Outreach and Community

N.U.R.T. & T.Y.A.

Here comes Lily with her purple plastic purse! And Alexander, as usual, having a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day"…and Pierre just doesn’t care! Yes, N.U.R.T. is back and better than ever! It's a fast, furious and fantastically funny 40 minutes of fun!

Once again, well-loved children’s tales, brought to life by trained actors (all are performance majors from Niagara University Theatre playing dozens of your favorite characters) will delight audiences of all ages!

Niagara University Repertory Theatre (N.U.R.T.), an extraordinary and highly successful ensemble of touring entertainers, has been a Western New York tradition for nearly 40 years.

N.U.R.T. is available to come to your location on selected dates, free of charge, between Monday, July 11, and Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. An application must be submitted with a requested date and time. Applications are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and dates do quickly close out. Phone and fax reservations will not be accepted. Confirmation letters will be sent out after May 15, as applications have been received and schedules confirmed.

Although no fee will be charged, any donation your group is able to provide to help offset travel expenses will be most welcome. Please note that admission may not be charged for these performances.

For further information or to receive an application, please contact Jennifer Stahlman, Office Coordinator at 716.286.8483 or at

2016 Campus Schedule

During the summer of 2016, due to construction in Clet Hall, the Leary Theatre will be unavailable.  N.U.R.T. will perform on specified Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Multi-purpose room, Lower Level Gallagher Center on the N.U. campus.  Performance dates: July 28, August 4, 11, 18 & 25.  N.U.R.T. will also perform at Artpark in Lewiston at 1 and 3 p.m. on the following Saturdays in July: 7/9, 7/23 & 7/30.  


Niagara University Theatre will continue its mission to present engaging, delightful theater for young audiences (TYA) productions with “Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical” presented by The Friends of Niagara University Theatre.

Steven Braddock, director of Niagara University Theatre said, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present a free theatrical production for the whole family. This children’s musical is based on the best-selling books by actress Julianne Moore. Freckleface Strawberry must learn to love her freckles… and discovers that everyone is different- and that’s what makes everyone special!

"Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical" will be directed by Braddock and Terri Filips Vaughan, associate professor, dance/choreographer, for Niagara University’s Department of Theatre and Fine Arts.  Music direction is by Marnie Aldrow, and costume design by Associate Professor, Maureen Stevens.

Actors in the production include NU theatre performance students hailing from across New York State: Krista Cantrell, Marissa DelVecchio, Amanda Funiciello, Kalee George, Matt Myers, Kayla Storto, Carly Weldy, Russell Wilson and David Wysocki. Theatre design/ technology major Keelin Higgins (stage manager) and recent BFA Performance graduate Anna Krempholtz (set designer) are from Western New York. 

 “Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical” will be performed on the NU campus in the Multi-Purpose room, Lower Level Gallagher Center. The play will be presented at 7:00 pm on Thurs. July 28, Fri. July 29, Sat. July 30, and Fri. August 5. Matinees will be presented at 1:00 pm on Tues. August 2 and Fri. August 5. For early risers, the production will be staged at 10:00 am on Wed. August 3 and Sat. Aug. 6.

Reservations are not required for this free production. Please contact the NU Theatre Box Office at 716-286-8685 for information.