was gay. Kaufman and his company conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating. From these interviews and their own responses, the company created The Laramie Project, a theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. (Adapted from Dramatists Play Service)

    Student-driven Projects

    In the Dark
    a new play written and directed by Titus O'Neil
    Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30pm
    Caldwell Consistory

    Despite his blindness, Blank has the ability to "see" a sort a colored aura on anything with life—trees, fire, people. The aura reveals the being’s true intentions. Blank's mission is to rid the world of the bad colors...

    State of Grimm vs. Grethel
    adapted and directed by Kate Mochnacz
    an interactive play for ages 6 and up
    Wednesday, April 6 at 6:00pm
    Caldwell Consistory

    Hansel and Grethel return from the witch’s house to live happily ever after. And they do. At least until Grethel is on trial for first degree murder. Will you help the judge decide who’s right and who’s wrong?
     

    The 6th Annual Dance Concert: Drippings from the Heart!

    Julie Petry, Artistic Director
    Sunday, April 17 at 3:00pm & Monday, April 18 at 7:30pm
    Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall
    Free

    Come join the Theatre and Dance Division in an exciting evening of dance! Six fully produced works will feature costume, makeup, lighting, sound and choreographic designs created by a mixture of students, staff, faculty and alumni. As viewing dance work is like viewing a collection of paintings, the styles and themes will vary greatly. From the inner-landscapes of our restless minds, to exploring emotions, our personal “weirdnesses”, triumphs, joys, and unique self-expressions, this breadth of work targets dissecting the human heart. As the form itself is illusive in nature, we invite you to come drip through it slowly, and then to see what interpretations and range of favorites linger in your heart.

    2014 - 2015 Season

    Roadkill Confidential

    by Sheila Callaghan
    A staged reading in the Theatre Lab directed by Julie Petry
    September 19 & 20, 2014

    "A possibly rogue g-man stalks a stalled-out artist with a suspicious affinity for accident victims. Traps are set, traps are sprung, and everyone gets caught. Roadkill Confidential tackles, with style, humor and high theatricality, mediated violence and the numbness it produces, and, whether in art or in global politics, the ends can justify the means." (Samuel French, Inc.)

    Macbeth

    by William Shakespeare
    A BU Players production in the AKT directed by David A. Miller
    November 5-9, 2014

    Macbeth, returning triumphant from battle, is confronted by three mysterious witches who prophesy that he will become king. Things just get more complicated from there.

    Directing Projects: 10-Minute & One Act Plays

    December 2014
    A production of plays selected and directed by Student Directors in the Theatre Lab

    The Nosemaker's Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon

    by Nick Jones and Rachel Shukert
    A BU Players production in the AKT
    directed by David A. Miller

    February 25-March 1, 2015

    “A father weaves a magic tale for his daughter to justify his unlicensed plastic surgery practice, tracing the origins of cosmetic surgery to craftsman in medieval Europe. The hero of this tale is Gavin, a young orphan rescued from a dismal existence in the Ivanhoe Workhouse for Criminally Impoverished Boys when he is apprenticed with the local Nosemaker, and who eventually becomes one of the finest surgeons in Vienna, cradle of quack medicine."

    "Hilarious, subversive, quasi-historical, and thoroughly debauched...a fated collaboration between two innovative (and troubling) writers.” (Samuel French, Inc.)

    An Evening of Original 10-Minute Plays

    A concert reading of 5 original 10-minute plays written and directed by students.
    April 1, 2, 6, 7
    Theatre Lab
    The Compliment by Bry Kifolo – Directed Chris Creyer
    Legacy by Titus O’Neil – Directed by Bry Kifolo
    Pastime by Will Olsen – Directed by Kate Mochnacz
    The Opposition by Courtney Dunn – Directed by Titus O’Neil
    Dink by Titus O’Neil – Directed by Kate Mochnacz

    The 5th Annual Repertory/Ensemble Dance Minor Concert

    A production in Mitrani Hall choreographed by Students & Faculty
    April 26 & 27, 2015
    Covering a vast array of dance styles, this exciting concert features a blend of student, faculty and staff talents, alongside varied guest artist designers. From political and social commentary, to dance for the sake of entertainment, this concert works to leave the audience with a piggy bank full of powerful imagery, and unforgettable moments connecting energy, music, expression, and visual meaning.

    2013 - 2014 Academic Year

    4th Annual Repertory/Ensemble Dance Minor Concert

    Julie Petry, Artistic Director
    April 27 & 28, 2014
    Sunday at 3:00pm, Monday at 7:30pm
    Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts
    Free Admission

    Covering a vast array of dance styles, this exciting concert features a blend of student, faculty and staff talents, alongside varied guest artist designers. From political and social commentary, to dance for the sake of entertainment, this concert works to leave the audience with a piggy bank full of powerful imagery, and unforgettable moments connecting energy, music, expression, and visual meaning.

    For more information about the Dance Concert, be sure to Like facebook.com/danceatbu.


     

    The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman

    Directed by David A. Miller
    April 11-15, 2014
    Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3:00pm, Monday and Tuesday at 7:30pm
    Alvina Krause Theatre, downtown Bloomsburg

    It is 1934. Two women successfully run a school for girls. One of their students is determined to do as she pleases, even if it means creating a corrosive lie that undoes the women’s lives.

    Tickets are free to BU students with ID, $6 for Adults, $4 Students & Seniors. Advanced tickets available at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Haas Center for the Arts, weekdays Noon to 5pm, Wednesdays noon to 7pm. (570) 389-4340. Remaining tickets will also be available at the door starting one hour before curtain time.

    For “behind the scenes” photos and information about The Children’s Hour, visit facebook.com/buplayers and follow BU Players on Twitter at @buplayers.

    February Festival: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes: The 24 Hour Plays

    Directed by Kevin R. Free

    30 Plays in 60 Minutes
    30 Neo-Futurist Plays Created by the Company
    DATES: February 13-15, 19-20, 2014
    DAYS AND TIMES: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm
    LOCATION: Alvina Krause Theatre, Downtown Bloomsburg

    DESCRIPTION: This performance is just like it sounds: an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. And to add to the challenge, it’s the audience who selects the order each night! Can you help the company of actors beat the clock?

    The Neo-Futurists are a Chicago-based theatre company. Their production of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind has been running for more than 20 years. For more about the Neo-Futurists, visit www.neofuturists.org. This production will be directed by professional guest artist Kevin R. Free, a long-time New York Neo-Futurist.

    THEMES: Improvisation, audience participation, collaboration, economy of language

    The 24 Hours Plays

    GENRE: Plays, Mixed
    DATES & TIMES: Saturday, February 22, 2013 at 7:30pm
    LOCATION: Alvina Krause Theatre, Downtown Bloomsburg

    DESCRIPTION The company of student actors and designers will create a series of plays in 24 hours and you, the audience, will see their world premiere! Stay tuned for what the teams will receive as a prompt on Friday night as their “starting gun” to begin the one day cycle they will have to make a play.

    THEMES: Improvisation, ingenuity, collaboration

    Tickets are free to BU students, $6 for adults, $4 seniors. For more information about tickets, see the Box Office.

    AVENUE Q - Directed by David A. Miller

    Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, Book by Jeff Whitty, Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
    DATES: November 7 to 10, 2013
    DAYS & TIMES: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 3:00pm
    GENRE: Musical Comedy (with Adult Themes) in Two Acts
    LOCATION: Alvina Krause Theatre, Downtown Bloomsburg

    DESCRIPTION: Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that focuses on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Avenue Q tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet sexpert), Lucy the Slut (need we say more?), and other colorful types who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life!



    New Plays Project: MILLY by Julie Redmond & FROM HELL by Lauren Dodge

    DATE: Thursday, November 21 at 7:30pm
    LOCATION: Moose Exchange, 203 West Main Street, Downtown Bloomsburg
    TICKETS: Free Admission at the Door

    Staged readings of two new plays by student playwrights from the Advanced Playwriting course featuring student actors. Directed by David A. Miller. Sponsored by the Center for Visual and Performing Arts and the Division of Theatre and Dance.





     

    2012-2013 Season

    3rd Annual Repertory/Ensemble Dance Minor Concert

    May 5 & 6, 2013
    Sun. at 3 pm, Mon. at 7:30 pm

    Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall, Bloomsburg University











     

    The Underpants

    by Steve Martin
    April 17 - 21, 2013

    Alvina Krause Theatre 226 Center Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

    Theobald Maske has an unusual problem: his wife's underpants won't stay on. One Sunday morning they fall to her ankles right in the middle of town-a public scandal! Mortified, Theo swears to keep her at home until she can find some less unruly undies. Amid this chaos he's trying to rent a room in their flat. The prospective lodgers have some underlying surprises of their own. In The Underpants, Steve Martin brings his comic genius and sophisticated literary style to Carl Sternheim's classic 1910 farce.



     

    Flood Stories, Too

    by Gerard Stropnicky
    March 7 - 17, 2013
    Thurs. - Sat. at 7:30 pm, Sat. at 2 pm, & Sun. at 3 pm

    A BU Players / Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble co-production at the Alvina Krause Theatre

    Our homes, our neighborhoods, our valley and our lives were transformed in the fall of 2011 by Tropical Storm Lee. In Flood Stories,Too., BU Players joins forces with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and the Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir to transform your words and your stories about that record-breaking event into an epic production of heartbreak and survival. This world premiere will be written and directed by Ensemble Emeritus Gerard Stropnicky, nationally acclaimed for his community-developed theatre creations. Flood Stories, Too. will be a time for our communities to come together in recognition of nature's awesome power, and to celebrate the generosity of friends and strangers.

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    V-Day 2013

    February 13 - 16, 2013 at 8 pm

    The Moose Exchange, Grille Room, 203 West Main Street, Downtown Bloomsburg

    The Vagina Monologues - Feb 13, 14, 16 at 8 pm
    One Billion Rising - Feb 14 ONLY at 9:30 pm (immediately after The Vagina Monologues)
    A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer - Feb 15 ONLY at 8 pm

    V-Day is a global movement of grassroots activists dedicated to generating broader attention and funds to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery.

    Please be aware these performances feature adult material and are inappropriate for children.

    Presented in conjunction with The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

    12 Angry Jurors

    by Reginald Rose
    November 7 - 11, 2012
    Wed. - Sat. at 7:30 pm, Sun. at 3 pm

    Alvina Krause Theatre

    A diverse group of twelve strangers must decide the fate of an inner-city teen on trial for the murder of his abusive father. Locked in a jury room, tempers flare and frustration abounds as their own prejudices, fears, and cultural biases boil to the surface in what was expected to be an open-and-shut case. The American judicial system is as much on trial as the defendant when these twelve jurors dramatically wrestle with their civic duty.

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    Jack & Jill

    by Jane Martin
    August 30, 31, Sept. 7, 8, and 9, 2012
    All performances at 7:30 pm except Aug. 9 at 3 pm
    Theatre Lab (UBS 101) on the BU Campus

    Love makes total sense when you're in it. But as we all know, any friend or family member who is an outsider to any given relationship is automatically qualified to be Dr. Phil. With Jane Martin as a non-judgmental tour guide, Jack and Jill makes for an enjoyable and humorous exercise recognizable to anyone who's gone through the ups and downs of a serious relationship.



     

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    Governance

    Current students can log into HuskySnyc and join the BU Players group to stay up-to-date on events and activities.

    The BU Players officers are elected to annual terms and provide leadership to the organization as a whole. 

    Two students serve as members of the Season Selection Committee, with each student serving a two-year term.  The terms are staggered so there is an nomination process for a new student member every year. 

    Players receives a subsidy from the Community Government Association for the purpose of presenting plays, musicals, and similar events. The production budget is managed by the faculty Director of Theatre and the student Production Manager.

    Brian Bond, President
    Colin Search, Vice-President
    Eliana Tate, Secretary
    Russell Bashier Shelton, Treasurer
    Alia Storino, Events Coordinator
    Johanna Gelbs, Marketing and Public Relations
    Genevieve Kinney, Historian

    Ethan Krupp, Faculty Advisor

    Please contact the President, Secretary, or Faculty Advisor with questions about the group or to be added to the email list.

    Brian Bond, President
    Gibryl Livingston, Vice President
    Noah Eisengrein, Secretary
    Madison Fick, Treasurer
    Leah Samuel, PR & Marketing
    Sarah Goldstein, Historian
    Olivia Hershey, Events Coordinator
    Ethan Krupp, Faculty Advisor

    Kamryn T. Felty, President
    Brandon A. Ferguson, Vice-President
    Heather R. Rummings, Secretary
    Reagan E. Venturi, Treasurer
    Allison Buck, Historian
    Kali M. Morgia, PR & Marketing
    Nicola Scicchitano, Events Coordinator

    Kamryn T. Felty, President
    Brandon A. Ferguson, Vice-President
    Heather R. Rummings, Secretary
    Reagan E. Venturi, Treasurer
    Chelsea R. Soto, Historian
    Kali M. Morgia, PR & Marketing
    Max Kreiss, Events Coordinator

    Christopher Thorne, President
    Brandon Leiphart, Vice President
    Somer Walsh, Secretary
    Brandon Ferguson, Treasurer
    Chelsea Soto, Historian
    Kamryn Felty, PR & Marketing
    Jonathan Lewis, Events Coordinator

    Toni Carosella, President
    Kendall Baird, Vice President
    Alicia Chamberlin, Secretary
    Taylor Rouillard, Treasurer
    Emily Henderson, Events Coordinator
    Emel Rasim, Public Relations
    Chelsea Soto, Historian

    Nate Stosius, President
    Maddie Okuniewski, Vice President
    Charlsey Hunter, Secretary
    Kate Mochnacz, Treasurer
    Toni Carosella, Historian
    Kendall Baird, PR & Marketing
    Aaron Mowery, Events Coordinator

    Photos & Programs Archive

    General Information

    • The picture sets linked from this page are the complete archive sets for the respective production. They include a large number of pictures are intended primarily for the cast and crew of the productions to use in portfolios and other similar settings.
    • Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble co-productions are linked to their archive postings.
    • Please use the Flickr help forums or Flickr FAQ or Google to find out how to download pictures from Flickr or to learn about bulk download options.

    Important Notes About Picture Use

    • Please be aware that some of the photos in a given set may need minor tweaking in a photo editing software before being ideal or useable. Please review them carefully.
    • Many of the shots were bracketed. That means there are multiple versions with slight variations in exposure or depth of field. Take your time to find the best one.
    • Please DO NOT post of the entire collection to social media sites and other similar locations. Pick and choose the ones you wish to use as part of your personal portfolio.
    • Please understand that these pictures are representative of the creative work of many individuals. Use them in an appropriate manner (including crediting the work of others when applicable.
    • If you find pictures you wish removed from the galleries, please contact Professor Krupp. Please include links to the pictures in question in your message. BU Players & the Theatre & Dance Division retain the right to the final decision on removal of pictures.
    • BU Players & the Theatre & Dance Division retain copyright on these images and grant use ONLY for personal portfolios without express written permission. BU Players & the Theatre & Dance Division reserve the right to request the removal of any pictures if the guidelines posted above are not followed.

    BU Players

    The online photo archive also houses pictures from various other BU Players activities, including rehearsal pictures, campus events, and social gatherings. You can find them grouped by year under BU Players Activities.

    Productions

    Productions listed below are ones that digital archive pictures are known to exist for or are anticipated to be available in a digital format.

    Please click the show name to see the gallery for the production. Inactive links indicate the files are not yet available online.

     

    • The Screen Plays | Series A (YouTube) | Series B (YouTube) | Conversation Series (YouTube)
    • Much Ado About Murder | Due to licensing, the video of the performance is no longer available.  If you wish to access screenshots of the production, please contact Ethan Krupp 
    • Project F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C.A.L. (A Student-Driven Project) | Photos 
    • 10th Annual Dance Minor Concert 
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    Backstage with the BU Players

    We love sharing the experience of theatre and dance with an audience. But the performance is only one aspect of the theatre and dance-making process. This blog is a chance to share more about the aspects of the creative work that happen backstage, in the rehearsal room, during the design process and to learn more about the people who make that happen.

    Senior students exhibit their work

    Arts and Performance

    Arts in Bloom celebrates the value of the arts and enriches lives throughout our community by producing and promoting a robust performing and visual arts program at Bloomsburg University. The energy of robust university arts programming attracts students to our university and citizens to our town and region, and it unites them. The BU Players are one of the proud resident producers of Arts in Bloom.

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    We're always excited to hear from prospective or current students who want to learn more about BU Players and Theatre & Dance at BU. Please let us know what we can answer for you!

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