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Department of Theatre and Dance


2023–2024 Season
Department of Theatre and Dance

Spring 2024

Spring Dance Concert

  • May 3
  • 7:30 p.m.

This is a free event.

Summer 2024

Unnecessary Farce

  • May 23-25
    May 30-June 1
    June 6-8
    June 13, 20, and 27
  • 7:30 p.m.

Hilarious comedy farce by Paul Slade Smith


Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go! In a cheap motel, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next door, two cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes.

“Nonstop hilarity. Gets us laughing in the show’s first minute. Unnecessary Farce? Don’t you believe it! Nothing could be more necessary for your well-being.” —Playbill.

This is our unique “Bring your own dinner, Dinner Theatre” production. We guarantee satisfaction with your meal, because you provide it!


Columbus Repertory’s Dinner Theatre has a comfortable, intimate setting with tables for 2-4 patrons. Bring your own meal or pick something up from one of Uptown Columbus’ fine restaurants. Drinks, snack and desserts are available for purchase at our concessions counter.

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Lyle the Crocodile

Story by Bernard Waber, Book by Kevin Kling, Composed by Richard Gray

Based on Lyle, Lyle the Crocodile

  • June 6-8, 12-15, 19-22
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • June 16 and 23
  • 2 p.m.

Lyle is the story of a friendly crocodile who turns up in a bathtub in an apartment in New York City’s Upper East Side. Lyle becomes good friends with the folks in the building, except for Mr. Grumps, hates Lyle, parades, people, and pretty much everything. However, when Lyle rescues Mr. Grumps and his cat Loretta from a fire, Mr. Grumps has to apologize for the way he’s treated Lyle. In the end, Lyle helps those around him learn that they should not judge others by how they appear to be, but to love people (and crocodiles) for what they are.

“King’s adaptation creates a theatrical version that is true to the spirit of the boos, yet adds an extra dimension of camp and humor that gives the production a distinctive stylistic signature” --St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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The hit Broadway Musical Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman, book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on John Waters’ 1988 film of the same name.

  • June 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
  • 7:30 p.m.

In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful array of characters. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues.

“An instant classic! Hairspray is a toe-tapping, dancing in your seat good time show…a whirl of excitement!” —Broadway World

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