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.
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 five short plays are “An Unwilling Martyr,” which presents an overburdened man dealing with ludicrous chores and obligations; “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.
October 1-11, 2020
At the end of World War II, the Keller family is mourning younger son Larry, who has been missing in action and presumed dead. Older son Chris has returned home from military service and publicly acknowledges his feelings for Ann, Larry’s girlfriend. But mother Kate cannot accept that Larry is dead and believes that somewhere, somehow, her younger son is still alive. Joe Keller, the family patriarch, has been cleared of selling faulty aircraft parts that caused the deaths of 21 military pilots, while Ann’s father goes to jail for his part in covering up the faulty equipment. Despair sets in as the Keller family’s secrets begin to unravel, revealing the irresponsibility, guilt, and betrayal they kept hidden for so long. Tensions steadily grow as the past comes back to haunt the present with devastating results.
April 2-4 and 16-19, 2020
Based on real events unfolding in the 1920s, the play tells the stories of young women employed in the watch factories featuring timepieces with the newly popular luminous dials. Marie Curie had become an international celebrity with her discovery of the element radium, which seemed to be a miracle cure of cancerous tumors and held other promising scientific properties. The glow-in-the-dark watch faces are popular and fashionable, and the women hold well-paying positions. All seems to be pointing to hopeful futures for the women, but soon they begin to fall ill with a mysterious illness which has terrifying symptoms. The play is inspired by Grace Fryer, herself a dial painter, whose efforts to fight for her day in court are blocked by her idealistic former employer who cannot bring himself to believe the same element which shrinks tumors can possibly be causing the suffering of his employees. The play calls into focus issues of corporate responsibility and environmental safety, which are just as important today.
January 30 - February 9, 2020
Shy and plain young girl Catherine Sloper falls desperately in love with the charming and handsome Morris Townsend. Catherine’s father, a successful doctor, forbids their marriage, fearing that the attraction Morris feels for Catherine may be more for her fortune than for her character. Catherine’s love for Morris is genuine but haunted by doubts regarding her appearance and lack of worldly experience. Her fears are realized when her proposed plan of an elopement fails to succeed, and she retreats into a world of loneliness. But when Morris returns and proposes to her once again, she responds in a shockingly unexpected way. His reaction leaves us to wonder whether Morris is sincere in his love for Catherine, or is rather the fulfillment of Catherine’s fears.