Carroll Theatre Season
Season Theme for 2017-2018
Our theme for this season surrounds the theme "We Are One." In an effort to make art that matters, we have decided to find shows that promote the idea that even when we have differing opinions and life circumstances, we are still all part of the human race. 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.
The Little Mermaid
We will finish our season (April 20-30) with Disney's beloved The Little Mermaid, a full length musical based on the animated 1989 animated film of the same name and the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen. Set under and above the high seas, The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, an adventurous young mermaid who’s got a thing for disobeying the rules and following her heart. Ariel’s fascination with the human world often leads her to the sea surface, a zone that’s designated as “off-limits” by her father Triton, the sea king. One day while sneaking to the surface, Ariel witnesses a shipwreck and rescues Prince Eric, with whom she become instantly smitten. Furious at Triton’s inability to understand her love for the prince, Ariel runs away and strikes a deal with Ursula, Triton’s evil witch of a sister, to experience the life she dreams of on land. Will the two worlds find a way to see eye to eye? Purchase tickets
Look for our children's show each April! We get lots of great feedback from teachers and families. One mother said, "Thank you so much for the tickets to The Little Mermaid. What a fantastic show full of extraordinary talent. This show far exceeded my expectations. This was our first performance and we will definitely be attending more. My 6 year old daughter found the show magical. She had the biggest grin on her face throughout the entire performance. And to top the night off she got to meet all the characters after the show, get pictures with them, and get their autographs. Simply magical. Thank you!!!"
Past 2017-18 Shows
First up for the season was Harvey by Mary Chase who won a Pulitzer prize for this play in 1945. In Harvey, Elwood P. Dowd introduces his unseen friend Harvey (a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling a rabbit) to everyone he meets. His sister, Veta, finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed. The doctors at the sanitarium propose to give Elwood an injection that will make him into a "perfectly normal human being, and you know what bastards they are!" (in the words of a taxi cab driver who has become involved in the proceedings). In the end, will Veta realize that she would rather have Elwood the same as he has always been — even if it means living with Harvey?
December 6-9, She Persisted, a selection of scenes by female playwrights will be performed at the FLEX Theatre. Kim Shire's Women in Theatre class will choose their favorite scenes to weave together into a production featuring many Carroll students in this one weekend event.
The Laramie Project
Our winter production this year (February 9-17) is Moises Kauffman and the Tectonic Theatre Project's The Laramie Project. Local actor and director, John Rausch directed. This play centers on the 1998 hate crime that led to the death of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the theatre company with inhabitants of the town, company members' own journal entries, and published news reports. More than sixty characters come to life with their varied perspectives in a series of short scenes based on this true story. We hope that this play will aid us in a continuing conversation about how to Erase Hate in the world.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Helena Theatre Company is celebrating it's 25th Anniversary with a production of the Tony Award Winning (Best Play, 2015) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time based on the novel by Mark Hadden adapted by Simon Stephens. The production is a collaboration with Carroll College Theatre and will be performed in Carroll's FLEX Theatre.
In this play, 15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.
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 100-155 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.