The Crucible

October 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.

October 14 and 21 at 1:30 p.m.

By Arthur Miller

Since its premiere in 1953, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a masterful and chilling portrayal of the historic Salem Witch Trials and an allegory for the rise of McCarthyism in the late 1940s, has rightfully become an American classic serving as both a cautionary tale and provocation that compels each generation to reflect upon the harrowing world it portrays. The people of Salem are whipped into a bloodthirsty frenzy by a series of escalating misinterpretations after a group of teenage girls are accused of dancing devilishly in the woods. Fearing retribution, the girls begin a chain of finger-pointing until neighbor turns against neighbor, whispers become testimony, fabrications become facts, and a once powerless teenage girl suddenly has the ability to decide the fate of all those around her. As the hearts of the townsfolk become poisoned, even John Proctor, a principled farmer and family man, must wrestle with a corrupt court and his own transgressions to protect his innocent wife and his family’s good name.

Directed by Jennifer Popple


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UNYK Fall Show

October 20

Centennial Hall

UNYK is Augustana's multicultural dance ensemble. The show will feature multiple dances in different genres.


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OperX Ensemble Presents: Songs of Survival

November 16 and 17 at 7:30pm

November 17 at 2:00pm

The Augustana Chamber Orchestra joins the OperX Enxemble and the Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble in a performance of "Brundibár," a children's opera by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása.

"Brundibár" was written in 1938 but was not performed until 1942 when it premiered at the Vinohrady Jewish Boy’s Orphanage in the Prague ghetto.

Krása had already been sent to the Terezín concentration camp where he was the musical director of the Freizeitgestaltung, a group of prisoners tasked with organizing cultural activities for the camp.

When the conductor of the original Prague production was sent to Terezín himself, he smuggled in a piano score to "Brundibár." From this and his own memory, Krása reconstructed the opera, taking into account the performing forces available to him in the camp.

Beginning with a performance on July 23, 1943, "Brundibár" was performed 55 times in the Terezín camp over the course of the next year and a performance was central to an International Red Cross visit to the camp in June 1944, during which the visiting delegation was deceptively shown a healthy and happy Jewish population.

As the war was nearing its close, Krása was taken on a transport that left Terezín on Oct. 16, 1944, and he was killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz two days later.


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Christmas at Augustana

December 1, 2018 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Centennial Hall

Christmas at Augustana has thrilled audiences in sold-out performances for ten years. More than three hundred student musicians share their talents in what has become a highlight of the Augustana and Quad-Cities holiday season. Featuring performances by the Augustana Brass Ensemble, Ascension Ringers, Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Augustana Choir, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and Augustana Concert Chorale. This holiday concert is not to be missed.


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Christmas Dinner

December 1, 2018 at 3:45

A special Christmas Dinner will be offered between the two performances of Christmas at Augustana on December 1 in the Gerber Center Dining Hall.


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The Children’s Hour

December 6 - 8 at 7:30 p.m.

December 9 at 1:30 p.m.

By Lillian Hellman

One of the great successes of this distinguished writer. A serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about the two women, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but it is too late. Irreparable damage has been done.

Directed by Shyan DeVoss


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The Three Musketeers

January 25, 26 and February 1, 2 at 7:30pm

January 27 and February 3 at 1:30pm

By Ken Ludwig

This adaptation is based on the timeless swashbuckler by Alexandre Dumas, a tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes, and above all, honor. The story, set in 1625, begins with d’Artagnan, who sets off for Paris in search of adventure. Along with d’Artagnan goes Sabine, his sister, the quintessential tomboy. Sent with d’Artagnan to attend a convent school in Paris, she poses as a young man – d’Artagnan’s servant – and quickly becomes entangled in her brother’s adventures. Soon after reaching Paris, d’Artagnan encounters the greatest heroes of the day, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, the famous musketeers, and he joins forces with his heroes to defend the honor of the Queen of France. In so doing, he finds himself in opposition to the most dangerous man in Europe, Cardinal Richelieu. Even more deadly is the infamous Countess de Winter, known as Milady, who will stop at nothing to exact revenge on d’Artagnan – and Sabine – for their meddlesome behavior. Little does Milady know that the young girl she scorns, Sabine, will ultimately save the day.

Directed by Jeff Coussens 


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Seussical the Musical Jr. 

Presented by The Penguin Project of the Quad Cities

February 22 - 24 and March 1 - 3

Brunner Theatre Main Stage

The Penguin Project of the Quad Cities, Augustana's chapter of the national organization, gives children with special needs a chance to develop creative skills in the theatre arts.

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

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Boy

April 11,12 and 13 at 7:30pm

April 14 at 1:30pm

By Anna Ziegler

Inspired by a true story, Anna Ziegler’s BOY explores the tricky terrain of finding love amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold.

Directed by Jaryd Whitmore


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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

April 26, 27 and May 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m.

April 28 and May 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert, Music by Frank Loesser

Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser, including "I Believe in You," "Brotherhood of Man" and "The Company Way."
A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant "company man," the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.

Directed by Shelley Cooper


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