Notre Dame College Stages Reality Theatre Retro Prom Party, Free Show for Area Students

Notre Dame College continues its Joan Cronin Reagan #NDCPerforms fall series with an immersive musical theatre experience—The Awesome 80’s Prom November 10-12, which premieres with a free matinee for junior high and high school students.

Audience members are guests of a senior prom at the fictional Wanaget High Senior Prom set in 1989 and interact with actors on stage during the Notre Dame theatre department’s performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 12, all in Regina Auditorium on the College campus. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 general admission and $5 for seniors and students of other schools. Notre Dame students are admitted free with a valid campus ID.

The College also is staging a special premiere performance of the reality theatre production free for junior high and high school students at 10 a.m. Friday, November 10, also in Regina Auditorium. The production is rated PG and is recommended for grades 7 through 12. Schools planning field trips are encouraged to RSVP to ensure parking for busses and caravans.

The Notre Dame production will be directed by guest artist-in-residence Laura Gusso, who served as production stage manager for the last five years of the off-Broadway run of The Awesome 80’s Prom. She will be making her directorial debut in Cleveland with this play, following her on-stage performances in A Whole New World, Little Women and Meet Me in St. Louis with Mercury Theatre Company. 

Gusso received her undergraduate degree in musical theater vocal performance from New York University's Steinhardt School of Education and attended the University of Connecticut, pursuing an MBA in arts administration. 

Notre Dame’s co-directors of theatre are Pierre-Jacques Brault, B.M., artistic director, and Brian Marshall, M.A., managing director and theatre performance head at the College. The Awesome 80’s Prom was written by Ken Davenport and a group of performers called The Class of 1989.

Immersive Theatre Production

Winner of the Improvisational Theater Association’s 1st annual Improv Theater Award for Best Interactive Show, The Awesome 80s Prom involves audiences not only in voting for the characters to be prom king and queen but also invites those in attendance to join in the moonwalk and a break-dance circle during the stage party.

The Off-Broadway production’s traditional score features retro hits like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” by Cyndi Lauper, “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go!” by Wham and “Fight for your Right to Party” by the Beastie Boys. Scripted characters represent personalities from popular '80s movies like the captain of the football team and head cheerleader to the geek and an exchange student.

November Musical Events

Joan Cronin Reagan #NDCPerforms fall series also features in November a free Falcon Marching Band Halftime Review Show from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, November 2, in Regina Auditorium and a free Gospel Music Workshop led by the Rev. Ron Ixaac Hubbard, gospel music instructor at the College, from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, November 6, in the Regina Chapel of the Regina Hall Complex on the Notre Dame campus.

A midday recital featuring violinist Oksana Melnychenko also is slated for 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 29, in the Great Room of the Administration Building on the Notre Dame campus. Melnychenko, an adjunct instructor at the College, will be accompanied on piano by Ed Ridley.

December Holiday Concerts

The series named for Reagan, a 1952 graduate of the College, a singer, dancer, artist and international author, continues in December with traditional holiday musical events.

Notre Dame presents its free annual Candlelight Concert of vocal music from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, December 1, in Christ the King Chapel of the Administration Building on the College campus. The concert immediate follows the Notre Dame traditional Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. outdoors on Quinlivan Circle.

The fall performance series concludes with the College’s free instrumental Wind Symphony Holiday Celebration is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, December 9, in Regina Auditorium.

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About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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