SIU School of Drama and Dance Set to Launch Season on Stage

Preparing for the season: Wendi Zea, Associate Professor, Costume Design, prepares a wig before the SIU School of Drama and Dance’s Romeo and Juliet performance, Oct. 13-16, at the McLeod Theatre. Grace Brown, below, a musical theater senior who plays Juliet, is working on a costume. (Pictures provided)

October 05, 2022

SIU School of Drama and Dance Set to Launch Season on Stage

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Beginning with the classic “Romeo and Juliet,” this long doomed love story, Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Theater and dance school returns to a full schedule for the 2022-23 season in October.

“It’s great to have a full season on the main stage again, and we have the Big Muddy New Play Festival in March, so we’re totally back in business,” said HD Motyl, Acting Director of the School of Theater and Dance. “It’s great for students to be seen and heard. That’s why they’re here – to perform in front of a live audience.

From William Shakespeare’s tragic story of two young lovers, a musical adaptation of a classic American novel, an iconic Agatha Christie murder mystery and a celebration of the life of one of the country’s most important composers, the public will have a wide variety of choices.

“It’s been a wonderful and varied work season,” Motyl said.

The the program of the season is available here. All performances will take place at the McLeod Theatre, located in the Communications Building, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and matinees at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The four-show subscription series costs $70 for adults, $65 for seniors, and $28 for students. Individual tickets cost $20, $18 and $8 respectively.

The schedule is:

  • Photo-2-Grace-Brown-Musical-Theater-sm.jpgOctober 13-16 — “Romeo and Juliet”. Directed by Susan Patrick Steinfeldt, Associate Professor, SIU School of Theater and Dance, with fight choreography by guest artist Rick Sordelet.
  • December 8-11 — “Little Women: The Musical”. Directed by SIU Theater alumnus Bill Kincaid, with music directed by Angela C. Shultz, assistant practice teacher, SIU School of Music, and choreography by Darryl Clark, assistant teacher, School of Theater and Dance.
  • February 16-19 – “The mousetrap”. Led by Matthew C. Williams, Assistant Professor, School of Theater and Dance.
  • April 20-23 — “Sondheim Tribute Review”. Directed by Angela C. Shultz and choreographed by Darryl Clark.

The Big Muddy New Play Festival, featuring new works by SIU student playwrights with a stage performance and individual readings of complete new plays, is scheduled for March 23-26.

Tickets for all productions are available by contacting the McLeod Theater box office or the SIU Arena Box Office at or 618-453-6000.

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