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.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center has an alternative location called the Milkboy Arthouse, on Route 1 (Baltimore Ave.)

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

Milkboy Arthouse
Location: 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park 20740
Website: https://www.milkboyarthouse.com/


Upcoming Events:


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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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Noises Off at Clarice Smith, Feb 21-29

Noises Off
Written by Michael Frayn
Kathryn Chase Bryer, director

February 21 – 29, 2020

Fri, Feb 21, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 22, 2020 . 2:00PM
Sat, Feb 22, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sun, Feb 23, 2020 . 2:00PM
Wed, Feb 26, 2020 . 7:30PM
Thu, Feb 27, 2020 . 7:30PM
Fri, Feb 28, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 29, 2020 . 2:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre, reserved seating.

What else could go wrong? Tensions run high as Lloyd Dallas, the director of this play’s play-within-a-play, struggles to prepare his accident-prone cast for the opening of British bedroom comedy Nothing On. Missed cues, jealous lovers, a lost contact lens and a troublesome plate of sardines all conspire to ruin the performance. Michael Frayn’s award-winning farce details the hilarity that ensues behind the scenes of a theatrical production as characters attempt to untangle the chaos and salvage the play.

“The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is festival of delirium.” — The New York Times

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

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Noises Off, Michael Frayn, Kathryn Chase Bryer


Taratibu Youth Association presents Black Genius at Clarice Smith, Feb 29

Taratibu Youth Association Presents “Black Genius”

Saturday, February 29, 2020 . 3PM & 7PM

Sat, Feb 29, 2020 . 3:00PM
Sat, Feb 29, 2020 . 7:00PM

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

This year TYA highlights BLACK GENIUS on the continent and in the diaspora. We recognize different facets of BLACK GENIUS from science, poetry, music, dance and politics. BLACK GENIUS can be seen in our daily lives but is not acknowledged as major contributions. TYA acknowledges and celebrates the Black Genius that surrounds and reminds us of our genius ancestry and heritage.

Tickets: $30. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Taratibu Youth Association, Black Genius


Maryland Opera Studio presents The Cunning Little Vixen at Clarice Smith, Apr 3-11

Maryland Opera Studio presents:
The Cunning Little Vixen
Leoš Janáček, composer and librettist
Craig Kier, conductor
Amanda Consol, stage director

April 3 – 11, 2020

Fri, Apr 3, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sun, Apr 5, 2020 . 3:00PM
Wed, Apr 8, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sat, Apr 11, 2020 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre, reserved seating.

Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) presents The Cunning Little Vixen. Inspired by a comic strip and originally titled Adventures of Vixen Sharp-Ears, this Leoš Janáček composed opera is filled with beautifully fluid music featuring Moravian folk elements. A comic tale of a cunning female fox (a vixen), this Czech opera details her tragic adventures through captivity and back into the wild that ultimately lead to her demise. Featuring a colorful cast of forest animals and human characters, this is a captivating story of the hunted versus the hunter and the continuous cycle of life.

Sung in Czech with English supertitles.

Under the direction of Craig Kier, the MOS is dedicated to the future of opera. Preparing the next generation of great singers and offering performances ranging from classic repertoire to provocative new works, they are building audiences and advancing the art that sustains them. In addition to the MOS singers, this performance features undergraduate students from UMD Choral Activities and M.F.A. design students from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

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

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, The Cunning Little Vixen, Leos Janacek, Craig Kier, Amanda Consol


Kreativity End of Semester Show at Clarice Smith, Apr 10 & 11

Kreativity Diversity Troupe End of Semester Show
Friday, April 10, 2020. 7:00PM
Saturday, April 11, 2020. 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


Henson Awards Showcase at Clarice Smith, Apr 24

Henson Awards Showcase
Friday, April 24, 2020 . 7:30PM

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

The talented student recipients of the Jim Henson Fund for Puppetry will perform/present their funded projects. Grantees and their project descriptions will be announced soon.

The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies hosts an annual competition and recipients are awarded funds to create a puppet project or performance. The Jim Henson Fund for Puppetry was established by Jane Henson ’55 to honor the memory of Jim Henson (1960), creator of the world famous Muppets.

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Henson Awards Showcase, Jim Henson, Puppets, Free Performance


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


She Kills Monsters at Clarice Smith, May 2-9

She Kills Monsters
Written by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Rachel Grossman

May 2-9, 2020

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre, reserved seating.

After the sudden and tragic death of her younger sister Tilly, Agnes Evans discovers a mysterious fantasy gaming notebook that offers clues into her sister’s life. Risking her own real-life relationships, Agnes enters the action-packed world of Dungeons and Dragons brimming with dominatrix warrior women, ogres and fairies to understand Tilly’s world and mourn her death. This touching story draws on nerd culture and queer representation to explore themes of sisterhood, loss and acceptance.

“Nguyen is a refreshing, break-the-rules writer—he has a ready embrace of pop culture, high-school speak and ‘High Fidelity’ cool, and he also has a mission to redeem gaming geeks everywhere….” — Chicago Tribune

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

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, She Kills Monsters, Qui Nguyen, Rachel Grossman


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


The Muses – Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, May 10

The Muses – Original Works Project (Fall)
Sunday, May 10, 2020. 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


Maryland Lyric Opera presents Le Nozze di Figaro at Clarice Smith, Jun 10-14

Maryland Lyric Opera presents Le Nozze di Figaro
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

Conductor: Louis Salemno
Director: Ruggero Raimondi

June 10, 12 & 14, 2020
Wed, Jun 10, 2020 . 7:30PM
Fri, Jun 12, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sun, Jun 14, 2020 . 2:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre, Reserved Seating.

Figaro and Susanna are getting married. But the Count, Figaro’s “boss”, appears to be more interested in Susanna than in his Countess. Marcellina is after Figaro. Cherubino is in love with every woman he comes across. Unlikely alliances are formed, desire lurks behind every door, a dangerous game of intrigue begins. Who will marry whom? Whose love is real and whose is not? Will the men win or will the women outsmart them?

Premiered in 1786, “The Marriage of Figaro”, the first opera of the Mozart/da Ponte trilogy remains every bit as relevant in our time as it was in the eighteenth century. Maryland Lyric Opera brings you a new production of this incredible work directed by a legend of the opera world – Ruggero Raimondi.

Tickets: $10 to $50. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Lyric Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Louis Salmno, Ruggero Raimondi


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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


Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Clarice Smith, Dec 6

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

Friday, December 6, 2018 . 8PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Memorial Chapel

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


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