April 18, 2023 | , ,

4 Must-See College Theatre Productions This Spring

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Hey, it’s Piper. I’m Campus Philly’s Editorial Intern, but I’m also finishing up my last semester at the University of the Arts as a double major in Musical Theater and Directing, Playwriting, Production!

As I reflect back on the past four years, I am craving a greater sense of community among the college theatre programs in Philadelphia. And that starts with us reaching out and supporting each other’s art. 

Any theatre student in this city knows just how lucky we are to live and learn here—Philadelphia is bursting at the seams with live theatre! This city is home to a wide array of professional theaters and has laid the foundation for many success stories. For example: Fat Ham written by Philadelphia local, James Ijames, premiered at the Wilma Theater in 2021 and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and score a Broadway run

Beyond our robust theatre scene, Philadelphia is also unique because it is home to dozens of universities. That’s why I’ve compiled four spectacular shows you can catch this spring at schools ALL OVER Philly! 

Photo Credit: @templetheaters

1. Everybody at Temple University 

About the show: Written by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, this modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows the journey of a character named “Everybody” (who is chosen among the cast by lottery at each performance) as they work to understand life’s greatest mystery: the meaning of living. Temple University’s production of Everybody will be directed by Cat Ramirez. 

When: April 20-29 at 7:30pm. Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00pm.

Where: The Randall Theater, 2020 North 13 Street 

Tickets: $25 General Admission, $20 Seniors/Students/Alums/TU Employees, $10 Temple Students. Get your tickets here.

Photo Credit: @penntheatreartsprogram

2. Athena at The University of Pennsylvania 

About the show: Can fierce competitors also be friends? Featuring onstage fencing and verbal repartee, this funny, fast-paced, touching play explores the lives of two teenage girls, as they attack and parry their way through junior year—and into their futures. Athena is directed by Dr. Rosemary Malague. 

When: Friday, April 21, at 7:00 pm (reception to follow) and Saturday, April 22, at 7:00 pm. 

Where: Bruce Montgomery Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street

Tickets: $5 general admission. Tickets can be purchased at this link

Photo Credit: @thebrindschool

3. Horse Girls at The University of the Arts 

About the show: BoYz may come and Go, bUt hOrSes aRe 4ever… Twelve-year-old Ashleigh rules the Lady Jean Ladies, South Florida’s most exclusive horse club. News that her family’s stables are being sold and their horses killed for meat throws the Ladies into crisis in this dark comedy of middle school deception and lies—this show is directed by me, Piper Loebach, as my senior project. You don’t want to miss it!

When: May 4 at 7:30 pm, May 6 at 7:30 pm, and May 7 at 2:00 pm. 

Where: Caplan Studio Theater (16th floor), 211 South Broad Street 

Tickets: $10 for non-UArts students. Get tickets here

Photo Credit: @drexeltheatreprogram

4. Songs For A New World at Drexel University 

About the show: With a soaring, vibrant score that blends pop, gospel, and jazz, Songs for a New World transports the audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to the ledge of a Fifth Avenue high-rise. Jason Robert Brown’s stunning song cycle examines life, love, and the choices ordinary people make when faced with extraordinary moments.

When: May 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 8:00 pm and May 14 at 2:00 pm. 

Where: Mandell Theatre, 3220 Chestnut Street

Tickets: $15 for non-Drexel students. Tickets available here. 

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