SUNY Cortland announces 2018-2019 theatre schedule

SUNY Cortland students put on a musical production of “Little Women” in December (Photo: SUNY Cortland Performing Arts Department)

SUNY Cortland’s 2018-19 theatre season opens with a musical that will take audiences back in time to the era when the College was founded.

“Annie Get Your Gun” will premiere on Friday, Oct. 5, the night of SUNY Cortland’s 150th birthday party. The family-friendly musical tells the tale of Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter who caught the attention of the nation in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West touring circus, in the decades following the establishment of the Cortland Normal School in 1868.

Peter Stone’s revised version of Irving Berlin’s classic includes famous showstoppers such as “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” The show runs through Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre.

“Dangerous Liaisons,” a play written by Christopher Hampton and adapted from the 1782 novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, will be performed in the Dowd Fine Arts Center Lab Theatre from Thursday, Nov. 15, to Sunday, Nov. 18. Rivals Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont compete in high stakes games of sexual conquest, seduction and manipulation.

The spring schedule will be led by “The Children’s Hour,” which will run March 1-3 in Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre. The groundbreaking 1934 Lillian Hellman play focuses on Mary Tilford, a student in a small-town boarding school who refuses to accept the consequences of her perpetual disobedience. Tilford, in an effort to escape punishment, casts corrosive lies on the personal lives of her teachers.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a crowd-pleasing musical comedy, will be performed from April 5-14 in the Dowd Fine Arts Center Lab Theatre. This unique show chronicles the passion and awkwardness of six middle schoolers and their devotion to mastery of the dictionary as well as the quirky adults running the show. Audiences will find themselves compelled to root for their favorite speller from the opening number to the final showdown.

Due to the intimate nature of the Lab Theatre, this musical is expected to sell out. Audience members are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance and arrive early when attending the show.

Tickets and show times for SUNY Cortland musical theatre performances are available at

New for the 2018-19 season is a subscription option for those looking to buy tickets to all four shows at once for a discount rate of $56. Individual show tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for senior citizens and SUNY Cortland faculty and staff, $14 for SUNY Cortland alumni and $10 for current students. Tickets will go on sale when the box office opens in September.

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