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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Krannert Dress Rehearsals have been suspended, but we will be posting KDR opportunities as they become available. In the meantime, as an exception to this requirement, graduating seniors may receive approval for a substitution, and can contact Elizabeth Rockman at for more information.

The following Krannert Dress Rehearsal is available for registration on our calendar by seniors at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 16, and all others may register on Friday, September 17. 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. We hope to have 2-3 more KDRs in Spring 2022, so stay tuned for information on those opportunities!

“Fun Home” (Tony Award winning musical)

Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron

Music by Jeanine Tesori

Based on the 2006 graphic novel “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel

Stage Director Sarah Wigley

Music Director Jordan Gunn, music director

Lyric Theatre Professor Michael Tilley

Meghan Landon, Dramaturg

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Presentation:  6:45 – 7:15, Orchestra Rehearsal Room (Level 2, take elevator down from KCPA Main Floor/Level 5)

Performance: begins at 7:30, Tryon Festival Theatre

Description: When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Adapted from Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking graphic novel and the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Contains adult content.