Behind the scenes on the production of Rent

2021-2022 Season: New Light

 The 2021-2022 Cornell College Theatre and Dance (CCTD) season is all re-examining the past in new ways, whether by mixing old technologies with new, presenting old stories in new ways, or simply asking new questions to inform our work. 

Our season is designed to educate our students, but also to delight, thrill, and even scare our audiences, whether online or back in a traditional theatre space.  There's a little something for everyone this year... 

Short Cuts: An Anthology of Scary Stories

A short film featuring stories told in traditional (and non-traditional) shadow puppetry form. Not for the faint of heart, these creepy tales will emerge online just in time for Halloween. Expected rating: PG-13
Directed and developed by Scott Olinger and ensemble.
Streaming beginning 11/05/2021

Charlie Brown Christmas

Update: Due to the upcoming professional tour of this title, the performance rights are no longer available and our production will be postponed until the following year. Please stay tuned for any word of an additional holiday offering for 2021.

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. 

Based on the story, The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern
Adapted by Joe Landry
Directed by Caroline Price

Kimmel Theatre.  (Audiences may also listen to an audio stream of the production from home.)
Dec. 9 - 11 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12 at 2 p.m., 2021.

This production only: all tickets $5

Little Women

Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love.   Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

Book by Allan Knee; lyrics by Mindi Dickstein; music by Jason Howland
Directed by Patrick du Laney
Musical Direction by Benjamin Laur

UPDATE: Due to the ongoing pandemic, this production will now be streamed for audiences, free of charge, in early March. Only one ticket per screen is needed; additional tickets generate more user fees for the department.

Freedom Dances

Join us for a celebratory return to live dance performance on the Cornell campus.  Comprised of new works developed by faculty and student choreographers, this concert is the triumphant cherry on top of the 2021-2022 season.

Directed by Eddie Forehand

Click here to download and view the program for Freedom Dances:

Black Box Theatre
April 29 - May 1, Times TBA



Box Office: 319.895.4293
Hours: Monday-Friday 3:15-5:15 p.m. Opens two weeks prior to the performance and one hour prior to showtime. Unless otherwise noted, productions run Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Adults $10 (musical ticket price $15). Seniors, students, youth $7 (musical ticket price $12). Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. Patrons with disability-related needs are encouraged to request accommodations with the Box Office at least 24 hours in advance.