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Department of Music and Theatre


Spring Productions

A Whole New Story 

Chico State Theatre is excited to produce the world premiere of “A Whole New Story: The Music of Samsel and Anderson” March 31 to April 4.  Performed entirely by Chico State students, “A Whole New Story” features the music of one of the most exciting new Musical Theatre composing teams, Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson.   Their work has been featured on the television show Central Park and in the Disney short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.  Additionally, Samsel and Anderson’s musical Between the Lines was set to open off Broadway prior to the COVID-19 shutdown and are currently adapting the bestselling novel The Book Thief into a Broadway musical.  For more about Samsel and Anderson, visit their website in new window)

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Untitled Devised Play

Fall 2020 Performances and Productions

Glorious Sounds of the Season

Dear Chico, This is our gift to you.  These videos were made by STUDENTS, in the spirit of giving, and giving something back...  You have made our concerts, as well as your own stages, cafes, plazas, family/community events and more always feel welcome to us.  You are an inextricable part of what makes us feel like… “us”.  So we wanted to simply sing, play and share this music for YOU - our community of Chico.  NO strings attached. This playlist can be shared and played at your holiday parties, for your friends, around your firesides, and on your screens…everywhere.  Seasons Greetings from the music majors of California State University, Chico.  (We love you, Chico!)

SOTA Productions - Music Industry Program

Photos by Jason Halley CSU, Chico

Soundtrack for a Covid Fall

CSUChicoRecArts Soundcloud

If you have a moment, put on some headphones and have a listen. You’ll find some catchy hooks, heartfelt and timely lyrics and a few of sonic treats for the non-channel surfer types... Cheers!

A collection of songs produced, composed, arranged, performed, edited, and mixed by CSU Chico Recording Arts students during the covid-fall semester. All original collaborations written and recorded in bedrooms and apartment living rooms across the pacific west, from San Diego to Seattle. 

  • Ballad of Bobby Kline
  • Lucid Dreams
  • Coming Home
  • Round in Circles
Dec 11 - In [This] Space

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Dancer Natsumi Kawamura, Photo by Jason Halley

The CSU Dance Collective presents In [This] Space, a virtual dance concert featuring dancers from across the California State University System on November  27th, December 4th & 11th all at 7pm. 3 nights, 14 campuses, 1 concert series. Links to YouTube premiere will be available 1 week before the performance, and will remain afterwards as well in case you missed it, or can’t watch it right when it goes live.

Chico State will be presenting and original work on the last night of performances, December 11th. Come see what Dance Professor Megan Glynn Zollinger and the Choreography Seminar class have been working on! All performances are free, and the links are on the website, including the digital programs, and our social media.

Fall 2020 Play

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In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. 

Trigger Warning: Please be advised that this play contains descriptions of homophobia, violence and murder.

Fall 2020 Musical

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Chico State is proud to present a virtual reading of the world premiere of Breathe. We are in unprecedented times. As we feel farther apart than ever, we are searching for ways to come together. Breathe explores not only what it’s like to live during the tumultuous times of a pandemic, but how those times can bring us together as a global community. We are stronger together than we are apart. The only question is, can we all learn that lesson in time to make a change for the better? 

Trigger Warning: Please be advised that this play reading contains sexual content, pregnancy loss, racism and death.

Music Performances

Concerts - TBA

Choral - TBA

Glorious Sounds of the Season - TBA