Pitt State Theatre announces 2022-23 season 

Pitt State Theatre, a university-based theater company that is under the direction of the Communication Department and is “in residence” at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, has announced its 2022-23 season, and is gearing up for auditions for the first show.  

Tickets are on sale now at the PSU Ticket Office in Room 107 of the Garfield Weede Building and online; tickets for faculty, staff, and students are free with a valid PSU ID. 

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for 17 and under, and for 65 and older. They also will be on sale at the box office 30 minutes before each show begins, based on availability. 

Once Upon a Mattress | Oct. 27-30 
Dotty and Bill Miller Theater 

In this musical version of the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea, Winnifred the Woebegone is a shy and awkward girl looking to win the heart of Prince Dauntless. But there’s one problem. Queen Aggravain has sabotaged the efforts of every young princess who has hoped to marry her son. Find out if Winnifred will be the one to pass the Queen’s impossible test, marry her true love, and allow the rest of the kingdom to live happily-ever-after.  

Directed by Megan Westhoff, with music direction by Kimberly Arzoian and choreography by Elizabeth Hayes.

Auditions: Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. in the PSU Studio Theatre, Room 108 Grubbs Hall. Showtimes: Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m. 

Theatre Unplugged 
PSU Studio Theatre in Grubbs Hall 

Student directed one-acts (a public final exam for the COMM 544 Stage Direction Class!) will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. Audience members may use the Joplin Street Entrance. The shows are free and will differ each night. 

Emilia | Feb. 23-26 
Dotty and Bill Miller Theater 

Emilia Bassano was a trailblazer 400 years ago, but her story is almost completely lost to history. She is considered to have been the first woman to have published a collection of poetry, yet most remember her for potentially being the “Dark Lady” in Shakespeare’s sonnets. In this contemporary play about a historical period, she struggles with getting her work seen and her voice heard.  

Directed by Gil Cooper and Jenna Russell.

Auditions: TBA. Showtimes: Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m.  

Animal Farm | April 20-23 
Dotty and Bill Miller Theater 

The animals on Mr. Jones’ farm have been overworked and mistreated, so Major the pig inspires the tired animals to rise up and overthrow Jones. For a time, the animals live in a paradise of idealism, but then the corrupt leadership of Napoleon the pig threatens the very livelihood the animals worked to achieve. George Orwell’s enduring tale serves as a cautionary parable against totalitarianism and asks us to consider if this could happen in our own backyard.  

Directed by Linden Little.

Auditions: TBA. Showtimes: Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m.