Olivet Theatre 2019-2020 Season Preview

Students showcase their talents in this year’s productions. 

Seats in Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center at Olivet Nazarene University are anticipated to be filled for the 2019-2020 theatre production season. The shows will capture audience’s attention with outstanding performances from students and will provide valuable, thought-provoking lessons. 


The theatre season kicked off at the end of September with Broadway Revue, a student written and directed show encompassing a story line intertwined with beloved show tunes from various musicals. 

Productions for the 2019-2020 theatre season at Olivet

“All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum
Directed by Professor Jerry Cohagan
Five performances: Friday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 2, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” is a compilation of short stories portraying moments from the whimsy of childhood to the wisdom of adulthood. 

“You Can’t Take It With You” by Moss Hart and George Kauffman
Student Directed by Abriella Caravette and Emily Curtis
Four Performances: Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.

“You Can’t Take It With You” is a madcap, idealistic comedy that reinforces the idea that you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you truly happy. 

“Godspell” by Stephen Schwartz and John Michael Tebelak
Directed by Professor Jerry Cohagan
Four performances: Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 29, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Godspell” is a musical adaptation of the Gospel according to Matthew that includes dramatized versions of well-known parables. 

“These Shining Lives” by Melanie Marnich 
Directed by Samantha Shepherd and Amanda Durbin
Four performances: Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m.; Friday, March 27, 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 28, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

“These Shining Lives” is a poignant, yet inspirational feminist drama. The story is based on the true tale of four women in a 1920’s radium watch dial factory. 

For all performances, tickets will be available online at olivet.edu/tickets and at the door. For more information, call 815-928-5543 or email mjtrimby@olivet.edu. 

To learn more about Olivet's Department of Theatre and School of Music, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.

Published 10/04/19