The Department of Art, Design, and Theatre at Cedarville University presents three full productions each academic year. To search for a specific production, please use the search box in the sidebar, making sure to choose the "in this collection" option. Click here to view memorabilia from theatrical productions from the earlier years of the university.
April 13-15, and 20-23, 2023
Using themes of suspicion and loyalty, deception and honor, jealousy and true love, William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing weaves together the humorous story of how two couples find love — whether they want it or not. Condensed and adapted for an intimate staging, this comedy promises to leave audience’s wanting more of what the Bard has to offer.
February 2-4 and 9-12, 2023
Our Town by Thornton Wilder is considered a classic of American theatre as it portrays life in small town Grover's Corners, New Hampshire at the turn of the last century. In scenes of daily life that capture the poetic beauty of the everyday, the play celebrates family, faith, and the daily miracles that happen all around us, if we are just attuned to see them.
September 29–October 1 and October 6–9, 2022
The Giver, adapted from Lois Lowry's 1994 Newbery Medal winning novel, is the haunting story centered on young Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the "Receiver of Memory" does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.
March 31–April 2 and April 7–10, 2022
The inspiring, powerful, true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who defied the Nazis and ultimately led an assassination attempt against Hitler. Part political thriller, part love story, and leavened with moments of humor, it is filled with a compassion that reaffirms one’s faith in man.
February 3–5 and 10–13, 2022
It is the summer of 1903, and the Smith family eagerly anticipates the opening of the 1904 World’s Fair. Memorable musical numbers include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Boy Next Door," "The Trolley Song," and "Whenever I’m with You." A delightful show for all ages!
September 30–October 2 and October 7–10, 2021
When aging brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert send to the orphanage in Nova Scotia for a boy to help them on the farm, they get more than they bargained for, 11-year-old Anne Shirley. This swift yet theatrical adaptation of the classic novel is an all-ages crowd-pleaser.
April 8-18, 2021
Henrietta Leavitt is excited to land a job at the prestigious Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s. Once on the job, she soon realizes she was not hired to be an astronomer, but to serve with a group of female “computers” who merely chart the stars for a man who thinks women are not worthy to be astronomers. Henrietta persists in making her mark within the astronomical society, but finds as she measures the light and distance of stars that she must also take measure of her life on Earth. As a result, she has to choose between her dedication to science, her family, or the possibility of love. Based on the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, the play explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed and credited to men in the field. Leavitt’s story changes the way we see and understand both the glory of the heavens and our purpose on the Earth.
February 4 - February 14, 2021
These fast-paced comedies have been collected to be performed together as one entertaining show. All rooted in farce comedy, each explores the frustrating, exasperating, and fun-to-watch situations that happen to people in various social settings. The four short plays are “The Anniversary,” which takes a look at frenetic scenes at a bank; “The Wedding,” which depicts a social setting where the mother-of-the-bride causes some awkward but hilarious gaffes; “The Bear,” where a widow unable to pay her rent turns the tables on her landlord; and “The Proposal,” where a suitor winds up in a battle over property. The production will feature Russian music and dancing in a colorful and exciting show set in the social world of the 1890s.