“Barnum” traces the career of Bridgeport’s own P.T. Barnum, America’s greatest showman, from 1835 to 1881. Over the objections of his grounded and level-headed wife Charity, Barnum attempts to create a a show in which the main attractions are freaks of society. Included in this mix are the oldest woman alive, the smallest man in the world, a glamorous Swedish opera singer, and Jumbo the Elephant! This staging will focus on the struggles and relationships of all of those who are different on the outside, but wish to be loved on the inside. Presented in a chamber-style staging in SHU’s Little Theatre.

Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Michael Stewart
Book by Mark Bramble

Already Performed | July 2018


Parables vibrantly come to life in this most beloved family-friendly musical based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew. Follow Jesus and his disciples as they create a community and teach tolerance and kindness through lessons intertwined with an eclectic blend of songs. This 2012 revival version is updated with contemporary references and features new arrangements of Stephen Schwartz’s (composer of Wicked and Pippin) score, include the songs “Day by Day,” “All Good Gifts,” and “Beautiful City.”

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by John Michael Tebelak
Conceived and Originally Directed by John Michael Tebelak. 

Already Performed | July 2018

Emerging Artist Series

The Emerging Artist Series (EAS) encourages growth and professional development in high school playwrights by working on two new plays selected through a nationally held competition. The winners are treated to an all-expenses paid workshop experience with industry professionals at Sacred Heart University! At the end of the process, the playwrights experience their stories read and performed by the Sacred Heart Repertory Company!

Events are held at The Little Theatre.
Events are FREE and open to the public.

New Musical Workshops

New musicals need a safe environment to work on stories, rewrite scenes and compose new songs long before the title lands on a Broadway marquee. SHU Summer Theatre has created an opportunity for Broadway bound playwrights, composers and directors to work hand-in-hand with The Sacred Heart University Repertory Company. This will allow the creators to refine their new musical through workshops on the key components of their new musical. The workshop will culminate with a reading/singing of the musical performed by members of the Sacred Heart Repertory Company. After the musical presentation there will be an audience talkback with the creators.

Events are held at The Little Theatre.
Events are FREE and open to the public.

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