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2016-2017 SEASON

Take one patriotic musical,
add an eclectic dance performance, and
add a hilarious comedy.


In the immortal words of Chuckie the Clown from The Mary Tyler Moore Show
"A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants."

Either way its our new Playhouse Mini-Sub - a special package of our remaining three productions.

Save time and money by choosing our Spring Mini-Subscription Package. 

Purchase the mini-sub for just $39.00 and save 18% 

  • Choose your seats now while the best seats still available and keep these seats for all three shows. 

  • Know that you can exchange to a different performance by just giving us a call. 
These will make great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and the holidays. 

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Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Book by Peter Stone

February 23-28, 2017

It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence...if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.  The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of musicals.  We see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty, and ultimately determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.
Tony Award for Best Musical.

Public: $17.50; Current ECU Student/Youth: $10

 Dance 2017 DANCE 2017

 March 23-28, 2017

A dance concert that’s as diverse as it is entertaining.  Featuring choreography from renowned guest artists and original works by our creative faculty, our talented dance students always provide a show that’s second to none. The diverse range from classical ballet, to bold contemporary, to hot jazz and explosive tap provide a production that is wide ranging and engaging.

Public: $15; Current ECU Student/Youth: $10

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by Ken Ludwig

April 20-25, 2017
We're backstage at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company awaiting the arrival of the world famous Italian tenor, Il Stupendo, to appear for one night only in Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out.  In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, the assistant manager is persuaded to get into costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo.  But when the real star rouses, we have two "Otellos" on stage.  This madcap, screwball comedy will leave you teary-eyed with laughter.

"Nonstop laughter." - Variety

"Uproarious! Hysterical!" - USA Today

5 Tony Award Nominations including Best Play, 3 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 4 Drama Desk Award nominations, and an Oliver Award nomination for Comedy of the Year.

Public: $15; Current ECU Student/Youth: $10

Performances of Medea, Reefer  Madness, 1776, Dance 2017, and Lend Me A Tenor take place in the McGinnis Theatre on the ECU campus and are as follows:
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday
8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Performances of Dance @ Wright take place in Wright Auditorium on the ECU campus and are as follows:

Sept 16
Sept 17
Sept 17
Sept 18
8:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

Ticket prices for ECU School of Theatre events include processing fees and sales tax according to NC General Statue 105-164.4(a)(10).

The ECU/Loessin Playhouse is produced by the East Carolina University, School of Theatre and Dance, an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and recipient of the College/University Award from the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC).