Theatre Arts RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/ Theatre Arts RSS Feed <![CDATA[‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ to Open Oct. 6]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1934 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1934 The Southwestern College theatre department will present their family-friendly fall production, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

Peter and the Starcatcher“Even though the ‘Peter Pan’ characters are still evolving during ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ you can tell who they are going to become,” says director of theatre Allyson Moon.  “The show is written in a way that is highly entertaining and is absolutely for the entire family.  We even learn about the secrets of the magic fairy dust.”

Peter Pan, his fellow characters, and the setting of Neverland have appeared in many works since the original books and play by J.M. Barrie. The earliest were the stage productions of the play and an adaptation to silent film, done with Barrie’s involvement and personal approval.  Later works included adaptations of the main story in both animated and live-action films, musical stage productions, and a sequel novel.  In addition, there have been numerous uses of Barrie’s characters, settings, and storylines  including reinterpretations, sequels, prequels, and spin-offs in a variety of media, including film, television series, video games, and books.  

Moon explains why she thinks Barrie’s work has been so popular through the years.

“I think it is because the Lost Boys get to live lives that all of us have dreamed of,” Moon says,  “imagining we won’t grow up, being able to fly, being able to have things the way we want them and not how the grown-ups want them to be.  With regards to Hook, the thing that continues to make him endearing is that he doesn’t seem to be entirely bad.  He wants to be the ultimate villain but he has just enough flaws in his makeup that make him funny.  So even though he does some really villainous things, one can still have compassion for him.  And Tinkerbell—to have a guardian angel, someone who is always looking out for Peter Pan, I think that is something that we imagine about angels or fairies or sprites. Tinkerbell encompasses so many good and helpful parts of those spirits.”

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for students.  For more information or tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email boxoffice@sckans.edu. 

 

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Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:35:28 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre Department to Present ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1928 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1928 The Southwestern College theatre department will present their fall production, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is the upended story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. It follows a nameless Boy and his friends as they are thrust into a mission with the apprentice Starcatcher, Molly Aster. Amidst a vicious sea storm, the pursuit of the notoriously unshaven pirate Black Stache, a tribe of cuisine-savvy natives, and a plot to steal a precious yet dangerous treasure, Molly and the Boy rely on the magic of hope and belief to save the world from an all too dramatic fate.

“The events of the play set up the ‘Peter Pan’ characters that we all know and love including Captain Hook” says Allyson Moon, director of theatre at Southwestern. “The play also contains music; the Pirates sing, and lullabies are sung to put the young ones to sleep.  This will be entertainment for the whole family.”

The cast for the production included Ryan Pangracs as Boy/Peter; Ondreya Seahorn as Prentiss; Shawn Knepper as Ted; Jonathan Lane as Lord Leonard Aster; Kaela Massey as Molly Aster; Tanner Schartz as Mrs. Bumbrake and Teacher; Sylvia Xu as Grempkin; Scarlet Green as Bill Slank and Fighting Prawn; Ali Petrovich as Alf; Hannah Breshears as Mack and Hawking Clam; Jack Warring as Black Stache; Scott Olney as Smee; and Sarrah Sultz as Captain Robert Falcon Scott and S’anchez. 

Admission charge is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for students.  For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the SC performing arts office at (620) 221-7720, (620) 229-6272, or email boxoffice@sckans.edu.

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Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:32:32 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[24-Hour Plays Returns to Southwestern College for a Sixth Year]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1922 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1922 The Southwestern College Theatre Department 24-Hour Plays will be a major cooperative project this year with Cowley College.  Joined by area high school teachers and students, and alumni Campus Player and Horsefeathers and Applesauce (H&A) actors, they will create and complete a full evening of theatre with six 10-minute plays to be presented Saturday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  The public is invited to attend.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for students, and no charge for SC faculty, staff, and students.  
 
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 sixth year to create 24-Hour Plays.
 
Participants will include:
Cowley College students; director of theatre Cara Kem; and designer/technical director, John Rohr.    
Wellington High School students and their teacher, Jessica Coldwell
Southwestern College students; director of theatre, Allyson Moon; faculty member Paula Makar; and technical director, Kenny Allman.  
 
Jeannine Russell, a Southwestern College Campus Player, and Wichita State University playwrighting professor, and Meagan Morrow, a Southwestern College Campus Player, will also participate as playwrights.  The festival will begin the evening of the Sept. 8 and will conclude the evening of Sept. 9.  
Starting at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8, playwrights, actors, directors, assistant directors, and technicians will begin.   Working in shifts so everyone gets a chance to sleep, the playwrights, directors, actors and technicians will work in shifts all night and day to write and create the collection of 10-minute plays which will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and finish by 9 p.m., allowing the actors the time to strike the sets and costumes, clean the theatre, and be done in 24 hours. 
 
To begin, participants introduce themselves and inspire the plays as each brings a costume piece and a prop and tells about their talents.  Pictures are taken of each actor, and by 11 p.m., the playwrights will choose actors for their plays and begin writing while the rest of the company goes to sleep in their dorms or homes across the town.   
 
SC and H & A alumni, along with faculty and students from area community colleges and high schools,
may be housed in the homes of SC theatre patrons who may come see the introductions, take them to a bed for the night, and then bring or them back to the college by 8 a.m., Saturday to begin their 12 hours of rehearsal and tech work for the new plays. Saturday evening theatre patrons are invited back to have a special experience with their “adopted” participant during the evening.  
 
The Campus Player and H & A alumni return to SC not only because of their relationship to SC and theatre, but also to experience with the whole Winfield community.  
 
Community members who would like house a student are asked to contact Kristin Porter, faculty assistant for performing arts, at (620) 229-6272.
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Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:44:53 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present ‘Godspell’]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1916 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1916 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical “Godspell” on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 30, at 2 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.

The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, mostly based on the Gospel of Matthew. The parables are interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns.

Southwestern College graduate Meagan Morrow is directing the show while current student Matthew Porter is the musical director.  Morrow says that the production will take on a carnival theme.  One hour before the show starts, the cast and crew will create a carnival atmosphere on the lawn of the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  Morrow says that families are encouraged to attend and participate in games, face painting, live music, ring toss, and fortune telling.

“‘Godspell’ can be done in a variety of ways,” Morrow says.  “The cast and crew will participate in the carnival games outside of the recital hall.  From there, the carnival atmosphere will move inside Messenger and the show will begin.”

Jesus will be played by Tanner Schartz and John/Judas will be played by Jack Warring, both current Southwestern College students.  The ensemble will include current SC students Ondreya Seahorn, Kaela Massey, Jonathan Lane, and Shawn Knepper.  Other ensemble members are SC graduate Carlene Dick; master’s student Juliana Smarsh; Scarlet Green, Wichita; and Nathan Coordsen, Bartlesville, Okla. 

Morrow says that this production of “Godspell” should appeal to everybody from preschool age to adult.  The music style will range from pop to rock to gospel.  

Tickets are $6 for youth, $10 for seniors, and $12 for adults.  To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720, email boxoffice@sckans.edu, or go online at www.sckans.edu/summertheatre.

 

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Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:37:54 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Audience Members May Sit In the Round at ‘Big Fish’]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1908 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1908 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical “Big Fish” on Friday, June 30, and Saturday July 1, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 2, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (RPAC).

Director Allyson Moon says that the audience will have the opportunity to sit in the RPAC’s auditorium seats or they may sit on stage.

“The staging of ‘Big Fish’ is done from the perspective of being in the round,” Moon says.   “Audience members will be on all sides of the action.  The accompaniment will also be on stage. With a show that has scenes that include being at the edge of a river, in a circus, at a USO production, and a wild West saloon, this theatrical experience is constantly surprising.”

“Big Fish” centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest. Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son, Will, who is about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

According to Moon, audience members on and off stage will have the opportunity to participate in the action when Edward starts telling a larger-than-life tale.  There is even a scene with soldiers in which audience members will have a chance to dance with them.  Moon stresses that this audience participation is not a requirement, but it is just a fun and unusual opportunity.

This isn’t the first time that Moon has directed a show staged in the round, but it is the first time she has done it in this space.

“Roger Moon paved the way when he staged the spring musical in RPAC in this way,” Moon says.  “It is challenging for the director and the actors.  This plays is about the lives of the Bloom family and those they touched, and who touched them.  This staging allows the audience to get to know them so much better.  Instead of just looking at the stage picture, audience members get to be in it.”

Brian Winnie is the music director and Sheila Harding is the choreographer.  

Tickets are $6 for youth, $10 for seniors, and $12 for adults.  To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720, email boxoffice@sckans.edu, or go online at www.sckans.edu/summertheatre.

 

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:15:21 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present the Musical ‘Big Fish’ June 30, July 1-2]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1907 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1907 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical “Big Fish” on Friday, June 30, and Saturday July 1, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 2, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

“Bring the whole family to this musical about family,” says director Allyson Moon.  “It will inspire you to live bigger, love bigger, and dream bigger.”

“Big Fish” centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest. Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

“Edward tells these huge, imaginative stories about who he has met while on the road as a traveling salesman,” Moon says.  “His son doesn’t believe his father has led the life that he has told.  He is on a mission to find out who his father really is.  Edward has a simple message, to live life as big as possible.”

The cast includes Matt Berthot as Edward; Matt Porter as young Edward; Michelle Zacharov as Sandra; Emily Flickinger as young Sandra; Jonathon Lane as Will; Hunter Lough as young Will; Kaela Massey as Josephine; Josh Massey as Karl; Jack Warring as Amos; Allie Petrovich as the Witch; Jessica Coldwell as Jenny Hill; Scarlet Green as young Jenny Hill; Tanner Schartz as Don Price; Shawn Knepper as Zacky Price; Austin Davis as Doctor Bennett; Nathaniel Metzinger as New York Doctor; Carlene Dick as Mermaid; Kyle Smith as Red Fang; and Chris Rogers as Ashton Mayor.

Brian Winnie is the music director and Sheila Harding is the choreographer.  

Tickets are $6 for youth, $10 for seniors, and $12 for adults.  To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720, email boxoffice@sckans.edu, or go online at www.sckans.edu/summertheatre.

 

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:43:41 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Theatre Day Camps Available This Summer at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1894 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1894 The Southwestern College theatre department and the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council are cooperating to offer summer camps for youth.

According to Allyson Moon, director of the Summer Theatre Festival at Southwestern College, one of the offerings this summer will be “The Magic School Bus.”  Two camps are being offered for performers in the June 9 and 10 production:

•       Story Theatre Camp is geared for kindergarten through third grade students.  The camp will focus on creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  
•       Youth Theatre camp is for fourth through eighth graders.  During this camp, participants will develop their acting skills while being exposed to all aspects of technical theatre.   

Both camps will be two weeks long, from May 30 to June 2 and June 5 to 10, from 10 a.m. to noon., in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College. The cost for the camp is $30

Other summer theatre camps include:
•       Musical Theatre Performance, June 12-16, 10 a.m. to noon.  Musical theatre scenes, songs, and dances will be developed using creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  Characters from contemporary musical productions 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 16, at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College Campus.  The cost for the camp is $25.
•       Improvisational Acting, July 10-14, 10 a.m. to noon.  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 meet in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center to work with Moon and members of SC's improv troupe, 9 LIVES.  The class will finish with an improvisational acting review on Friday, July 14 at 11 a.m. in the Messenger Recital Hall.
•       Playwrighting, July 10-14, 1-3 p.m. Original scenes and short plays will be developed using a variety of playwrighting exercises and writing techniques.  Writers will meet in Darbeth 105 and work with Roger Moon and SC’s summer theatre interns on the development of ideas, action, conflict, scenes, characters, and dialogue.  The class will finish with a staged reading of scenes on Friday, July 14, at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College Campus.   The cost for the camp is $25.

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

 

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Tue, 02 May 2017 11:29:40 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Auditions for Summer Theatre Festival Presentation of ‘Big Fish’ Scheduled for May 5 and 6]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1893 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1893 Open auditions for the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival production of “Big Fish” will be on Friday, May 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Auditions will be in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building at Southwestern. “Big Fish” will be performed June 30, and July 1 and 2.

The auditions are for ages 11 and up. Individuals auditioning can prepare a song or can sing a song from the show. Contact musical director Brian Winnie, at brian.winnie@sckans.edu, to request audition materials for “Big Fish.”  Scenes from the show will be used for the acting portion of the audition and will be provided.

 Those auditioning are asked to bring a current headshot or picture. 

“This musical about family ignites the imagination toward living a life of big and magical dreams,” says director Allyson Moon.

“Big Fish” is a musical with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by John August. It is based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel, “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions,” and the 2003 film “Big Fish” written by August and directed by Tim Burton.

Other productions for the summer include “The Magic School Bus” June 9 and 10, and “Godspell” July 28, 29, and 30.

For more information about the auditions or the other productions, contact Allyson Moon at (620) 229-6328 or Allyson.moon@sckans.edu. 

 

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Tue, 02 May 2017 11:27:40 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Musical ‘Spring Awakening’ Brings Something Old and Something New]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1876 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1876 The upcoming Southwestern College production of “Spring Awakening” is both something old and something new in the world of the American musicals, according to Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre and director of the play. 

Performances will be April 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 9 at 2 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $6 for students.  The musical has mature subject matter and language, and is not for children. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the SC performing arts office at (620) 221-7720, (620) 229-6272, or email boxoffice@sckans.edu.

Based on an 1891 play, Frank Wedekind’s “Spring Awakening” won eight Tony Awards in 2007.

“Those Tonys were awarded for a good reason,” says Moon, who teaches musical theatre performance and history. “Like ‘Showboat,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ ‘Hamilton,’ and other great shows, ‘Spring Awakening’ is in the tradition of musicals with captivating characters in deep struggles with issues that matter deeply to them and to their audiences.” 

Stephen Sater and Duncan Shiek have taken a story with universal challenges and told it with music in a popular style that can resonate with their contemporary audiences, Moon says.  

“‘Spring Awakening’ pushes boundaries beyond any musical we have done here at SC,” says Moon. “Dealing with the journey through adolescent sexuality is clearly serious subject matter.  Adults of my generation and younger have probably experienced it in our youth, and have seen it gradually be addressed in movies, then on television, but didn’t grow up expecting it to be on stage.  Language as mature (and sometimes immature) and graphic as language about sex can be is far from the general audience expectations of the ‘golden age’ of the 1940s to 1960s.”

Adolescents struggling to understand their changing bodies as they sexually mature need not only knowledge and understanding of the physical, mental, emotional, and social changes, but also guidance of parents, teachers, and all those who might help them understand and deal with their world, the director points out. Although “Spring Awakening” is set and costumed in the late 19th century, when the show’s adolescent angst explodes into song it is in 21st century musical theatre alternative punk rock, he says.  

“This is a new style for me, and that is wonderfully challenging,” says Moon, who is a fan of the Golden Age of the American musical.

 “I love musical theatre from Gilbert and Sullivan and George M. Cohan, to Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Cole Porter, and finally to Rogers and Hammerstein, and Lerner and Lowe.  I am deeply grounded in those.  But I’ve also come to love Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, William Finn, Yorkey and Kitt, and many, many more,” Moon says. “It is deeply meaningful to identify and connect with all those worlds, with the people, their feelings, and the struggles that we share.  They give great hope; that is what musicals do.”  

Today’s young musical theater performers and audiences know and love “Spring Awakening,” says Moon. The story expresses the difficulties they know and feel as they grow up in a world that sometimes does not allow them enough information from parents and teachers who might give real guidance and support, and they ultimately seek too much information from outside sources. The effects may be as tragic as those in this musical, Moon adds. 

Moon says the choice of a show that pushes boundaries was intentional.

“Southwestern College is committed to education, acknowledging the pillars of hope, courage, freedom and knowledge,” he says. “We are committed to giving our students a wide range of learning experiences, and to bring our campus, community and area audiences a wide range of productions for their learning experience and entertainment as well.”   

“Spring Awakening” is a great project for Southwestern’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre program, says Allyson Moon, SC’s director of theatre, and co-creator of the new BFA program with Brian Winnie, of SC’s music department.  “The students need to study, be exposed to, and be challenged to learn and perform the widest range of musical theatre styles.  In recent years our students have had the chance to perform musicals from the traditional styles of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, to book musicals as varied as ‘Sweeney Todd’, Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ and ‘Hairspray.’  They have done musicals from ‘Willy Wonka’ to ‘Next to Normal.’  ‘Spring Awakening’ will be followed by a summer of family musicals which will soon be announced.”  

“Though I’m old and old-fashioned in many ways,” Roger concludes, “it is important to understand today’s students and their perspectives and struggles, and to find the way to stage and communicate their stories, to their friends, families, teachers, and community.  With this year’s Pillar’s Project theme of ‘knowledge,’ what is more important than the basic understanding of the journey young people make through what the ‘Spring Awakening’ youth call the ‘spring’s dark blue shadows,’ so that they might reap fruitful and healthy lives in the mature ‘purple summer’ of life?”

 

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:05:28 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘I and You’ Production to Donate to Midwest Transplant Network]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1863 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1863 The Southwestern College theatre department will present “I and You” on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  All performances will be in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration building.

For every ticket sold, a $1 donation will be made to the Midwest Transplant Network to raise awareness about organ donation. 

“Not only is this show from playwright Lauren Gunderson an entertaining and insightful night of theatre for those who come to watch, but it is also for a wonderful cause,” says director Allyson Moon. “Caroline, one of the two characters in the play, suffers from a congenital disease and is in need of a transplant. This production provides us with the opportunity to use powerful theatre to raise awareness.”

The play stars Victoria Lybarger as Caroline and Kuhmar Shannon as Anthony.  The play follows the two as they bond over Walt Whitman homework. Through their short time together they discover that despite their different worlds, backgrounds, and personalities, their connection can have more weight and meaning than they ever thought possible. 

Both actors are excited about the production and their characters.  

“I think the play is about breaking stereotypes and perseverance,” Lybarger says.  “It's written so well that the give-and-take of both characters makes it interesting.” 

“I like how Anthony gets to know Caroline and really care for her. I love how the play increasingly falls together, scene by scene,” Shannon says.  

To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272 or email boxoffice@sckans.edu. 

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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:16:45 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nine Lives to Perform Community Show Feb. 4]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1858 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1858 Southwestern College’s Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe will perform a community show on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge. 

With Valentines’s Day coming up, the title for the show is “We Love You!” and it is intended for the entire family.  

“For those who never attended a Nine Lives Improv comedy show, the format is a lot like what you see in the television show, ‘Whose Line is It, Anyway,’ says troupe leader Allyson Moon.  “The content for ‘We Love You!’ will all be family friendly.”  

The show will feature Valentine’s Day inspired improvisational acting games and lots of audience and troupe member interaction.  Troupe members include seniors Stephen Gehly, Meagan Morrow, Allie Petrovich, and Carlene Dick; junior, Matthew Porter; and sophomore, Melissa Connell.  

Moon says that the community show is Nine Lives gift to audience members of all ages.  Not only will the show be filled with comedy, there will be candy and prizes for everyone.  

For more information, contact Moon by calling (620) 229-6328 or email allyson.moon@sckans.edu.

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Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:03:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Theatre Department to Present ‘I and You’ Feb. 16-18]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1856 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1856 The Southwestern College theatre department will present “I and You” Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  All performances will be in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration building.

Written by Lauren Gunderson, “I and You” is the story of two students who connect while working together on a Walt Whitman homework project.  Through their time together, the two come to learn more about each other and themselves.  Southwestern’s production of “I and You” stars Victoria Lybarger as Caroline and Kuhmar Rezzaq Shannon as Anthony. 

“Lauren Gunderson is a masterful new playwright,” says director Allyson Moon.  “Her story of characters Anthony and Caroline will touch your heart; it will surprise you, and stay with you long after the curtain closes.”

Gunderson is an award-winning playwright, born in Atlanta. She earned her bachelor of arts in creative writing from Emory University in 2004, and her master of fine arts in dramatic writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2009. “I and You” has been critically acclaimed and is the winner of the 2014 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, as well as being a finalist for the 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272 or email box.office@sckans.edu.  

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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:49:40 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Eagerheart’ Returns to SC Little Theatre Dec. 7, 8, and 11]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1836 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1836 The Southwestern College theatre department and Campus Players’ 84th annual production of “Eagerheart” will be on stage soon. The annual Christmas chapel on the SC campus will be performed in the Helen Graham Little Theatre, located on the lower level of Christy Administration building, on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m.  Other performances will be Thursday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 11, both at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is free with a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Winfield Food Pantry.  Eagerheart
 “Eagerheart,” which was written by early 20th century English playwright A.M. Buckton, celebrates the legend that Christ and the Holy Family travel the earth each year, blessing one deserving home where they rest on Christmas Eve.   Eager Heart and sisters Eager Fame and Eager Sense, along with shepherds and kings of Power, Wisdom, and Love, reveal their understanding of Christ and His teachings.  The search for the Holy Family is tested by beggars seeking food and shelter.  The play challenges and inspires audiences to live with charity throughout the year.  

Director Roger Moon says that many community members have told him that because of the deeply moving Christian message, they refer to this production as the beginning of the Christmas season.  

“The message of the play is that there are those who have needs, and we have a hand to give,” Moon says. 

This year the role of Eager Heart will be played by Meagan Morrow. Brandi Young has been cast as Eager Fame and Carlene Dick as Eager Sense.  

The Beggar Man will be played by Jacob Marney.  The kings will be played by Alexander Wilken, King of Power; Elijah Rodda, King of Wisdom; and William Wade, King of Love. Donald Dutton will play the role of the Old Shepherd. Other shepherds will be played by Matthew Porter, Julianna Smarsh and Willow Branch. 

The Prologue will be given by Stephen Gehly and angels will be played by Victoria Lybarger, Britany Morgan, and Allie Petrovich as the Angel of Death.

An uncredited woman traditionally plays the role of the beggar woman who later is recognized as one the Holy Family, and infants of the community are cast as the beggars’ child taken in by Eager Heart.   A senior student will play the role at the chapel performance and a selected faculty or staff will play the Beggar Woman at the community performances.  

Due to limited seating in the Helen Graham Little Theatre, reservations are encouraged.  They can be made by calling (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272.  Reservations may also be made by emailing boxoffice@sckans.edu.  

 

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<![CDATA[Cast for ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ and ‘The Fifteen-Minute Hamlet’ Announced]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1828 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1828 Southwestern College will present “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” and “The Fifteen-Minute Hamlet” on Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Art Center, in the Christy Administration Building.

Directed and produced by Roger Moon, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” is an absurd comic take on the classic “Hamlet,” while “15-Minute Hamlet” is a condensed version of the play. Both pieces were written by Tom Stoppard, who also wrote the film “Shakespeare in Love.”  

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Promo 1The SC production will feature Southwestern College students Stephen Gehly as Rosencrantz;  Meagan Morrow as Guildenstern; Hamlet will be played by William Wade, and The Player by Jack Warring.   

Cast members will double for “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” and “The Fifteen Minute Hamlet,” playing the same roles in both productions.  

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Southwestern College’s actors to build their skills with Shakespearean text, and comedy in two styles,” says Moon. “It will also be an incredible opportunity for audiences to enjoy these two great comedies.”

Members of the court of Elsinore are played by Matt Porter as Claudius, Allie Petrovich as Gertrude, Donnie Dutton as Polonius, Julianna Smarsh as Ophelia, Tanner Schartz as Horatio, Jacob Marney as Fortinbras, Peter Wei Pan and Yue Sylvia Xu as court guards, and Kale Baker as the English Ambassador.

The traveling tragedians performing in the court at Elsinore are played by Willow Branch, Carlene Dick, Shawn Knepper, John Lane, and Tanner Schartz. 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Promo 2The production has a large technical staff including stage manager Carson Davis; assistant stage managers Kara McClain, Brandi Young, Tessa Castor, and Emily Jones; set designer Roger Moon; costume designer Allyson Moon; lighting designers Meagan Morrow, William Wade and Matt Porter; master electrician Scott Olney; makeup designers Kaela Massey and Ondreya Seahorn; props masters Carlene Dick and Juliana Smarsh; technical director Britany Morgan; shop foreman Jonathan Lane; sound designer Brandi Young and sound operator Toni Ervin; publicity manager Kale Baker; house manager Lena Williams; and box office manager Alex Wilken. 

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $6 for youth and area students with school ID, $10 for senior citizens, and free for all Southwestern faculty, staff, and students. Tickets can be reserved by calling (620) 221-7720, or emailing boxoffice@sckans.edu. 
 

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Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:56:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Small Packages: Auditions]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1821 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1821 This year's student directors are ready for you to audition for Small Packages! Small Packages are 10-minute scenes directed by five current SC students and will be performed on December 3rd.

 

All auditions will be in the Little Theatre and are at the following times:

Wednesday, October 26th @ 5pm

Wednesday, October 26th @ 10pm

Thursday, October 27th @ 10pm

 

No acting experience is required! This is a fun time to discover new skills and to have fun with other classmates. Any questions-contact Roger Moon at roger.moon@sckans.edu

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:37:51 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[9 Lives Community Show]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1820 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1820 9 Lives Creature Featre

Join us this Saturday when the 9 LIVES Improv Comedy Troupe presents: CREATURE FEATURE Comunity Show at 7:00pm in Messenger Recital Hall.

Admission is free for everyone, and so is the candy! Costumes are optional, but definitely encouraged!

If you have any questions, please call 620.229.6328.

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:30:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Love Letters’ On Stage Oct. 8 at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1814 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1814 “Love Letters,” A. R. Gurney’s play about lifelong love and friendship, will return to the Southwestern College stage for one night during the SC Homecoming weekend.  The production will be presented Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center located in the Christy Administration Building. 

Gurney’s 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, in which two readers share the correspondence of ‘Andy’ and ‘Melissa,’ was performed in a memorable homecoming production in 1994 by then-SC President Carl Martin and first lady Mary Lou Martin. 

Carl and Mary Lou 1995For the upcoming production SC theatre professor Roger Moon, who also directed the ’94 production, has gathered a cast of 30 actors ranging from current SC freshmen theatre majors to Campus Player alumni who graduated 60 years ago.  The 15 couples will play ‘Andy’ and ‘Melissa,’ two friends in the play who corresponded by letters for 50 years of their lives.

SC freshmen will begin reading the letters of ‘Andy and ‘Melissa’ written when they were six years old, followed by current senior Campus Player theatre majors, then recent Campus Player alumni of the class of 2006 and ’01, and ’96, will read the love letters old ‘Andy’ and ‘Melissa’ as they continue through their early years and on into their lives.  Alumni from classes ending in ’01 and ’06 or adjacent years will continue, in tag-team fashion, to read the letters of ‘Andy’ and ‘Melissa,’ ending with the last letters read by SC Campus Player alumni of the class of 1956. 

Tickets for “Love Letters” are $12 for adults and $6 for students.  Tickets are general admission, but may be reserved at boxoffice@sckans.edu, or by calling (620) 221-7720 or the SC performing arts office at (620) 229-6272.  Tickets will also be sold at the box office in the Christy Administration Building immediately before the performance. Proceeds from the performance will support the SC theatre department TOMARI Technical Theatre Arts Center, and be used toward addition of a new shop for set construction.   

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:55:31 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[24-Hour Plays Return to Southwestern]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1802 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1802 The Southwestern College Theatre Department 24-Hour Plays will be a major cooperative project this year with Cowley College.  Joined by area high school teachers and students, and alumni Campus Player and Horsefeathers and Applesauce (H&A) actors, they will create and complete a full evening of theatre with six 10-minute plays to be presented Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  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 fifth year to create 24-Hour Plays. 

“The popularity of 24-Hour Plays is enormous,” explains Roger Moon, SC theatre professor and playwright, “and we are delighted to cooperate on this project with Cowley College and their new faculty, Cara Kem and John Rohr.  This experience creates an intense creative community among its participants, and this will be a great project to begin our work together.”

“Winfield and Southwestern students experience the exuberant creativity that happens when five dozen playwrights, directors, stage managers, technicians and actors converge to ‘play’ at this intense level,” says Moon.  “It’s a joy to experience as a creator or as an audience.  There is nothing as electric as the community of theatre.”   

Starting at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, playwrights, actors, directors, assistant directors, and technicians will begin.   Working in shifts so everyone gets a chance to sleep, the playwrights, directors, actors and technicians will work in shifts all night and day to write and create the collection of 10-minute plays which will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and finish by 9 p.m., allowing the actors the time to strike the sets and costumes, clean the theatre, and be done in 24 hours. 

To begin, participants introduce themselves and inspire the plays as each brings a costume piece and a prop and tells about their talents.

 Pictures are taken of each actor, and by 11 p.m., the playwrights will choose actors for their plays and begin writing while the rest of the company goes to sleep in their dorms or homes across the town.   

SC and H & A alumni, along with faculty and students from area community colleges and high schools, may be housed in the homes of SC theatre patrons who may come see the introductions, take them to a bed for the night, and then bring or them back to the college by 8 a.m., Saturday to begin their 12 hours of rehearsal and tech work for the new plays. Saturday evening theatre patrons are invited back to have a special experience with their “adopted” participant during the evening.  

The Campus Player and H & A alumni return to SC not only because of their relationship to SC and theatre, but also to experience with the whole Winfield community.  

“As we invite prospective students to join us for the 24-Hour Plays,” explains Moon, “we want them to know that they will be valued in this community, so we try to house them for the night in community homes and start the wonderful and supportive relationship that they will have when they come as a student to SC.”  

Community members who would like house a student are asked to contact Kristin Porter, faculty assistant for performing arts, at (620) 229-6272.

 

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Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:33:23 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Auditions for SC's major fall production to be held August 30th]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1795 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1795 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, SC's major fall production, will hold auditions Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30 and 31, at 6:30 in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. Come join the fun at 6:30, or if you would like to prepare an audition ahead of time, contact roger.moon@sckans.edu.  Audition materials will  be provided. 

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:34:33 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘[title of show]’ to Begin SC Theatre Season August 26]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1793 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1793 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present Tony nominated and OBIE award winning musical “[title of show]” on Friday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m., in in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. The show is rated PG-13 due to adult content. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.  Southwestern College students will be admitted without charge. 

title of show 3“[title of show],” created by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, is directed by Carman Moon, with musical direction by Brian Winnie. The cast of four stars Mathew Porter, Austin Davis, Allie Petrovich, and Julianna Smarsh.
 
“This August performance provides one last opportunity to experience this amazing contemporary musical,” says Allyson Moon, director of the theatre program at Southwestern.  “It is also the launch of the 2016-17 Southwestern College Theatre season.”

“[title of show]” chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and the composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show's off- and on-Broadway production. Bowen and Bell, determined to write an original musical rather than adapt an existing play or movie, discovered almost immediately that their conversations about what to write were more interesting than what they were actually writing. One character in the show explains that they are trying to write a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.

The production will kick off a busy theatre season at Southwestern.  Upcoming season productions include “Love Letters” by A. R. Gurney (Oct. 8); “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” and “15 Minute Hamlet” by Tom Stoppard (Nov.11-13); “I and You” by Lauren Gunderson (Feb. 16-19); and “Spring Awakening” by Steven Sater (April 7-9).  For a complete list of the entire 2016-17 season, go to http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/season-at-a-glance/. 
 

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Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:33:09 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘[title of show]’ Ideal for Friends to Attend]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1784 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1784 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present Tony-nominated and OBIE-award-winning musical comedy “[title of show]” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24, in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre in partnership with The Eatery, and ticket options for show-only or shows with dinner are available.  The show is rated PG-13 due to adult content.

title of showDirector Carman Moon says this is an ideal show for couples or groups of friends looking for an entertaining night out.

“So much of the show is about a group of friends, hanging out and doing what friends do,” Moon says.  “The character's camaraderie with one another is essential to making their dreams come true.”

“[title of show],” created by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, will be directed by Moon, with musical direction by Brian Winnie. The cast of four includes Mathew Porter, Austin Davis, Allie Petrovich, and Julianna Smarsh.

“The show is hopeful; it will make you believe,” Davis says.  “The show is an autobiography about creation, and reminds us that sometimes you need help, and how much a group of friends can help.”

“[title of show]” chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and the composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show's off- and on-Broadway production. Bowen and Bell, determined to write an original musical rather than adapt an existing play or movie, discovered almost immediately that their conversations about what to write were more interesting than what they were actually writing. One character in the show explains that they are trying to write a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.

Dinner guests will choose from a variety of meals.  Dinner will be served at The Eatery, 815 Millington St. in Winfield.  Menu items include:
•    Marinated grilled chicken breast served with rice pilaf and sautéed mixed vegetables
•    Broasted (fried) chicken served with mashed potatoes and corn
•    Eight-ounce K.C. strip steak served with baked potato and sautéed mixed vegetables
•    Catfish (cornmeal, blackened, or lemon pepper) served with homecut French fries and coleslaw
•    Vegetarian options 
All of these meals include a house salad and choice of water, tea, or coffee.

title of show 2Dinner times for the shows on July 22 and 23 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 24 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults and $20 for youth.  Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

For tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email boxoffice@sckans.edu.  For more information contact Allyson Moon at (620) 229-6328.

 

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:16:37 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present Musical ‘[title of show]’ July 22-24]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1783 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1783 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present Tony nominated and OBIE award winning musical “[title of show]” on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 24, at 2 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre in partnership with a local restaurant, and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.  The show is rated PG-13 due to adult content.

“[title of show],” created by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, will be directed by Carman Moon, with musical direction by Brian Winnie. The cast of four stars Mathew Porter, Austin Davis, Allie Petrovich, and Julianna Smarsh.

“We hope the community will come join the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival interns as they explore the creative process necessary to move a musical idea to Broadway,” says Moon.  

The show chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief (three-week) creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show's production off and on Broadway. Bowen and Bell, determined to write an original musical rather than adapt an existing play or movie, discovered almost immediately that their conversations about what to write were more interesting than what they were actually writing. One character in the show explains that they are trying to write a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.

Moon says that this production includes several levels of comedy.

“It is a thinking comedy,” Moon says.  “The jokes land on a multitude of levels.  If you have a theatre background, you will see it on a different level.  This production shows the collaboration that is necessary for any creative venture.  The audience will see the highs and lows of this process and how to take an idea and create something amazing.”

Dinner times for the shows on July 22 and 23 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 24 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. Tickets for dinner and show are $25 for adults and $20 for youth.  Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
For tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email boxoffice@sckans.edu. For more information contact Allyson Moon at (620) 229-6328.

 

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Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:16:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Large Diverse Cast Highlights ‘Hairspray’]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1782 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1782 Southwestern College’s Summer Theatre Festival presents “Hairspray” on Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m. 

“Hairspray” is a musical set in 1962 that has a theme that centers on unity and bringing diverse populations of people together. The show’s main character, Tracy Turnblad, enthusiastically works to unite two different dance groups to be together on the hit “Corny Collins Show.” Because the show features many diverse characters it provides the opportunity for performers of a variety of ages, cultural background, talents, and experience.  A total of 85 performers auditioned for a role in “Hairspray”, a total of 56 were chosen.  

HairsprayAngie Thompson, Wichita, plays the lead role of Tracy Turnblad. 

“I don’t feel like that Tracy strives to be accepted by anyone; I feel like she tries to accept everyone and hopes for the same in return,” Thompson says.  “She wants to live in a world where everyone can be as happy with themselves as she is with herself.” 

Dan Campbell, Southwestern College Campus Player, plays the gender-swapped role of Tracy’s mother Edna Turnblad. Campbell mentioned that he has always wanted to play the role of Edna and that his favorite part about Edna is when she finds her joy again. 

“She had lost her joy,” Campbell says, “and then she realized that she doesn’t have to be a particular weight to be joyful.” 

This is Campbell’s 47th show at Southwestern College.

Nathaniel Lee, Winfield, plays the role of Seaweed, an African American dancer who befriends Tracy and introduces her to the rest of the misfit Motormouth Kids. Lee says it has been a challenge embodying the character of Seaweed.

“Seaweed is just so suave; I’m a quiet guy, and he’s cool,” Lee says.  “He’s comfortable doing anything, and I sit back and watch.” 

Jonathan Lane, Colwich, is working with the musical both on and off stage. Along with playing the role of a Corny Collins Council Kid, he is also the show’s stage manager. Lane has enjoyed working with the diverse cast of “Hairspray.”

“Truth be told, it’s what theatre is - people coming together,” Lane says.  “People you never knew from places you’ve never even heard of coming together, working on a show to put on for other people, making them happy, just doing their job as thespians.” 

Skylar Markley, Winfield, is playing a Corny Collins Council Kid, a role that requires a lot of precise and stylized dancing. Markley has six years of dancing experience from being trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and tumbling at The Edge in Winfield. Markley says it has been a challenging and rewarding experience so far.  

“The challenges of this show, for me, has been the singing with the dancing along with the new styles of dance,” Markley says. “It’s different dancing with people that you’re not used to dancing with every single day too.” 

According to Moon, the entire cast is doing an excellent job. 

“Because of the equal demands for every performer to act, sing, and dance, this production has provided a considerable challenge We have had enormous growth from every member of the cast,” Moon says. 

The show will be performed as an optional dinner theatre in partnership with The Eatery (July 15) and Kathryn’s restaurant (July 16-17), and ticket options for show only or shows with dinner are available.  Dinner times for the shows on July 15 and 16 will be at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m.  Dinner on July 17 will be at 12:30 p.m., with the show at 2 p.m. The dinners will be served at The Eatery on Friday and at Kathryn’s on Saturday and Sunday. Menu options For Kathryn’s include grilled chicken, beef, or pork steak, a salad, and two side dishes (The Eatery menu options are still to be determined). Tickets for dinner and show are $25.  Show-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. The show is appropriate for the entire family. 

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

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<![CDATA[Summer Theatre Festival to Present 'Wild Things']]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1780 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1780 The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “Wild Things,” a collection of Maurice Sendak stories, on Friday, June 24, at 2 and 7 p.m., and on Saturday, June 25, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building.  There is a suggested donation charge of $3 for children and $5 for adults. 

Participating in the shows are members of the youth theatre camp, the story theatre camp, and Southwestern College Summer Theatre interns.  

According to Allyson Moon, director of the Summer Theatre Festival, the interns worked with members of the story theatre camp to write adaptations of “Bears,” “Bumble-Ardy,” “Dear Mili,” and “Wild Things.”

Moon says that these shows are ideal for families, especially younger family members because of the content of the show, and that it will conclude in less than an hour. 

Youth theatre camp members include: Callie Ledford, Riley White, Marcus Brooks, Ruby Woodburn, Dante Moon, Taylor Pappan, and Reese Pappan. Story theatre camp members include: Charlie Page, Macy White, Madeline Andrews, Gwendolyn Andrews, Alia Dust, Carson Mcade, Copeland Quiett, and Ian Dockery.

Summer Theatre Festival interns include: Jon Lane, Matt Porter, Julianna Smarsh, Carlene Dick, Austin Davis, Allie Petrovich, and Alex Wilken.  

To reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email boxoffice@sckans.edu.

 

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:36:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Theatre Day Camps Available This Summer at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1773 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1773 The Southwestern College theatre department and the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council are cooperating to offer summer camps for youth.

According to Allyson Moon, director of the Summer Theatre Festival at Southwestern College, one of the offerings this summer will be “Where the Wild Things Are” plus other Maurice Sendak plays. To perform in the production on June 24 and 25, two summer camps are being offered:

•       Story Theatre Camp is geared for kindergarten through third grade students.  The camp will focus on creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  
•       Youth Theatre camp is for fourth through eighth graders.  During this camp, participants will develop their acting skills while being exposed to all aspects of technical theatre.   

Both camps will be two weeks in length – June 13-17 and June 20-25, from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost for the camp is $30 and sessions will be held in the Helen Graham Little Theatre located on the lower level of the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College. 

Other camp offerings this summer include:
•       Musical Theatre Performance, May 31-June 4, 10 a.m. to noon.  Musical theatre scenes, songs, and dances will be developed using creative dramatics and traditional rehearsal techniques.  Characters from Disney productions and other contemporary musicals 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 Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College Campus.  The cost for the camp is $25.
•       Improvisational Acting, June 27-July 1, 10 a.m. to noon.  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 meet in the Helen Graham Little Theatre to work with Moon and members of SC's improv troupe, 9 Lives.  
•       Playwrighting, June 27-July 1, 2-4 p.m. Original scenes and short plays will be developed using a variety of playwrighting exercises and writing techniques.  Writers will meet in Darbeth 105 and work with Roger Moon and SC’s summer theatre interns on the development of ideas, action, conflict, scenes, characters, and dialogue.  The improvisational class and the playwrighting class will perform a combined showcase on Friday, July 1, at 11 a.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the Southwestern College Campus.   The cost for both camps is $25.

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

 

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Mon, 09 May 2016 14:20:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Auditions for Summer Theatre Festival Presentation of ‘Hairspray’ Scheduled for May 5 and 6]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1768 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1768 Open auditions for the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival production of “Hairspray” are coming soon to Southwestern College. 

“This is a diverse cast,” says director Allyson Moon. “It provides an opportunity for everyone to come together and show that each person is important, each person has gifts, and each person should have a chance to shine.” 

Auditions will be Thursday, May 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building and Friday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building. The auditions are for ages 11 and up. Individuals auditioning can prepare a song or can sing a song from the show. Contact musical director Brian Winnie, at brian.winnie@sckans.edu, to request audition materials for “Hairspray.”  Scenes from the show will be used for the acting portion of the audition and will be provided. 

“Hairspray” will be performed July 15-17. The show is about dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad who auditions for a spot on "The Corny Collins Show" and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun, and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny's reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show.

Other productions for the summer include “Where the Wild Things Are” and other Maurice Sendak plays, June 24 and 25, and the contemporary musical “Title of Show” July 22-24.

For more information about the auditions or the other productions, contact Allyson Moon at (620) 229-6328 or Allyson.moon@sckans.edu.  

 

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:40:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[‘Legally Blonde’ on Richardson Stage]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1748 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1748 Southwestern College will present Heather Hach’s “Legally Blonde: The Musical” on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m.  All performances will be in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.

The show is directed by Allyson Moon, director of theatre at Southwestern. Admission is $5 for students, $10 for adults.

Legally Blonde PosterThe play is musical comedy full of dancing, colorful sets and costumes, jokes, and sentiment, participants say. The story follows Elle Woods as she takes on Harvard in spite of the difficulty and stereotypes that await her.

Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern, has been a major contributor to the show.

“I hope that the vocals can help propel the story and characters throughout the show,” Winnie says. “Even more so, I hope the audience can hear the continued vocal development and growth in the musical theatre program and the cast members. This show represents the ‘new normal’ in musical theatre featuring extreme belt ranges and vocal stamina.” 

Britany Morgan, technical director and costume designer, is responsible for the look of the show.

“My goal is to make every character unique and memorable. Whether they are onstage for a few seconds or a few scenes, I want everyone in the show have their own personal look for their characters,” Morgan says.

And Morgan is working behind the scenes as well as on the stage.

“The biggest challenge I face is really balancing my schedule,” she explains. “Since I'm involved in multiple elements of the show it gets a bit tricky. As a technical director, I mentor and guide the designers in their process; as a costume designer, I make everything look flawless and ready for the performance; as a performer, I embody my character and ready myself for opening night.”

Scenic designer John Rohr also has put tremendous effort into a project. “Legally Blonde is a special musical to me. It is very powerful and has a lot of potential to speak truthful, meaningful messages to its audiences,” he says. “In the design, I was really searching for that ‘truth’ or ‘veritas,’ which is written on the Harvard flag.”

Rohr worked hard to find a way to keeping the set open, yet new and engaging, and showing the multiple locations the audience goes with Elle Woods.

“So much of the show is influenced by knowledge and education, so the institutions we find ourselves at with Elle play a big role in the action and feel. It has been a monster of a show to undertake, but so very rewarding,” he adds.

In spite of the hard work, everyone is enthusiastic about what audiences have in store for them. Morgan explains that this show “is about what anyone can do if they don't limit themselves. People should walk away feeling that nothing is impossible. I know it sounds cliché, but it's an important message to hear and I hope our audience does feel that way when they see the show.”

Winnie believes that the show “really encapsulates the notion of breaking down stereotypes, and being true to oneself. In the face of judgment we can lose ourselves, which slowly breaks down our self-confidence and self-worth. This story showcases that when we are truly authentic and vulnerable, we celebrate our uniqueness and fuel our passion.”

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Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:39:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Nine Lives to Perform ‘Star Wars’ Themed Community Show for the Entire Family]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1732 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1732 Southwestern College’s Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe will perform a community show on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge. 

The theme for the show is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away” and it is intended for the entire family.  Audience members are encouraged to attend in Star Wars themed outfits or props.

“Grab your lightsaber, Jedi, Darth Vader, C3PO, or any Star Wars costume, and bring your entire family for an evening of Star Wars themed improv comedy entertainment,” says troupe leader Allyson Moon. 

Troupe members include: Emily Tilton, Meagan Morrow, John Rohr, Phoebe Muldrow, Quenton Todd, and Stephen Gehly

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 15:08:10 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students Attend and Compete at KCACTF]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1723 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1723 Several Southwestern College students and faculty attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Region V, in Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 17-22.  Region V comprises Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and parts of Missouri. 
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According to Allyson Moon, director of the theatre program at Southwestern College, more than 1,500 students and faculty from our region of the country attended the festival which included acting, musical theatre, stage management, and design competitions, auditions and interviews for summer theatre employment.  SC students attended six full productions and two staged play readings featuring original works, and also attended many workshops and training opportunities.

Some of the highlights included:
•    Anna Rosell was a finalist in the Stage Management competition and received an honorable mention.  She also stage managed a performance of one of the 10-minute plays. 
•    Meagan Morrow and Jacob Marney auditioned at the festival and were cast and performed in the 10-minute plays.
•    Zoe Rea, Tori Fairbank, and William Wade auditioned and Rosell interviewed for summer stock and received multiple callbacks.
•    Brandi Young and a regional partner stage managed the Musical Theatre Intensive. 
•    Allyson Moon led an improvisational acting workshop for experienced performers and was a respondent for the preliminary round of the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.  Rea was nominated to the competition and Quenton Todd was her partner.  Together they competed with over 300 other nominees and their partners.  The competition has a semi-final and final round from which one team advances to the national competition. 
•    Rea and Todd also competed in the Musical Theatre Intensive.  

Other Southwestern students in attendance included: Carlene Dick, Donnie Dutton, and Matt Porter.

The festival travels to a new location every two years.  Next year, Festival 49 will be in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:03:31 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Legally Blonde: The Musical Auditions]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1716 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1716 Legally Blonde 1

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Wed, 06 Jan 2016 13:41:46 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Christmas Classic ‘Eagerheart’ Returns]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1712 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1712 The Southwestern College theatre department and Campus Players’ 83rd annual production of “Eagerheart” will be return this December as the SC Christmas chapel, and will be presented at the Kansas Veteran’s Home.  The annual Christmas chapel on the SC campus will be performed in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. The performance for the Kansas Veteran’s Home will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, however this performance is not open to the public.

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

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

Roger and Allyson Moon have led the production of “Eagerheart” since 1988.

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

This year the role of Eager Heart will be played by Campus Player President Anna Rosell, a senior theatre major from Wichita.

Also in the cast are junior Allie Petrovich, Colorado Springs, Colo., in the role of Eager Fame and senior Tori Fairbank, Garden City, as Eager Sense. 

The Beggar Man will be played by Stephen Gehly, Jenks, Okla.  The kings will be played by senior Jacob Marney, Winfield, as King of Power; junior Eli Rodda, Winfield, as King of Wisdom; and senior John Rohr, Arkansas City, as King of Love.

Continuing a tradition of inviting a Campus Player alumni or guest artist to play a role, Dan E. Campbell, Wichita, will play the role of the Old Shepherd. Other shepherds will be played by seniors Austin Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Brandi Young and Phoebe Muldrow, Winfield.

The Prologue will be given by junior Meagan Morrow, Bartlesville, Okla., and angels will be played by senior Quenton Todd, Lawrence; junior Carlene Dick, Kingman; and senior Zoe Rea, Salina, as the Angel of Death.

For decades the Campus Players have chosen a female student, faculty, or staff member to play the role of the beggar woman who later becomes recognized as one the Holy Family, and also have used infants of the community as the beggars’ child taken in by Eager Heart.   A chosen senior student will play the role at the chapel performance and a selected faculty or staff will play the Beggar Woman at the community performance. 

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

For more information about area “Eagerheart” performances, contact the Southwestern College performing arts office at (620) 221-7720. 

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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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:33:15 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Cast List]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1707 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1707 After some fun auditions, director Anna Rosell has released the cast list for her senior directing project, The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. Rosell is directing this show as one of the theatre department's mainstage productions.

Cast members include Meagan Morrow as Beatrice, Carlene Dick as Tillie, Julianna Smarsh as Ruth, Brandi Young as Janice, and Shayla Jordan as Nanny. 

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:10:46 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Students in Charge of Production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1702 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1702 Southwestern College theatre department will present William Shakespeare’s comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing” Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m.  All performances will be in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College.
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According to Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre and speech at SC, the show’s production staff is entirely student driven.  

“There nothing much more exciting as a teacher than to see a talented bunch of students taking hold of the design process, committing deeply to doing their absolutely best work, and sticking to it the way this cast has,” Moon says.  “Their analysis, along with Allyson Moon as director, was one of the most insightful and energetic works of collaboration that I have seen from a design team in years.  They developed the concept of the production, researched, and have pushed and supported each other through the selection and implementation of the design. I think the final total design will be very exciting for the audience, really helping to tell Shakespeare’s story in a very contemporary way for SC’s audiences.”

Megan Morrow and Eli Rodda are the co-lighting designers and Morrow feels they have created the perfect light for the show.

“"Not very many people realize the amount of time and manpower it takes to create a world,” Morrow says.  “Every detail is a choice that has been discussed with the entire collaborative team. In designing the lights we talked about the need for warmth. The show is a comedy and it's set in California during summertime. What we've created through our lighting design is this warm glowing sunshine."

John Rohr is the scenic designer for the production and is excited to show off what he and his team have created.

“Working collaboratively on the look of this modernized play has been challenging, but so rewarding,” Rohr says.  “I really believe that we achieved a scenic look together, and I am excited to let the audience enter the world we built together.”

Director Allyson Moon adds that the usage of technology will be evident throughout the play.  Most of the cast will be on stage with a cell phone.  They will be taking selfies, and they will communicate via text message.

“We are going to project onto a screen what people are texting to each other.  We want to be sure that the audience participates in the social media frenzy of this production’s very modern world,” Moon says.

The admission charge for the show is $5 for students, $10 for adults.  Season tickets will also be sold which would be good for “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon Marigolds,” and “Legally Blonde.” Season ticket cost is $25 for adults and $12 for students.

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:26:28 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College & Cowley College to Create 24 Hour Plays]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1680 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1680 24 hour playsThe 24 Hour Plays, created for the last three years by the Southwestern College Theatre Department, will be a new collaborative project this year as Southwestern and Cowley College students and faculty work together for 24 hours to create a full evening of theatre that includes six 10-minute plays. The end-of-the-“day” performance will be presented Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center on the Southwestern campus. The event was originally created and is now licensed by “24 Hour Plays,” a New York organization that gives structures, guidelines, timelines, and suggestions to work out details.

Starting at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, playwrights, actors, directors, assistant directors, and technicians will begin. Parents, friends, and community members are invited to attend as individuals meet. At 11 p.m., playwrights choose actors for their plays and begin writing while the rest of the company sleeps. Playwrights finish their plays by morning, and at 7 a.m., directors and technical directors return. The remainder of participants return at 8 a.m. Actors and technicians work all day to create the for the 7:30 p.m. performance, with everyone striking the sets and costumes, and cleaning the theatre following.

The plays are written for general audiences. General admission tickets are available at the door for $5 for adults and $2 for students.

 “Last fall when John Sefel (the new director of theatre at Cowley College) started the year, we got together and found that we had lots of ways we could work together,” says Roger Moon, SC theatre professor. “Organizing and overseeing the 24 hours is very challenging. Though we work to create the plays in this amount of time, the process is very structured and everyone needs a chance to take at least a few hours off for rest – even the supervisors. Working with John, we can manage the 24 hours and neither of us will be exhausted. Together we can divide up the responsibilities of overseeing the playwrights at night and also the development of the scripts during the day.”

 Southwestern College and Cowley College will pool their resources as well as talents to create the plays. SC technical director Brittany Morgan and Cowley technical director Milan Anich will oversee technical operation of the event. Allyson Moon, SC theatre professor, will lead and organize the directors.

“We’re thrilled with the collaboration,” Sefel adds. “Cowley and Southwestern have a strong and long-standing relationship, and many of our students go on to study on their beautiful campus. Just as importantly, the Moons are exceptionally talented theatre artists, and it benefits our students greatly to experience as many teachers, environments, and viewpoints as possible.”

Sefel, a published and produced playwright, is no stranger to new play development. In addition to his own plays, he has edited an anthology of new works, run festivals, and been an associate dramaturg with the New Theatre Works organization.

“We all understand that the lifeblood of the film, music, and TV industry is new work, but sometimes, I think, in theatre we forget that new voices need just as much stage time and exposure as the greats of years past,” Sefel says. “This sort of event not only helps promote new playwrights and encourages audiences to be open to new material, but helps all of our students understand the unique challenges and opportunities involved in working on a brand new script.”

“We are very excited to really get to deeply know the students and faculty at Cowley College, and to have them get to know us,” says Allyson Moon. We have a fabulous reputation for what our four-year students do after graduation, but that is also true for the transfer students when they leave Southwestern after two years. In the arts we know that the push to excellence through high quality collaboration is the best way to success.

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:21:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Summer Theatre Festival to Present 'Completely Hollywood, Abridged']]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1671 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/theatre-arts/news/view/1671 Completely Hollywood 1The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “Completely Hollywood, Abridged,” Friday through Sunday, July 24-26, in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Muldrow is also the choreographer for the program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:59:19 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)