School of the Arts

2018-2019 Theatre Events

CSU, Chico's School of the Arts Presents Exciting Theatre Events for the 2018-19 Season

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Fall Theatre Production: Our House

California State University, Chico’s School of the Arts presents two musicals and two plays to be performed during the 2018–19 season.

The first theatrical production of the school year is Theresa Rebeck’s Our House. Performances take place Oct. 18–21 in Wismer Theatre. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333.

Our House is a darkly comic look at America’s obsession with ‘reality’ television,” said William Johnson, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.

This new comedy is a satire on the devaluation of news and a variation on Paddy Chayefsky’s classic Network. A network chief faced with dwindling ratings installs America’s favorite news anchor, Jennifer, as host of a Big Brother-like reality show. Meanwhile, in Middle America, a houseful of roommates bicker over high-stakes, real-world conflicts. The two plots collide, bringing Jennifer face-to-face with these roommates.


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Fall Musical: A Charlie Brown Christmas

The feel-good Christmas musical A Charlie Brown Christmas, will be performed Nov. 29–Dec. 2 in Harlen Adams Theatre. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333.   

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. The beloved and classic animated special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, which has been delighting audiences since 1965, comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation. 

“It’s a treat to be able to bring this iconic Christmas classic to life in Chico,” said Matthew Teague Miller, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member. “I hope that everyone brings their kids or grandkids to see this wonderful little show!”


The spring theatre production, The River Bride, will be presented April 4–7 in Wismer Theatre. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333. 

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Spring Theatre Production: The River Bride

“I saw a production of this play in Ashland in 2016. It is a gorgeous play,” said Cynthia Lammel, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.

A story of cautionary love that is more Brothers Grimm than happily-ever-after, this dramatic folklore play is inspired by Latino folklore and mythology. Set in a small fishing village in Brazil, the play revolves around two sisters. Belmira is set to marry Duarte, her sister Helena’s secret love. But three days before the wedding, a mysterious man is pulled out of the river by a fisherman. He offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future. The relationship of the sisters begins to unravel from misunderstandings in this tale of love, grudges, transformation, and the ever-present river.


The 2019 Spring Musical is none other than Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. It will be performed May 2–5 in Laxson Auditorium. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333. 

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Spring Musical: Disney's Beauty and the Beast

“There are few things more magical than Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” said Miller. “This wonderful musical is fun for the whole family.”

A cruel and vain prince denies an enchantress a place to stay for the night at his castle because of her ugly appearance. She casts a curse upon him, which turns him into a beast and his servants into household objects. He has until the last petal falls on the rose she gives him to fall in love with a woman and receive her love in return, or else he will remain a beast forever. Belle, a beautiful booklover, takes her father’s place as prisoner at the Beast’s castle, allowing the Beast this opportunity to possibly find love.


Tickets for all events are available at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333. For more information on any of the upcoming events listed above, visit our website or our Facebook page.


Story by Shelby Casey, School of the Arts publicity assistant