Carroll Theatre Season
Season Theme for 2018-2019
Our theme for this season is "Ubuntu." The word ubuntu is part of the Zulu phrase "Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu," which means that a person is a person through other people. In an effort to make art that matters, we have decided to produce shows this season that promote the ubuntu philosophy which is often translated "I am because we are." We gain much more by seeking to understand, love, and accept one another than we do by demonizing those we find difficult to agree with. In fact, our very existence is because of community.
We open our season with Urinetown, which is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's greatest art forms.
In this musical, a Gotham-like city is suffering a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought. This shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.
10 Minute Play Fest
In December, Carroll Theatre will produce student-directed 10 minute plays in a fun-filled evening of short pieces. More details will come when the plays have been selected by the directing students in October.
In February we present a moving play about the first women to attend classes at Cambridge as part of their education at Girton College in 1896. Directed by Carroll alum, Julia Harris, Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale is about the struggle of female intellectuals in the late 1800s. The action involves four very talented female undergraduates and the campaign to be allowed, like their male colleagues, to receive a formal degrees at the end of their studies. The play touches on some of the issues surrounding the feminist ideals of the late nineteenth-century new woman including female bicycle-riding and equal education rights.
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
This year's play for young audiences is based on C.S. Lewis' classic story of the four Pevense children and their trip into the land of Narnia. There will be public performances in the evenings and Sunday matinees in April. There will also be school day matinees for school groups to attend. Please contact Kim Shire if you are a teacher wishing to bring your class to the show.
The FLEX Theatre
Our theatre home is in the lower level of the Campus Center (often called the CUBE). Our former dance and acting studios have been renovated, resulting in a flexible theatre space with state of the art technology, a comfortable green room, tech booth/classroom, costume classroom, box office, and plenty of storage. We can't wait to share it with you!
The Performing Arts Center in Old North served us well from 1994-2016. In the summer of 2016, renovations began to convert it to a beautiful chapel large enough for Carroll's popular Sunday night mass. Construction is slated to finish sometime in the Fall of 2017.
Parking and Directions
- You may park for free in the Campus Center pay lot (and in nearby lots if necessary) during performances as long as you avoid named spots and A lots.
- When driving to Carroll, turn off of Lyndale onto the Carroll Campus using Park, a small road just one short block from the intersection of Benton and Lyndale. The Campus Center lot is directly in between that entrance and the Campus Center which you can see from Lyndale. (Note that you can also use Getchell to enter campus, but the entrances to campus from Benton Avenue are now dead ends that do not lead to the Campus Center lot).
- The FLEX theatre is in the lowest level of Campus Center. Use the stairs on the South side of the building or the ramp on the East side to enter Campus Center. You will locate the stairs and elevator in the great room outside the cafeteria and bookstore.
Seating and Ticket information
- We can accept the following forms of payment: Cash, check, credit/debit cards.
- We feature festival seating. There is no assigned seating in our theatre, however you may purchase tickets online in advance to make sure we save you a spot. In case of a sell out, we will re-sell your seat 5 minutes prior to curtain time if you have not claimed your ticket by that time.
- If tickets are sold out online, come early to purchase a limited number of seats which we save for door sales. The ticket window opens one hour in advance of each performance. Online sales shut down 90 minutes before each performance.
- Seating is on a first come- first seated basis. Our capacity is between 100-150 seats depending on configuration. We recommend that you arrive early.
- The house opens 30 minutes before showtime for those who want to claim their choice of seats.
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Above: The production team works with digital video, lighting, and sound during a recent show.