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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This concert features performances by the JMU Treble Chamber Choir, the University Chorus: Soprano/Alto Ensemble (UCSA) and University Chorus: Tenor/Bass Ensemble (UCTB). The JMU Treble Chamber Choir and  the UCTB are under the direction of Dr. W. Bryce Hayes. The UCSA is under the direction of Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy.
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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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Aiveen Gallagher, viola

THU, MAR 28
RECITAL HALL

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Aiveen Gallagher, viola

THU, MAR 28
RECITAL HALL


Aiveen Gallagher is a string artist from Ireland, and has performed extensively in Europe, the UK, and the USA. She has been a featured soloist at the International Viola Congress and the American Viola Society Congress. She is a three-time international prize-winner in chamber music and has been the recipient of bursaries and awards from violinist Ivry Gitlis and violist Bruno Giuranna. She has collaborated with leading artists including Massimo Quarta, Helena Wood, Toby Hoffman, Illaria Loatelli, and Stefano Bollani, for the Livorno Music Festival, the National String Quartet Foundation of Ireland, and the European Foundation for Support of Culture. 

 

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Cellist Carl Donakowski was a prize winner in the 1989 Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin. His recital performances have aired on WQRS Detroit, WQXR New York and Sudwestfunk Radio Baden-Baden. As a member of the West End Chamber Ensemble, he participated in the National Endowment for the Arts/Chamber Music America Rural Residency Chamber Music Initiative. Pianist Gabriel Dobner has appeared with some of Europe’s leading singers in the major concert venues around the world. His recordings have won high praise from BBC Music Magazine, Fono Forum and the West German Radio in Cologne, who referred to him as a “master among Lieder pianists.”

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JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

WED, APR 3
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, are committed to performing the great works of the wind band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition.
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New Voices In Dance

Featuring JMU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble

FRI-SUN, APR 5-7
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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New Voices In Dance

Featuring JMU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble

FRI-SUN, APR 5-7
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Prepare to be awed by a wonderful and creative performance of dance in this inspiring show featuring JMU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble honoring original choreography by JMU dance majors who are up-and-coming “new voices” in dance. The concert also includes student performances in guest artist and faculty work. 
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Suor Angelica by Puccini

Featuring The JMU Opera Theater

SAT-SUN, APR 6-7
CONCERT HALL

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Suor Angelica by Puccini

Featuring The JMU Opera Theater

SAT-SUN, APR 6-7
CONCERT HALL


Suor Angelica reflects a sentimental tale of tragedy and is Giacomo Puccini's only work written for women’s voices.
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JMU Guitar Ensemble

MON, APR 8
RECITAL HALL

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JMU Guitar Ensemble

MON, APR 8
RECITAL HALL


Members of the Guitar studio perform in our Guitar Ensemble, which performs every semester. Performances include guitar music from the Renaissance to the 20th century, in group settings, as well as duos, trios, and quartets.
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Michael Boyd, piano

TUE, APR 9
RECITAL HALL

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Michael Boyd, piano

TUE, APR 9
RECITAL HALL


Pianist Michael Boyd active as a soloist, collaborative artist, lecturer, and teacher. He earned an undergraduate degree from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and his studies culminated in a Masters and Doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music. He won first prize as pianist in the the Kneisel Lieder Competition and played a radio broadcast recital from Carnegie Hall with Naumburg prize winning violinist Ian Swensen while still a student.  Dr. Boyd graduated from Eastman with that institution’s highest honor, the Performer’s Certificate.

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The Birds
A Modern Adaptation Of Aristophanes’ Comedy

By Yvette Nolan

TUE-SUN, APR 9-14
STUDIO THEATRE

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The Birds
A Modern Adaptation Of Aristophanes’ Comedy

By Yvette Nolan

TUE-SUN, APR 9-14
STUDIO THEATRE


In The Birds, acclaimed Indigenous playwright Yvette Nolan has potently adapted Aristophanes’ classic comedy that follows two humans seeking freedom and a better way of life as they travel to the fabled land of birds. Nolan’s adaptation examines the Indigenous / settler relationship and respect for the land with insightful wit and lasting resonance. The guest director is award-winning director, Reneltta Arluk, and features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.
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Jason Haney, piano and composition

THU, APR 11
RECITAL HALL


Jason Haney's music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Scotia Festival, Music2000 in Cincinnati, the Composers Inc. concert series in San Francisco, Richmond’s ChamberFest, the Staunton Music Festival, and elsewhere throughout the US, as well as in Canada, Europe and Hong Kong, and by groups such as the New Millennium Ensemble, the Chester Quartet, the Sunrise Quartet, Colloquy, and the Indiana University New Music Ensemble. 

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Boca Tuya

SAT-SUN, APR 13-14
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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Boca Tuya

SAT-SUN, APR 13-14
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE


Don’t miss this extraordinary dance experience! Boca Tuya is the New York-based dance incubator led by acclaimed choreographer Omar Román De Jesús, a 2023 Baryshnikov Arts Center inaugural fellow at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, a 2022 Princess Grace Award winner and a 2022 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Choreography. Román De Jesús has a gift for creating captivating works that reflect his cultural heritage while highlighting rhythmic narratives through classical and contemporary dance forms, driven by an inventive movement vocabulary. 

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JMU Jazz Ensemble

With the Briar Woods High School Jazz Ensemble

TUE, APR 16
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Ensemble

With the Briar Woods High School Jazz Ensemble

TUE, APR 16
CONCERT HALL


Under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas, the JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and VMEA annual convention.
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JMU Jazz Band

WED, APR 17
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Band

WED, APR 17
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971 and is under the direction of Greg Thomas.
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Spring Student Dance Concert

THU-SAT, APR 18-20
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

Spring Student Dance Concert

Spring Student Dance Concert

THU-SAT, APR 18-20
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE


This exciting concert features talented young dancers and choreographers from JMU’s Dance Program.
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JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

FRI, APR 19 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL

Spring Student Dance Concert

JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

FRI, APR 19 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL


The Madison Singers is the advanced, auditioned choral chamber ensemble at JMU. Ranging from 60-80 voices, the JMU Chorale is an auditioned and highly select choir.
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JMU Symphony Honors Concert

SUN, APR 21
CONCERT HALL

Spring Student Dance Concert

JMU Symphony Honors Concert

SUN, APR 21
CONCERT HALL


Revel in the delightful sound of glorious classical music as JMU’s Symphony Orchestra joins the esteemed 2023 School of Music Concerto Competition winners Tyrique Payne, alto saxophone, and Seohyun (Sonia) Park, piano, to bring you a captivating concert. Majors from each of the five areas of the School (woodwinds, brass and percussion, strings, piano, and voice) competed, and two finalists were selected to compete in the finals in February for a coveted spot in this concert. 

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Dance Nation

By Clare Barron

TUE-SUN, APR 23-28
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Spring Student Dance Concert

Dance Nation

By Clare Barron

TUE-SUN, APR 23-28
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


In Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers in DANCE NATION have more than choreography on their minds, as every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power. The play examines the challenges and triumphs of growing up, coming of age, and finding one’s soul in the heat of it all and interrogates what “womanhood” is, and embodies a powerful release of rage, joy, and liberation. Contains adult language, adult and sexual content. Contains adult language, adult and sexual content.
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JMU Symphonic Band and Concert Band

FRI, APR 26
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Symphonic Band is under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad. 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 Percussion Ensemble

SUN, APR 28
CONCERT HALL

Spring Student Dance Concert

JMU Percussion Ensemble

SUN, APR 28
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Casey Cangelosi, consists of nearly 30 students and has performed throughout the East Coast, including concerts at the Virginia Music Educators Association Convention and Virginia Days of Percussion.
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JMU Brass Band

MON, APR 29
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

MON, APR 29
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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JMU Wind Symphony

THU, MAY 2
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Wind Symphony

THU, MAY 2
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, is the premier woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble at JMU. The Wind Symphony is committed to performing the great works of the wind band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition.
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Letters Aloud

The Road to Fame

SAT, MAY 4
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Letters Aloud

The Road to Fame

SAT, MAY 4
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Traveling the country since 2014, Letters Aloud has been delighting audiences with thought-provoking, relevant, hopeful, and humorous stories told through the real voices of real people via their personal correspondence. Letters Aloud – The Road to Fame brings together letters from every era that chart the course of luminaries from their humble beginnings to fame and chronicle their achievements and surprising lessons learned. With a core of acclaimed actors, live musical accompaniment, and a dynamic media backdrop, Letters Aloud is guaranteed to inspire!
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