Krannert Dress Rehearsals

The Krannert Dress Rehearsal (KDR) programs provide an opportunity to hear context about a performance from a director or other expert, and then to experience the production. The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is an educational and performing arts complex located at 500 South Goodwin Street in Urbana. Students may register for Krannert Dress Rehearsal (KDR) events on the events calendar.

The following Krannert Dress Rehearsal is available for registration on our calendar by graduating seniors when announced on Friday, 2/18/22, and all others may register beginning the following day. You must attend the talk and the performance to receive credit for the KDR. If the program is full when you go to register, please email to be placed on a waitlist, and if there is a spot open, you will be notified by the day of the events.

“The Marriage of Figaro” (Lyric Theatre production)

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

Conductor Andrew Megill

Stage Director Nathan Gunn

Date: Sunday, April 3, 2022

Presentation:  1:00-1:45pm, Choral Rehearsal Room (Level 2, take elevator down from KCPA Main Floor/Level 5)

Performance: begins at 2:00pm, Tryon Festival Theatre

Description: Mozart’s beloved comic opera takes place over just one day, but the journey is filled with twists, turns, and plenty of escapades! Written just before the French Revolution, The Marriage of Figaro explores class relationships, the roles of wealth, power, and common sense—and the miracle of forgiveness. The bumpy road to Figaro and Susanna’s wedding shines with “wit, humanity and astounding, glorious music” (The Guardian). Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

The Neverland” (adaptation of Peter Pan)

By Madeline Sayet

Director Madeline Sayet

Dramaturg Emily Goodell

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Presentation:  6:30 – 7:15pm, Orchestra Rehearsal Room (Level 2, take elevator down from KCPA Main Floor/Level 5)

Performance: begins at 7:30pm, Colwell Playhouse


This modern-day adaptation of J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan follows a contemporary Mohegan teen who has just arrived at a strict, new Catholic school, a place where she must follow rules she cannot see any sense in. Believing her Native American name too difficult to pronounce, the teacher calls her Wendy and informs her that her Mohegan culture and everything she cares about are never coming back. This triggers the arrival of Pan and Tink who have come to gather the Nevers (the spirits of everything and everyone who have been told they can’t exist anymore). Pan takes them to The Neverland, a refuge where nothing and no one can ever be erased. But now, even The Neverland is under threat by pirates. Can Wendy, her friends Pan and Tink, and The Neverlanders stop Hook from finding The Neverland and turning it into another place of hate and taking? Or will even The Neverland be destroyed by greed after all?

Contains mild violence. Recommended for all ages. [Optional – Read this related article, “Why Are There American Indians in Peter Pan?”, in the College of Fine & Applied Arts’ Dimension magazine.]

“Sweat” (Pulitzer Prize-winning play)

By Lynn Nottage

Director Latrelle Bright

Dramaturg Meghan Landon

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022

Presentation:  6:30-7:15pm, Krannert Room

Performance: begins at 7:30pm, Studio Theatre

Description: Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, Sweat “traces the roots of a tragedy with both forensic psychological detail and embracing compassion” The New York Times). Contains adult content.