Theatre Arts RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/ Theatre Arts RSS Feed <![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.
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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,

Good woman of Setzuan

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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<![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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<![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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Fri, 05 Apr 2013 11:34:38 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![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)
<![CDATA[Theatre Department Announces Cast for First Spring Show]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1306 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1306 “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” will be the first theatrical production in in Southwestern College’s Richardson Performing Arts Center this spring.

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.

Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller is set in the streets of London during the 19th century. Todd, a man who tried to live a quiet, simple life as a barber, had been sent to prison on a false charge by a corrupt judge who wanted to steal Todd’s wife. Upon his release, he is driven to extremes against the judge and “system” that took his family. Todd’s path to revenge and his series of atrocious crimes are encouraged by his reconnection with the impoverished and amoral Mrs. Lovett and her drive to succeed with her pie shop, located below Todd’s barbershop.  

The story is complicated by romantic relationships and features music from one of the greatest American composers of all time, according to Roger Moon, professor of theatre at Southwestern and director of the production.

The cast includes Justin Tinker as Sweeney Todd, Julia Faust as Mrs. Lovett, Shane Schrag as Anthony Hope, Stephanie Wheeler as Johanna, Stephen Stogner as Tobias Ragg, Chris Cole as Judge Turpin, Nathan Bales as Beadle Bamford, Arden Moon as Beggar Woman, and Aron Pfingsten as Adolfo Pirelli.

Ensemble members include Erin Buster, Chris Dodd, Caitlin Harris, Jordan Hill, Kaitlyn Holler, Jacob Marney, Zoe Rea, Joe Tran, Nikia Smith, and Zach Williams.

“The show is a tragedy centered on the blind destructive nature of revenge,” Moon says.  “The department chose the show for its popularity, its music, and its spectacle, as well as its gripping plot, characters, and ideas.”

Devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall.

For more information, call (620) 229-6272.

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<![CDATA[Nine Lives to Perform Community Show]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1304 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1304 The Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe will perform a community show on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  There is no admission charge.

Nine Lives Marching 2013


The theme for the show is “Once Upon a Nine Lives” which will consist of the troupe’s take on fractured fairytales. 

“Only once a semester does Nine Lives get to perform for the whole community instead of just the campus,” says Lisa Prater, public relations director.  “It is always an exciting experience for the troupe to perform for the community.”

The hour-long family friendly performance will consist of popular improv games, audience participation, and lots of candy.

For more information, call (620) 229-6272.

 

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Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:38:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Music Theatre Ensemble to Perform Builder Broadway Show]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1282 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1282 The Builder Broadway Holiday Show will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center in Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.  There is no admission charge and public is invited to attend.

The performance is the culminating event for the music theatre ensemble class taught by Matt Berthot and Roger Moon. The performance will include several solos and small groups singing many of the Christmas classics, both spiritual and secular. It will also include several dance numbers, including a selection from “The Nutcracker” and other Christmas favorites, from SC’s dance classes which are taught and have been choreographed by Susan Camp of Dance Camp Studios.  The show will end with a preview of next semester’s Builder Broadway production with the song “The Gods Love Nubia” from Elton John’s musical “Aida.”

“My favorite part of this class is watching the talents of the students grow and diversify,” says Moon.  “It’s very exciting to see the classical training and the musical theatre training combine for this performance.”

Devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall.

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<![CDATA[Christmas Classic ‘Eagerheart’ to be Performed at Southwestern]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1276 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1276 The Southwestern College Campus Players will present their 80th annual production of “Eagerheart” by A.M. Buckton. This year’s production of “Eagerheart” will be held in the Helen Graham Little Theatre in the lower level of the Christy Administration Building on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. It will also be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

2010 Eagerheart

“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. 

According to director Roger Moon, the production of “Eagerheart” this year will be the traditional version.

“For the past three years, we have modified the production because we have taken it out on tour,” Moon says.  “This year we are returning to the traditional staging of ‘Eagerheart.’”

This annual production is the Campus Players gift to the community so there is no admission charge, however seating is limited so tickets need to be reserved.  To make reservations, contact the performing arts office at (620) 221-7720 or e-mail performingarts@sckans.edu.

In the spirit of giving, Campus Players are encouraging those attending to make a donation of money or canned goods to support the Winfield Food Pantry in their endeavors to help those in need. Green Team Southwestern encourages those attending to donate clothing.  Boxes will be set up near the Helen Graham Little Theatre to collect the clothing which will be given to Central Baptist Church in Winfield.  Volunteers will then disperse the clothing to those in need in Winfield.

 

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Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:24:49 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre Department Receives KCACTF Nominations]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1247 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1247 The Southwestern College theatre department received three Irene Ryan nominations as well as a scene nomination from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

The Irene Ryan nominees are Jordan Hill, Derby; Levi Nord, Mulvane; and Justin Tinker, Las Vegas, Nev. They were selected by both the director and the respondents sent by KCACTF who judged the performances during the homecoming play, “The Miser.” In addition to these nominees, a scene featuring Tinker, Hill, and Austin Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo., was selected for a showcase at the festival.

Irene Ryan nominees are expected to prepare two scenes and a monologue for the regional festival, which will be held in Lincoln, Neb., this January.

Many factors play into being selected for an Irene Ryan nomination. Hill believes that it was his onstage energy and total dedication to his role that earned him the nomination. Tinker said he assisted the style of the show by using a variety of accents and using the raked stage to his advantage.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of the ‘Irene Ryan,’” said Hill, “So on top of learning what the rules are, I’m looking for scenes that work well for me and finding a partner who will work well in those scenes with me.”

Tinker, Hill, and Davis will also be working with director Allyson Moon over the next few months to ensure the scene from “The Miser” is ready for the festival’s showcase.

“It’s absolutely an honor to be nominated for the scene showcase,” said Moon. “There are only six to 10 scenes that will be performed, so we are very pleased to have been selected.”

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Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:55:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘August: Osage County’ on Stage at Southwestern; On Film in Oklahoma]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1246 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1246 The Southwestern College Theatre department is beginning final preparation for their fall semester show, to be presented Nov. 15-17 in Richardson Performing Arts Center. “August: Osage County” was written by Tracy Letts and will be directed by Roger Moon.

“August: Osage County” is the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy about a family that comes together at the time of tragedy to face the relationships and realities of generational abuse in their extremely dysfunctional family. Each character contributes to the madness within the family. Because of the nature of the play, children under age 17 will not be admitted.

It was announced that filming for a Hollywood movie of “August: Osage County” has recently begun in Bartlesville, Okla. Cast members in the movie include Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Ewan McGregor. It is estimated that the movie will earn over $25 million at the box office. Filming began in late September of this year, and the movie is expected to come out in theatres in late 2013.

Southwestern College is the first to do this production in the region. 

“The SC theatre department’s goal is to provide our students with the highest quality opportunities in theatre studies,” said Moon. “We give our students the opportunity to study and create comedies and dramas, classics and contemporary plays. This is an extraordinary contemporary drama created by Letts, who was raised in Pawhuska, Okla., and set his play there, only a few miles from Kansas and us.  Not only do our students deserve the opportunity to work on such fine pieces of theatre, our audiences also deserve the chance to see and experience them.”

The cast includes Arden Moon as Violet, (played in the movie by Meryl Streep); Cooper Hart, playing her oldest daughter, Barbara, (played in the movie by Julia Roberts); and Aron Pfingsten as Barbara’s husband, Bill, (played in the movie by Ewan McGregor).  Other SC cast members include Eric Denning as Violet’s husband, Beverly; Sydney Anderson as Jean, Barbara and Bill’s daughter; Julia Faust as Mattie Fae, Violet’s sister; Zenas Lopez as Charlie, Mattie Fae’s husband; Stephen Stogner as their son, Little Charles; Juliette Lowrance and Lisa Prater as Barbara’s younger sisters, Karen and Ivy; Zachary Birkes as Steve, Karen’s fiancé; Jake Heronemus as Deon Gilbeau, the local sheriff; and Nikia Smith as Johnna Monevata, the Cherokee housekeeper hired to take care of Violet.

“This play is extremely dark, even though it is often funny,” said Moon.  “Because of the strong content and language, it is not for children of any age.  If it were a movie, it would rate in the NC17 category. It is brilliant in its observations about the contemporary struggle of many American families and our culture.”

“The script contains a lot of controversial issues,” Zachary Birkes (Steve) says. “When watching the show, it could possibly clash with your own beliefs.”

Nonetheless, Lisa Prater (Ivy Weston) feels this show is believable.

“It’s a realistic family. They have issues,” Prater says.  “They have so many issues that affect all of the relationships it could make you feel better about your family.”

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.

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Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:00:16 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Workshop Reading of 'Our Family Outing' to be Friday, Oct. 12]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1229 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1229 A workshop reading of a new play based on “Our Family Outing” will be presented Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. in Messenger Auditorium in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The play, which is being adapted to the stage by Roger Moon, is based on “a memoir of coming out and through” written by 1983 Southwestern College graduate Joe Cobb and by Leigh Anne Taylor.

According to Moon, the drama is true to Cobb and Taylor’s memoir about their experience, told in the voices of the authors.

“After Joe’s graduation from Southwestern College, Joe and Leigh Anne met in seminary at SMU (Southern Methodist University), fell in love, got married and had two children,” Moon says. “They both moved into ministry successful careers, he as a pastor, and she in music ministry.” 

In 1987, 13 years after their marriage (while Joe was serving as an associate pastor of a major metropolitan church and Leigh Anne as a music minister) Joe realized that he had been denying his sexuality.  Joe and Leigh Anne accepted his homosexuality, ultimately divorced, and made a new covenant “to speak and act in loving ways toward one another, especially in front of the children, and for the sake of the children,” Moon explains.

Moon has written the play to be read by two actors portraying Cobb and Taylor.  Southwestern College alumni Randy Juden ’81 and Keri (Alexander) Crask ’82 have been chosen by Cobb and Moon to play the roles of Joe and Leigh Anne. 

“A script needs a tryout,” Moon says, “and that is what we are doing.  It is necessary for a playwright to see a script on stage in a reading as a play develops.   An adaptation of a book to a play also necessitates the chance for the book writers to see a script in development so that they can assess whether they feel the script is true to the book.”

A book signing will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Darbeth Fine Arts Building, so that the audience can meet and greet the authors, buy books and have them signed.  Moon is also hoping to receive feedback in the response, question and answer segment that will conclude the evening.

Admission cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for students.  All proceeds will go toward the theatre tech center classroom. 

 

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Wed, 03 Oct 2012 15:00:24 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[French Comedy ‘The Miser’ Fun and Challenging for SC Students]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1224 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1224 French comedy is never an easy feat, but it is one worth tackling for the theatre students at Southwestern College as they produce their Homecoming show, “The Miser” by Moliere, adapted by David Chambers and directed by Allyson Moon.

“The Miser” is a comedy of manners about a rich moneylender named Harpagon (Jordan Hill). His feisty children, Elise (Zoe Rae) and Cleante (Levi Nord), long to escape from his penny-pinching household and marry their respective lovers, Valere (Austin Davis) and Marianne (Arijana Cook).          

The actors and actresses have encountered challenges with acting in this French comedy.

“The biggest challenge for me in ‘The Miser’ is learning to correctly bring all the French influences into my character,” Danielle Morford said.  “I do not know much about French history or culture so this has been quite a learning process.”

Morford is playing the flirtatious Frosine in the production.

“Having the opportunity to play a character who is very flirtatious and gets what she wants is very fun,” said Morford.

The show has a wide variety of characters, some of whom change personalities multiple times.

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“This is my first experience playing an elderly man, so channeling the mannerisms, movements, and physicality of an older man is a new experience for me,” said Jordan Hill.

According to director Allyson Moon, “The Miser” is a classic script that incorporates a lot of modern humor, which makes it a fun choice for Southwestern’s homecoming production.

“The translation we are using is very accessible for a modern audience and makes the experience very fun,” said Hill. 

“The Miser” will be performed Thursday, Oct. 11, Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 14 in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. For tickets or more information, call the Southwestern College box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171, or visit their website at www.sckans.edu/theatre.  Devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall.

 

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Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:29:17 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Exciting Theatre Season Scheduled at SC]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1213 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1213 The Southwestern College theatre department is back in full swing. Four major shows will be presented during the course of the 2012-2013 academic year, and three will take place in Richardson Performing Arts Center. Rehearsals have already begun for the fall productions, according to Roger Moon, professor of theatre at Southwestern College. The plays will feature an exceptionally talented group of student actors.

The season will begin with the Homecoming production of “The Miser” by Moliere, a comedy that takes the Homecoming theme of service learning to heart. “The Miser” is about a greedy man and his children who are anxious to get away from home.

“It’s a very funny comedy, a laughing comedy,” says Moon. Not only is this production a light-hearted fit for Homecoming, it’s a piece of classic literature, which makes it a perfect fit for theatre studies. “We wanted our students to have the opportunity of dealing with a classic, and when we found out the theme was servant leadership, we were looking at Moliere.”

“The Miser” will be presented Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m.

The second major production will be “August: Osage County,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Tracy Letts. It presents an American family who are consumed by their greed and selfishness. Moon described it as a brutal, honest look at our American culture, our values, our self-centeredness, and the way these are destructive to family.

“It’s going to be tough,” Moon says. “Our audiences need to be warned, it has adult language. Though the play is a tragedy, not all will be doom and gloom; its saving grace is that it is also funny, helping audiences to laugh in order to keep from crying.  Sit down and brace yourself for this. It won the Pulitzer Prize for a reason.”

“August: Osage County” will be performed Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

 The spring semester will begin with the musical thriller “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” by Stephen Sondheim.

“I have great fun with musical comedy, and so do the students, but they also like to deal with serious issues,” says Moon.

The thriller is described as a revenge tragedy about the destructive nature of revenge and the character’s inability to forgive himself or others. The department chose the show both for its popularity and for its music.

“Sondheim is one of the greatest American composers of all time. For students and audiences to deal with his music is very important,” Moon adds.
           
“Sweeney Todd” will be a full dinner theater experience. 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.
           
The final major production will be “Parallel Lives,” the Gaffney and Najimy comedy based on The Kathy & Mo Show. It boasts an all-female cast of two or more. The comedy studies relationships between men and women and looks at what it’s like to be a woman in our world.

“These ideas are examined through laughter,” says Moon.
           
“Parallel Lives” will be presented Thursday, April 11; Friday, April 12; and Saturday April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.

Three of the four shows are new to the Winfield community and Southwestern students, which is another reason why the theatre department is so excited about this season.

“It’s important for us to create quality theatre for the campus and for the community that is a result of the educational experience of our students,” Moon says.  “It’s fun to do shows that we want to do, but we really want to prepare our students as we entertain our audiences. We also hope to educate through entertainment and make us feel more empathetically about our lives.”

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Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:40:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[One More Time for ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1206 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1206 The Tony Award winning comedy musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will have one last Winfield showing on Friday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Messenger Auditorium in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center of Southwestern College. 

Putnam County Spelling Bee


“This is your last chance (to see this show),” says director Allyson Moon.  “If your friends or neighbors told you what fun this show is, here is your opportunity to see it for yourself.”

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” follows the experience of six young overachievers, each competing for the spelling championship of a lifetime. They are overseen by Rona Peretti (Julia Faust) who is a former spelling champion herself, and vice principal Panch (Aron Pfingsten) who has recently returned from a five-year hiatus after an “incident.”

The adolescents sing their way through the trials and tribulations of the spelling bee. Leaf Coneybear (Carter Humphreys) tells about the embarrassment of being dumb in “I’m Not That Smart.” Another funny moment, according to Moon, occurs when Logainne Schwarzandgrubenniere (Lenita Krejci) reveals just how badly she wants to win in “Woe Is Me.”

“Every competitor has a moment in the spotlight throughout the bee,” Moon says.  “Ultimately the six young people, and maybe the adults as well, learn that winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. After all, losing hurts less when Mitch Mahoney (David Cantu), the recently paroled ‘comfort counselor,’ is there to give you a juice box and a hug.”

Other roles include William Barfee (Matt Berthot), Olive Ostrovsky (Alessandra Bevilacqua), Marcy Park (Lauren Kohpay), Chip Tolentino (Shane Schrag), Coneybear’s mom (Lisa Prater), and Coneybear’s sister (Payton Humphreys).

The production debuted June 22 and was a huge success according to Moon.

“I think the audiences were surprised by how much fun they had seeing their fellow audience members become part of the production,” Moon says.  “They were pleased by the performance of the most talented cast which ranges from high school freshman to high school teacher.  I think they were touched by some of the stories as the lives of the different spellers were unfolded.”

Ticket prices for the show are $10 for adults and $5 for students and youth. 

Southwestern College faculty, staff, and students will be admitted with no admission charge.

For more information or to make reservations, call the Southwestern box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171.

 

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Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:11:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA['Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' Coming to Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1189 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1189 Excitement, laughs, and lots of chocolate are on their way to the stage at Southwestern College with the production of Roald Dahl’s timeless story “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Audiences will enter a world of pure imagination in this scrumdiddlyumptious musical adaptation of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The show will be presented by the college as a dinner theatre, in partnership with the Marquee theatre.

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“The book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ is a classic about growing up and making tough choices,” says director Roger Moon. “It has been an inspiration to the imaginations of both children and adults for years.”

The story follows world-famous candy man Willy Wonka (Shane Schrag) on his quest to find an heir for his candy factory. Five boisterous children get the opportunity to tour the factory with their parents, and one by one are eliminated until one lucky child remains.

“What I’m really excited about is that the musical is the best of the book and the movies,” Moon says. “It has the best of the old music with new music created for the stage, and tells the story in such a way that it is delightful to children of all ages.”
The cast for the production is full of variety, including Southwestern students, alumni, and more than 30 community children. Moon says he loves working with community children, and has for many years.

“Working with families, and kids of all ages, shows how much talent is in our community,” says Moon.
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The cast will serve a roast beef dinner before the show, meant to replicate the roast beef dinner Violet (Allie Lawrence) tastes when she chews the Everlasting Gummy Gourmet Gobstopper gum. Dessert will be blueberry ice cream.

Performances are Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, with show at 7:30 p.m. and a 6 p.m. dinner, and Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. with a 12:30 p.m. lunch. Meals will be served in the Roy L. Smith student center and performances will be in the recently renovated Richardson Performing Arts Center.

Devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall.

For more information or for reservations, call the Southwestern box office at (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6171, or visit the Southwestern theatre website at www.skcans.edu/theatre.

 

 

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Thu, 05 Jul 2012 14:58:35 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cast and Menu Announced for Upcoming Summer Theatre Production]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1183 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1183 The cast and menu for the upcoming Winfield production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” has been announced by director Allyson Moon and musical director Matt Berthot.

“Something that makes this musical unique, when compared to other contemporary musicals, is the script’s improvisational moments and audience participation,” Moon says.

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“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be presented as a dinner theatre with the cast serving an All-American fried chicken dinner of champions before the show.

Performances are scheduled for Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, with a 6 p.m. dinner and 7:30 p.m. show, and Sunday, June 24, with a 12:30 p.m. lunch and 2 p.m. show. Ticket prices for dinner and show are $25 for adults, $23 for senior citizens, $20 for students, and $18 for youth.  Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and senior citizens, and $5 for students and youth.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” follows the experience of six young overachievers, competing for the spelling championship of a lifetime. They are overseen by Rona Peretti (Julia Faust) who is a former spelling champion herself, and vice principal Panch (Aron Pfingsten) who has recently returned from a five-year hiatus after an “incident.” The adolescents sing their way through the trials and tribulations of the spelling bee. Leaf Coneybear (Carter Humphreys) tells about the embarrassment of being dumb in “I’m Not That Smart.” Another funny moment, according to Moon, occurs when Logainne Schwarzandgrubenniere (Lenita Krejci) reveals just how badly she wants to win in “Woe Is Me.”

“Every competitor has a moment in the spotlight throughout the bee,” Moon says.  “Ultimately the six young people, and maybe the adults as well, learn that winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. After all, losing hurts less when Mitch Mahoney (David Cantu), the recently paroled ‘comfort counselor,’ is there to give you a juice box and a hug.”

Other roles include William Barfee (Matt Berthot), Olive Ostrovsky (Alessandra Bevilacqua), Marcy Park (Lauren Kohpay), Chip Tolentino (Ehen Hartung), Coneybear’s mom (Meredith Chavers), Coneybear’s sister (Lisa Prater), and Wrangler (Payton Humphreys).Berthot in Putnam Sp Bee

The meal will be served in the upper level of the Roy L. Smith Student Center.  The production will be performed in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.
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, 13 Jun 2012 13:44:48 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Summer Theatre Camps at SC]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1182 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1182 The Southwestern College theatre department and the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council are offering three summer camps in June.

The three camps will focus on story theatre, music theatre performance, and improvisational acting.

Story theatre camp is for ages Kindergarten-third grade and will run June 4-8 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 Friday, June 8, at 11 a.m.

Music theatre performance camp is intended for children in grades 4-6 and will run June 25-29, 10 a.m.-noon in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  Musical theatre scenes, songs, and dances will be developed using creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  Characters from the book and movies of “Willy Wonka” 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 29 at 11 a.m., in Messenger Recital Hall.

Improvisational acting camp is for students grade 6-12 and runs June 11-15, 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.   Techniques will also be used to develop major characters from stories such as “Willy Wonka.” 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 15 at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall.

Also, 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 “Willy Wonka,” which will run  July 12 -15 at Southwestern College.

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, 30 May 2012 10:57:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)