Performing Arts

Announcing our 2023-24 Season of plays, musicals & concerts!


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 Featuring the Sonic Arts Ensemble

Friday, September 29, 2023

One concert stage. Acoustic instruments. Microphones. Electronic sound machines. Colorful lighting. And lots of things unfamiliar! Willamette’s Improvisational Music Workshop, joined by Music faculty collaborators David Collins, James Miley and Ryan Biesack, explores the borderlines of music technology in performance. Prepare for delight and surprise!

Performance • Hudson Hall
Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
Friday, September 29, 2023 • 7:30 pm

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Book and lyrics by E. M. Lewis ‘93

Music by Clarence Roscoe McDonald ‘23

October 26 - November 12, 2023

Directed by Carly Christensen '16

World premiere musical! On an ordinary day in a small college town, a storm strikes and leaves destruction in its wake. In its aftermath, a group of friends unites at a cabin in the woods to discover, “When the water is over your head, who can pull you up?”

In the Deep is a new musical about friendship, family, and surviving in unknown torrents. Written and directed by three generations of Willamette University alumni.

Performances • M. Lee Pelton Theatre
October 26 — November 12, 2023

Preview: Thursday, Oct. 26
Opening night gala:  Friday, Oct. 27 • Aftershow catering by Bon Appetit

Evenings shows: Wed – Sat at 7:30 pm
2 pm Matinees:

  • Sunday, Oct. 29
  • Saturday, Nov. 4
  • Sunday, Nov. 5
  • Sunday, Nov. 12

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By Greg Allen

February 15 – 25, 2024

Directed by Jonathan Cole

The longest running play in Chicago theatre history! Each performance is different, an ever-changing menu of 30 short plays, all chosen at random by the audience. Sometimes with pizza! Created by the Neo-Futurists, the show is “a fusion of sport, poetry and living-newspaper” that pits the artists against a 60-minute timer and the whims of the audience. 

Performances • M. Lee Pelton Theatre
February 15 – 25, 2024

Preview: Thursday, Feb. 15
Opening night gala:  Friday, Feb. 16 • Aftershow catering by Bon Appetit

Evenings shows: Wed – Sat at 7:30 pm
2 pm Matinees:

  • Sunday, Feb. 18
  • Saturday, Feb. 24
  • Sunday, Feb. 25
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (

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 Performances by Willamette's award-winning music faculty and special guests

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Willamette’s Music program presents it third annual International Women's Month concert! Performing music from across the centuries and the globe, classical pieces to modern musicals, we celebrate the unique voices that have paved the path for future women artists. Special features this year include Irish female composers – Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Performance • Hudson Hall
Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
Sunday, March 17, 2024 • 2:00 pm   

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By Brian Friel

April 11 – 27, 2024

Directed by Susan Coromel

One man’s childhood memories of his 1936 summer in Ballybeg, Ireland, unfold before us – the time of the festival of Lughnasa, which celebrates the pagan god of harvest with drunken revelry and dancing. His crowded home includes his mother and her four extraordinary sisters, all changed forever by a surprise visitor and their first radio. Widely regarded as Brian Friel’s masterpiece, this haunting play is Friel’s tribute to the spirit and valor of the past.

Performances • M. Lee Pelton Theatre
April 11 – 27, 2024

Preview: Thursday, April 11
Opening night gala:  Friday, April 12 • Aftershow catering by Bon Appetit

Evenings: Wed – Sat at 7:30 pm
2 pm Matinees:

  • Sunday, April 14
  • Sunday, April 20
  • Saturday, April 21
  • Saturday, April 27
Dancing at Lughnasa is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (

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Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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