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AQ Theatre Season Schedule/Ticket Information

 
2014 - 2015 Season
Ticket Information
Tickets available two weeks prior to performances.
For reservations, please call (616) 456-6656.
All performances are held in the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center.
 

Shout! The Mod Musical

By: Phillip George and David Lowenstein 
December 4 - 6 at 8 p.m., December 7 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 students, $12 faculty/staff, $20 general admission

SHOUT! is the mod musical magazine that brings back the beautiful birds and smashing sounds that made England swing in the '60s.From cover-to-cover SHOUT! travels in time from 1960 to 1970 chronicling the dawning liberation of women. Just as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Cilla Black, and Lulu were independent women with major careers, English and American women were redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about gender. SHOUT! reflects that change through the unforgettable music of the time. Though SHOUT! wears its heart on its sleeve, it also has its tongue planted firmly in its cheek. Everything from the period is recreated - from the fashions and the dances to the music and the hair; all of which is heightened and made just a tiny bit larger. With a shimmy and shake, the songs are tied together by hilarious sound bites from the period - from '60s advertisements for anything and everything - to lonely hearts letters answered by an advice columnist who thinks every problem can be solved with a "fetching new hair style and a new shade of lipstick."

 

melancholy play

By: Sarah Ruhl
February 26 – 28 at 8 p.m., March 1 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $5 students, $6 faculty/staff, $10 general admission

The plot concerns a group of cheerful Americans living in Illinois, who, content with their lives and comfortable with their positions in society, are shaken up by a mysterious, beautiful, inexplicably melancholy young stranger who works at the bank. Tilly, she's named, and the way her aura of sweet sorrow draws these other characters inexorably towards her forms the backbone of this play. Her longing gazes out of open windows onto gray rainy days and large, heartfelt sighs express with just the right amount of irony that hopelessly romantic condition of yearning melancholia that her character is meant to portray. Lorenzo, a European from an Unspecified European City, Frank, an uptight and socially upright tailor, Frances, a hairdresser, and Joan, a taciturn and overbearing nurse fill the story with eccentric and sometimes confused behavior. All of these characters, initially so cheerful and content with their social usefulness, eventually succumb to an obsession for Tilly and her charismatic fits of emotion.

 

I Hate Hamlet

By: Paul Rudnick
April 16 – 18 at 8 p.m., April 19 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $5 students, $6 faculty/staff, $10 general admission

Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew's series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew's agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in Andrew's apartment. This prompts a séance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew's life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor's destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew's deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.