Since the mid-1980s, the UAB Department of Theatre has supported troupes of student actors bringing quality performances to venues all over the state. Together these troupes have logged countless miles on the road and entertained thousands of people each year -- at every stop, representing the goals of UAB and the Department of Theatre.
The shows we have offered for touring over the years have varied widely. Here are the shows we have available for booking now:
- THEATRE UAB KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Directed by Lee Shackleford
UAB Kids on the Block is our longest-running touring show, entertaining and teaching school audiences for more than 28 years! Our puppeteers bring a delightful cast of characters to life with colorful, large-scale puppets acting out interesting, thought-provoking stories. Elementary-school kids all over the state have loved the UAB Kids on the Block shows -- probably never realizing just how much they’ve been learning in the process. Our program Dealing with Bullies is designed to raise questions and offer solutions about this ageold problem. How should you respond when you’re being bullied? Why do people bully other people? What constitutes bullying? How can you make bullying stop? All of these questions and more are addressed in this insightful and challenging program. Along the way, kids in the audience meet Eddy Franklin, a boy who endures daily harassment from an older boy. Eddy’s friends Melody and Clare give him practical advice and guidance based on their own experiences -- and they ask the kids in the audience for their suggestions as well.
Appropriate For: Grades K-4.
Running Time: Approximately 40 minutes.
Kids on the Block Cost: Please see our Price chart for fees in your area.
- THEATRE UAB SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
The Taming of the Shrew, Abridged
Adapted and Directed by Dennis McLernon
Wealthy Baptista denies the many suitors vying for his fair daughter Bianca's hand, insisting she can't be courted until her irascible, fiercely independent sister Katherine is wed. Fearless Petruchio, a roustabout nobleman with the intent to marry well, makes it his business to woo and wed the pretty shrew. In a hilarious stand-off, Petruchio finds his intended bride almost too much to handle, and in the process learns a thing or two about women, relationships, and even himself. Our Shakespeare Company presents the hilarious highlights of this quintessential battle of the sexes.
Appropriate For: Middle Schools, High Schools, Retirement
Communities and other Adult Facilities.
Running Time: Approximately 50 minutes.
Theatre UAB Shakespeare Company Cost: Please see our Price Chart for fees in your area.
- THEATRE UAB CABARET
The Beatles: We Love You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!
Directed by Rebecca Harper. Musical Direction by Alora King
This year’s Cabaret is a rockin’ retrospective of the Fab Four! The Beatles are one of the most beloved groups of ANY generation. Our program features the very best of their catalog, with songs appropriate for all ages! From kid-friendly tunes like Octopus’s Garden to rock classics Help! and Let It Be, the Cabaret will pay rousing tribute to the greatest and most influential musical acts of our time!
Appropriate For: All Grade Levels, Retirement Communities and other Adult Facilities.
Running Time: Approximately 45 minutes.
Theatre UAB Cabaret Cost: Please see our Price Chart for fees in your area.
- THEATRE UAB TOLERANCE PROJECT
Written and directed by Dennis McLernon
Being a student in today’s world presents more challenges than ever. Theatre UAB’s innovative Tolerance Project explores behaviors, choices and consequences in the middle and high school arenas. Four scenarios are presented on Mixing it Up at Lunchtime: Including New People in Your Group; Real Consequences of Gossiping and Bullying on Social Media; Hurtfulness and Bias in Popular Song Lyrics; and The Differences Between Supporting Your Team and Verbal Abuse of the Other Team. Actors will lead discussions after each scenario to help foster awareness in students of the power of their actions, words, and thoughts. Our program is an excellent addition to diversity and tolerance strategies explored in the classroom.
Appropriate For: Middle and High Schools.
Running Time: Approximately 50 minutes.
Theatre UAB Tolerance Project Cost: Please see our Price Chart for fees in your area.
Interested in booking one of our tours, or just curious about the touring program?