BA in Theater Arts - This Season on the Main Stage

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Fall ’16:  Production 1


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart

Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  is a nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.

  • Directed by Carole Healey
  • Musical Director: Allen Cohen
  • Choreographed by CIndy Thole
  • Performances: Oct 21st and Oct 22nd at 8pm
  • Sun, Oct 23rd at 2.30pm
  • SPECIAL EARLY 7pm performance on Thu, Oct 27th
  • Oct 28th and 29th at 8pm
  • Sun, Oct 30th at 2.30pm
  • HS matinee: Oct 21 at 11am

Production 2


By Arthur Wing Pinero

Directed by Stephen Hollis

No one who enjoys plays and musicals can fail to warm to Pinero’s love letter to the theatre, with its mixture of broad comedy, touching sentiment and the occasional Victorian parlour song.. It is set in the early 1860s and makes much sport of the hammy acting styles of the period,

The action begins in a theatrical boarding house where Rose Trelawny is attending her farewell party after becoming engaged to a “swell”, who lives with his fearsome High Court judge of a grandfather and his spinster great-aunt. They are strict and disapproving, and Rose must live with them “on approval” for a while. Needless to say, they will not allow her to continue as an actress, a decision which causes much to do....

This is a wonderfully funny and touching evening, which, among much else, hauntingly depicts the transient nature of theatre itself.

  • Performances: Dec 7th through Dec 10th at 8pm
  • Sun, Dec 11th at 2.30pm
  • HS matinee: Dec 9th at 11am

Spring ’17:  Production 3


Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin

Book by Heather Hach

A fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde, The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal. Seeming to have it all, her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law School. Determined to get him back, she uses her charm to get into Harvard as well, where she discovers her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

  • Directed and choreographed by Cindy Thole
  • Musical Director: Dimitri Nakhamkin
  • Performances: March 24th and March 25th at 8pm
  • Sun, March 26th at 2.30pm
  • SPECIAL EARLY 7pm performance on Thu,  March 30th
  • March 31st and April 1st at 8pm
  • Sun, April 2 at 2.30pm
  • HS matinee: March 24 at 11am

Production 4


By Dostoevsky adapted for the stage by Simon Gray

Directed by Stephen Hollis

In creating this stage version of Dostoevsky’s celebrated novel, Simon Gray has chosen some of the most vivid and contrasting episodes recounting the strange life of Prince Myshkin. Scorned by the society of St. Petersburg for his idiocy (epilepsy), generosity and innocence, Myshkin finds himself at the centre of a struggle between a beautiful, kept woman and a gorgeous, virtuous girl, both of whom win his affection. Unfortunately, his very goodness seems to precipitate disaster, leaving the impression that, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium may be the only place for a saint.

  • Performances: May 3rd through May 6th at 8pm
  • Sun, May 7th at 2:30pm
  • HS matinee May 5th at 11am


Ticket prices are $5 for students, seniors and the FDU community and $15 for all others. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 973 443 8644.

All performances take place in Dreyfuss Theater located on the College of Florham campus
285 Madison Avenue, Madison NJ.


Stephen Hollis
Director of the Theater Program
Tel: 973-443-8467

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