The Prom

The Prom

September 29-October 9, 2023

Event Attributes


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Program Notes: 


Book & Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Book by Bob Martin 
Music by Matthew Sklar
Based on an Original Concept by Jack Viertel
Directed by Nathaniel Claridad ’04
Produced by Randall “Randy” W. Lord ’77 and Stephen “Steve” Fessler

High school student Emma Nolan, who wants to ask her girlfriend to the prom, faces resistance from the infuriated PTA, who calls for the cancellation of the event. Devastated by this decision, resented by her classmates and isolated for being a lesbian in a homophobic small town, Emma is taken by surprise when a group of Broadway actors arrives to support and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, coming to her "rescue." During this protest, Emma discovers the courage to stand in her truth and be herself, despite the hatred pointed her way. 


Tonight's performance is made possible through the Randy Lord and Steve Fessler Theatrical Productions and Events Fund. The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies would like to thank Randy and Steve for their generous support and longtime advocacy of the Performing Arts at Maryland.


The UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) advances and transforms the research and practice of theatre, dance, and performance studies through a commitment to inclusive excellence and educational innovation in the performing arts.