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2020-2021 Season

The Drowsy Chaperone

Sept. 18-27, 2020

Academic Performance – Tower Theater

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, and more, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

  • Sept. 18, 19, 22, 24, 25*, 26 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 19, 26 – 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 20 (ASL-interpreted performance), 27 – 3 p.m.

Please be advised: This show contains strobe lights, haze, and fog.


Oct. 9-17, 2020

Academic Performance – Tower Theater

OUR TOWN, the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning classic play, depicts 1901 Grover’s Corners, where George and Emily fall in love, marry, and live out their lives. Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, the New England town becomes a microcosm and celebration of living life fully every single day.

  • Oct. 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16*, 17 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 10, 17 – 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 11 (ASL-interpreted performance) – 3 p.m.

Live Radio Dramas: The Goldminer’s Christmas and The Scholar House

Oct. 26-27, 2020

Liberty University

Both live radio dramas are written and performed by students, and the performances will feature live Foley sound effects. Both shows will be performed on the evenings of October 26 and 27.

These live performances are part of the season, but will also be a part of Sonic-Con, an audio theatre convention taking place Oct. 23-25. For more information on the convention and to purchase a weekend pass, visit sonic-con.org.

  • Oct. 26*, 27 (ASL-interpreted performance) – 7:30 p.m.

A Christmas Carol: The Musical

Dec. 3-13, 2020

Alluvion Stage Company – Tower Theater

For more information about Alluvion Stage Company’s production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL, visit alluvionstage.com.

  • Dec. 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11*, 12 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 5, 12 – 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 6 (ASL-interpreted performance), 13 – 3 p.m.

Please be advised: This show contains strobe lights, haze, and fog.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Feb. 19-28, 2021

Academic Performance – The Box Theater

Four Athenians run away to the forest only to have Puck the fairy make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl. The four run through the forest pursuing each other while Puck helps his master play a trick on the fairy queen. In the end, Puck reverses the magic, and the two couples reconcile and marry.

  • Feb. 19, 20, 23, 25, 26*, 27 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 20, 27 – 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 21 (ASL-interpreted performance), 28 – 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 22 – 10 a.m. (School Matinee)
    • Call (434) 582-7899 for School Group pricing.

Decipher: An Unpenned Story of the Civil War

March 26 – April 10, 2021

Academic Performance in partnership with the Center for Research and Scholarship – The Box Theater

Based on the real-life histories of American women spies, the original play, DECIPHER: AN UNPENNED STORY OF THE CIVL WAR, follows the journey of four Virginia women who influenced the events on both sides of the Civil War. Their stories are not found in history books, but these women were cunning, intelligent, fearless, and notorious – often pitting their efforts against each other as their deed were driven by opposing motivations.

  • March 26, 27, 30, April 1, 2, 3, 9*, 10 – 7:30 p.m.
  • March 27, April 3, 10 – 2 p.m.
  • March 28 (ASL-interpreted performance) – 3 p.m.
  • March 29, April 7 – 10 a.m. (School Matinee)
    • Call (434) 582-7899 for School Group pricing.

Crazy For You

April 16-25, 2021

Academic Performance – Tower Theater

A zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, CRAZY FOR YOU® tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theatre owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows – through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity – to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre.

  •  April 16, 17, 23*, 24 – 7:30 p.m.
  • April 17, 24 – 2 p.m.
  • April 18 (ASL-interpreted performance), 25 – 3 p.m.

Doubt: A Parable

April 30 – May 9, 2021

Academic Performance – The Box Theater

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

  • April 30, May 1, 4, 6, 7*, 8 – 7:30 p.m.
  • May 1, 8 – 2 p.m.
  • May 2 (ASL-interpreted performance), 9 – 3 p.m.

A * indicates a Talkback performance. At the conclusion of these performances, there will be an open Q&A with the director, designers, and selected actors. Talkbacks are free and open to the public. You are not required to attend the production to attend Talkback.