Current Season

October

Sex on Broadway

No sex, just Broadway! Our annual all-frosh cabaret show produced and performed by the incoming class of 2023.

October 17 and 18 at 9pm

Wilson Black Box

Directed by Eliyana Abraham ’23 // Music Directed by Elliot Lee ’23

The Rocky Horror Picture show

PUP revives our Halloween tradition of organizing a shadow cast showing of the cult-classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

October 24 at 10pm

Theatre Intime

Directed by TJ Smith ’20

November

The 25th Annual Putnam county spelling bee

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. At least the losers get a juice box.

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman // Additional Material by Jay Reiss // Music and Lyrics by William Finn // Book by Rachel Sheinkin

November 22 at 8pm

November 23 at 2pm and 8pm

Matthews Acting Studio

Directed by Grace Huegel ’22 // Music Directed by Delaney McMahon ’21

December

Annual Benefit Concert

Our annual benefit concert is an open opportunity to perform show tunes and raise money for a great cause. This concert’s theme: miscast! Performers sing songs they would “traditionally” not be cast to sing to raise money for World Relief, an international organization focused on disaster response, health and child development, refugee and immigration services, economic development, and peace-building.

December 12 at 7pm and 9pm

Whitman Theater

Directed by Kirsten Traudt ’20 // Music Directed by Grace Zhao ’22

February

35MM: A Musical Exhibition

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what about a song? 35mm is a unique song cycle based on a series of photographs taken by Matthew Murphy. Each photo inspires a unique song, a moment frozen in time, producing a collection of stories drawing from a wide variety of musical traditions.

Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver // Based on the photographs of Matthew Murphy

February 20 at 8pm

February 21 at 8pm

February 22 at 2pm and 8pm

Whitman Theater

Directed by Katie Bushman ’22 // Music Directed by Ed Horan ’22 and Halle Mitchell ’23

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the rest of the season is temporarily cancelled. We hope to be able to put them in our 2020-2021 season but remain unsure.

Check back in the fall for updates!

April

Urinetown

In this satirical musical comedy, enter a dystopian world where the poor must pay to pee. Urinetown tackles capitalism, poverty, populism, and climate change through self-aware musical theater. Join us for our site-specific and immersive production on a loading dock.

Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann // Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis

April 9, 10, and 11

The loading dock of Lewis Center for the Arts

Directed by Kate Semmens ’22 and BT Hayes ’22 // Music Directed by Ed Horan ’22

Whirlwind for Hire

A whirlwind spirit employed by an immortal queen to kill off her unfaithful husband’s lovers is preparing for her next job: assassinating an extremely powerful and ancient goddess. Presented in conjunction with Theatre Intime as part of Theatre Intime’s Spring Workshop Series.

April 17 and 18 at 8pm

Theatre Intime

Written and Music Directed by Elliot Lee ’23 // Directed by Martin Mejia ’21

May

Children’s Church

In the wake of an adults-only rapture, fifteen-year-old Abi gathers a ragtag group of teens and tweens to restart her family’s non-denominational church. The group bands together as they show love to the newly-orphaned world population, providing them with new families, food, and “cool Jesus content.” When internal division, Goldfish shortages, and a new self-proclaimed President of the USA threaten to tear the church apart, Abi must wrestle through her doubts as she tries to reunite the community.

Book and Lyrics by Tyler Ashman ’21 // Music by Alexandra Buzzini ’22

May 5, 6, and 7

Directed by Paige Allen ’21 // Music Directed by Halle Mitchell ’23

Reunions

Sweeney Todd

In collaboration with Theatre Intime and Princeton Opera Company

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim // Book by Hugh Wheeler // From an Adaptation by Christopher Bond // Originally Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince // Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

May 28 at 7:30pm

May 29 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Theatre Intime