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Top College Productions To See This Year In Philadelphia

October 18, 2013 8:00 AM

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The fall semester is in full swing, and college theater programs are already preparing for their 2013-2014 productions. Dramatic plays by both well-known playwrights and up-and-coming writers will all be represented by theater students at universities in the Philadelphia area. Attending college theater productions is a great way to be entertained without having to pay to see a professional performance at a Center City or Broadway theater. And who knows, you might see one of tomorrow’s Hollywood stars as a mere student in their first college play!

Temple University
Tomlinson Theater
1301 W. Norris St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 204-8414

Dates: Oct. 9-20, 2013

The Department of Theater at Temple University is a reputable program with an outstanding faculty. Many students that are accepted into the program go on to have successful careers in theater, film, television and stage around the world. The award-winning Rogers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” celebrates its 75th anniversary, and Temple will be honoring the classic production this October. The original Broadway production opened in March of 1931.

Related: A guide to Broadway theaters in Philadelphia

Villanova University
Vasey Theatre
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 519-7474

Dates: Nov. 12-24, 2013

The play “Everyman” is a late 15th-century English morality play. Characters include Death, Good Deeds, Five Wits, Discretion, Doctor, Knowledge, Messenger, Everyman, Angel, Beauty, Confession, Fellowship, God, Cousin, Kindred and Strength. This play explains how to save your soul by leading a good life as a christian. Since God is angry about the glutinous behavior of mankind and its lack of service to him, He decides to have a “reckoning of every man’s person.” Who will go to heaven and who will go to hell? Find out at a performance this fall!

Guys & Dolls

Saint Joe’s University
Bluett Theater
N 56th Street & Overbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(610) 660-1181

Dates: Apr. 10-26, 2014

SJU Theatre Company has produced plays and musicals at Saint Joseph’s University’s Bluett Theater for over 80 years. This fall, see the musical “Guys and Dolls,” which premiered on Broadway in 1950 and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The story is about a New York gambler who falls for a missionary girl that he’s supposed to be bringing to Havana.

West Chester University
E.O. Bull Center for the Arts
J.Peter Adler Studio Theatre
2 E. Rosedale Ave.
West Chester, PA 19383
(610) 436-2533

Dates: Feb. 27 through Mar. 2, 2013

The Department of Theatre and Dance at West Chester University prepares students for a variety of jobs in the arts by teaching skills such as communication, design, technology, performance and management. “Machinal” is a dramatic play written by Sophie Treadwell and inspired by the true story of convicted murderer Ruth Snyder, who was on death row. It’s a story about a woman who lives by the standards society expects from women while struggling to understand the purpose.

Related: Extracurriculars That Look Great On Your College Application

Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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