Musical Theatre Society at SRU to perform ‘Curtains’ April 28-29


Students preparing for their performance

Members of the Musical Theatre Society at Slippery Rock University rehearse for their production of “Curtains,” which will be performed during three shows, April 28-29, at the Stoner West Blackbox Theatre.

April 21, 2023

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — The Musical Theatre Society at Slippery Rock University will perform its rendition of the hit Broadway musical "Curtains," April 28-29, at the Stoner West Blackbox Theatre. There will be three shows:

  • 7:30 p.m., April 28
  • 2 p.m., April 29
  • 7:30 p.m., April 29

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for general admission and they can be purchased at

The MTS is a student-run theater company at SRU and all its shows are produced by students, including director Brandon Pierce, a senior strategic communication and media major from Gibsonia. Pierce also serves as president of the MTS.

"'Curtains' is a perfect balance of a classical musical theater feel with modern elements and humor," Pierce said. "It is a musical comedy whodunnit, and there are a lot of subtle jokes in the show that I know some of our older audiences will really appreciate."

"Curtains" is based on a book by Peter Stone about a backstage murder mystery set in 1959 Boston, Massachusetts. The show follows the fallout when an actress named Jessica Cranshaw is murdered during her opening night curtain call. It was first performed on Broadway in 2007 with lyrics by Fred Ebb and music by John Kander.

More than 50 SRU students have been involved in this production, including cast, creative team, crew and pit. This is the first in-person musical that MTS has produced in four years because of the pandemic. Planning for "Curtains" began in May 2022, with auditions in the fall and rehearsals beginning in January 2023.

"I have loved working with the cast to help bring these characters to life," Pierce said. "It has been really neat to collaborate with such a variety of students to put this show together. We have so many students involved from so many different majors and programs across campus. It's great that we are able to provide opportunities to students who didn't think they would be able to continue musical theater after high school."

More information about MTS is available on CORE, SRU's online platform for student organizations and activities.

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