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State University Theatre and Dance announces spring schedule

State University Theatre and Dance will present its spring season in both in-person and livestream formats.

“God of Carnage,” a Tony Award winner for best play, opens the season Feb. 25-28. The annual Spring Dance Concert titled “On the Precipice of Change” performs March 19-21 while the musical “[title of show]” closes the season April 15-18. All performances will be held in the Oscar Larson Theatre in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center on campus.

“God of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton, and “[title of show],” with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell, will each be performed by two casts that will alternate performance dates.

“We picked these shows because of their relatively small cast sizes. Our primary concern is maintaining safety protocols for students in the casts and crews through the rehearsal process and performances,” said J.D. Ackman, professor/coordinator of theatre. “Smaller groups of actors make it easier to observe social distancing. Professor W. James Wood, who is directing ‘God of Carnage,’ and I felt we should give more students the opportunity to perform.

“Given the talent of our students, it was an easy decision to stage each piece with separate casts. It has certainly been a challenge to continue with our productions under the current circumstances, but the resilience and adaptability of our students has been impressive. Professor Melissa Hauschild-Mork is also taking steps to adapt her rehearsal process with student dancers and choreographers to ensure the health and safety of those students, as well,” Ackman continued.

Social distancing, SDSU COVID-19 protocols and other public safety considerations will be in place at all performances. The performers, all front-of-house personnel and patrons need to wear masks as South Dakota State University requires face coverings in all public indoor spaces on campus (Level 3) until further notice.

For more details, please visit State University Theatre and Dance.