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Backbeard: A New Musical
June 1-12, 2016

A new musical based on local author and Sage Faculty Matthew McElligott’s children’s book series Backbeard and the Birthday Suit and Backbeard: Pirate for Hire. A collaboration between Matthew McElligot (book and lyrics), Michael Musial (music and lyrics), Larry Tuxbury (book and lyrics) and Brian Sheldon (book).

Preshow Talk June 10th at 7:00pm

Backbeard A New Musical Study Guide

Backbeard Poster 

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Announcing the 2016-17 Season at TIS

By Leigh Strimbeck

A centennial celebration…  a hundred years of history… performed with flair.

Alice in Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll

Carroll's unflappable young heroine takes a tumble down an enchanted rabbit hole.

By Alan Alda

Marie Curie and her husband achieve a revolutionary understanding of radiation and share a Nobel Prize in physics.

Freckleface Strawberry
By Julianne Moore

Fun music, awesome dancing… and a freckle face full of laughs.








TIS Saturday and Summer Camps 2Summer On Stage

July 11–29, 2016
9 am – 4 pm, Mon– Fri

Kids On Stage

July 11-22, 2016
9 am - 4 pm, Mon- Fri


Established in February of 2011, the Theatre Institute at Sage is dedicated to providing quality live theatre and arts-in-education programming to Capital Region youth, educators and residents.The Institute also provides opportunities for Russell Sage students as performers,  technicians and teachers.

Programs include educational support services for Sage productions, a Saturday theatre arts school, and camps during school breaks and the summer for children ages 5-18.

Programs take place on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy, which is home to three performance spaces as well as numerous studios and classrooms.