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‘Fabled’ offers musicals, dance to live audiences at UM

| November 4, 2021 12:00 AM

The University of Montana’s schools of theater, dance and music will return to a live-audience production with “Fabled,” an event featuring five short musicals and two dance pieces.

“Fabled: A Youthful Celebration of Muscial Theatre and Dance” will run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Nov. 12 and 13 and Nov. 17 to 20 in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Presentations also are planned for 2 p.m. Nov. 14 and 21. The musicals and dances are all family- and sensory-friendly for all audiences.

“Words cannot express how excited our students, faculty and staff are to be welcoming audiences back next month,” said John Kenneth DeBoer, the director of “Fabled” and a UM theatre professor. “These pieces are intended to be a joyous return to live performance for audience members of all ages. The stories and themes are clever and relevant, providing energetic song and dance for our younger patrons and contemporary humor and themes for their adult chaperones.”

UM’s School of Theatre and Dance has a new pay structure in which each production is “pick what you pay.” All patrons – UM students and employees and the general public – can determine their own ticket price. Obtaining tickets in advance is recommended through the GrizTix paperless ticketing system. Tickets are available online at

As a celebratory return to live performance, each brief musical will feature familiar characters and archetypes from children’s literature. The choreographers of the two dance pieces are UM alumni. All performances will be accessible and relaxed to best welcome live audiences.

“Fabled” will run about 85 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. Seating will be general admission to allow for distancing among groups.

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