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Mason Arts at the Hylton (2016-17 Season)

Mason's School of Theater and School of Music: The Threepenny Opera

By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
Directed by Ken Elston
With Jessica Dubish and Stephanie Risch
Musical Direction by Stanley Engebretson
Translated by Michael Feingold

  • November 3, 2016 - November 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • November 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Who can get ahead? Those with money do in Brecht and Weill’s landmark twentieth century musical, The ThreePenny Opera. Echoing with the spirits of the German Music Hall style, this perennial Broadway favorite offers so much more than the popular “Mack the Knife”. Set in gritty 1920’s New York City, where prohibition is in effect but speakeasies are open and corruption abounds, the story follows the charismatic anti-hero Macheath and his exploits for power and wealth. The Fall Mason Musical presented by the George Mason University School of Theater and School of Music is a social and political satire that will feature a dynamic ensemble performing multiple roles including inanimate objects.

$30: Adults
$15: Students, Seniors and Youth up to grade 12

This performance will also be presented at the Center for the Arts on October 27, 28 and 29 at 8:00 pm, October 29 at 2:00 pm, and October 30 at 4:00 pm. Click here for details.

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1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Jazz 4 Justice™: Tribute to the Greatest Generation

  • November 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

The Mason Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Carroll, joins The Prince William County Bar Foundation to present Jazz 4 Justice™, an annual benefit concert with a special veterans day "Tribute to the Greatest Generation."

Proceeds support vital community efforts by the Bar Foundation and the George Mason University Jazz Studies Department.


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$20 adults
$15 seniors and youth

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Mason Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors

  • December 2, 2016 - December 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • December 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Mason’s School of Music showcases its talented opera singers in this celebrated operetta by Gian Carlo Menotti that tells the classic story of the Magi’s journey to Bethlehem.

$12 adults
$8 seniors
$5 youth (through grade 12)

No Solemn Silence: A Gilbert & Sullivan Review  

Presented by Mason's School of Theater
Directed by Rick Davis
Musical Director: Joseph Walsh

  • February 24, 2017 - February 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Enjoy a variety sampler of Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Savoy Operas," masterpieces of musical theater that embodied—and helped create—the manners, mores, and style of late Victorian London.  Get a glimpse inside the artistic process at this partially staged performance "in workshop” that includes insightful commentary on comedy and satire and excerpts from well-known operettas such as Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado along with lesser-known works like Ruddigore and Patience.  This event launches Mason's Year of Gilbert and Sullivan Celebration. For more information, visit https://cvpa.gmu.edu/gands.

$20 General Admission
$10 Students, Staff, Seniors and Groups

This performance will also take place at the Center for the Art's Harris Theatre (located on the Fairfax Campus) on Feb. 17 & 18 at 8 pm. Learn more here.

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Mason's School of Theater presents The Fantasticks

Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt; Directed by Hayley Dandreaux A Studio Series Production

  • March 9, 2017 - March 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • March 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Gregory Family Theater

Inspired by The Romancers by Edmond Rostand, The Fantasticks tells the charming musical tale of a boy, a girl, their parents, and the wall that keeps the lovers apart. The narrator, El Gallo, takes the audience on a magical journey as the boy and girl fall in love, grow apart, and discover the truth that "without a hurt, the heart is hollow."

$20 General Admission
$10 Students, Staff, Seniors, and Groups

This performance will also take place at the Center for the Arts Harris Theatre (Fairfax) on March 2-4 at 8 pm and March 4 & 5 at 2 pm. Learn more.

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

2017 Dance Gala Concert

presented by the Mason School of Dance

  • April 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Merchant Hall

The Gala Concert is Mason Dance Company's crowning season event featuring dance by Mason’s beautifully trained dance majors. This program features Mass, a vigorous piece by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Artistic Director Robert Battle, emphasizes both powerful group movement and standout solo performance. Also on this program is Second to Last, a work featuring a series of duets choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo, Resident Choreographer at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Susan Shields, choreographer and Director of Mason’s School of Dance premieres a new work entitled An Exaltation of Larks. Finally, Balance/Imbalance, a work by Korean choreographer Soon-ho Park broaches the topic of adjusting to dynamic, and sometimes uncomfortable relationships.

This Gala Concert performance will also be presented at the Center for the Arts on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$25, $15, $10

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID