Our 2019-2020 Season

Rough Magic

October 10-12, 2019

When characters from Shakespeare and classic Greek drama engage with a nerdy student dramaturg and a Coney Island lifeguard, magic abounds in what the Ithaca Journal called “an adventure more original than anything Hollywood has done in years…” Prospero is trying to recover his magic and the chain reaction results in acts of heroism and romance that threaten the destruction of Manhattan.
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, this epic adventure influenced by action movies, comic books, and the magic of theatre combines characters from classical plays with contemporary settings in a play that celebrates the ‘character’ inside us all.

Love Loss Letters

November 15-16, 2019

An eclectic concert investigating love and loss within our human experiences through the collaborative works of music and dance.

Under the Stars

December 6-7, 2019

Join us at the “Eye of the Tornado” for this concert that focuses on nighttime themes, dreams, and the wonders of the great beyond. Featuring an eclectic mix of genres ranging from rock icon Aerosmith’s “Dream On” to Broadway’s beloved The Phantom of the Opera, the concert showcases a variety of instruments.

Tuck Everlasting

December 12-15, 2019

What would you do if you had all eternity? 

Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.

Based on best-selling children’s classic by Natalie Babbitt and adapted for the stage by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, Tuck Everlasting features a soaring score from Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen.

Death By Chocolate

February 7-8, 2020

The most anticipated and decadent Music event of the year just got spicier: celebrate Latin music and culture with this year’s Death by Chocolate, which pays tribute to the lively rhythms and textured Latin sounds, including some sizzling pop songs like Ricky Martin’s “Living La Vida Loca” that will bring patrons to their feet. Still featuring delicious desserts, coffee and cocoa, this year’s Death by Chocolate will bring the essence of rich Latin legacy.

Macbeth

February 20-22, 2020

Shakespeare’s dark cautionary tale about destructive political ambition comes to life in Smith’s rendering of this work, which brings forth its contemporary relevancy. The play, centering on a prophecy that Macbeth should be ruler of Scotland, depicts the terrors he unleashes on those around him as he claws his way to the top, as well as the guilt and paranoia that infect both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as a consequence.

Legacy. Left.

March 6-7, 2020

What came before and what will come after: examining the fleeting nature of time and the enduring permanence of action, this dance show uses movement to reveal connections between the temporary and permanent, historical roots and resulting legacies. With dynamic, thought provoking choreography that emphasizes the connectedness of disjointed time, this performance promises to captivate.

Seussical

April 16-19, 2020

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

War and Peace

April 24-25, 2020

War has been an aspect of humanity since the beginning of time, and throughout history, few topics have captured the attention of songwriters like the despair of violence and the hope for peace. This concert features songs about the subject ranging from popular songs such as Edwin Starr’s “War” to classical compositions such as Gustav Holst’s “Mars, the Bringer of War.” Showcasing an array of instruments and talents, this concert echoes the wisdom of Leonard Bernstein: “This will be our response to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”

Magic in Motion

May 15, 2020

Cinema’s roots reach into the entertainment of magic and the art of photography in motion. Join in the fun and vote for your Film & Animation favorites as we watch our students’ blend of those roots and modern originality. They’ll cover everything from live-action features to documentaries to animated shorts and motion design spectacles.