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 6, and Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. 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

2015 Schedule

During the summer of 2015, N.U.R.T. will perform on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. between July 9 and Aug. 20 in the air-conditioned Leary Theatre, within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, on the NU campus. N.U.R.T. will also perform at Artpark in Lewiston at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturdays in July and the first Saturday in August.  


Niagara University Theatre will continue its mission to present engaging, delightful theater for young audiences (TYA) productions with “The True Story of The Three Little Pigs” 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 “The True Story of The Three Little Pigs,” a free theatrical production for the whole family. This children’s musical is based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. The tale centers on a trial for the Big Bad Wolf, and children and their parents get to participate as the jury, discovering who really is to blame. It’s a thrilling courtroom dramedy with music … and ham!”

Braddock and “The True Story of The Three Little Pigs” will be directed by Terri Filips Vaughan, associate professor, dance/choreographer, for Niagara University’s Department of Theatre and Fine Arts.  Music direction is by Nathanial W.C. Higgins, ’15, a recent graduate of NU’s theatre performance program.

The New York Times called the play “One of the best children’s shows of the year. Case closed.” The Chicago Parent stated, “A retelling of the classic tale with catchy rockabilly tunes … kids and adults will be entertained as the Big Bad Wolf tries to convince us that he’s not all that bad.” And the Fort Myers Florida Weekly reported, “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs’ makes kids laugh but is also filled with jokes that work on another level, causing adults to chuckle.”

Actors in the production include NU theatre performance students hailing from across New York State: Heather Casseri, Matt Dell’Olio, Matt DiVita, Shelby Ehrenreich, Sabrina Kahwaty, Clarissa Maloy, Matthew Myers and Alexander Utz. Theatre design/ technology majors Marissa Allen (stage manager) and Nicholas Seres and Anna Krempholtz (set and lighting designers) are from Western New York. Associate professor Marilyn Deighton will provide costumes.

 “The True Story of The Three Little Pigs” will be performed on the NU campus in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall. The play will be presented at 7:00 pm on Thurs. July 23, Fri. July 24, Sat. July 25, and Fri. July 31. Matinees will be presented at 1:00 pm on Tues. July 28 and Fri. July 31. For early risers, the production will be staged at 10:00 am on Wed. July 29 and Sat. Aug. 1.

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