Schoolhouse Rock Live

Kent State Trumbull Theatre

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Kent State University at Trumbull students can complete needed theatre coursework at Kent State Trumbull before transitioning to the Kent Campus to complete their degree.

Kent State's School of Theatre and Dance offers comprehensive programs in theatre, leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Arts. The breadth of the program is suggested by its course offerings, which cover the areas of acting, directing, musical theatre, theatre history, criticism, script analysis, playwriting, technical production, scenery, lighting, costume design, make-up and theatre management.

The Kent State Trumbull Theatre produces many show and performances that generate rave reviews from local critics as well as the general public. The shows are usually performed by theatre students, but sometimes include outside talent as the theatre presents four productions annually throughout the university season (September-May) and three more as part of the Summer Stock program (May-August), which includes an active youth theatre component. In addition, they offer coursework in acting, directing, playwriting, script analysis, multicultural theatre as well as performance and technical practicum.

The Kent State Trumbull Theatre is located across from the library and students are offered free or reduced admission to encourage attendance at all productions.

2016 Kent Trumbull Summer Stock Theatre Schedule



Musical Director Matt White
Directed by Eric S. Kildow

July 15-17, 22-24, 29-31
FRI.-SAT. 8:00 pm, SUN. 3:00 PM

Ages 12 and up


Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs as “Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction.”

Rehearses evenings in late May, June and July.

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By Tom Behm
Directed by Hannah Gillespie

July 1-31

Ages 8-17

The actors greet the audience as they arrive and introduce participation through mime and improvisational activities. The first tale is Jack and the Northwest Wind, and as Jack seeks the source of the wind and makes his fortune, the audience participates as the howling wind. The Big Toe is a humorous ghost story like those "jump tales" told around a camp fire. Old Dry Frye follows the misadventures of a dead body around the community with the audience joining in the refrain, "Everybody Knows Old Dry Frye." Wicked John and the Devil includes six lucky volunteers from the audience in John's successful efforts at outsmarting the devil. Jack and the Robbers is a popular closing story featuring a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster who help Jack in his journey to discover a fortune.

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