The Premiere Series
directed by Daniel Patterson
Play #1/ Thursday & Friday, October 3 & 4
Play #2 / Wednesday & Thursday, October 9 & 10
Play #3 / Wednesday & Thursday, October 16 & 17
Play #4 if selected / Wednesday & Thursday, October 23 & 24
All at 7:30 p.m. • Wright Theatre
The Premiere Series, begun in 1989, is a new-play development program that is a part of the Theatre and Dance Department’s production series. The program is a competition among KSC students enrolled in the TAD Playwriting class taught by Professor Daniel Patterson. The unique feature of The Premiere Series is that it gives students a chance to experience the process of developing and producing original work. Students who pursue careers in theatre will eventually be asked to participate in workshops and showcases and even full productions of new work. It is the guiding philosophy of The Premiere Series that new playwrights are the future of the theatre.

Spring Awakening
directed by Ronald Spangler assisted by Timothy L'ecuyer, musical direction by Thomas Martin
Wednesday-Saturday, November 13-16, 7:30 p.m. • Main Theatre
Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening takes its inspiration from one of literature’s most controversial pre-expressionistic masterpieces - Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play of the same name - a work so daring in its depiction of teenage sexual repression and self-discovery, that it was banned from the stage and not performed in its complete form in English for nearly 100 years. The show explores the dangers of a society that won't allow its youth to honestly acknowledge and address their sexuality, which scars their lives in shocking but sadly true-to-life ways. The story, dialogue and costumes suggest the 19th Century, but they are uniquely and perfectly wed to a beautiful alternative pop/rock music score. This show will shock, amaze and move you. Spring Awakening contains mature subject matter and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Choreography Showcase
Thursday & Friday, December 5 & 6, 7 p.m. • Mabel Brown Room, Student Center
Choreography Showcase is the annual Theatre and Dance Department fall dance concert - a fun and inspiring way to conclude the semester. This concert premieres original modern dance works choreographed by dance students and performed by dancers from across the KSC campus. This concert of premieres has become a much anticipated fall tradition, and this year the Choreography Showcase will be a festival of dance: two nights, two separate concerts – double the rich dance experience. Free to the public.

How I Learned to Drive
directed by PeggyRae Johnson
Tuesday-Saturday, February 25-March 1, 7:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. March 1 • Wright Theatre
In 1998, How I Learned to Drive won every major award available to drama, including the Pulitzer Prize. Focusing on the adult narrator’s memories of sexual molestation, the play resists easy labels and simple stereotypes about either the molester or the victim. With humor and pathos, the playwright challenges us to withhold our judgment and see the emotional and psychological experience from a complex perspective. The play uses a non-linear, stylized metaphor of driving lessons to lead us to an unexpected conclusion that provokes audiences’ thoughtful responses.

An Evening of Dance
directed by Marcia Murdock
Wednesday-Saturday, April 23-26, 7:30 p.m. • Main Theatre
This concert dance celebration of choreography and performance concludes the Theatre and Dance Production Season. A spring tradition that began 39 years ago, this showcase of original works by students, faculty, and guest artists consistently communicates and inspires through a breadth of styles in contemporary modern dance. An Evening of Dance 2014 will include a premiere by New York choreographer and 2013-14 Redfern Choreographer-in Residence, Rebecca Stenn, two faculty premieres, and performances by the talented and always engaging Keene State College dancers.

ksc Music Department EventS

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Tickets required to most events. Unless otherwise noted tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for senior citizens, children, and KSC students.

Faculty Artists Recital (Jazz)Friday, February 7, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall
Faculty Artists Recital postponed due to bad weather to March 6Thursday, February 13, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall Faculty/Guest Artists Recital Wednesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall Faculty Composers Recital featuring new works by five faculty members performed by guest artists and student ensembles.Wednesday, March 5, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital HallFaculty/Guest Artists Recital with Jose Lezcano, guitar, and Franziska Hugh, harp.Thursday, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall Faculty Artists RecitalWednesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital HallHarmony of Steel Dance Friday, March 28, 7 p.m., Mabel Brown Room, Student CenterU.S. Army Band and Soldiers Chorus - SOLD OUT!Saturday, March 29, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre. The Redfern Box Office will start a waiting list at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. If there is room in the theater at 7:15 p.m., people will be admitted according to when they put their name on the waiting list. For further information, call the Redfern Box Office at 603-358-2168. The Box Office will open two hours before the performance at 5:30 p.m. Sat. March 29.Faculty Artists RecitalTuesday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital HallFaculty Artists RecitalWednesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital HallFaculty/Guest Artists Recital featuring Apple Hill String Quartet and Maura Glennon, pianoFriday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital HallChamber Singers/Concert Choir/Keene ChoraleSunday, April 6, 4 p.m., Main Theatre. Tickets $15, $12; $5 for KSC students.Orchestra Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., Main TheatreConcert Band
Thursday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre
Stilleto BrassTuesday, April 15, 8 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall
Guitar OrchestraWednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital HallPercussion EnsembleThursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital HallJazz CombosFriday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall
Student Chamber Ensembles I Saturday, April 19, 3 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall. Student Composers Recital Saturday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall. Free, but ticket required.Opera WorkshopFriday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital HallBrass/Sax Ensembles Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m., Alumni Recital HallStudent Chamber Ensembles II Saturday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall
Jazz Ensemble Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Main TheatreInuksuit Outdoor Percussion ConcertFriday, May 2, 2 p.m., around Brickyard Pond. Free to the public.

Fall Semester 2013

Faculty Artists Recital, Matthew Odell, pianist
Tuesday, September 24, 8 p.m., Alumni Recital HallChamber Singers/Chamber Singers of Keene/Einbeck, Germany, ChoirWednesday, October 9, 7:30 p.m., (7 p.m. pre-show lecture), Alumni Recital Hall Free to the public
Faculty/Guest Artists RecitalWednesday, October 16, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall
Choral FestivalFriday, October 25, ALL DAY, Alumni Recital Hall. Free to the public.Faculty Halloween RecitalSunday, October 27, 3 p.m., Alumni Recital HallConcert Band Thursday, October 31, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre
Woodwinds DaySaturday, November 2, ALL DAY, Alumni Recital Hall. Free to the public.
Faculty Artists RecitalFriday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital HallSpring Awakening musical (see Theatre listing to left)Wednesday-Saturday, November 13-16, 7:30 p.m. Main Theatre Student Chamber Ensembles I
Saturday, November 16, 3 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall. Student Composers Recital
Friday, November 16, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall. Free to the public.Student Chamber Ensembles II Sunday, November 17, 3 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall. Guitar OrchestraTuesday, November 19, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital HallOrchestraWednesday, November 20, 7:30 p.m., Main TheatreJazz Combos Friday, November 22, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall
Chamber Singers Saturday, November 23, 2:30 p.m., Alumni Recital HallSaxophone/Brass Ensembles Sunday, November 24, 3 p.m., Alumni Recital HallJazz EnsembleWednesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m., Main TheatreDay of Percussion Thursday, December 5, ALL DAY, ,Main Theatrer. Free to the public.Percussion Ensemble with guest Rob Patterson
Thursday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., Main TheatreConcert ChoirFriday, December 6, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital HallTuba Christmas Sunday, December 8, 10 am-2 p.m., Mabel Brown Room, Student Center. Free to the public.

In addition, the Music Department presents student recitals on most Wednesday afternoons at 2 p.m. and on occasional Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 3 the Alumni Recital Hall. These performances are free and open to the public. For an updated list of Music Department events, or for more information about the Music's recognized degree programs, call 603-358-2177 or visit