Wilkes University

2016 - 2017 Season

2016 - 2017 Season

Past 2016-17 Performances

All performances are on the mainstage at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center at Wilkes University.

We Shot JFK


  • April 6, 7, 8 at 8 p.m.
  • April 9 at 2 p.m.


If you believe the events of November 22, 1963 stole from America both its optimism and innocence – don’t miss We Shot JFK. If you believe that since then, events have only deepened that cultural wound – don’t miss We Shot JFK. And if you still believe the Warren Commission then you definitely need to see We Shot JFK. This multi-media live theatre presentation is a wake-up call for the trance generation.

Charlie Brown

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Music & Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Based on the comic strip characters of Charles Schultz
Directed by Jon Liebetrau • Musical Direction by Ken McGraw


  •  Feb. 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 19, 26 at 2 p.m.

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Join all the Peanuts gang: Charlie, his sister Sally, Lucy, Schroeder, Linus and of course his best pal Snoopy as they sing and dance their philosophy of life in this updated version of the 1967 classic. This playful and heart warming musical reminds us that it’s the little moments in life that make all the difference.

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Little Shop of Horrors

Book& Lyrics by Howard Ashman Music by Alan Menken
Musical Direction by Ken McGraw


  • Nov. 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 13, 20 at 2 p.m.


From the creative team that gave you Disney’s The Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast and Aladdin, this deviously delicious sci-fi smash musical will devour your heart! Meet meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn who stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “the Audrey II”. This foul-mouthed, R&B singing plant promises Seymour unending fame and fortune on one condition – he keeps feeding it BLOOD!

The Playboy of the Western WorldThe Playboy of the Western World

By J.M. Synge
Directed by Joseph C. Dawson


  • Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.

"Why do the girls always fall for the bad boy?"

In this saucy and hilarious revival of the glorious 1907 Irish comedy by J.M. Synge, an ordinary Irish lad, Christy, becomes the village heart throb in a most unusual way – by confessing to murder! Join the folks of County Mayo for a pint in the pub as they feel the pulse of Ireland’s pagan past lurking just below the surface of their quiet lives. One of the best loved classic plays of all time!

 Pictured L to R : Kris Tjornhorn, Taylor Lamerand Pictured L to R: James Cahill, Michael Rogers, Kris Tjornhorn, Joshua Shepard, Justin Gaskill
(Pictured L to R) Kris Tjornhorn, Taylor Lamerand
(Pictured L to R) James Cahill, Michael Rogers, 
Kris Tjornhorn, Joshua Shepard, Justin Gaskill
Pictured L to R : Kris Tjornhorn, Melissa Berardelli, Taylor Lamerand
(Pictured L to R) Kris Tjornhorn, Melissa Berardelli, Taylor Lamerand

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