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THE JAMES T. BILL '55 THEATER

"To enter a theater for a performance is to be inducted into a magical space,
to be ushered into the sacred arena of the imagination."
- Simon Callow -

Built in 2000, the James T. Bill '55 Theater seats an audience of 325, and has been the home for O’Dowd’s long-standing musical theater tradition, with performances of Ragtime, Cabaret, Chicago, and more recently Shaina Taub’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Equipped with all the technical capabilities of a professional performance house, the James T. Bill Theater also offers students the opportunity to master behind-the-scenes production skills, including lighting, sound, costumes, props, make-up, and stage management.

Upcoming Productions

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Godspell - Fall '23

Book by John Michael Tebelak, Music and Lyrics by Steven Schwartz 


Godspell first premiered in 1971 and was revived in 2012, captivating audiences with its timeless messages of love, compassion, and unity. Based on the Gospel of Matthew, the musical presents parables and stories of Jesus Christ in a modern and relatable setting. With a lively score composed by Stephen Schwartz, the music ranges from rock and pop to soulful ballads. Through its communal spirit, "Godspell" shows us the enduring power of faith.

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The Wolves - Winter '24 - Kelly Family and Erin Jaeb Black Box Studio

By Sarah DeLappe 

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

Online ticket sales for The Wolves are now closed. Tickets will now only be sold at the "box office" on the first floor of The Cummins Center. Please come early and bring either cash or check.

For any questions about tickets, please email Jonathan Angeles at jangeles@bishopodowd.org.

Mamma Mia - Spring '24

Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and some songs by Stig Anderson,
Book by Catherine Johnson,
Originally conceived by Judy Craymer


Mamma Mia tells the hilarious story of a young woman's quest to discover the identity of her father. Set on a Greek island paradise, this sunny and funny tale unfolds on the eve of her wedding, that brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit.

Ticket links will be here when available.

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