Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park

Located on the University of Maryland’s flagship campus in College Park, Maryland, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center combines student productions with professional companies. It features a wide variety of music, dance, lectures and plays; only the theatrical productions are listed here.

Website: http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/

Location: 3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2635

Ticket Office: 301.405.ARTS (2787)
Main Office: 301.405.7794


Upcoming Events:


The Marriage of Figaro at Clarice Smith, Jun 29-Jul 3

Maryland Lyric Opera:
The Marriage of Figaro
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

June 29 – July 3, 2022
Wed, Jun 29, 2022 . 07:00PM to 10:15PM
Fri, Jul 1, 2022 . 07:00PM to 10:15PM
Sun, Jul 3, 2022 . 02:00PM to 05:15PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. In Person.

Maryland Lyric Opera makes a triumphant return to fully staged performances with one of opera’s most popular musical comedies: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, June 29 through July 3, 2022.

Presented in an inventive and stylish period production on the intimate stage of the Kay Theatre in The Clarice at the University of Maryland, the opera tells an upstairs/downstairs story of love and all of its hijinks – from lust to betrayal to forgiveness – all set to some of the most beautiful and indelible music ever written. Conducted by Music Director Louis Salemno and directed for the stage by David Gately, this classic remains every bit as relevant today as it was Mozart’s time – perfect for opera lovers and those who are new to opera alike.

The cast features Hunter Enoch as Figaro, Nayoung Ban as Susanna, Javier Arrey as the Count, Mary Feminear as the Countess, Allegra De Vita as Cherubino, and Kenneth Kellogg as Dr. Bartolo.

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

Health + Safety: Patrons attending University of Maryland arts events are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. We continue to encourage audiences to wear a mask and stay current with vaccinations and boosters. Please see our Health & Safety information page for information about what to expect during your visit.

Parking Notice: Stadium Drive Garage will be closed over the summer. Free parking will be available in Lots 1/Z, the large surface lots just beyond The Clarice. A shuttle service from Lot 1 to The Clarice will be available before and after the opera.

Tickets: $25 to $60 reserved seating. Students: $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Lyric Opera, The Marriage of Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Louis Salemno, David Gately



Archived Online Content


Maryland Opera Studio and Clarice Smith present Make Our Garden Grow on Youtube

Clarice Smith and
Maryland Opera Studio present

Make our Garden Grow
From Candide
By Leonard Bernstein

By: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Youtube. Click here.

Beginning June 26, 2020

School of Music opera singers virtually perform Leonard Bernstein’s “Make Our Garden Grow” from “Candide.”
With their in-person performance for outgoing UMD President Wallace Loh canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, singers from the Maryland Opera Studio came together for a virtual farewell to thank him for ten years of support and patronage.

Video editing by David Andrews.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Online, Youtube, Free Performance, Maryland Opera Studio, Make Our Garden Grow, Candide, Leonard Bernstein, David Andrews


Clarice Smith presents Homebound on Youtube

Clarice Smith presents
Homebound
RoundHouseTheatre

By: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Youtube. Click here.

College of Arts and Humanities | College Park Scholars-Arts Monday, June 29, 2020 12:00 am

Presented by Round House Theatre

Round House Theatre is bringing together DC-area playwrights, actors and designers (including College Park Scholars – Art director Harold Burgess II) for Homebound, an original web series that explores life under Stay-at-Home orders in the Nation’s Capital. These ten-minute episodes will air over ten weeks between April 27 and June 29.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Online, Youtube, Free Performance, Round House Theatre, Homebound,


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NextNow Fest 2021: Where Creativity and Community Converge at Clarice Smith, Sep 13-19, In Person

NextNOW Fest 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021 – Sunday, September 19, 2021

Mon, Sep 13, 2021 . 04:00PM to 07:30PM
Tue, Sep 14, 2021 . 05:00PM to 09:00PM
Wed, Sep 15, 2021 . 01:00PM to 05:00PM
Thu, Sep 16, 2021 . 11:00AM to 05:00PM
Thu, Sep 16, 2021 . 06:30PM to 08:00PM
Fri, Sep 17, 2021 . 11:00AM to 05:00PM
Fri, Sep 17, 2021 . 06:00PM to 11:45PM
Sat, Sep 18, 2021 . 06:00PM to 11:45PM
Sun, Sep 19, 2021 . 11:00AM to 03:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. In Person.

The Clarice’s NextNOW Fest is an inspiring arts experience that celebrates imagination, creativity and community. By amplifying the voices of intriguing, inventive artists from around campus and our community, NextNOW Fest creates a forward-looking microcosm where art transforms our future and (re)connects us all.

NextNOW Fest is a signature event in University of Maryland’s new Arts for All initiative, which leverages the combined power of the arts, technology and social justice to address the grand challenges of our time. In addition to our traditional student, academic and touring arts lineup at The Clarice on Sep 17 and 18, we’re thrilled to forge new partnerships with more student-led groups, academic departments and community organizations to expand the festival to seven days at sites throughout campus and into College Park!

To register, click “Add to Cart” on the 2021 NextNOW Fest Registration item and follow check-out instructions. All events are free, but some will be ticketed.

To view the festival schedule and to register, visit: https://theclarice.umd.edu/events/2021/nextnow-fest-2021

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, NextNow, Where Creativity and Community Converge, NextNow Fest


End of Semester Showcase at Clarice Smith, Dec 14 at 6:00pm, Online

Presented By:
UMD School of Theatre Dance and Performance Studies

TDPS End of Semester Showcase
Monday, December 14, 2020 . 6 pm

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required. Cafritz Foundation Theatre, general admission.

Join us for our end-of-semester showcase featuring theatre and dance work.

Free, no tickets required. Online, register here

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, End of Semester Showcase, UMD School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, Variety Show


Kreativity Open Mic Night at Clarice Smith, Dec 4 at 5:30pm, Online

Kreativity Diversity Troupe Open Mic

Fri, Oct 23, 2020 . 7:30PM
Fri, Nov 6, 2020 . 7:30PM
Fri, Dec 4, 2020 . 5:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required. Online.

Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for their end of the semester show, full of music, dance and spoken word.

Interested in learning more about Kreativity? Email kreativity.troupe@gmail.com and like them on Facebook!

Free, no tickets required. Online, here

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Kreativity Diversity Troupe, Variety Show


First Fridays at Clarice Smith, Dec 4 at 5:30pm, Online

First Fridays
November 6 & December 4, 2020 . 5:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online.

Join us every first Friday of the month to share creative work at any stage of development.

First Fridays is a wonderful, intimate setting for ANYONE in TDPS to share their original dances, spoken word pieces, songs, 5-10 minute plays, costume/set/media/lighting design ideas, history/theory projects, etc.

Email Patrik Widrig at widrig@umd.edu if you would like to participate.

Free, no tickets required. Online, here

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, First Fridays, Patrik Widrig, Variety Show


Porte Parole presents The Assembly at Clarice Smith, Dec 5-7

THIS PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED

Porte Parole
The Assembly
December 5 – 7, 2019 . 8PM

Thu, Dec 5, 2019 . 8:00PM
Fri, Dec 6, 2019 . 8:00PM
Sat, Dec 7, 2019 . 8:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre, general admission.

The bitter polarization of the 2016 American presidential election inspired pioneering Montreal theater company Porte Parole to consider what may sound like a terrifying scenario—having a dinner party with four strangers of very different political persuasions and urging them to discuss their differences over wine. Would they listen? Would they get along? Could they be convinced to change? The Assembly re-creates that scenario, based on a conversation with very real participants, with divergent viewpoints, chosen directly from the University of Maryland community. The actors do their best to conjure those actual strangers and make the play feel like a real-time snapshot of our own very real divides. During the play, the audience is asked to participate, to take their own seat at the table and dig into topics about their community with their community. This is catalyzing art that asks a necessary but seemingly intractable question: how can we change the world without learning to break bread with our neighbors?

During the last two decades, Porte Parole has staged provocative, award-winning works about overseas labor outsourcing, water usage rights, power utilities, agricultural law and police brutality. Named for the French term for spokesperson, Porte Parole was founded by a playwright and actor who understands that the truth often takes on an impossibly amoeboid shape. To get at it, their documentary theater company uses a horde of research, from primary source materials to original interviews, to create plays that fully ponder the complexities of any topic, reflecting a subject’s subtleties the way a painting might capture something a photograph would have missed.

Tickets: Regular $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Porte Parole, The Assembly


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Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera New Work Reading at Clarice Smith, Feb 14

Opera New Work Reading
Maryland Opera Studio
Friday, February 14, 2020 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Grand Pavilion, general admission.

The New Work Reading marks the premiere of the winning piece from the fourth annual UMD Opera Composition Contest. The School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio and The Clarice’s Artist Partner Program established the UMD Opera Composition Contest in 2016 as part of their ongoing dedication to cultivating and performing new work that addresses socially relevant themes. Information about winning artists will be announced in the fall.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera New Work Reading, Free Performance


Kreativity Open Mic Night at Clarice Smith, May 13

Kreativity Diversity Troupe Open Mic

May 13, 2019. 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required. Cafritz Foundation Theatre, general admission.

Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for their end of the semester show, full of music, dance and spoken word.

Interested in learning more about Kreativity? Email kreativity.troupe@gmail.com and like them on Facebook!

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Kreativity Diversity Troupe, Variety Show


Kreativity End of Semester Show at Clarice Smith, Apr 7

Kreativity Diversity Troupe End of Semester Show
April 7, 2018. 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required. Cafritz Foundation Theatre, general admission.

Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for an open mic night, full of music, dance and spoken word.

Want to try out your own performance chops? Show up and sign up! Just looking for a night of entertainment from some of the most talented students in the metro area? Simply take a seat and enjoy the show.

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Kreativity Diversity Troupe, Variety Show


Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera al Fresco at Clarice Smith, Apr 30, 12:30pm

Maryland Opera Studio presents:
Opera al Fresco

Thursday, April 30, 2020 . 12:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Grand Pavilion, general admission.

Drop-in for some light opera. This audience favorite concert offers a casual preview of the Maryland Opera Studio’s scene study performances in The Clarice’s expansive Grand Pavilion.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera al Fresco, Free Performance


Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera Scene Study at Clarice Smith, May 7-8

Opera Scene Study
Maryland Opera Studio
May 7 – 8, 2020 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Gildenhorn Recital Hall, general admission.

First-year Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) students demonstrate their talent in this showcase featuring duet scenes from a wide operatic repertory. To keep the focus on beautiful, pure sounds and vivid acting, the performance is accompanied only by piano and minimal props.

MOS is dedicated to the future of opera. Preparing the next generation of great singers and offering performances ranging from the classic repertoire to provocative new works, MOS is building audiences and advancing the art that sustains them.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera Scene Study, Free Performance


Weekday Players Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, May 8

Weekday Players Original Works Project

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 . 7:30 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre

The Weekday Players proudly presents their Original Works Projects, a memorable night of short plays created and produced by students.

Tickets: Free, no ticket required

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Weekday Players, Original Works Project, World Premiere, Free Performance


Peter and the Wolf at Clarice Smith, June 23

Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf
by Sergei Prokofiev
National Orchestra Institute + Festival

Sunday, June 23, 2019 . 3PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre

In this family-friendly performance, members of the National Orchestral Institute perform Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and give their own imaginative musical interpretations of beloved children’s books.

The National Orchestral Institute + Festival brings together aspiring orchestral musicians from across the country for a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration. Chosen by a rigorous, cross-country audition process, these young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire at The Clarice and in the community.

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Sergei Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf, National Orchestra Institute + Festival, Free Performance


Clarice Smith presents Vital Signs Showcase, Dec 7 at 5:30pm, Online

Vital Signs Showcase
Tariq Darrell O’Meally, moderator
Ines Donfack & Maya Lee
Sadia Alao
Stephen Lyons
Chidinma Opaigbeogu

Monday, December 7, 2020 • 5:30PM EST

By: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online.

Presented in partnership with the UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion, UMD Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy and Black Terps Matter

In an effort to support student voice and action related to the Black Lives Matter movement, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion and UMD Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy in partnership with Black Terps Matter announced Vital Signs: Creative Arts for Black Lives Mini-Grants in Summer 2020. Grants have been awarded to artists in the UMD community who are creating projects that affirm Black life and vitality and interrogate white supremacy and anti-Blackness.

In this showcase moderated by BlackLight Summit director Tariq Darrell O’Meally, members of the first Vital Signs cohort will present excerpts of their Vital Signs works and discuss the intersection of their personal experiences with their art.

Free, No Tickets Required, Online here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Online, Vimeo, Free Performance, Vital Signs Showcase, Black Terps Matter, Tariq Darrell O’Meally, Ines Donfack, Maya Lee, Sadia Alao, Stephen Lyons, Chidinma Opaigbeogu


Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Clarice Smith, Dec 10

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
UMD Treble Choir, UMD Men’s Chorus, University Chorale, Femmes de Chanson and MännerMusik

Friday, December 10, 2021 . 8PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. In person.

Five choirs, brass quintet and organ bring the joy of the season to life with carols, hymns and spoken word that epitomize hope and goodwill.

On the day of the performance, tickets will be available only at Memorial Chapel beginning at 7PM.

Led by Edward Maclary, the choral ensembles have achieved international renown and offer a wide array of choral experiences with music encompassing all styles and eras. In addition to this season’s on campus choral performances, the UMD Concert Choir participates in annual collaborations with both the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Music Center at Strathmore and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Last spring, the UMD Concert Choir performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets: Regular $20, Seniors: $15, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols


The Muses – Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, Dec 9

The Muses – Original Works Project (Fall)
Sunday, December 9, 2018 . 3PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre.

The Muses proudly present their Original Works Projects, a memorable night of short plays created and produced by students.

Free, no tickets required

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, The Muses, Original Works Project, Free performance, World Premiere


Kreativity End of Semester Show at Clarice Smith, Dec 11, In Person

Kreativity Diversity Troupe End of Semester Show

Saturday, December 11, 2021 . 7PM EDT

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required. Cafritz Foundation Theatre, general admission.

Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for an open mic night, full of music, dance and spoken word.

Want to try out your own performance chops? Show up and sign up! Just looking for a night of entertainment from some of the most talented students in the metro area? Simply take a seat and enjoy the show.

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Kreativity Diversity Troupe, Variety Show, Free Performance


The Muses Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, Dec 12, In Person

The Muses Original Works Project

Sunday, December 12, 2021. 3:00 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. In person

The Muses proudly present their Original Works Projects, a memorable night of short plays written, directed, and performed by women who are either current UMD students or alumni.

Tickets: Free, no ticket required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, The Muses, Original Works Project, World Premiere, Free Performance


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