Theatre Arts RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/ Theatre Arts RSS Feed <![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present 'Completely Hollywood, Abridged']]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1671 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1671 Completely Hollywood 1The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “Completely Hollywood, Abridged,” Friday through Sunday, July 24-26, in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  

The show, created by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor with additional material by Dominic Conti, will make audiences laugh, according to director Allyson Moon.

“Everybody loves the movies and this particular play makes fun of some of our very favorite movies--all totaled, 186 movies are included in this script,” Moon says.  “This show is strictly comedy. Sometimes it is slapstick comedy, sometimes satire, and it is sometimes witty. All comedy combinations are wrapped into this.”

Movies in the script include “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Alien,” “Grease,” “Avatar,” “Batman,” and “Beverly Hills Cop.”

Three actors will participate in the production—Phoebe Muldrow, Justin Godwin, and Jacob Marney.

“I have never done a show in so little time, but it is exciting and I am confident it is going to be great,” Muldrow says.  “The Incredible Hulk is my favorite superhero and I get to act like the Hulk so I am really looking forward to that.”

Godwin, along with Muldrow, has been an intern all summer with the Summer Theatre Festival. He has been in “The Addams Family the Musical” and been a director for “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Godwin says this summer experience has been great for him.

“The whole experience of creating a show in a week and half is a new experience for me, I have never done anything like this before, so now I can add that to my resume,” Godwin says.  “I am familiar with a lot of the movies that are depicted.  I am excited and a little bit nervous but I think this will be a fantastic show for the audience and for us.”

Brandi Young will be the stage manager and Emily Rising will assist in the production.

The show will run Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 26, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171.  

 

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:32:16 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’ and Companion Pieces July 10-11]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1670 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1670 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” along with four companion pieces on Friday, July 10, at 2 and 7 p.m., and again on Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m., in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building at Southwestern College.

The four companion pieces will include “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake,” If You Give a Dog a Donut,” If You Give a Moose a Muffin,” and “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.”  All of the pieces are adaptations of the award-winning books written by Laura Numeroff.  “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” is adapted for the stage by Jody Davidson. The rest of them are adapted by Ariel Grinnell.  The plays are based on the books that are known for their playful circular patterns of adventure.

TMouse a Cookiehe participants in the show are youth who are in the two day camps currently going on at Southwestern College—Story Theatre camp and Youth Theatre camp.  According to Allyson Moon, 27 individuals are participating in the camps.


“The campers in the Story Theatre camp will be acting in the plays. Because the plays are adaptations of stories in narrative form with characters in action, they are a perfect fit for the story theatre group,” Moon says.  “The individuals in the Youth Theatre camp are a little bit older and they will have the choice to act and to be part of the technical team.  We have some individuals who really want to do both and some who want to focus on just the technical challenges. The curriculum for the Youth Theatre camp is designed for them to be exposed to costumes, lights, sets, props, and makeup along with acting.”

Moon feels that this production will be wonderful entertainment for families with young children.

“Even though there are five plays, the performance will run for about an hour,” Moon says.  “This is fantastic entertainment for younger audiences.  Audience members will delight in the adventures of a mouse, cat, dog, moose, and pig, as the actors bring these children’s classics to life.”  

Moon will be directing the plays along with the festival interns.  Interns include Phoebe Muldrow, Juliette Lowrance, Justin Godwin, and Brandi Young.  Young will also be the production stage manager. 

Moon says there has to be a balance in leading these young actors.

“There has to be a healthy combination of seriousness and fun,” Moon says.  “The level of creative energy in both the Story Theatre and the Youth Theatre classes is amazing.  It is a super nova of creative thinking and action.  Our job is to channel and develop it in directions that mean they can create the characters, they can create the environment, and they can tell the stories.”

Admission for the plays will be $5 for adults and $2 for youth 11 and under.  Because there is limited seating in the Helen Graham Little Theatre, reservations are encouraged to assure everyone will have a seat.  To make reservations, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171. 

 

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:38:21 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Addams Family the Musical’ June 26-28 at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1669 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1669 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival presentation of “Addams Family the Musical” will be performed Friday through Sunday, June 26-28, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  The Addams Fam 1show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.


Family entertainment is the idea behind the production.  Allyson Moon is directing the show and is reminded of the history of “The Addams Family” and why she hopes families will come and enjoy the program.

“‘The Addams Family’ has been around a long time in many forms and has always been family entertainment,” Moon says.  “It started in cartoon form way back in 1940.  Then it became a television series in the ’60s followed by a movie in the ’90s, then to Broadway, and now here in Winfield at Southwestern College.”

Phoebe Muldrow, a Winfield native and a junior at Southwestern College, is the publicity manager for the show and says that the show will leave audience members with a good feeling.  

“Just like the TV show and movie, the musical’s comedy is a combination of silly, spooky, and ridiculous,” Muldrow says.  

Moon says that the music includes the traditional Addams Family theme song as well as songs from a variety of genres.  

“Amazingly, composer Andrew Lippa has mixed in a contemporary musical theatre sound with an occasional touch of the creepy,” Moon says. 

Muldrow is also the choreographer for the program.

“The Addamses are Spanish and they like to dance.  The cha cha, the bunny hop, the twist, hip hop—all of these styles are featured in the opening number,” Muldrow says.  “This was my first show to choreograph and it was challenging to blend dances that would work for the wide variety of ages and dance experience.  There is a single tango scene for Gomez (Matt Berthot) and Morticia (Abby Bartel) that will be sensational to watch.”
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The dinner theatre portion was inspired by the young lovers in the show.  

“When we were planning the dinner menu, we were reminded of the wedding themed dinner for the Horsefeathers & Applesauce production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’  The shows may be different, but the wedding celebration dinner is very much the same,” Moon says. 
The ancestral family wedding feast menu will include cream of broccoli soup, crescent bowknot rolls, carved beef, crab stuffed mushrooms, wild rice Florentine, glazed carrots, molded salads, wedding cake, and sparkling cranberry punch.

Dinner times for the shows on June 26 and 27 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on June 28 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. The dinner will be served in the Helen Graham Little theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $18 for students. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

The show is appropriate for the entire family. Addams Fam 2

For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171.  

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:33:55 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cast Announced for Upcoming Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival Presentation of ‘Addams Family the Musical’]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1666 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1666 The cast has been announced for the upcoming Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival presentation of “Addams Family the Musical.”  The show will be performed Friday through Sunday, June 26-28, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.
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“Addams Family the Musical” is about a grown-up Wednesday Addams (Payten Humphreys), the ultimate princess of darkness, who has fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, a man her parents have never met.  Wednesday confides in her father, Gomez (Matt Berthot), and begs him not to tell her mother, Morticia (Abby Bartel).  Gomez must do something he has never done--keep a secret from his beloved wife.  Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and parents. 

Other cast include: Fester Addams, played by Dan Campbell; Grandma, played by Juliette Lowrance; Mal Beineke, played by Dylan Moore; Alice Beineke, played by Phoebe Muldrow; Lucas Beineke, played by Nate Lee; Pugsley Addams, played by Andrew Say; and Lurch, played by Justin Godwin.

The ensemble of ancestors includes: Conquistador – Kyle Smith; Soldier – Cory Blevins; Flight Attendant – Sarrah Sultz; Caveman – Bennett Boyle; Courtesan – Ondreya Seahorn; Bride –Josie Krout; Flapper – Olivia McClung; Indian – Adam Cantu; Puritan – Katelin Miller-Vanatta; Gladiator – Jacob Krueger; and Elizabethan Lady – Tiffany Tatum.

The ghosts, zombies, and ooky creatures are John Moberly, Bryce Sexson, Madeline Stanton, Olivia Velasquez, Sabrina Wilson, Bella Wood, Klara Flom, and Brianna Hunt.

Allyson Moon is directing the production and is in charge of costumes.  Other members of the production team include: Brian Winnie, music director; Stephen Butler, accompanist; Phoebe Muldrow, choreographer; Lee Jones, scenic design; Juliette Lowrance, props designer; Michael Burley, lights; and Anna Rosell, graphic designer.

Dinner times for the shows on June 26 and 27 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on June 28 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. The theme for the dinner is the Addams Family Ancestral Feast and will be served in the Helen Graham Little theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $18 for students. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. The show is appropriate for the entire family. 

For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171.  

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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:05:26 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Open Auditions!]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1652 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1652 Adams family

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:49:10 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cast Announced for ‘The Kid Courage Project’ at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1643 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1643 The cast and production crew have been announced for the upcoming Southwestern College theatre department presentation of “The Kid Courage Project” Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m.  All performances will be in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building.

The cast includes five Southwestern College students who portray middle school students.  They include Jose Delgado-Castro, Richardson, Texas; John Rohr, Arkansas City; Willow Branch, Winfield; Tori Fairbank, Garden City; and Jemimah McPeek, Belle Plaine.  Playing the role of teacher is Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre and speech at SC.  

The production team includes: Nikia Smith, production manager, Syracuse; John Rohr, stage manager, Arkansas City; Jose Delgado-Castro, assistant stage manager, Richardson, Texas; Noah Meadows, lighting designer and scenic designer, Bartlesville, Okla.; William Wade, sound designer, Bartlesville, Okla.; Juliette Lowrance, costume designer, Coffeyville; Allie Petrovich, hair and makeup designer, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Austin Davis, props master, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Tori Fairbank, publicity manager, Garden City.

The content for “The Kid Courage Project” came from youth from the Winfield Intermediate School and Winfield Middle School.  The students had writing prompts about the theme of courage and the students wrote and contributed their stories.  Those stories were then passed on to Southwestern students in the “Devising Playwriting” class that was taught in the fall semester by Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre at speech at Southwestern.  The SC students then took that content and developed short scripts that were incorporated into a larger play.  The length of the play is just under one hour and there will be a talkback session with the cast and crew immediately following the production.  
Moon says that the students in his class have learned quite a bit about playwriting.

“We often think theatre is written by people ‘out there’ about people ‘out there,’” Moon says.   “The primary learning goal for the students in ‘Devising Playwriting’ is that theatre has many forms, and is not always a story acted out in traditional ways. Theatre can tell our community’s stories, finding the structure from the stories themselves.  The students found a way to focus on the kids of our community, and there we found how much they feel that they are alone, struggling to find courage.  We found dramatic stories that have much in common, so we hope by bringing them to life so that we can impact their lives by helping them know they are not alone.”

Moon says that there are endless possibilities for his students when it comes to seeking out possible scripts in the future.

“Once the students devise a play from an unexpected source like this, and see that it can make a real difference in these kids’ world, they may realize that there are theatrical possibilities around them all the time, that they just have find them, and that there is untold wealth in creating theatre from it,” Moon says. 

The show has had a positive impact on the cast as they prepare to perform this weekend. 

“It's a show that will help teach kids that it's okay to stand up for yourself and others,” Willow Branch says. 

“It’s going really well,” John Rohr says. “We’re all bonding really well as a cast, and it’s a positive story; it’s a real show and one that I think many can relate to.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  To purchase tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email performingarts@sckans.edu.  

 

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:08:08 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Accepted to National Theatre Institute]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1641 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1641 Tori FairbankSouthwestern College junior Tori Fairbank, Garden City, has been accepted to study at the National Theatre Institute located at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Conn.

“I was speechless when I got the email saying that I was accepted,” Fairbank says, smiling ear to ear.  “I was so excited and then I thought to myself, ‘How am I going to do this?’”

Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre and speech at Southwestern, says that this quite an honor for Fairbank and Southwestern.
“This is an enormous honor for any student and for the colleges that helped her,” Moon says.  “I say colleges because Garden City Community College is a really strong program and two of our students have come from there.  She (Fairbank) has made enormous growth in the process this year but it is really what she has done out of her own character.  It is exciting and a real honor.”

Moon says that this is a rare occurrence for SC students. 

“Eugene O’Neill is really the father of American drama and the O’Neill Center has developed this program,” Moon says.  “The last student we had go there was Seth Bate back in the early ’90s. Tori has a huge range of intellectual capabilities.  She understands history and dramaturgy, she has watched directing, she has been doing a lot of stage management as well as performance and playwriting. She has a large liberal arts foundation but depth in enough areas for them to say ‘This person could put together some really important stuff and move forward in American theatre.’”

Fairbank will spend most of the fall 2015 semester in Connecticut and will have a two-week residence in London.

“This will give me the chance to network with some people and it will give me a leg up on becoming a professional actress,” Fairbank says. 
Fairbank says that she will take 20 credit hours with classes beginning at 7:30 a.m. and lasting until 10 p.m. seven days a week.
“I think my willingness to work hard and my passion for theatre really helped in getting accepted.”

Fairbank indicates that it will be costly to attend but well worth the expense.  To assist in meeting the expense, she has set up a link at www.gofundme.com/GetMeToNTI.  

The Eugene O’Neill Center was founded in 1964 by George C. White, in honor of America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright.  The O'Neill is home to the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, National Theater Institute, and National Critics Institute. 

Writers and directors, puppeteers and singers, students and audiences alike take their first steps in exploring, revising and understanding their work and the potential of the theater they help create.

All focus on the script, as it begins its journey to the stage.  Actors work with simply rendered sets, no costume design, and script in hand, revealing for the first time the magic of a new play or musical, puppetry piece or cabaret act. 

 

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:18:58 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Winfield Students Contribute in ‘The Kid Courage Project’ at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1638 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1638 The Southwestern College theatre department will present “The Kid Courage Project” Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m.  All performances will be in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building.  

The play is a devised play, similar to the 2010 production of Adam Sharp’s “The Pillars Stand,” which was based on historical accounts of the Richardson Auditorium fire and interviews with individuals who experienced the fire.  

As part of its Pillars Project, the college focuses each year on one of the virtues celebrated in its alma mater and represented by the Christy pillars of Knowledge, Hope, Courage, and Freedom. The 2014-15 focus on courage inspired this selection by the theatre department.

The content for “The Kid Courage Project” came from youth from the Winfield Intermediate School and Winfield Middle School.  The students had writing prompts about the theme of courage and the students wrote and contributed their stories.  Those stories were then passed on to Southwestern students in the “Devising Playwriting” class that was developed in the fall semester by Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre at speech at Southwestern.  The SC students then took that content and developed short scripts that then were incorporated into a larger play.  The length of the play is just under one hour and there will be a talkback session with the cast and crew immediately following the production.  

“(‘The Kid Courage Project’) explores what it takes to have courage,” says Allyson Moon, associate professor of theatre and speech at Southwestern College.   “What causes fear, anxiety, and terror in the lives of youth? How do they work through it in order to be able to go on and be whole and sometimes fearless and courageous and who helps them do that? There are many things that youth face. Death is a huge topic of concern, the death of parents, grandparents, death of a pet, and their own death and mortality.  And of course bullying is a huge topic of concern for them.  All of that is in the play.”

Allyson Moon says audience members will feel positive after viewing this production.

“I think people will leave feeling uplifted,” Allyson Moon says.  “I also feel like this show is instructional.  If you want to know what goes on in the collective mind of children in the intermediate and middle school age range, and the things they think about and the things they are concerned about, you will know by the time you leave.  You will also know that these kids are tough and how they plan on coming out on the other side and being stronger.  Some of this show is heartbreaking and so true to life, no matter what age you may be.  I think everyone who attends will be able to relate to the content. There are also parts that are honestly funny.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  To purchase tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email performingarts@sckans.edu.  

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:47:52 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Unique View for Dinner Theatre Patrons Prior to ‘Spamalot’]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1631 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1631 Audiences at the Southwestern College’s spring Broadway musical “Spamalot,” lovingly ripped off from 1960s television series and the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Gail,” will have the opportunity to experience the full backstage view of the Broadway musical hit.  

“The tradition of excellence in dinner theatre productions at Southwestern is a long one,” says Roger Moon, SC theatre professor, who is also director of the production. “Since dinner theatre began in the 1960s and running though the long life of Horsefeathers and Applesauce summer dinner theatre, and on into the years of collaboration with the Marquee and the SC Summer Theatre Festival productions, the menus and style of service of SC dinner theatre has always been to coordinate the menu, décor, and style of serving with the show.  We always want to enrich the full experience of the dinner theatre patron.”

The Campus Players who are creating the dinner decided to tackle a new direction in this experience.  Instead of creating the world of King Arthur and Spamalot, audiences will go “backstage” for the full sweep of pre-show preparations.  Before and as diners are treated to a New York Jewish dinner, they will experience Broadway backstage with all the sets, props, costume, and makeup preparation for the evening’s show.  

“This is a huge technical show,” explains Allyson Moon, SC director of theatre and costume designer for “Spamalot.”  “It is very complex with hundreds of costumes on dozens of characters, and a crazy set designed by new SC technical director Lee Jones, with medieval towers, projections, and a trap door to enable the appearance of the Arthur’s ‘Lady of the Lake.’  Audiences will get to see how it all works.”

Instead of hiding the backstage magic with the show’s theme or setting as dinner theatre usually does, the SC production will immerse the attendees.  Guests will get to share the special fun with actors as they get into make-up and costume, set their props, and warm up.  
The menu includes Jewish New York garlic hummus and pita chips, stuffed chicken breast, potato latkes with grated onion, and a special herbed cabbage and beets.  Dessert is Jewish apple cake with sliced almonds.  

“We’ve never done anything like it,” explains director Moon. “After they have eaten, diners may go directly on to backstage and into the theatre.  They’ll see how the set works, how props and costumes are organized.  They may get to see some of the last minute madness that is part of keeping everything cool in the front of house.”  

Creating the full experience for diners with an excellent meal and special involvement will be great fun for audiences, though there will be a limit the number of people that can be seated, Moon adds.  

“Spamalot” performances will be on Thursday and Saturday, March 5 and 7, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the performance at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday matinee on March 8 will serve dinner at 12:30 with the performance at 2 p.m. 

Combined dinner and show tickets cost $25 for adults, $23 for senior, and $18 for children under 12 years of age.

Seating for “Spamalot” may also be reserved without dinner.  For reservations for dinner and show or just the performance, contact the Southwestern College box office at (620) 221-7720.   Information is also available on the web at performing arts@sckans.edu.  

 

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:18:22 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cast for 'Spamalot' Finalized]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1622 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1622 The Southwestern College performing arts faculty had auditions in January, and have cast and begun rehearsals for Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” which will play in Southwestern’s Richardson Performing Arts Center March 5, 7, and 8.

The cast for the Broadway hit, produced by the SC performing arts division, began advertising auditions in the fall semester. Students from the music and theatre programs at Southwestern, along with talented actors, dancers, and musicians from across the disciplines began preparations for auditions for the many roles in the Monty Python musical theatre comedy.  Prospective area high school and community college students were also contacted and invited to audition to participate in the demanding production. 

“We have been blessed with enormous musical theatre talent for generations here at Southwestern College, as well as in the Winfield community and surrounding area,” says SC theatre professor Roger Moon, who is directing the “Spamalot” production.  “When SC’s brilliant new music faculty arrived this fall, including Dr. Brian Winnie, (director of choral activities and voice), and Dr. Amber Peterson, (chair for strings education and conductor of the South Kansas Symphony), along with Stephen Butler, as instructor of music theory and pianist, we looked at the wonderful people we already work with in the community and decided to open the doors further so prospective students can get to know our faculty and have a chance to work with them.”  

“Yazmin Wood, Southwestern’s instructor of dance, is a superb choreographer, as well as dance teacher,” says Allyson Moon, Southwestern’s director of theatre and also costume designer for “Spamalot.”  “We want all of our prospective students to know of the highly personalized attention and professional training Yazmin brings to SC.”

“Auditions at the beginning of the spring semester led to callbacks and selection of a talented ensemble, who play many roles as they did in the 2005 Broadway production,” Roger Moon says. 

 According to Roger Moon, the outrageous Monty Python style consistently has challenged performers to play multiple roles from the popular 1960’s British television show to the 1975 movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and on to the 2005 Broadway production of “Spamalot.”  Tim Curry, star of television, film, and stage, who played Arthur on Broadway, was one of the only actors in that cast who did not play multiple roles.

“We decided the casting of actors in multiple roles is part of the charm of the show and have cast SC’s production in that way. Only one actor, William Wade, who is playing King Arthur, is the only actor playing one role,” Roger Moon says.  

Winfield actors include senior Mariah Warren, cast as the Lady of the Lake, and sophomore Phoebe Muldrow, who will play King Arthur’s right hand “man,” Patsy. Both actors will have the opportunity to play at least one other role, though Warren will be totally disguised, which is necessary for her role according to Roger Moon.

Other major roles in the “Spamalot” ensemble include Arkansas City’s John Rohr, appearing as Dennis Galahad; Austin Davis, Colorado Springs,  Colo., will be playing Sir Lancelot; Zoe Rea, Salina, will be playing Sir Robin; and Nikia Smith, Syracuse, will play Sir Bedevere.  
“All four actors will delight audiences in multiple other roles.  They are gifted comic actors, singers, and dancers,” says Roger Moon.
Other SC actors in the ensemble from Winfield who will play multiple roles include senior Jacob Marney, who will play Herbert’s Father among his many roles, and freshman Shelby Guffey, whose many roles will include Mrs. Galahad. 

Senior actors include Caitlin Harris, Edmond, Okla., in roles which include the Historian and Lead Minstrel; and Juliette Lowrance, Coffeyville, who will play the Finnish Mayor, and will also be props master.  

Louise Kavanagh, an international student from Ireland who has considerable professional experience, will play Not Dead Fred along with numerous other dancing and comic roles.

SC ensemble juniors in the cast include Justin Godwin, Tuscaloosa, Ala., whose roles include the Black Knight; and Leslie Pasarell, League City, Texas, who plays many roles including the French Taunter.

Sophomore SC students in the ensemble include Allie Petrovich, Colorado Springs, Colo., who performs in ten roles, along with being assistant choreographer and dance captain, and Meagan Morrow, Bartlesville, Okla., whose roles range from English Knight to Brother Maynard. 

Southwestern freshmen include Noah Meadows, Bartlesville, Okla., whose roles include the English Guard who questions Arthurs kingship because he pretends to ride a horse to the sound of clacking coconuts; and Jose Delgado-Castro, Richardson, Texas, whose roles include Sir Bors who is beheaded by the deadly “Rabbit.”

Local students selected for the production include Nate Lee of Winfield High School, as Herbert, along with countless other roles; Arkansas City High School senior Ross Ferris whose singing, dancing, and acting talents led him to be cast in ten ensemble roles; and Bella Wood of Arkansas City, who dances as the Flying Nun, a Not Yet Dead body, and French, Jewish, and English chorus.

The stage manager for “Spamalot” is Anna Rosell, Wichita, and Tori Fairbank, Garden City, is the assistant stage manager.
Lee Jones, the Southwestern College technical director and manager of the TOMARI Center, is designing sets and projections which will be a major part of the design. Co-assistant lighting designers are Eli Rodda, Winfield, and Meagan Morrow. 

Reservations for “Spamalot,” which is a dinner theatre production, will go on sale beginning Feb. 19 and may be made by calling (620) 221-7720 or by e-mailing PerformingArts@sckans.edu.  

 

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Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:09:21 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Open Auditions for Upcoming Production of 'Spamalot']]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1605 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1605 Auditions and technical theatre work for the Southwestern College production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” have been opened up to area high school and community college students, announces Tim Shook, chair of SC’s performing arts division. 

The musical, which will be performed March 5, 7, and 8, has been chosen as a major project by the theatre, music, and dance faculty.   

A reading of “Spamalot” will be held at 6:30 on Monday, Jan. 12, in the Helen Graham Little Theatre for those who want to know the show as well as more about auditions and technical opportunities.    Auditions will follow in Southwestern’s Richardson Performing Arts Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13 and 14, at 6:30 p.m.  Recall auditions will be Jan. 15 at the same time.

Rehearsals will begin Jan. 16, and continue thru March 4, with rehearsals Monday through Thursdays from 6:30-10 and on Fridays from 3:30 to 7 p.m.  Technical work on the production will be done during the afternoons, evenings, and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Spamalot” became a major Broadway hit in 2005 when it received 14 Tony award nominations and three awards including Best Musical. It is adapted from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”  Though the stage musical differs in many ways from the film, it is true to Monty Python’s highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend.

“The musical, which pursues ‘the holy grail,’ is a new step for us in collaboration and quality,” said director of theatre, Allyson Moon, “and is a significant step as we pursue our quest to create the highest quality education for our students in musical theatre studies.  We are thrilled to be working with Southwestern’s outstanding new music faculty, who have great talent, skill, and passion for collaboration and musical theatre.  We hope working and performing in ‘Spamalot’ will be an opportunity for area community and high school students to experience the great prospects possible for educational futures here at SC.”

“Area students who have an interest in studying and/or working in musical theatre,” continues Moon, “will have a chance to work with our excellent music faculty, including Dr. Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and vocal; Dr. Amber Peterson, professor of music for strings education and conductor of the South Kansas Symphony; and Stephen Butler, instructor of music theory, pianist, and accompanist for the production, along with seasoned theatre professor Roger Moon, director of the production, and Yazmin Wood, Southwestern’s instructor of dance, who will be choreographing the production.  They are a force of talent that we want area high school and community college students to have an opportunity to work with before they make their college decision.”

“It is not uncommon that area students who want to study theatre, music, or other academic areas think that they need to go ‘away’ to find high quality education in these areas.  We want to give them a chance to get a taste of working with SC’s faculty and students before they decide,” Moon added.

In addition to performance opportunities, technical students from area high schools and community colleges will have the opportunity to work with Lee Jones, Southwestern’s new technical director who will be designing sets for the production, and theatre professor Allyson Moon, who will be designing costumes and leading their construction.

To prepare for auditions director Roger Moon, musical director Brian Winnie, and choreographer Yazmin Wood invite those who would like to audition to prepare in the following way:

Those auditioning for major roles and/or building audition skills should prepare to both sing and perform a short monologue or scene.  They are asked to sing 16-20 bars of two musical theatre songs, one up-tempo and one ballad, that are not from the musical “Spamalot.” Those auditioning should bring a copy of their music to the auditions.       

“Spamalot” is contemporary musical theatre, featuring a mash-up of musical styles and genres throughout the cast and musical numbers. The songs are a relatively easily accessible musical theatre style, so Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, or a rock musical would not necessarily fit this show. If actors have in mind a specific role that is of interest (for instance King Arthur or the Lady of the Lake) audition selections should showcase appropriate vocal quality and agility. If actors are not interested in a particular role, those auditioning should still choose songs that best fit the style, range, and character roles in “Spamalot,” as well as their own.

In preparation for auditions actors should prepare a monologue of 1/1½ minutes in length from a musical theatre comedy, or a 2-3 minute scene with another person who is auditioning.  A musical comedy monologue or scene is most appropriate, and again, these scenes and monologues should not be from “Spamalot.”  If actors are not interested in a particular role, they should still choose material that is appropriate in age, character, and style of characters from this production.

Dance auditions will be led by choreographer Yazmin Wood who will teach a short dance to give an opportunity for all show dance skills and experience.  No preparation is necessary.

Those who are auditioning for chorus and small non-speaking roles may audition by coming to auditions where they will learn a short dance and section of a song from “Spamalot.”  They may also read for a small speaking role from a scene provided at the auditions. 

“While we are seeking the best cast for the production,” says Roger Moon, “we also want to have a good time.  Auditions may be the scariest part of the theatre process, and Dr. Winnie and I both want our students, as well as high school and community college students, to be at ease so that they can do their best, while they continue to grow and learn.”

Those who are not familiar with the musical may find both the film and songs from the stage musical available for viewing and listening through various mediums. 

Those who have questions may contact Roger Moon at roger.moon@sckans.edu or (620) 262-7700, or e-mail Brian Winnie at brian.winnie@sckans.edu.

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:27:25 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Christmas Classic ‘Eagerheart’ Returns]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1590 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1590 The Southwestern College theatre department and Campus Players’ 82nd annual production of “Eagerheart” will be return this week as the SC Christmas chapel, and will be presented in Winfield and Arkansas City.  The annual Christmas chapel on the SC campus will be performed in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Free community performances will be at Winfield’s Grace United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 4, and in Arkansas City’s First United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m. 

Produced on the SC campus for the chapel service annually since 1932, the Campus Players began touring the Christmas mystery play in 2009 after the 75th annual production in 2007, when the group was invited to perform in England where “Eagerheart” was written and first produced.  

“Eagerheart,” by early 20th century English playwright A.M. Buckton, celebrates the legend that Christ and the Holy Family travel the earth each year, blessing one deserving home where they rest on Christmas Eve.   Eager Heart and sisters Eager Fame and Eager Sense, along with shepherds and kings of Power, Wisdom, and Love, reveal their understanding of Christ and His teachings.  The search for the Holy Family is tested by beggars seeking food and shelter.  The play challenges and inspires audiences to live with charity throughout the year.  
Roger and Allyson Moon have led the production of “Eagerheart” from 1988 to the present.

“Tradition is important to many of us at Christmas time,” says Roger Moon, this year’s director, “and it obviously is to Allyson and me, as well as the Campus Players.  That is why we do ‘Eagerheart’ each year.   People want to celebrate the Christmas holiday in a way that reminds them of a time when we perceive there was a simpler joy and life at this time of year.  We like to believe that charity and thinking about others and their needs were more important, and to go back to that time.  ‘Eagerheart’ reminds us that charity is the real heart of the Christmas tradition, but also reflects that it is a constant human struggle for us.”

Staging and costumes changed, through the years, but so has the casting.  In the late 20th century the Moons began casting non-traditionally, with the Kings and Shepherds played periodically by women as well as men.  

This year for the first time the role of Eager Heart will be played with a male actor.  Senior theatre major Shane Clark Schrag will play the role.

“Gender is not inherent to lives of the rich or poor, or to the roles of power, wisdom, love, fame or the senses, nor to a life of simplicity, grace or faith,” says Roger Moon.  “Shane asked to be considered for the lead role. He brings great talent and sensibilities to the role, and all of the senior women wanted to play other roles.  We believe audiences who see the play for the first time will not find anything unusual in the casting, and those who have seen the play as part of their Christmas tradition will find a new spark in the way Shane portrays to the role of Eager Heart.  The message of the play is fresh and filled with hope each year.  As Shane is from Arkansas City and a graduate of ACHS, it is especially fun to take the production on tour to Ark City.”

Also in the cast are seniors Mariah Warren, Winfield, in the role of Eager Fame and Juliette Lowrance, Coffeyville, as Eager Sense.  

The Beggar Man will be played by Quenton Todd, Topeka.  The kings will be played by senior Jacob Marney, Winfield, as King of Power; senior Nathan Bales, Mulvane, as King of Wisdom; and sophomore William Wade, Bartlesville, Okla., as King of Love.

Continuing a tradition of inviting a Campus Player alumni or guest artist to play a role, Dan E. Campbell, Wichita, will play the role of the Old Shepherd. Other shepherds will be played by juniors Austin Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo., Anna Rosell, Wichita, and Emily Tilton, Douglass. 

The Prologue will be given by senior Caitlin Harris, Edmond, Okla., and angels will be played by sophomores Eli Rodda, Winfield, and Allie Petrovich, Colorado Springs, Colo., and juniors John Rohr, Arkansas City, and Justin Godwin, Grove Hill, Ala.  

For decades the Campus Players have chosen a female student, faculty or staff member to play the role of the beggar woman who later becomes recognized as one the Holy Family, and also have used infants of the community as the beggars’ child taken in by Eager Heart.   A chosen senior student will play the role at the chapel performance and a selected faculty or staff will play the Beggar Woman at the community performance.  First United Methodist Church of Arkansas City will be invited to choose a woman and young infant for those roles, bringing to life the importance of the values of “Eagerheart” in their community. 

Audiences are welcome at all three “Eagerheart” performances without charge.  Audiences at the campus chapel and community performances are encouraged to bring canned food for the Winfield Food Pantry.  

For more information about area “Eagerheart” performances, contact the Southwestern College performing arts office at (620) 229-6272.  

 

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Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:16:52 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Hope and Courage are Themes in Upcoming SC Theatre Department Productions]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1584 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1584 Southwestern College’s theatre department will open productions of two comedies running in repertory Nov. 7-9 and Nov. 13-15: “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Chekhov, and “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang. The plays have very different contexts in terms of time period and setting, but they share a number of connections. 

“Perhaps the most relevant connections are the themes of hope and courage,” says director of theatre Allyson Moon. She describes the plays as comedies with real characters caught in what feels like hopeless situations yet finding the courage to face life move on.

“Uncle Vanya” will be performed Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m.; and Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m.  “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will be performed Saturday, Nov. 8, Thursday, Nov. 13, and Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m.  All performances will be in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Both shows contain adult language and are intended for mature audiences. 
Russian playwright Anton Chekhov wrote a number of plays in his time, including “Three Sisters,” “The Seagull,” and “Uncle Vanya.” All three were identified as comedies by Chekhov.  According to Moon, “Uncle Vanya,” first published in 1897, contains themes of unfulfilled hopes and wasted lives, themes present in most of Chekhov’s writings. Each of Chekhov’s characters struggle with the loss of hope in their respective lives and must fight to find the courage to go on.
Uncle Vanya“Uncle Vanya” takes place in the estate of Ivan Petrovich (Uncle Vanya), where he lives with his mother, Maria, and his niece, Sonia. Vanya’s brother-in-law, an old professor who owns the estate, comes to stay there along with his second wife, who is much younger and very beautiful, capturing the attention of both Vanya and his friend Astrov, the local doctor. The old professor is lazy and frustrating and causes tensions for Vanya throughout the play. Meanwhile Sonia suffers from deep feelings for Doctor Astrov, coupled with an awareness of her own lack of beauty. When the professor announces his intentions to sell the estate, which Vanya has spent the majority of his life managing, Vanya snaps and very nearly murders the professor. 

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” directed by Allyson Moon, is Christopher Durang’s Tony Award winning Best Play of 2013, and is currently the most produced play in the United States. It is heavily based upon the characters and themes from Anton Chekhov’s plays, especially Uncle Vanya. 

Vanya and Sonia spent much of their lives taking care of their sick parents in their old age, and since the passing of their parents have failed to move on with their lives, sitting at home doing nothing all day, every day. The house is owned and paid for by their older sister Masha, who is a successful film actress and is never around. When Masha makes a surprise visit with her new and much younger boyfriend Spike, Vanya and Sonia have their worlds turned upside down. Unspoken resentment bubbles forth between siblings when Masha announces her intentions to sell the house; Masha becomes jealous of a pretty young girl named Nina who catches Spike’s attention; Vanya is frustrated by how the world has changed, his emotions exacerbated by Spike’s youthful ignorance; and throughout, all are plagued with entreaties from the clairvoyant cleaning lady, Cassandra.

In addition to the character names, matching themes of hope and courage, and parallels in plot, the shows share a number of other counterparts, according to Roger Moon, director of “Uncle Vanya.” Conspicuous references to Anton Chekhov and his plays “Three Sisters” and “The Seagull” are made within the script of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Southwestern College’s production of the shows will include shared props and set pieces between the shows to accent these parallels, and all of this is further highlighted by the shows running in repertory on consecutive nights and on the same stage. 

The opportunity for these plays to be presented as a unit is a unique experience for cast, crew, and audience alike. 

“It’s been a lot of fun to work with the two casts and make comparisons between the shows,” says junior Anna Rosell, who will be playing Maria in “Uncle Vanya.” “The two Vanyas and the two Sonias play the parts in their own way, but also build off of each other.” 

For more information about the show or for tickets, call (620) 229-7720 or (620) 229-6272. 

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Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:36:18 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Campus Player Alumni to Present 'Tom Jones']]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1574 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1574 Southwestern College Campus Player alumni of the late 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, along with friends, will present a short musical version of “Tom Jones” on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10:30 p.m., in the Helen Graham Little Theatre.

According to Allyson Moon, director of theatre at Southwestern College, the first production of “Tom Jones,” produced in 1969 as a student project, was also in the Little Theatre.

“George Jason Johnston was a theatre and music major at Southwestern,” says Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre.  “He and Gayle McMillan took the music off a vinyl recording of a BBC 1960s special, and Jason directed it as his senior directing project.  The crazy musical comedy is based upon the ‘Tom Jones’ novel by Henry Fielding.   The next year in the spring of 1970, the Campus Players, led by Norman and Roxy Callison, did it as dinner theatre, and it was a huge success.”  

Moon adds that this will be a “senior” senior project since many of the 15 alumni returning to do the show are now in their 60s.  Allyson Moon will direct the production which is being designed and built by Jason Johnston.   Gayle McMillan is returning as musical director and to accompany.  

The cast features John Marshall of the class of ’70 in the role of Tom Jones, which he created in both the’69 and ’70 productions. Alumni from the class of ’69 and ’70 returning to play in the production are Roxy Clark Callison, John Esche, Ronda Sims Marshall, Donna Bean Mercier, Marci Brown Monteith, and Roger Moon.  Other Campus Players from the 1970s and ’80s returning to act or assist in the production include Terry McGonigle, Robbie Gilger Banks, David Lungren, Kathy Hampson Baker, Suzanne Smith, Kathy Cooper Delcarpio, and Jessica Callison Fisher.  Local, area, and regional performers adding to the cast are Martin Rude, Dan Campbell, and Heather Marshall.

Seating in the Helen Graham Little Theatre at the 10:30 p.m. performance is restricted to 75, so tickets are limited.  

“It may be more like a late night party,” says Moon, “but we’re going to give ourselves a heck of a show and have a great time” 

For information about tickets contact Rose Hanna at the SC performing arts office, (620) 229-6244. 
 

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:39:34 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nine Lives to Perform Community Show for the Entire Family]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1569 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1569 Southwestern College’s Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe will perform a community show on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  There is no admission charge; however the team is requesting that a non-perishable food item is brought. The comedy troupe has teamed up with the Discipleship team at SC to collect non-perishable food items to donate to the Winfield Food Bank.
Nine Lives Go bananas
The theme for the show is “Go Bananas” and it is intended for the entire family.

“We do the community show for the children,” says Southwestern College senior Paul Mata.  “We like to provide high quality entertainment for the whole family.”

“This show a way to get the whole family involved,” says senior Shane Schrag.

According to troupe leader Allyson Moon, Nine Lives normally performs one community show a semester.  Unfortunately, this will be the only community show for the year because the troupe will be touring during the second semester.

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Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:08:20 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA['Next to Normal' Production to Feature Dinner and Mental Illness Talk Back Session]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1537 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1537 The Tony Award winning rock musical “Next to Normal,” which chronicles a family’s struggle with mental illness, will be performed in Winfield Thursday through Saturday, July 24-26, at 7:30 p.m.  The show will be presented in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available. 

Next to Normal castThe theme for the meal is a birthday dinner with the Goodmans.  It will include a fresh garden salad with lots of fresh vegetables, homemade croutons, and a freshly-made zesty Italian dressing.   Accompanying the salad are freshly baked garlic butter knots.  The main course features roast beef, homemade mashed red potatoes and gravy.  Vegetables include whole green beans cooked in bacon, corn on the cob, and freshly baked white and wheat bread braids.  Dessert features Gabe’s birthday funfetti cake and vanilla bean ice cream.  

“Next to Normal” tackles a serious and universal topic through the musical theatre form. 

“It speaks to issues that many families deal with,” says director Craig Fisher.  “It tells the story of Diana and Dan who have been dealing with Diana's depression, bi-polar disease, and other mental illnesses. This has also been affecting her daughter, Natalie, and son, Gabe. Diana must confront her issues head on or risk losing her family and support structure.”

At the conclusion of each performance, a talk-back session will be held to discuss the topic of mental illness that is at the core of the main character’s conflict.  The talk-backs will include conversations with the cast and creative teams who will discuss their experience with the show, the subject matter, and their own personal experiences with mental illness. All audience members will be invited to stay and be in conversation with the cast and production team.  A mental health professional will also join the sessions each night to provide the expert’s perspective and support.

“The talk-backs will be a way for audiences to ask questions about the process, about the nature of the show, the creation of the show, this production, questions for actors, or directors and then questions about the issues that the show tackles,” Fisher says.

Dinner times for the shows will be 6 p.m., with the shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. 

For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171.  


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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:59:19 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Old and New Moundbuilders Lead in Production of 'Next to Normal']]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1535 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1535 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical “Next to Normal” Thursday through Saturday, July 24-26.  The show will be presented in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available. 

“Next to Normal” is a Tony Award winning rock musical that chronicles a family’s struggle with mental illness.  Craig Fisher, a 2000 Southwestern College graduate, is returning to direct the show.

“It is a revolutionary and groundbreaking musical about a family suffering and dealing with mental illness,” Fisher says.  “It tackles a very serious and universal topic in the musical theatre form. It speaks to issues that every family deals with. It tells the story of Diana and Dan who have been dealing with Diana's depression, bi-polar, and other mental illnesses. This has also been affecting her daughter Natalie and son Gabe. Diana must confront her issues head on or risk losing her family and support structure.”

Along with graduating from Southwestern College, Fisher graduated from Western Illinois University in 2011 with his master of fine arts in directing. He currently serves as the artistic director and board president of the Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble in Topeka. The Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble won a 2012 Arty Award for Emerging Artist and is considered one of the most progressive theatre companies in Topeka. Fisher has been nominated for Topeka's Top 20 Under 40 twice, and was nominated again this year. He has directed productions ranging from “Angels in America” to “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

Music director for the production is Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College.  Prior to this appointment, he served as lecturer at the University of Washington-Tacoma where he helped create and establish a choral component to the interdisciplinary arts program.  He was also the artistic director of the community-based choirs ChoralSounds and VocalSounds Northwest for the past three years. Winnie has music directed shows ranging from Disney's “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aida” to “Guys and Dolls” and “Les Misérables.”  

Dinner times for the shows will be at 6 p.m., with the shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. 

For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171.  

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:57:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dinner Menu Announced for 'The Little Mermaid Jr.']]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1531 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1531 The upcoming production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” by the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will include an optional dinner theatre experience in the President’s Art Gallery located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.

“Our patron’s will have a more intimate atmosphere in the President’s Art Gallery,” says director Allyson Moon.  “The sound in there is great and the cast will be singing.  I think their pre-production experience will enhance the entertainment value.”

Dinner guests will be treated to cheddar biscuits, Caesar salad with homemade croutons, main entrée choice of grilled marinated chicken or baked tilapia, baked potato, grilled squash and red pepper, hush puppies, and a red devils food gourmet cupcake for dessert.

The musical features songs that, according to Moon, everybody will remember.

“It has songs that are very familiar, including ‘Part of Your World’ sung by Ariel, and ‘Under the Sea’ sung by Sabastian,” Moon says. “These songs were made famous during the animated movie. We can all sing along with these.”

Matt Berthot will be directing musicians Billy Bearden and Deborah Martin on keyboards; Anthony Gropper on bass; and Nick Hofmeister on percussion.  

“Having two keyboards allows for a richer sound, more so than the piano,” Moon says. “Sebastian is a crab from the Caribbean and with the two keyboards we can have that calypso sound and rhythm.”

“The Little Mermaid Jr.” will run Friday through Sunday, July 11-13, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  Dinner times for the shows on July 11 and 12 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 13 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. 

For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171.  


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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:00:07 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival Performances of 'The Little Mermaid']]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1529 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1529 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Friday through Sunday, July 11-13, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.

Little Mermaid“The Little Mermaid” features the character Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter.  She has always longed to be a part of the human world, so when the evil sea witch, Ursula, grants her the opportunity to sprout legs and go after the heart of Prince Eric, she jumps at the chance.  But with Ursula working against her she’ll need help from her friends and family if she is ever to see her dreams come true.  

“This is the story that everyone remembers,” says director Allyson Moon. “It has songs that are very familiar, including ‘Part of Your World’ sung by Ariel,  and ‘Under the Sea’ sung by Sabastian. These songs were made famous during the animated movie. We can all sing along with these.”

According to Moon, the show will include a cast of over 50 people spanning a wide range of ages but concentrated on youth actors.

“We have some very talented youth performing in this production,” Moon says. 

The cast includes: Ariel, played by Payten Humphreys, Winfield; Flounder, played by Bella Wood, Arkansas City; Scuttle, played by Lilya Woodburn, Winfield; King Triton, played by Dylan Moore, Ottawa; Sebastian, played by Nate Lee, Winfield; Seahorse, played by Alex Geurin, Winfield; Ursula, played by Deborah Badley, Winfield; Flotsam, played by Shane Schrag, Arkansas City; Jetsam, played by Shelby Guffey, Winfield; Princess, played by Ondreya Seahorn, Winfield; Eric, played by Clayton Bauer, Winfield; Grimsby, played by Tyler Demaree, Winfield; Pilot, played by Austin Sherman, Winfield; Max, played by John Moberly, Winfield; Carlotta, played by Adrianna Somerville, Winfield; and Louis, played by Aron Pfingsten, Ulysses.

Cast members playing the part of Ariel’s sisters include: Zoe Rea, Salina; Emma Green, Arkansas City; and Kylee Wollard, Elena Woodburn, Madison Long, Kira Loeb, Sabrina Wilson, Faith Moore, and Katya Crow, Winfield.

Cast members playing the part of sailors include: Dakota Holland, Aaron Glover, Bennett Boyle, Jacob Marney and Austin Sherman, Winfield; William Wade, Bartlesville, Okla.; and Cory Blevins, Arkansas City.  

Cast members playing the parts of merfolk, sea creatures, lagoon animals, chef assistants, and Prince Eric’s court include: Whitney Martin, Mercedes Dunbar, Adrianna Somerville, Ondreya Seahorn, Kylee Wollard, Jacob Marney, Austin Sherman, Cory Blevins, Aaron Glover, Dakota Holland, Bennett Boyle, Klara Flom, Marley Hoskins, Katya Crow, Elana Crow, Fiona Badley, Coryn Badley, Katrina Holland, Faith Moore, Ruby Woodburn, Elena Woodburn, Riley White, Coralee Moon, Abbey Denly, Hannah Stevens, Sabrina Wilson, Mia Peirce, Bryce Sexson, Luke Smith, Elias Moon, Carson McDade, Kayelyn Lattimore, and John Moberly, Winfield; Josie Krout, Megan Haynes, Mackenzie Vickery, Katelynn Vickery, Emmerson Allen, Price Allen, and Jasa Lightsey, Arkansas City; Zoe Rea, Salina; William Wade, Bartlesville, Okla.; and Dante Moon, Gallup, N.M.

Dinner times for the shows on July 11 and 12 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 13 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. Meals will be served in the Java Jinx in the Roy L. Smith Student Center. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. 

For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171.  

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Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:39:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Works Showcase on June 21 to Feature Youth Writers and Actors]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1527 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1527 Youth participating in the improvisational acting day camp and the playwrighting day camp June 16-21 at Southwestern College will present a New Works Showcase on Saturday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The public is invited to attend.  To underwrite some of the expense, there will be a suggested donation of $5.

Improv Day CampThe showcase will feature the scenes and short story plays that are created by the writers and will be performed in a staged reading by the youth actors and from members of the 9 Lives Improvisational Troupe at Southwestern.

Youth participating in the improvisational day camp are: Sam Ross and Nikolai Crow, Winfield; Adrianna Davis, Bethany Rozell, and Chloe Curl, Arkansas City; Chris Carlson, Wichita; and Dante Moon, Gallup, N.M.  Youth participating in the playwrighting camp include Ross, Curl, and Moon along with Isabella Stewart and Garrett Bogle, Winfield. 

Roger Moon is teaching the playwrighting day camp with assistance from Aron Pfingsten and Meagan Morrow.  Allyson Moon is teaching the improvisational day camp with assistance from Pfingsten, Morrow, and Shane Schrag.

“It is always so thrilling and amazing to experience the creative talent of developing writers and actors,” Allyson Moon says.  “We (Roger and Allyson Moon) have such faith in their ability.  When an individual makes the choice to write or act, they have already stepped out as if to say ‘I can do this.’  They are here because they want to be here and we know they will do extraordinary things.”

Previous 9 Lives performers have been invited to participate in the showcase along with current troupe members.

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Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:57:04 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Theatre Day Camps along with Choir and Ensemble Opportunities Available]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1524 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1524 The Southwestern College theatre department and the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council are cooperating to offer four summer camps. The camps will focus on story theatre, music theatre performance, and improvisational acting. 

Youth day campAll of these are a part of the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival and will be held on the SC campus in Winfield.

Music theatre performance camp is intended for children in grades four through six and will be June 2-6.  Musical theatre scenes, songs, and dances will be developed using creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  Children will work with Allyson Moon and students from the Southwestern College theatre department on development of acting, singing, and dancing performance skills.  

Improvisational acting camp is for youth in grades 9-12 and runs June 16-21.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Theatre gaming will primarily be used in process and performance.  Original characters and scenes will be developed.   Actors will work with Moon and members of SC's improv troupe, 9 Lives.  

Playwriting camp (grades 6-8) and Advanced Playwriting camp (grades nine and up) will run June 16-21. The camp will help students develop their skills in writing original scenes and short plays.  All levels of experience are welcome. 

Technical theatre camp is for any age of student and will run June 30 to July 3.  All levels of experience are welcome.  The camp will help develop skills in sets, lights, costumes, make-up, and more.  Students will work with Moon and SC Summer Theatre interns. 

Each day camp costs $20.  To register or for more information, contact the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council at (620) 221-2161.

The Community Music School (CMS) at Southwestern College is also offering opportunities for students and community members.  

JourneyKids is a choral ensemble for students in grades 3-6 with unchanged voices who are wanting to have a fun time with other children their age through learning music. Auditions are on June 17 and 19 at Southwestern College. 

Journeys is the new CMS Show Choir for high school and college-age individuals that are interested in learning both music and dance. This would be a great opportunity to have a brand new choral experience during summer break. 

Viaggiare is the new community choir that is open to individuals, high school age and older. The choir will focus on a number of different genres and would be a great opportunity to learn new vocal techniques with other musicians from the community.

Audition dates for Journeys and Viaggiare are June 9-13.  Anyone interested in auditioning is asked to contact Moore to set up a time.

Dylan Moore, director of the CMS, highly encourages individuals that are interested in being in these groups to enroll with a private voice teacher in the community or through the CMS. 

“Whether you are a high school student exploring a different style of music or someone wanting to revive your love for this unique genre, this opportunity is one-of-a-kind,” Moore says.

The CMS is currently enrolling students interested in taking private lessons in the areas of voice, piano, organ, percussion, and saxophone. Lessons are open to students of all ages. 

For more details, contact Moore by email at cms@sckans.edu or call (620) 229-6188.

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Wed, 28 May 2014 14:24:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Auditions for Summer Theatre Productions at SC]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1522 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1522 Open auditions for the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival productions of “The Little Mermaid” and “Next to Normal” are coming soon to Southwestern College.

Auditions for the two shows will be on Friday, May 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., in Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College. Individuals auditioning need to prepare a song and either a monologue or a children’s story. 

According to Allyson Moon, auditions are open to individuals of all ages.

“The Little Mermaid” will be performed July 11-13 in Richardson Performing Arts Center.

“The Little Mermaid” features the character Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter.  She has always longed to be a part of the human world, so when the evil sea witch, Ursula, grants her the opportunity to sprout legs and go after the heart of Prince Eric, she jumps at the chance.  But with Ursula working against her she’ll need help from her friends and family if she is ever to see her dreams come true.  

“Next to Normal” will be presented July 24-26 in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.

“Next to Normal” is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt.  It tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family.  

For more information, contact Moon at (620) 229-6328 or by emailing Allyson.moon@sckans.edu. 

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Thu, 22 May 2014 10:11:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Senior Julia Faust Senior Showcase April 16]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1503 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1503 Julia FaustSouthwestern College senior Julia Faust will perform her senior showcase on Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

“This event will showcase me as a singer, actress, playwright, and director,” Faust says.

Selections were pulled from shows such as “Les Miserable,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Almost, Maine,” and other shows. Faust will be joined by performers Shane Schrag, Zoe Rea, Sydney Anderson, Mariah Warren, Katy Buffum, Aron Pfingsten, Arden Moon, and Sarah Frazier.”

Faust has performed in a number of productions while at Southwestern College including “Children of Eden,” “Eagerheart,” “Lion in Winter,” and “Sweeney Todd.”

Faust is from Lake Dallas, Texas, and is the daughter of Quentin Faust and the late Debra Faust, both of whom are alumni of Southwestern College Campus Players.   


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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:12:15 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Rock Musical "Rent" on Stage This Weekend]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1502 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1502 The Southwestern College theatre department will perform the Tony Award-winning rock musical “Rent” Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson Rent 4Performing Arts Center.  

 Junior Shane Schrag and senior Julia Faust are just two of the many performers in the show.  They agree that the overwhelming message in “Rent” is hope and enjoying each and every day. 

 “I think ‘Rent’ makes you really appreciate every day,” says Faust.  “That is a major message of the show.  It is all about loving each other and not taking today for granted, it is uplifting in a bizarre way.  Our theme for the year at Southwestern is ‘hope.’  This show goes along with that theme.  It is like finding the light in the dark--that is how I feel about this show.  There are a lot of heavy things that happen in the show but at the end you feel very happy.”

“No matter how many times you have seen this show it does teach you lessons and it makes you realize you have to cherish every moment you have,” says Schrag. “The word ‘rent’ means to be torn apart and we sing about that a lot.  There are several rips and tears and we mention how everything is being torn apart in our lives but by the end it is about sealing and healing all those rips and wounds.  It will make you walk away crying, but it is happy crying.”

The show contains adult language and themes but Schrag and Faust agree that those adult moments aren’t the focal point of this production.  

“I think the reason it is adult themed is that there are drug references, homosexuality, and several lewd gestures as well as vulgar language but it isn’t pounded in your face and it isn’t the theme of the show, it’s just the content within the show,” Schrag says.

“I think it makes you really appreciate every day despite all the themes that people may not agree with and the controversial elements,” Faust adds. 

 As a rock musical, “Rent” has challenged actors in the production. 

“Most of us here have been trained more for the classical musicals,” Schrag says. “‘Sweeney Todd’ was slightly classical and ‘Children of Eden’ was slightly classical.  ‘Rent’ is a rock musical. It is a different type of singing, a different type of acting, and a different type of dancing.  And along with having to sing almost everything, most of our lines are written with the same exact tempo and have to be done the same exact way every single time and that poses some of the difficulty.  I believe it has been a challenge we have met really well.  Speaking and singing in measure, though, is interesting.”  

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  For more information about the show or for tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272. Information is also available on the Southwestern theatre webpage, www.sckans.edu/theatre.


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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:53:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre Department to Present "Rent"]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1498 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1498 The Southwestern College theatre department will perform the Tony Award-winning rock musical “Rent” Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson PerformiRent 1ng Arts Center.  The show contains adult language and themes.

“Rent” is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini's opera “La Bohème.” It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York City's Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

“Rent” is directed by Allyson Moon with musical direction by Matthew Berthot. 

“We all need to love and be loved, we need outlets to express ourselves, and, on the most basic level, we need to be feel safe and secure,” Moon says.  “Those needs drive the action for every character in ‘Rent.’  From Mimi’s song on the streets of Alphabet City, ‘Out Tonight,’ to Roger and Mark’s comment on our commercial society, ‘You Are What You Own,’ to the entire cast’s passionate plea for life in the title song, ‘Rent,’ and raucous celebration of it in ‘Le Vie Boheme,’ Jonathan Larson’s passionately pulsing score drives home each message.” 

“You only have one life; you only get one chance, so live to the fullest. This is the message Jonathan Larson portrays so well in this story,” says actor Jordon Snow, who plays Roger in the production.  “Through song, dialogue, and dance, the character’s stories are revealed as you go on a year-long journey with each one of them.  In the world Larson wrote about, it was necessary that these characters get to express themselves freely.  Because of this, there is some adult content and language in the show; however, it is necessarily used in order to convey the message in an effective way.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  For more information about the show or for tickets, call (620) 229-7720 or (620) 229-6272. Information is also available on the Southwestern theatre webpage, www.sckans.edu/theatre.

 

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:34:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA['A Modest Proposal' to be Performed Three More Times at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1490 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1490 There are three more performances of Adam Sharp’s “A Modest Proposal” at Southwestern College.  The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday, March 6, 7, and 8, in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration building.  The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
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“The audience roared last weekend,” says Southwestern College theatre professor Roger Moon.  “Don’t let the word ‘modest’ fool you. This is an outrageous satire and not the least bit modest.  It’s a wild ride for the poverty stricken family who live out the words of the brilliant proposal by Johnathan Swift.”  

Dan E. Campbell, playing Johnathan Swift, said that what he loves most about the show is the wittiness of the writing.

“It is like you were set down inside a world where everything someone says is a non-sequitur, yet they think they are making perfect sense,” Campbell says.  “Some of my favorite lines are those that just pop up out of nowhere and don't really have much to do with the plot, yet are totally in the character of whoever is saying them.”

“A Modest Proposal,” which is directed by SC alumna Bethany Simmons, is an original script based on Jonathan Swift’s 1727 satire of the same name. The play deals with the poverty of a family in Ireland in the late 1720s, their lack of employment, debts, and their attempt to save their farm.

Performing in his final production at Southwestern College, senior Jordan Hill is amazed at the script.

“The craziest part of ‘A Modest Proposal’ has definitely been embracing the show's own unique brand of crazy. Adam's created a show that a lot of people aren't used to seeing, and he isn't afraid to take a risk for the sake of a joke he thinks is worth it,” Hill says.

For more information about the show or for tickets, call (620) 229-7720 or (620) 229-6272. Information is also available on the Southwestern theatre webpage, www.sckans.edu/theatre.

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Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:11:29 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Attend and Compete at KCACTF]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1469 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1469 Several Southwestern College students and faculty attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Region V, in Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 19-24.  Region V comprises Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and parts of Missouri.

Students participated in several intensive sessions that included design and performance, musical theatre, lighting, and costume design.
          
“Everyone who participates basically gets a week worth of information and/or training in one day,” says Allyson Moon, director of the theatre program at Southwestern College. 
In the musical theatre intensive session, 60 people competed and 20 were chosen, including Nikia Smith from Southwestern.  Smith sang “Alto’s Lament” by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler.

Jordan Snow and Mariah Warren competed in the summer theater auditions.  Each has had multiple callbacks from companies including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Brownville Village Theatre, Highland Summer Theatre, Prairie Repertory Theatre, and Crane River Summer Theatre.

“One outcome of the training students receive at Southwestern College, is that they are prepared  to be able to compete in the summer theatre auditions against other students from our eight state region and be called back for potential summer employment,” Moon says.  “Of course, we encourage SC to students to compete in the other events at the festival but when they are able to audition or interview for the summer theatre positions, they are gaining real world experience that will help to take them to the next level of employment.”

Rachel Rose received a certificate of merit for her “Lion in Winter” costume designs.   Though she did not win the costume design exhibit competition, this experience allowed her to significantly advance her design portfolio materials and communicate face to face with working professionals.  Even in the competitive events, education is at the center of the KCACTF experience.

“KCACTF is a critical part of each student’s education.  Truly, the entire week is one big theatre intensive event,” Moon says.  “Students who are primarily actors or primarily technicians or are a combination have the opportunity to attend workshops, multiple workshops, which cover every aspect of theatre.”

The KCACTF attendees are grateful to both the Southwestern College Student Government Association and Campus Players, organizations that helped underwrite the cost of festival attendance.

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Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:24:16 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[9 Lives Comedy Improv Troupe's Winter Olympics Show]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1467 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1467 Free Family Entertainment!
 Southwestern College’s own 9 Lives Improv Comedy Troupe invites families and children of all ages to attend a night of hilarity. Get ready for raucous, family-oriented entertainment featuring Southwestern College students and faculty guest artists.
The show starts at 7:30pm on Friday,
February 7th, in Messenger Recital Hall on the Southwestern College campus. Admission is FREE! Be sure to keep an eye out for an announcement of our next family show this SUMMER!  For more information, contact Allyson Moon at 229-6328.

 

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Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:51:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre Students go to KCACTF]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1463 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1463 It's that time of year again!!! When all the theatre students disappear for a week!!!!  The theatre students will be leaving Sunday morning to head to Lincoln, Nebraska for the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  We have several of our students participating in very diverse events while at the festival.

 

Julia Faust & Shane Schrag will be taking their Irene Ryan nominations to the festival to compete for a scholarship.  Their partners, Zoe Rea and Emily Tilton, will go along with them.  These four individuals have worked hard, and have their audition fully prepared.

 

Nikia Smith, Jordon Snow, and Shane Schrag will all be participating in the Musical Theatre Intensive.  These three students will audition for a chance to perform in front of the entire festival.

 

Nikia Smith, Mariah Warren, and Rachel Rose will all be participating in several different design intensives, including; Stage Management, Wig Making, and Costume design.

 

Mariah Warren and Jordon Snow will be participating in the Professional Theatre Auditions held at the festival.  With these auditions, these students will get to show theatre companies all over the United States their talents, and what they have to offer.

 

All of the students going KCACTF will be participating in several workshops, and have multiple opportuinites to grow within their area of studies. 

 

BREAK A LEG EVERYONE!!!

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Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:20:22 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Eagerheart’ to be Performed Off-Campus]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1442 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1442 The Southwestern College Campus Players will present their 81st annual production of “Eagerheart” by A.M. Buckton. This year “Eagerheart” will be presented off-campus at two locations in Winfield and there will be four performances.

Performance times and locations include:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church
  • Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m., at Grace United Methodist Church
  • Sunday, Dec. 8, at 10:50 a.m., at Grace United Methodist Church
  • Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

“As an organization, we decided to do the show off-campus this year,” says Campus Players President Nikia Smith.  “The joy of presenting this show off-campus is the fun of doing the show in a different venue however that also poses a challenge in learning those spaces.  We get a lot of pleasure performing this show for the community.”

“Eagerheart,” by early 20th century English playwright A.M. Buckton, celebrates the legend that Christ and the Holy Family travel the earth each year, blessing one deserving home where they rest on Christmas Eve.   Eager Heart and her sisters, Eager Fame and Eager Sense, along with shepherds and Kings of Power, Wisdom, and Love, reveal their understanding of Christ and His teachings.  The search for the Holy Family is tested by beggars seeking food and shelter.  The play challenges and inspires audiences to live by Christ’s teachings throughout the year. 

“I really enjoy watching how the audience reacts to the show,” Smith says.  “This is something special that the Campus Players can bring and we look forward to bringing the Christmas spirit to the community.”

There is no admission charge to attend any of the performances.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:16:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dinner Theatre Production of 'A Lion in Winter' Coming Nov. 14-17]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1437 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1437 The Southwestern College theatre department will create a dinner theatre production of James Goldman’s “A Lion in Winter” Nov. 14-17.  The show is a dark comedy about the struggles of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

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Set on the Christmas Eve of 1173, King Henry II (played by Aron Pfingsten, graduate student from Ulysses) brings his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine (played by Julia Faust, senior theatre major from Dallas) out of imprisonment to a family gathering with their three sons and Henry’s mistress, Princess Alais of France.  The celebration turns to crisis when Phillip II of France arrives and pressures Henry to marry Alais to the son who will become the next king, pushing Henry and Eleanor to the crisis of their lives as they battle through their history of loves, loss, jealousy, and sibling favoritism.

During these holiday times of togetherness, the dinner guests feel anything but together as everyone from the king’s three sons to his prisoner wife to the king’s young lover plot and play a dysfunctional chess game in a bid to lay claim to the coveted throne.  

“This extraordinary play is the 1968 Broadway script which Goldman adapted to the film starring Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole,” says director Roger Moon, SC theatre professor.  “As serious as the subject is, the play is a comedy in both its style, and ending, as Henry and Eleanor come to recognize the enormous consequences of mistaking ‘provinces and people.’  SC and Winfield audiences are in for a treat with the brilliant cast of this show and the work they are doing.” 

Other members of the cast include:  Jacob Marney, senior, Winfield, as Richard, the eldest son; Nathan Bales, junior, Mulvane, as Geoffrey, the second son; and Austin Davis, sophomore, Colorado Springs, Colo., as John, the third son, who eventually became King John.  Phillip Capet, King of France is played by William Wade, freshman, Bartlesville, Okla., and Alais, the princess sister of Philip, is played by Zoe Rea, sophomore, Salina.

“The Lion in Winter” will be shown Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 14-16, at 7:30 p.m., in the  Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the SC campus. The show will also be presented as a matinee on Sunday, November 17, at 2 p.m. A medieval holiday dinner theatre experience is available for those interested.  Dinner times are 6 p.m. for the Thursday-Saturday shows and 12:30 p.m. for the Sunday show.  Dinner will be served in the Helen Graham Little Theater in the basement of the Christy Administration Building.
For tickets or more information, call the Southwestern College box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171. Information is also available on the Southwestern theatre webpage, www.sckans.edu/theatre.

 

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Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:37:45 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Tonebuilders and Campus Players Present "Darbeth's Revenge" Haunted House]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1431 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1431 Come and join the Tonebuilders and Campus Players for a night of terror within the Walls of Darbeth. There will be three nights of ghostly fun starting October 27th at 5-6:30 for a family friendly show, and October 28th and 29th at 8 - 9 for the community and 9:30-11 for the Adult Showing (ages 13 & up). The cost is $5 for adults, $3 dollars for children and students with IDs, and if you are an SC student with a campus ID you get in for free.  There will also be a bake sale during the haunted house.

 

Warning: We would like the public to be advised that the adult showings will depict scenes of violence, blood, and gore.  Proceeds form this event go toward sponsorship to professional development conferences, including KCACTF and the MTNA national conference.

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Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:25:32 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC's Directing 1 ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1430 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1430 Jordon Snow, Shane Schrag, Juliette Lowrance, and Jordan Angermayr are back at it again.  They will be holding auditions for their upcoming short scenes.  Please join them Wednesday October 30th at 10PM and Thursday October 31st 6PM in the Helen Graham Little Theatre for auditions.

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Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:24:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[9 Lives Improv Troupe "Golden Oldies" show.]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1429 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1429 The Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe will perform their first community show of the year at 7:30 P.M. in Messenger Recital Hall!  The theme for the show is “Golden Oldies Show” which will consist of tons of fun entertainment and of course LOTS of candy! Come join us for some great entertainment!]]> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:51:30 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College) <![CDATA[Puppets to Join Cast in Production of 'The Good Woman of Setzuan']]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1421 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1421 The Southwestern College theatre department’s Homecoming production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Good Woman of Setzuan” will be performed Thursday, Oct 10, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. The cast will be joined by some extra cast members in their show: puppets.

Good Woman of Setzuan Puppets


The ensemble cast will be incorporating large to larger-than-life-sized puppets for a number of their ensemble characters, designed by cast member and head of puppets, sophomore Emily Tilton.

“There are a total of 15 puppets, all life size except the gods, who will be larger than life,” Tilton says.  “The puppets will be realistic, based off the humans portraying them. The ensemble members will have puppet versions of themselves. The puppets will be used throughout the show by all members of the ensemble.”

The cast members themselves are excited about the rare chance to use this unique device in their performance.

“My favorite part is making an inanimate object come to life,” says Southwestern College junior Shane Schrag about his use of the puppets in the show. 

However, an addition as significant as the puppets does not come without difficulties. Schrag added that acting with a puppet and making it feel realistic and natural was his biggest challenge.

“They are extremely heavy,” mentioned senior Juliette Lowrance, another puppeteer in the ensemble. “When you have to carry that weight while maintaining the physical nature of a character such as an old woman or a pregnant sister-in-law, it’s difficult.”

The show will be presented in Messenger Recital Hall in Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College campus.  For tickets or more information call the Southwestern College box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171. Information is also available on the Southwestern theatre webpage, www.sckans.edu/theatre.

 

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Wed, 09 Oct 2013 10:27:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA['Good Woman of Setzuan' to be Performed at Homecoming]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1419 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1419 The theme across Southwestern College this year is hope, and to help kick off that idea, the theatre department’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Good Woman of Setzuan” aims to cast a ray of hope in what can be seen as a very real, and sometimes hopeless world. The show will be presented in Messenger Recital Hall in Darbeth Fine Arts Center on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m.; and on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m.

According to Allyson Moon, director, Bertolt Brecht is a playwright known for a sense of realism in his plays which seek to deliver important messages directly to his audience.

“Brecht is a storyteller who challenges the audience to think about the issues raised by the characters in his plays,” Moon says.  “‘Good Woman of Setzuan’ is set in China in the late 1920s, a time of increasing chaos and poverty in the country.  Though this environment does not sound funny, Brecht’s comic writing employs dialogue, music, storytelling, and direct address as he challenges the audience to reflect on their own beliefs and actions.”

In “Good Woman of Setzuan” three gods watch the main character, Shenn Te, as she struggles with finding the balance between living comfortably and being a good,

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charitable person, and also with love and personal relationships with those around her.

“It’s challenge enough to play a dual character,” says Mariah Warren, actress playing two characters in the production.  “The character of Shui Ta is a challenge because I do not understand business and the character of Shenn Te is a challenge because she is such a good person whose goal it is to make everyone else happy.  We are alike in the emotional aspect of the character.  In fact, I believe that a lot of young women are like Shenn Te.  It is difficult to remember that you must take care of yourself, first, before catering to the needs of others or it will destroy you.” 

The moral that “The Good Woman of Setzuan” aims to bring to its audiences is that through all the troubles and woes in the world, there is always the chance to be a good person, and the everlasting hope that your neighbors are good people too.

For tickets or more information, call the Southwestern College box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171. Information is also available on the Southwestern theatre webpage, www.sckans.edu/theatre.

 

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Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:42:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA['Fools on the Hill' Performance Wednesday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1406 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1406 The Southwestern College theatre department will present student directed scenes with its “Fools on the Hill” performance on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m.  Gathering at the top of the 77 Steps, student and community audiences will travel up and down the steps to view four 10-minute plays directed by students in the Directing 1 class.

The performance on the hill outside of conventional theatre spaces was the suggestion of Andy Sheppard, academic dean at Southwestern College. 

“Several years ago the dean encouraged us to take theatre out of our normal performance spaces and perform ‘where the people are,’” says Roger Moon, professor of theatre and faculty instructor of the Directing I class that presents its first project each September.  “It has been a wonderful success, and the students and SC audiences look forward to it each year.  Students and professors crossing campus watch and hear rehearsals for two weeks as the students rehearse.  They stop and ask questions, and then the come to see the shows.  We have great fun.”

This year the student directors are creating “A Raucous Caucus” of political plays by Adam Sharp, SC graduate of 2007, who is now working as a playwright in Minneapolis, Minn.  Sharp, who began his study of playwriting at Southwestern, wrote and created the very successful series of political plays “10-10-POST-9-11” which was recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in 2006, and performed at the KCACTF regional festival.  According to Moon, Sharp works to be continually aware of and write about political issues as he is becoming increasingly successful and recognized as a successful playwright in the highly competitive quality regional theatre scene.  

Sharp has created an annual “Raucous Caucus” celebration of arts and politics in Minneapolis, bringing together national political theatre writers, directors, performers, and audiences. 

“We are extremely privileged and pleased to have Adam and his work back here at Southwestern,” Moon says.

There is no admission charge to attend.  The plays will start at the top of the 77 Steps and end at the bottom of the steps.  Audiences may walk, but all locations are handicap accessible because of the sidewalks that wind up the west side of the hill. 

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Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:47:01 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nine Lives Campus Award Show!]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1404 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1404 The Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe will perform their first campus show of the year at 9:00 P.M. in Messenger Recital Hall!  The theme for the show is “Campus Award Show” which will consist of tons of fun entertainment and of course LOTS of candy! Come join us for some great entertainment!]]> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 09:54:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College) <![CDATA[Fools on the Hill ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1403 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1403 Come support talented SC Performing Arts students on Wednesday September 25, 2013 in a Raucous Caucus of new scrips about American Politics performed across campus! These four ten-minute scenes written by Adam Sharp are directed by Jordan Angermayr, Juliette Lowrance, Shane Schrag, and Jordon Snow. The scenes will begin at 6:30 in the Richardson Lobby in Christy! Come out and enjoy some laughs from our talent students! ]]> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 06:30:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College) <![CDATA[Southwestern College to Host 24-Hour Plays]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1398 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1398 The Southwestern College Theatre Department, with area high school and community college teachers and students, will create and complete an evening of theatre with several 10-minute plays to be presented this Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building. The event is licensed by 24 Hour Plays, a New York organization which gives structures, guidelines, timelines, and suggestions to work out all the details.

This is SC’s second year to create 24-Hour Plays. 

“The popularity of ‘24-Hour Plays’ is growing nationally,” explains Roger Moon, SC theatre professor and playwright. “Winfield and Southwestern students can again experience the exuberant creativity that happens when four dozen playwrights, directors, stage managers, technicians, and actors converge to ‘play’ at this intense level.  It’s a joy to experience as a creator or as an audience.”  

Playwright Adam Sharp, a 2006 SC graduate now living in Minneapolis, Minn., will be return as one of the playwrights.  Having written several times for major 24-Hour Plays, Sharp will also meet with the playwrights before the event begins to help them prepare for the experience.

SC participants also will have the opportunity to work with professional actor Dan Campbell, Wichita.  Campbell, who worked for years in California and New York and performed with SC’s Horsefeathers and Applesauce Summer Theatre, will be doing 24-Hour Plays for the first time. 

“I’m as excited and terrified as all the other first year creators, but I’ll be right there with the SC students who will be doing this for the second time,” Campbell says.  “I’ll be right behind them.”

SC students, Kansas and Oklahoma community college theatre teachers, and students from as far away as Garden City Community College, along with area high school and SC prospective students will be involved.  

Starting at 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, playwrights, actors, directors, assistant directors, and technicians will begin.   They will work in shifts all night and day to create the collection of 10-minute plays which will perform Saturday at 8 p.m., and finish by 9:30, allowing the actors the time to “strike” the sets and costumes, clean the theatre, and be done in 24 hours.

Introductions begin at 10 p.m. Friday, and each participant brings a costume piece and a prop.  Pictures are taken of each actor, and by 11:30 p.m., the playwrights choose actors for their plays and begin writing, while the rest of the company goes to sleep in their dorms or homes. 

Faculty and students from area community colleges and high schools are being housed in the homes of SC theatre patrons who will bring them back to the college by 8 a.m., Saturday, to begin their 12 hours of rehearsal and tech work on the new plays.

“At some point in the process we all say ‘this is impossible,’” says Julia Faust, SC senior who acted in the plays last year.  “This year I’m directing. It’s crazy, but with our amassed creativity, collaboration, dedication, and hard work, we’ll succeed.”
Allyson Moon, SC director of theatre, will be directing, and participating in the “24 Hour Plays” for the second time.

“It’s scary but we found out last year it’s worth it,” Moon says. “We pay homage to the gods of the theatre, honor and develop our dramatic talents, work creatively with fellow theatre artists, and have, as Roger (Moon) says, ‘a hoot of a good time.’”
College and community audiences are invited to come watch the creators as they begin on Friday. 

“Be there before 10 p.m.,” says Allyson Moon, “because we have to start right on time and make every minute counts.”

Community homes are still needed to house students. 

“It’s always more fun if a person is involved,” says Allyson Moon, “so adopt a student. See them audition, then take them home, give them a good bed to rest in, bring them back in the morning, and then come see their great creative work.  Help us be Builders.”

To volunteer to house the area students or faculty, or for more information call the SC box office, (620) 221-7720. General admission tickets for the event are available at the door for $5 for adults and $2 for students. 

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Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:50:44 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change' Coming to Messenger Recital]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1381 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1381 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” Thursday through Sunday, July 25-28, in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on July 25-27 and 2 p.m. on July 28.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.

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“This is a musical comedy about marriage that doesn’t pull any punches,” says director Roger Moon.  “It’s about people’s need for love and marriage, the need and the struggle to be accepted and loved. The music is clever with well-written lyrics.”
Moon says that some language and situations in the show are probably not appropriate for youth.

“This is a PG or PG-13 show, high school age and up,” Moon says.

Music director Cynthia Compton has been a big fan of this show since she first saw it. 

“I saw it for the first time in Dallas,” Compton says.  “They (theatre owners) kept trying to stop the show and go back to a regular schedule but the audience just coming back and back and back. Everyone that comes to the show will find something that they can relate to.”

Actors Shane Schrag and Julia Faust were enthusiastic supporters of doing this show.  They had presented a scene from “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” in January at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and advanced to the semi-finals, so both of them wanted to perform the whole show at SC.

“I feel like this show strikes a chord,” Schrag says.  “It seems like with my college friends, somebody is always having some sort of relationship trouble.”

“What strikes me about this show is the diversity of the characters,” Faust says.  “It is a big challenge to take on characters who are older and different.”

Eight actors are cast in the production. They are Schrag, Faust, Maria Warren, Zach Williams, Juliette Lowrance, Aron Pfingsten, Jordan Snow, and Nikia Smith.

The production crew includes Rachel Rose, stage manager; Julia Faust, house manager; Nikia Smith, dinner manager; Juliette Lowrance, costume designer; Emily Tilton, publicity manager; and Shane Schrag, props master.

The show is also a dinner theatre that will feature comfort foods.  The menu includes barbeque beef, dilly bread, and homemade ice cream.

Dinner times are 6 p.m. on July 25-27 and 12:30 p.m. on July 28 and the meal will be held in the Java Jinx in the Roy L. Smith Student Center. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171.

 

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Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:16:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Jungle Adventure Planned as ‘Tarzan’ is Performed in Messenger Recital Hall]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1376 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1376 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival in partnership with Marquee, Inc., will present “Tarzan” Thursday through Sunday, July 11-14 in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on July 11-13 and 2 p.m. on July 14.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.

Tarzan Promo Photo“Tarzan” is a musical based on the Disney animated film, telling the adventure-filled story of a young boy raised in the jungle. 

Allyson Moon, director of “Tarzan,” says that Messenger Recital Hall will have a jungle-like feel.

“We are transforming Messenger into a jungle,” Moon says.  “From the moment you walk into the lobby and into your seat, you will have the feeling of being in a jungle. From a canopy over your head to the action all around you.  And yes, there will be people swinging on vines.”

The musical score for the show was done by Phil Collins and Moon says that is an important element to this production.

“Two things that make this show extraordinary are the script and the music,” Moon says.  “The percussive sounds of Phil Collins just pervade. It is integral for the musical score and that percussive beat drives the action.”

The cast includes: Tarzan’s father – Clayton Bauer; Tarzan’s mother – Emily Tilton; gorilla mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters -Sydney Anderson, Clayton Bauer, Dante Burch, Julian Cornejo, Julia Faust, Megan Haynes, Payten Humphreys, Juliette Lowrance, Whitney Martin,  Matthew Porter, Avery Hogan, Nikia Smith, Emily Tilton; Kala – Mariah Warren; Kala understudy – Julia Faust; Kerchak – Zach Williams; Leopard – Sydney Anderson; Young Tarzan- Lucas Smith; Young Terk – Jordan Crable; Terk – Monet Watson; Terk understudy – Matthew Porter; Tarzan – Shane Shrag; creatures of the jungle (jungle flowers or animals and gorilla youth) –Kaylie Aikins, Bennett Boyle, Jordan Crable, Abigail Denly, Klara Flom, Sakura Groom, Dakota Holland, Katrina Holland, Marley Hoskins, Brady Swanson, Sage Swanson, Frankie Tilton, Bella Wood, Elena Woodburn, Ruby Woodburn, Bryce Sexson, Alec Handlin, Lucas Smith; Jane – Alessandra Bevilacqua; Porter – Aron Pfingsten; Clayton – Jacob Marney; Snipes – Matthew Porter; expedition crew – Dante Burch, Avery Hogan, Clayton Bauer, and Julian Cornejo. 

Moon says that the actors’ biggest challenge in this production is physical.

“The physical movement of the portrayal of the gorillas and the other animals and wildlife of the jungle has been enormously challenging and the cast has worked on this since day one,” Moon says.  “It is physically demanding on each and every actor to be able to use their muscles in ways they are not used to.  Rachel Brown and Yazmin Wood (choreographers) have worked on multiple workshop sessions with the performers to help them train their bodies to move like the jungle creatures.”

Along with Moon as director and Brown and Wood as choreographers, the production team includes Matt Berthot, music director; Aron Pfingsten and Lacie Wallace, stage managers; Nikia Smith, house manager and dinner manager; Roger Moon, set, lights, sound, and props advisor; Juliette Lowrance, scenic designer; Geoffrey Moon, lighting designer; and Rachel Rose, costume designer.

Moon has been impressed with Matt Berthot and how he has implemented a mentoring program with the cast.

“He (Berthot) has been working to train the entire cast in all the right ways from warm-up to the learning of the songs,” Moon says.  “He has approached it differently; the young actors have an older mentor, either a high school or college student, who is their singing partner.  He has employed a mentoring program to help the youth learn the appropriate ways to approach and memorize the music.” 

Dinner times are 6 p.m. on July 11-13 and 12:30 p.m. on July 14 and the meal will be held in the Java Jinx in the Roy L. Smith Student Center. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students, and $18 for youth. Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

For tickets and information, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171. 

(Photo:  Kala (Mariah Warren) shows Tarzan (Shane Schrag) a new creature in the jungle.)

 

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Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:34:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Summer Shows]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1375 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1375 TARZAN is an exciting musical based on the smash hit animated film, telling the adventure filled story of a young boy raised in the jungle. Entertainment for the whole family! A Tropical Banquet featuring glazed pork, and marinated veggie and fruit kabobs will be served in the Roy L. Smith Student Center followed by a performance in Messanger Recital Hall. Based on the novel "Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Borroughs. JULY 11-13: Dinner at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:30 and JULY 14TH: Lunch at 12:30, Show at 2:00 PM
9 LIVES & Friends is proud to present a side splitting, hilarious performance for families, friends, and
audience members of all ages!! The performance will star members of 9 LIVES as well as members of summer improvisational acting classes. Enjoy candy, suprises, and laughs for the whole family! Performance will be in Messenger Recital Hall. ONE NIGHT ONLY! JULY 20 AT 7:30 PM

I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE is the musical about everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit. Entertainment for adults. Comfort food favorites featuring barbeque beef, dilly bread, homemade ice cream will be served in the Roy L. Smith Student Center, followed by a performance in Messenger Recital Hall. Shows are JULY 25-27: Dinner at 6:00 PM and Show at 7:30 PM and JULY 28: Lunch at 12:30, Show at 2:00 PM
For production tickets and information call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171
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Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:15:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Auditions for Summer Theatre Productions]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1371 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1371 Open auditions for the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival productions of “Tarzan” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” are coming soon to Southwestern College.

Auditions for the two shows will be on Friday, May 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building on the campus of Southwestern College.

According to Allyson Moon, auditions are open to individuals of all ages and especially those that are ages nine and older.

“Tarzan” will be performed July 11-13.

Based on Edgar Rice Burrough's “Tarzan of the Apes” and the hit 1999 Disney animated film, “Tarzan” tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan - now a man - encounters strangers like himself for the first time. 
“Tarzan” features music and lyrics by pop icon Phil Collins, including the Grammy- and Oscar-winning song "You'll Be in My Heart,” and book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is a musical comedy by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts.  The show depicts the trials and tribulations of being single, dating, marriage, loss, and heartbreak.

“I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change” will be performed July 25-28.

For more information, contact Moon at (620) 229-6328 or by emailing Allyson.moon@sckans.edu

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Tue, 21 May 2013 11:26:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Story Theatre, Music Theatre, and Improv Camps at Southwestern]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1370 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1370 The Southwestern College theatre department and the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council are cooperating to offer four summer camps. The camps will focus on story theatre, music theatre performance, and improvisational acting.

All of these are a part of the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival and will be held on the SC campus in Winfield.

• Story theatre camp is for ages kindergarten through third grade and will run May 28-June 1 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Helen Graham Little Theatre in the lower level of the Christy Administration building on the campus of Southwestern College.  Using creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques, children will work with Allyson Moon and students from the Southwestern College theatre department on development of acting, storytelling, and other performance skills.  They will share a review of their work on Saturday, June 1, at 11 a.m.

• Music theatre performance camp is intended for children in grades four through six and will be June 3-7, 10 a.m.-noon in the Helen Graham Little Theatre.  Musical theatre scenes, songs, and dances will be developed using creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  Characters from the book and movies of “Tarzan” will come to life on stage.  Children will work with Moon and students from the Southwestern College theatre department on development of acting, singing, and dancing performance skills.  They will perform a musical theatre review of their work on Friday, June 7 at 11 a.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.

• Improvisational acting camp is for students grade 6-12 and runs June 17-21, 10 a.m.-noon in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Theatre gaming will primarily be used in process and performance.  Original characters and scenes will be developed.   Actors will work with Moon and members of SC's improv troupe, 9 Lives.  The class will finish with an improvisational acting review on Friday, June 21 at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall.

• Improvisational acting camp is for adults age 18 and over and will run July 15-19, 10 a.m.-noon in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Theatre gaming will primarily be used in process and performance.  Original characters and scenes will be developed.   Actors will work with Moon and members of SC's improv troupe, 9 Lives.  The class will finish with an improvisational acting review on Friday, July 19, at 8 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall.

According to Moon, if participants and their parents accept the invitation, involvement in any of the camps automatically makes participants members of the cast of “Tarzan,” which will run July 12 -14 at Southwestern College.  Auditions for “Tarzan” will be on Friday, May 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall. 

“All ages are welcome to audition,” Moon says.  “Just bring a prepared song, monologue, or tell a children’s story.”

Each camp costs $20.  To register or for more information, contact the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council at (620) 221-2161.

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Wed, 15 May 2013 14:52:12 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Five Actresses Tackle 40 Roles in ‘Parallel Lives’]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1349 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1349 “Parallel Lives” is the final major production for the Southwestern College Theatre Department this semester. Written by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy, this comedy features a series of 18 vignettes, spoofing just about every aspect of life as a modern female.  Five actresses play a combined total of 40 roles of varying ages, sexes, and

Parallel Lives

species.

“Parallel Lives” will be performed April 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen Graham Little Theatre on the lower level of the Christy Administration building. For tickets or information, call the Southwestern College box office at 620-221-7720 or 620-229-6171. You can also visit their website at www.sckans.edu/theatre.

“The biggest challenge the girls have is developing several characters instead of having all this time to just develop one,” said Nikia Smith, stage manager. “From the perspective of stage manager, keeping track of who is who is a challenge in and of itself.”

Elementary education freshman Emily Tilton says she auditioned simply because she loves to act, and is having a blast developing so many unique characters.
“It’s hard to make sure a character doesn’t slip into the wrong voice, but I love playing them all,” Tilton says.

“Another challenge that comes with playing multiple roles is embracing the different dialects and body movements each character has,” says senior Danielle Morford. “Switching back and forth between them requires a lot of focus and practice.”
Morford plays many roles, ranging from a mermaid to a migrant farm worker. She also gets to perform a unique scene, where she humorously pantomimes a woman’s entire morning routine. While playing such a variety of characters can present challenges, the actors are also finding it rewarding.

“It’s not just memorizing lines, but it’s memorizing the attitudes of every character,” says junior Juliette Lowrance, whose roles range from a ditzy college girl on a date to Dumbo the elephant’s mother in a therapy session. “I love it.”

 

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Fri, 05 Apr 2013 14:12:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Senior Takes on the 'Abridged' Works of William Shakespeare]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1346 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1346 “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged,” produced by Southwestern College senior Justin Tinker, Las Vegas, will be performed  Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19, in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Audiences should be advised that there is adult content and language in the show.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged” is a comedic take on every play Shakespeare has ever written. It condenses 37 plays into approximately 90 minutes, with only three actors.

Authors of the show say, “If you love Shakespeare, you’ll like this play. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this play.”

“It’s so cool that Southwestern theatre gives you an open opportunity to experience in an educational setting what you’ll experience in the professional world,” says Tinker.  “‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged’ is a show I’ve been fond of since I first started doing theatre. It’s always been a dream of mine to put on this show.”

Tinker went on to mention that he really enjoys being able to choose his own team of people with whom to collaborate.

“Being able to pick the people you work with, and really using their talents, makes it a very memorable and educational experience,” he says.

For information or tickets, call the SC box office at (620) 221-7720. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

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<![CDATA[Dinner Theatre to Add to 'Sweeney Todd']]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1323 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1323 Southwestern College’s theatre department will showcase their performance of Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” beginning March 1.  In addition to the show, each performance will include the option of a dinner before the show, or a lunch on the Sunday, March 3, matinee.

Senior Erin Buster is the lead designer for the dinner experience.

“The meal will be catered by Sodexo, who will be providing a menu we have designed,” said Buster. “Among other options, the main course for the show will be meat pies.”
Buster also mentioned that this not going to be a standard dinner.

“The dinner will be themed towards the show including lighting, which sets the mood for this show. A goal of the lighting is to make the experience feel like part of the show,” Buster said.

Graduate student Arden Moon, who is serving as the assistant designer and mentor to Buster elaborated on the intentions of the dinner.

“The dinner and decoration are geared towards the show,” said Moon. “The atmosphere serves a purpose to be a part of the show.”

Moon added that although this will be some actors’ first time serving dinner to people, they will be trained beforehand so that they are comfortable with the job.

“It will be a good learning experience and a great way to interact with the audience,” Moon added.

At least 75 people are expected to be served.

On Friday, March 1, dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, dinner will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the show will start at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 7, and Saturday, March 9, dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $20 for students and $18 for youth. Show only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and youth.

For more information about dinner or tickets, contact the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or email performingarts@sckans.edu.

 

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<![CDATA[Guest Artist Brooke Rowzee Stage Managing Musical Thriller]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1317 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1317 Brooke Rowzee, a Campus Player and a Southwestern College graduate, has left New York City to stage manage the Southwestern College spring musical “Sweeney Todd” March 1 through 9 at the college.

Rowzee graduated from Southwestern in 2010, and quickly moved to New York to pursue her dream of being a Broadway stage manager.

Brooke Rowzee Sweeney Todd

“I’d never been to New York before and never in my wildest dreams thought that I would end up there, but I knew I didn’t want to move home after graduation,” said Rowzee.

New York has offered a multitude of opportunities for Rowzee so far, including interning as a stage manager for Broadway’s “Wicked” and at Julliard, the prestigious New York City performing arts school.  Luckily for Southwestern, Rowzee had a gap in her busy schedule that fell at the same time as the production of “Sweeney Todd.” Director Roger Moon knew “Sweeney Todd” was going to be an enormous production for the college, and asked Rowzee if she wanted to come be a guest artist for the college.

“I had wanted to come back and work for Roger or Allyson for a long time,” said Rowzee, “and I knew I had to do it before I became a part of Actor’s Equity.” (Actor’s Equity is a union for professional actors and stage managers that has very strict rules concerning where its members work.)

Rowzee feels that this experience will not only benefit her career, but benefit the students at Southwestern.

“I’ve never stage managed a musical before, and I love getting to have that experience,” said Rowzee. “But I also love that I’m getting to mentor students on not only stage management, but life after college: things like networking, taking risks, and going for your dreams.”

Rowzee is teaching the students at Southwestern as much as they are teaching her about stage managing a musical. She has introduced many new techniques to the rehearsal process, techniques learned during her experience in New York.

“It’s been a great experience, and I’m sure I’m learning just as much as the students are,” said Rowzee.

“Sweeney Todd” will open March 1 at Southwestern College. A dinner theater experience is available for those who are interested (dinner seating is limited). Friday, March 1, dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, dinner will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the show will start at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 7, and Saturday, March 9, dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.  All performances will be in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building.

For more information about dinner and ticket prices contact the SC box office at (620) 221-7720 or email performingarts@sckans.edu.

 

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Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:33:28 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Attend and Compete at KCACTF]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1310 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1310 Several Southwestern College students and faculty attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Region V, in Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 20-26.  Region V comprises Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and parts of Missouri.

KCACTF


“Any student may attend the festival but there were students who were also invited to attend to perform and Southwestern was right there in the pack of invited guests to compete in those competitions,” says Allyson Moon, director of the theatre program at Southwestern.  “Students could attend workshops, a design expo, productions; it is a multi-faceted, week-long packed experience that folks in theatre learn and grow so much from.”

Numerous Southwestern College students earned recognition at the festival. 
Meritorious Achievement Awards were earned by:

• Anna Rosell for make-up design in “The Miser”
• Shane Schrag for stage management in “August: Osage County”
• Erin Buster and Danielle Morford for sound design in “August: Osage County”

A large field of actors competed In the Irene Ryan acting competition.  It began with 324 nominees and their partners.  It was then narrowed down to 64 for the semi-final round and 16 in the finals.  Southwestern had three nominees in this competition: Arden Moon and partner Chris Cole; Julia Faust and partner Shane Schrag; and Cooper Hart and partner Nikia Smith.  Faust and Schrag advanced to the semi-final round.
Aron Pfingsten wrote and submitted an original 10-minute play that was evaluated by faculty in another region of the country.  There were 84 submissions trimmed to six to be read and performed at the festival and Pfingsten’s was one of the six to qualify.
The Southwestern Homecoming production of “The Miser” had a scene selected to be performed at the festival.  Only six scenes from across Region V were chosen to perform.  Justin Tinker, Jordan Hill, and Austin Davis performed the scene.

The festival also included summer theatre auditions and interviews and musical theatre intensive auditions.  SC students participating in the summer theatre auditions included Chris Cole, Julia Faust, Rachel Rose; participating in the musical theatre intensive auditions were Arden Moon and Nikia Smith. 

Along with the students already mentioned, also attending the festival were Sydney Anderson, Jordan Angermayr, and Zachary Williams.  Roger and Allyson Moon and 2010 graduate Brooke Rowzee also participated.

“Roger and I have this commitment to have our students work after they leave Southwestern College,” says Allyson Moon.  “I attended workshops that had to do with the business of this business.  I took away new information that there is, perhaps like in any work opportunity, the tools that one needs in order to prepare changes with the times that which you live so I got some updates on some things."

“The students learned about how to design better, how to act better, how to use their physical bodies in new and different ways as actors on stage. They learned new tools for writing; I could go on and on.  What students learn is as infinite as what the festival offers.”

 

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Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:10:38 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)