The SpongeBob Musical

Based On The Series by Stephen Hillenburg
Book by Kyle Jarrow
Musical Production Conceived by Tina Landau

Original Songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I.
And Songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy Paley
Additional Lyrics by Jonathan Coulton / Additional Music by Tom Kitt
Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants, and all related titles, logos, and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

TUE-SUN, FEB 27-MAR 3
FEB 27-MAR2 SOLD OUT
MAR 2-3 SOLD OUT
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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The SpongeBob Musical

Based On The Series by Stephen Hillenburg
Book by Kyle Jarrow
Musical Production Conceived by Tina Landau

Original Songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I.
And Songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy Paley
Additional Lyrics by Jonathan Coulton / Additional Music by Tom Kitt
Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants, and all related titles, logos, and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

TUE-SUN, FEB 27-MAR 3
FEB 27-MAR2 SOLD OUT
MAR 2-3 SOLD OUT
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and became the hottest star on Broadway? Why, it’s SpongeBob SquarePants! Plunge into this stunning all-singing, all-dancing, dynamic stage show! This deep-sea pearl of a show is set to make a splash with audiences young and old. Featuring students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. For this "Forbes Family Fun" event, we welcome patrons age 3 and up.  All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.  There is no lap sitting or standing room allowed.  Booster seats will be available. Contains haze and strobe effects. Come early to explore the lobby display and make a pirate hat! 

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Circle Mirror Transformation

Directed by Becca Stehle

SAT-WED, MAR 2-6
STUDIO THEATRE

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Circle Mirror Transformation

Directed by Becca Stehle

SAT-WED, MAR 2-6
STUDIO THEATRE


When four lost New Englanders enroll in a local theatre class, tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. Circle Mirror Transformation is directed, designed, and produced by JMU students. Contains adult content.

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tenThing Brass Ensemble

SUN, MAR 3
CONCERT HALL

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tenThing Brass Ensemble

SUN, MAR 3
CONCERT HALL


Prepare to be blown away by tenThing, the awe-inspiring all-female Norwegian brass ensemble. Celebrated for their diverse repertoire with luxurious original arrangements that spans from Mozart to Weill, Grig to Bernstein, and Lully to Bartok, they have soared to international prominence. Touring the world, they are charting a vibrant new course for traditional brass bands, appealing to young and old alike with their immersive shows and remarkable sound!
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JMU Symphony Orchestra

TUE, MAR 5
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphony Orchestra

TUE, MAR 5
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Foster Beyers, is the premier symphonic ensemble for the JMU School of Music.
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Call of the Wild:Illustrated Edition

Based on the book by Jack London

Adapted by Jason Tremblay
Performed by Noel Gaulin
Produced by Theatre Heroes, Austin, Texas

THU, MAR 7
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Call of the Wild:Illustrated Edition

Based on the book by Jack London

Adapted by Jason Tremblay
Performed by Noel Gaulin
Produced by Theatre Heroes, Austin, Texas

THU, MAR 7
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Jack London’s classic tale comes to life in this multi-media adventure with engaging storytelling, projected illustrations, and original music. This thrilling edge-of-your-seat tale of courage and survival features acclaimed actor Noel Gaulin and a stunning array of illustrations from the book’s first edition, period photographs, and more! Recommended for ages 8 and up.
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Praised for his “smooth, copper-hued baritone” (Opera News), Erik Grendahl, a graduate of JMU, recently appeared as an apprentice singer with the Santa Fe Opera singing Steuermann in Tristan und Isolde and covering René Gallimard in the world premiere of Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly. Mezzo-soprano, Jenny Anne Flory, also a graduate of JMU, recently sang Zerlina in AVA's Spring 2023 production of Don Giovanni and has performed in various other places including with the Greater Philadelphia Choral Society.

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JMU Concert Band

TUE, MAR 19
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Concert Band

TUE, MAR 19
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Concert Band is the band program's largest non-auditioned concert ensemble under the direction of Amy Birdsong.
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JMU Chamber Orchestra

THU, MAR 21
RECITAL HALL

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JMU Chamber Orchestra

THU, MAR 21
RECITAL HALL


The JMU Chamber Orchestra brings students from across campus together to perform classic works composed for smaller orchestras. Foster Beyers directs the orchestra in conjunction with graduate students in conducting.
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Kitka

FRI, MAR 22
CONCERT HALL

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Kitka

FRI, MAR 22
CONCERT HALL


A woman's vocal ensemble like no other, the critically acclaimed Kitka blends contemporary sensibility with specialized vocal techniques from Eastern Europe that have been distilled over centuries. Using only the pure unaccompanied voice, they create a constantly shifting landscape of beautiful sound.  Kitka has “amazing harmonies…this is the most wonderful singing I have ever heard.” (David Crosby, CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH) They have produced 14 critically acclaimed recordings, and a PBS television special.
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Movie Musical Magic

SAT, MAR 23
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Movie Musical Magic

SAT, MAR 23
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Be ready to tap your feet, clap, and sing along in this effervescent musical theatre revue featuring songs you know and love from your favorite Disney, Pixar, and other classic family movies. This one-hour show is perfect for audiences of all ages and features new songs every year, performed by our JMU musical theatre students. *The 2 pm show is a sensory-friendly performance.
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Diane Phoenix-Neal, viola

Americana

With Jeannette Zyko, Oboe, Sarunas Jankauskas, Clarinet, Carl Donakowski, Cello, and Guests

TUE, MAR 26
RECITAL HALL

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Diane Phoenix-Neal, viola

Americana

With Jeannette Zyko, Oboe, Sarunas Jankauskas, Clarinet, Carl Donakowski, Cello, and Guests

TUE, MAR 26
RECITAL HALL


Violist Diane Phoenix-Neal performs nationally and internationally as a collaborative chamber musician and as a soloist, and her performances have taken her to concert venues and music festivals throughout the world. Her sound is described as “rich and sumptuous,” and “priceless as it was memorable” (Cultural Voice of North Carolina). 
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Sam Suggs, double bass

WED, MAR 27
RECITAL HALL

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Sam Suggs, double bass

WED, MAR 27
RECITAL HALL


Sam Suggs was named New Artist of the Month by Musical America, soon after receiving 1st prize at the 2015 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition, at which he performed many of his own compositions. He was named Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2016 CAG International Competition. At the 2017 Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Solo Competition, the jury invented and awarded him a prize for "Extraordinary Creativity." 

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JMU Brass Band

WED, MAR 27
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

WED, MAR 27
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Brass Band is the university’s premier brass ensemble. Directed by professor of music Kevin Stees, it is one of only a few collegiate brass bands in the United States.
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Mar. 3

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Mar. 7

Kitka
Mar. 22

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Apr. 13-14

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