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22-23 Season

William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", Stephen Sondheim's "Company", The Orchesis Dance Company's "Falling Forward", and Marisela Treviño Orta's "Somewhere"

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Signs of Light

Cal Poly’s Theater & Dance Department is proud to present live this year’s Spring Dance Concert: Signs of Light! In celebration of being back on stage for the first time in three years, “Signs of Light” brings together over 80 dancers from across Cal Poly to create a unique performance full of life.

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Working: A Musical

This 2012 Musical Revival amplifies the American worker's story, highlighting the hopes, dreams, dignity, and sense of purpose shared by the modern workforce. Working is based on Pulitzer prizewinning author, Studs Terkel's best-selling book. This sincere and captivating musical weaves together a collection of monologues and songs written by various composers/lyricist, including Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Craig Carnelia, and James Taylor.

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Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea

What are the stories we tell ourselves about love? Dolan, a narrator who bears an uncanny resemblance to author Hans Christian Andersen, tries to tell a simple and sweet story about a rain cloud who falls to Earth when they become enamored with a human. Blending fantasy and reality, this adaptation, reimagining, and critique of The Little Mermaid explores, teases, and expands the ideas of romantic, obsessive, and unrequited love that we learn from popular stories.

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One Act Play Festival- 2022

Cal Poly’s Theater & Dance Department is proud to present this year’s One Act Play Festival, fully written, directed, and produced by the students of the Cal Poly Theatre Department!

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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Six precocious sixth-graders compete to become champion, while reflecting on the trials, tribulations, and triumphs that led them to the Bee.

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Tabula Rasa - Orchesis Dance Concert

No drapes masking the backstage areas – pieces were created in multiple genres that embraced the idea of a blank slate, learned knowledge, and perception.

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Our Town

This reimagining of Wilder’s classic story is a remarkably universal, yet personal portrait of our collective humanity; an American tale about family, love, death, and a life worth living.

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Lysistrata women


The premiere “make-love-not-war” play — Lysistrata, weary of the endless Peloponnesian War, persuades the other women of Greece to stage a sex strike against their husbands.

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Stop Kiss

Diana Son’s moving story of Callie and Sara's unexpected love provides a powerful snapshot of our contemporary landscape.

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

1930s Chicago - the Great Depression has laid waste to the city's grocery business. Along comes Arturo Ui offering small-time protection that quickly transforms into a menacing grab for absolute power.

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4000 Miles

Arriving in New York City, Leo spends a month with his feisty 91 year-old grandmother. Together, the pair navigates a maze of heartbreak, humor, and healing.

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'80s Mix Tape - Orchesis Dance Concert

In this 48th concert, all dances were choreographed to music recorded between 1980 and 1989! 80's Mix Tape featured the work of Cal Poly faculty and students, as well guest artists from SLO and beyond.

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Orchesis Dance Company

Founded in 1969, Orchesis is Cal Poly's oldest concert dance organization. Orchesis provides exciting performing and educational opportunities and develops artistic and personal growth.

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The Other Shore

A narrative and non-verbal performance that highlights the struggle between the collective consciousness and the right to be an individual.

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The Tempest

A distant island… a storm… a shipwreck… and some magic in this reimagining of Shakespeare’s classical play.

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The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other

A panoramic display about the art of observation and the stories that exist within our daily comings and goings.

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50 - Orchesis Dance Company

"50" celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Cal Poly Orchesis Dance Company

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