Performing Arts Season 2016-2017

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Jay Presson Allen, adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark
November 17, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and 20 at 2 p.m.
A teacher can have a profound influence on a child's life, even if it's something to react against. Jean Brodie is a teacher at a conservative girls' school during the 1930s. She disdains the banality of a conventional education, preferring to instill in her young charges her own passion for paintings, politics, music, and men. Things go horribly awry, however, when Miss Brodie and her politics are betrayed to the headmistress by one of her most trusted students. Dame Maggie Smith garnered an Oscar for her portrayal of Jean Brodie in the 1969 film version.

The Secret Garden Adapted by Pamela Sterling, from the book by Francis Hodgson Burnett
February 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m. and 19 at 2 p.m.
Mary Lennox, a sullen and spoiled young orphan, is sent to live with her brooding uncle at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor. Discovering a hidden, neglected garden, Mary plants the seed of new life for all those drawn into her secret refuge. The timeless story about growth and blossoming of the earth and the human spirit.

42nd Street by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble; Music by Harry Warren
April 6, 7, 8 at 8 p.m. and 8 at 2 p.m. 
The ultimate show-biz musical, 42ND STREET is a celebration of Broadway, Times Square, and the people who make the magic of musical theatre. Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown PA, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star?

The Performing Arts Series is made possible in part by the generous financial support of the WJU Student Government Association. All performances are free to WJU employees, students, and the general public on a first-come basis. Reservations are not taken. Call 304-243-2095 for more information.