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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.

Virtual Productions

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.

H.M.S. Pinafore

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.

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Edges: A Song Cycle

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.

Edges is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase 2020 – Dance Film Festival

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.

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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.

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Falling and Loving

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.

Falling & Loving is presented by special arrangement with United Talent Agency

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Fugitive Songs

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.

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Gruesome Playground Injuries

By Rajiv Joseph
On-demand May 21-25, 2021


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.

Gruesome Playground Injuries is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.


By Douglas Moore
Available on YouTube thru June 30, 2021

Gallantry is a one-act opera parody of soap opera. It is, in essence, a “soap opera” opera. A surgeon is in love with a nurse who is engaged to the patient for whom the surgeon is to perform an emergency appendectomy. The opera includes sung commercial interruptions between scenes, staying true to early TV live, in-studio commercials.

Used by permission of G. Schirmer INC. (ASCAP)
By arrangement with G. Schirmer, INC. publisher and copyright owner

Dance '21

Available on Dance '21 website thru June 30, 2021

Dance '21 debuts new works by guest artists, faculty, and students. Eleven dynamic dances will add up to an evening of concert pieces that highlight various genres of dance.

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That's A Wrap Film Fest

  • Status: In Rehearsal/Development
  • Release: June 2021

SOTA Summit Series

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.

  • Spring 2021
  • March 30. Wellness in the Arts: Womxn in the Arts
  • April 13. Wellness in the Arts: Part 2 – LGBTQ+ in the Arts
  • April 27. Wellness in the Arts: Part 3 – BIPOC in the Arts


  • Fall 2020:
  • Oct. 7. Experiencing Race in the Arts: Battles and Biases
  • Oct. 28. Arts in the Age of “Me Too”: Women in the Arts
  • Nov. 18: Equity and Allyship: LGBTQ+ in the Arts

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Norse Artist Series

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.

  • Sept. 18. Kat Moser and Jacob Priddy: Kat – Off Broadway run in The Office: A Musical Parody and grad school. Jacob – professional Musical Director in and out of New York City.
  • Sept. 25. Roderick Justice: Producing Artistic Director of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.
  • Oct. 2. Mikki Abraham: National tours of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Once on This Island.
  • Oct. 9. Rhea Speights: Dancer and choreographer, primarily in dance and video; artistic director for Sanspointe Dance Company (Birmingham, AL)
  • Oct. 16. Will Brandstetter: Tour Manager for Mannheim Steamroller and Alton Brown: Eat Your Science tour.
  • Oct. 23. Aaron Lavigne: Broadway shows; national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar as Jesus.
  • Nov. 13. Angie Schworer: Broadway shows including The Producers, Catch Me If You Can, The Prom, Something’s Rotten, and more.

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