SIU School of Theater and Dance 2023-2024
Four Show Season
Individual (Adult $20) (Seniors $18) (Student $8)
Ride the Cyclone
Oct. 12, 13, 14 - 7:30 pm
Oct. 15– 2:00 pm
In this hilarious and outlandish story, the lives of six teenagers from a high school choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. When they awake in limbo, a mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell a story to win a prize like no other: the chance to return to life. This popular musical is a funny, moving look at what makes a life well-lived.
Direction and Choreography by Darryl C. Clark
Scenic Design by guest artist David Goldstein
Lighting Design by Jaemin Park
Costume Design by Aleka Fisher
Technical Direction by Lenny Lively
Music Direction by Angela Shultz
Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 - 7:30 pm
Dec. 3 and 10 – 2:00 pm
Co-presented by the SIU Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Christian Moe Laboratory Theater
Set in Charleston, South Carolina in 1918, Wedding Band is an unsparing tale about the consequences of a decade-long romance between a black seamstress and a white baker. Julia and Herman have loved each other devotedly, enduring harsh disapproval from whites and scorn from blacks. As they confront the impossibility of ever living a normal married life, and as Herman falls ill, Julia gradually reaches out to forge affirming bonds of solidarity with her community.
Directed by guest artist Omeyemi Green
Scenic Design by guest artist Tim Jones
Lighting Design by Jaemin Park
Costume Design by Jen Helms
Technical Direction by Thomas Fagerholm
She Loves Me
Feb. 29, March 1, 2 - 7:30 pm
March 3 - 2 pm
Co-produced with the School of Music.
Music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
Book by Joe Masteroff
Set in a 1930s European perfumery, we meet shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who, more often than not, don't see eye to eye. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves... and all the twists and turns along the way! Music by the composers of Fiddler on the Roof, and the book by the author of Cabaret.
Directed by Angela Shultz
Choreographed by Matthew Williams
Scenic Design by Lenny Lively
Costume Design by Haley Saylor
Music Direction by Christopher Morehouse
May 2, 3, 4 - 7:30 pm
May 5 - 2 pm
In this farcical comedy, a bumbling low-life thug and his son have been hired by a Mafioso boss to burn down a restaurant. But instead of torching it, the criminals kidnap the head chef who they discover to be the daughter of the man who hired them. The daughter then attempts to persuade her kidnappers to raid her father’s mansion before he finds them in the motel room where they are holed up and kills all three of them. Criminal Genius is a timely, fast-paced play about taking responsibility for our lives, or what happens when we don’t.
Directed by Susan Patrick Steinfeldt
Getting Tickets Is Easy!
Box Office Services
Box Office services for SIU Theater are provided by the SIU Arena Ticket Office. Ordering tickets is easy. You may order tickets by phone, online, in person or by mail. Please note that some fees apply.
- By phone at 877-SALUKIS (877-725-8547)
- In-person at McLeod Theater: Monday–Friday, Noon–4:30 pm (while classes are in session, excluding holidays)