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NMSU’s 2022-23 theater season includes ‘Christmas Carol,’ ‘Godspell’

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The NMSU Theatre Department has scheduled these shows for live production during the 2022-23 season:

  • “Broadway On Demand!” Directed by NMSU adjunct profession Christa Fredrickson. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave.

This musical revue will include traditional musical favorites voted on by the community and performed by NMSU students and faculty, community members and students from local schools. The event is a fundraiser for the Theatre Department, helping pay for guest artists and students’ education as well as scholarships to help students travel to theater events and competitions.

  • “Big Frog,” by Dylan Guerra. Directed by NMSU assistant professor Nichole Hamilton. Friday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct. 9. Here is what the NMSU Theatre Department said about the play: “In high school, five close friends used to meet on a Miami golf course to drink, smoke pot, and … lick a frog? Ten years later, four of them return to get their story straight, because a well-known crime podcast host has come to town to investigate an unsolved mystery. Oh yeah, and the frog is still there too – just bigger.” The play is recommended for ages 16 and older.

Guerra is a Latinx playwright based in New York City whose mission is “to create diverse and challenging new works that promote cross sectional conversation,” according to the writer’s website. Guerra, who has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Southern Methodist University, will visit NMSU during the production.

  • “A Christmas Carol,” adapted from the novella by Charles Dickens. Directed by community member Norman Lewis. Friday, Nov. 18-Sunday, Dec. 4.
  • “Hookman,” by Lauren Yee. Directed by NMSU associate professor Larissa Lury. Friday, Feb. 24-Sunday, March 5, 20223. The Theatre Department said this about the play: “Freshman year at college is hard when your roommate is weird, you’re feeling homesick and a hook-handed serial killer is slashing. But if Lexi can discover what really happened to her high-school best friend on that car ride to the movies, everything will be OK. In this existential slasher comedy, Lexi and her friends learn what it means to grow up – and it’s not pretty.”
  • “Godspell,” music and lyrics by Stephen Schwarz, book by John-Michael Tebelak. Directed by NMSU Theatre Department Head Wil Kilroy, musical direction by assistant professor Lisa Hermanson. Friday, April 28-Sunday, May 7, 2023. In this In the Tony-nominated musical, “A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.”

Join the NMSU Theatre Department Center Stage Society

With a donation of $500 or more to the nonprofit American Southwest Theatre Company (ASTC), community members will receive two complimentary season tickets. The donation will support theater students by helping to pay for guest artists, travel scholarships, a senior scholarship and enhancements to the NMSU Theatre Department’s productions.

NMSU Theatre/ASTC giving levels are Leading Player: $1-$99; Marquee Club: $100-$249; and Spotlight Donor: $250-$499. Center Stage Society donation levels are Standing Ovation: $500-$999; Show Stopper: $1,000 to $1,999; Headliner: $2,000-$3,499; and Impresario: $3,500 and more.

To make a donation, contact Melis White at 575-646-5122 and melisd23@nmsu.edu.

Visit https://theatre.nmsu.edu/performances-events/2022-2023-performance-season.html.

Visit https://theatre.nmsu.edu/ and click on “Performances and Events” and then “Ticketing and Box Office” to purchase tickets. Call 575-646-4515.