HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts is excited to announce its upcoming 2023-24 Theatre and Dance season. With the Fine Arts Center set to undergo major renovations to its theatre spaces, SOTA is taking its productions on tour to various locations, including the NKU Digitorium and The Carnegie, offering theatergoers the chance to experience these shows like never before.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Sept. 28 – Oct. 8, 2023 | NKU Griffin Hall Digitorium
The season opens with the Tony Award-winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens. The story follows 15-year-old Christopher, a boy with an extraordinary brain that is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he discovers his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, he finds himself under suspicion and sets out to solve the mystery, leading him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. This production will be staged at NKU’s Griffin Hall Digitorium from September 28 to October 8, 2023.
9 to 5 The Musical
Nov. 3-11, 2023 | The Carnegie
Next up is the hilarious musical “9 to 5 The Musical,” featuring music and lyrics by country icon Dolly Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick. Set in the late 1970s, the story centers around three female coworkers who are fed up with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss. They come up with a plan to get even and, in a series of outrageous events, give their workplace a dream makeover while taking control of the company that had always kept them down. This production will take place at The Carnegie in Covington, KY, from November 3-11, 2023.
Feb. 16-18, 2024 | NKU Greaves Concert Hall
The annual dance concert “Dance ‘24” celebrates the incredible versatility of dance and explores the power of storytelling and emotion through movement. Featuring a company of the best young dance artists, Dance ’24 will present a concert of new and innovative works created by faculty, guest artists, and nationally renowned choreographers. Whether you’re a seasoned patron of dance or attending your first concert, Dance ’24 has something for everyone – favorite traditional forms such as musical theatre, tap, and ballet, as well as contemporary dance forms that include modern, jazz, vernacular, improvisation, and African/Afro-Fusion. Get ready to experience the transformational power of dance! The concert will take place at NKU’s Greaves Concert Hall from February 16-18, 2024.
March 15-23, 2024 | The Carnegie
Following that is the enchanting musical “Amélie,” based on the beloved French film. With a book by Craig Lucas and music and lyrics by Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen, this whimsical story follows Amélie, an imaginative young woman who lives quietly in the world but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy and mayhem. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness, she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. This production will run from March 15-23, 2024, at The Carnegie.
The Play That Goes Wrong
April 11-20, 2024 | The Carnegie
The season concludes with “The Play That Goes Wrong,” a comedy by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields that promises to be a smash hit. From Mischief, Broadway masters of comedy, comes a farce about the opening night of the Cornley University Drama Society’s newest production, “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” The show has everything you never wanted to see, including an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, this Olivier Award–winning comedy is a global phenomenon that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter! The production will be staged at The Carnegie from April 11-20, 2024.
Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, at nku.edu/tickets. More information about the season will be available at theatre.nku.edu.
About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit nku.edu.
About SOTA: The Theatre and Dance, Art and Design, and Music programs make up the School of the Arts that sit in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. Theatre and Dance relies on intensive student involvement both inside and outside the classroom. Our staff, resources and facilities serve the developing artist. At the program’s center is a vital balance of process and production, giving each student opportunities to stretch boundaries and discover new possibilities. Graduates are working in professional theatres in every major city in the United States and on five continents, having successful careers on Broadway and in regional theatre, on cruise ships, in theme parks and film and television. For more information, visit theatre.nku.edu.