Northern Kentucky University's School of the Arts (SOTA) announces updates to its 2020-21 Theatre + Dance academic season. With challenges to produce live, in-person theatrical productions, NKU SOTA has pivoted its programming to theatre and dance projects on film.
For the 2020-2021 season, NKU SOTA will produce a series of streaming productions. Details on these programs will be available as they become available. Please note release dates are subject to change. Check back regularly for updates or on the NKU SOTA Theatre + Dance Facebook page.
By W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan
Available on YouTube
A replay of last season's H.M.S. Pinafore production will be available to view for free on the NKU SOTA YouTube channel. The production is dedicated in loving memory to Ally Davis (Little Buttercup), who tragically passed away this past July. Patrons will have to option to donate to the Ally Davis Memorial GoFundMe fundraiser.
The gentlemanly Captain Corcoran has a daughter, Josephine, who is in love with a lowly but gallant sailor named Ralph Rackstraw. Meanwhile, the Captain’s former nanny, Little Buttercup, falls in love with him, but he hesitates to reciprocate due to his higher social rank. The whole situation is turned on its head when Little Buttercup reveals a game-changing secret she has kept for decades. H.M.S. Pinafore is filled with robust sailors, star-crossed lovers, and crazy comical antics sure to tickle your funny bone and lift your heart.
By Pasek & Paul
On-demand thru May 31, 2021
Edges is not a traditional musical; it is an exciting song cycle that highlights burgeoning adults asking classic coming-of-age questions. The songs cover such universal issues as love, commitment, identity, and meaning. Characters deal with confronting emotions, escaping expectations, and deciphering complicated relationships.
Available on the ECS website
Emerging Choreographer's Showcase (ECS) is a student-produced and student-led showcase promoting artistic expression and personal growth. NKU Dance Alum Kat Wolf established this showcase back in 2014 and for its sixth season, ECS will be delving into dance on film.
By William Finn
On-demand April 23-26, 2021
Elegies: A Song Cycle is an intimate and moving remembrance of departed friends, family, and colleagues written by William Finn, Tony award-winning composer of Falsettos, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and A New Brain. It pays tribute to a disparate group that includes impresario Joe Papp, actors Peggy Hewitt and Jack Eric Williams, a teacher, the Korean family who ran a deli frequented by Finn, relatives in New Jersey, friends who have died from diseases such as AIDS, long-lost pets, and, in a moving sequence, Finn's mother. A three-song conclusion offers a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Each number captures poignant, often funny glimpses of life and death that sparkle with the narrative sophistication always apparent in Finn's work. This particular production takes place in New York City a few years after the attacks in 2001, where a group of people come together to cope with their grief and discover within each other's stories that life truly has infinite joys.
Elegies: A Song Cycle is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com
By Charles Mee
On-demand thru June 30, 2021
Written in the form of poetry, “Falling and Loving” does not follow a traditional plot, as it resembles a modern art piece. The production consists of a collection of monologues and duet scenes that explore the themes of falling into and out of love. We become privy to the beauty and ugliness of life through various, relatable life situations. There are very sweet moments and very ugly moments in this show.
By Miller & Tysen
On-demand May 6-9, 2021
Fugitive Songs is a 19-song journey across America in the form of a song cycle. The writers describe the show as "part musical, part hootenanny," blending traditional folk music with contemporary pop and gospel. The over-arching theme in the show is the urge to run away.Fugitive Songs is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com
By Rajiv Joseph
Two childhood friends, Doug and Kayleen, intersect at the most bizarre intervals. These scar-crossed lovers meet at different times of their lives, brought together by injury, heartbreak, and their self-destructive tendencies. With great compassion and humor, Rajiv Joseph (Broadway's “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”) creates a compelling and unconventional love story about the intimacy between two people when they allow their defenses to drop and their wounds to show.
This exciting new series of virtual round-table, town-hall-type sessions will be co-moderated by Daryl Harris and a guest professional in the arts.
Visit nku.edu/sota/summitseries to learn more.
Ken Jones will host a panel of special guest artists and alumni, sharing their experiences. These events are open to the public via Zoom. Recordings of these panels will be available to view on YouTube.
Visit nku.edu/nas to learn more.