7:00 pm

Atlantic Steps is a breathtaking and energetic new ensemble from Ireland’s Western Atlantic coastline. Combining an exceptional cast of Irish musicians and dancers along with a splash of song and humor, this is a production that is certain to lift your heart. The journey across the Atlantic during the waves of emigration from Ireland may have been tough for many, but it couldn't stop the fun and excitement of the rich culture these immigrants shared in their new home. The Atlantic Steps brings the spirit and enduring fun of the traditional Irish music, song, step dance, sean-nos (old-style) dance, and the spoken word. Join us for a fun-filled journey along Ireland’s Atlantic coastline exploring the tunes, dances and songs that draw so many to this mystical landscape. Purchase tickets online or call (603) 535-2787.

  • April 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Silver Center for the Arts
  • Adult $40-$35, Senior $38-$33, Youth $25-$20


On the surface, the musical A Man of No Importance, which is about the inner struggle and turmoil created when shame and desire collide, tells the story of an amateur theatre group in Dublin and their leader, Alfie Byrne. Alfie is determined to stage a version of Oscar Wilde’s Salome at his church, despite the protestations of church authorities. Through moments of honesty, self-discovery, and deeply felt emotion, A Man of No Importance offers us hope for a future where those who are considered to be unwantedly different and outcasts are, indeed, recognized as being equal, good, and welcomed.

This performance is not recommended for children due to adult themes.

  • April 7 and 8 at 7 p.m.
    April 9 and 10 at 2pm
    April 9 at 8pm
  • Studio Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts

7:00 pm

Joyce Peseroff’s four books of poems are The Hardness Scale, A Dog in the Lifeboat, Mortal Education, Eastern Mountain Time and due out this fall, Know Thyself.   She has been coordinating editor, managing editor, and associate poetry editor of Ploughshares, and edited The Ploughshares Poetry Reader, Robert Bly: When Sleepers Awake, and Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is distinguished lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

  • March 31 at 7 p.m.
  • Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center for the Arts
  • FREE, advance reservations are strongly recommended.
  • Call (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.

6:00 pm

Select high students from all six New England states will be rehearsing all day on campus and performing in a concert with the Plymouth State University Jazz Ensemble. Chris Klaxton, director.

Buy tickets online or call (603) 535-2787.
Adult: $10, Senior: $6, Youth: $7

  • March 22 at 6 p.m.
  • Hanaway Theatre

9:00 am

Daylong Contemporary Music Festival for Pianists in Grades 7-12

 March 5 at the Silver Center for the Arts                                   

  • 9 a.m. A competition for grades 7-12 participants;
  • 11 a.m. A public lecture recital on music of the 21st century for two pianos, eight hands, performed by the PSU Piano Quartet;
  • 1:15 p.m. A seminar with Professor Jonathan Santore on careers in music;
  • 2 p.m. A master class for pre-college pianists with Professor Carleen Graff;
  • 3:15 p.m. A public concert by winners of the morning competition.

These festival events are free and open to the public.


This is a classic tragedy by William Shakespeare about two young lovers whose feelings cannot be controlled despite the fact that their feuding families forbid their romantic relationship.

Reduced rate for Saturday matinee!

Buy tickets online or call (603) 535-2787.

  • Adult $17, Senior & Youth $14, Saturday matinee: all seats $12
  • Dates:
    • March 3 and 4 at 7 p.m.
    • March 5 and 6 at 2 p.m.
    • March 5 at 8 p.m.
  • Hanaway Theatre

7:00 pm

Session Americana

This live show is a timeless experience; sometimes folk, sometimes rock or blues, sometimes a bit of reggae, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American “song bag,” but always one of the best live shows on the planet.

  • February 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center for the Arts
  • Buy tickets online or call (603) 535-2787
  • Adult $30, Senior $28, Youth $20


ETC: Shrek The Musical

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek The Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. With beautiful music and colorful characters, sets, and costumes, Shrek The Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and pure fun for everyone, both young and old!

Buy tickets online or call (603) 535-2787.
Adult: $29-$26, Senior: $24-$20, Youth: $25-$20

  • January 20, 21, 22, 23 at 7 p.m.
  • January 23, 24 at 2 p.m.
  • Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts

8:30 am

A Big Bright Beautiful World

2016 Children's Arts Festival

Children in grades K–6 participate in this exciting event, which offers opportunities for children to learn different aspects of the arts—dance, theatre, fine arts—while at the same time experiencing the themes of the current production.

The day includes five fun-filled workshops, a behind-the-scenes look at The Shrek The Musical set, and a special performance.

  • Saturday, January 9, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Silver Center for the Arts
  • Register online by clicking here or at the door the day of the festival. Contact Pam Irish at pmirish@plymouth.edu or (603) 535-2647 with any registration questions.

8:30 am

Engaging All Learners Through the Power of the Arts

This one-day event offers professional development and continuing education workshops showcasing different ways to bring the arts into your classroom in addition to keynote addresses and all-campus interactive experiences. All classroom teachers, arts educators, administrators, and artists are invited. Learn how to integrate visual art, music, drama, and writing into your curriculum, based on the theme of this year’s production, Shrek The Musical. The day concludes with optional social hour, dinner, and admission to the evening performance of Shrek The Musical.

  • January 22, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
  • Silver Center for the Arts
  • Register here.