Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Student in the Spotlight: Jackie Odien


This week's Student in the Spotlight is...
Jackie Odien!

    Jackie Odien is a senior at EMU majoring in Theatre Arts and minoring in Entertainment Design and Technology. She has worked on Guys and Dolls (set crew), The Merchant of Venice (assistant stage manager), Urinetown the musical (assistant stage manager), Honk! (stage manager), Fiddler on the Roof (stage manager), and To Kill A Mockingbird (stage manager). Fiddler on the Roof was her favorite show that she has worked on at EMU. Jackie will also be stage managing our fall production of Tintypes!
       When asked what her favorite memory of EMU Theatre was she replied, "When Emily-Ann told me what I wanted to do with my life. It was during Guys and Dolls and there was a bunch of us in a big group circle. She said something to the effect of, “You’re gonna do what you want to do with your life. So you might as well do it right now.” And then the next day half of the group, myself included, changed our majors. She is my inspiration to be a stage manager today." After graduation she plans on moving to Chicago to start building a name for herself. Later on she wants to stage manage big musicals in New York City!
   

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Student in the Spotlight: Ben-Ra Wright


This week's Student in the Spotlight is...
Ben-Ra Wright!
    Ben-Ra Wright is a senior at EMU majoring in Theatre Arts and minoring in Comprehensive Communication and Theatre Arts with an emphasis in interpretation and performance studies. He has been seen in No Child, Urinetown the musical, Fiddler on the Roof, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, To Kill A Mockingbird, and assistant directed The Shape of Things. He can be seen this fall in our productions of Dr. Faustus and Tintypes! When asked what his favorite show he has worked on he said, "The one I'm working on now."
       Ben-Ra said his favorite memory of EMU Theatre is, "The senior moment at the 2014 Fauxney Awards." After graduation he plans on moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue modeling!
   

Monday, September 8, 2014

Student in the Spotlight: Kasey Donnelly


Hello Friends!! This is our first post for our weekly Student in the Spotlight!! We always post about our shows and our department, but these posts are specifically meant to give you all an opportunity to get to know the fabulous students that make up EMU Theatre! 

Our first Student in the Spotlight is...

Kasey Donnelly! 

  Kasey Donnelly is a senior at EMU majoring in Theatre Arts and minoring in Comprehensive Communication and Theatre Arts with an emphasis in interpretation and performance. She has worked on Guys and Dolls, Urinetown: the musical, the 2013 Student Written/Student Directed One Act Festival, Mint, Fiddler on the Roof, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Irrational, and Dead Gallery; her favorite being Fiddler on the Roof. She can also be seen in our production of Dr. Faustus this October! 

    When asked what her favorite memory from EMU Theatre was she said, "Honestly, forming close bonds with my amazing professors and meeting people that I now call my best friends who I know will always be a part of my life. Some of my favorite memories were made just by hanging out on the Quirk lobby steps with my peers." After graduation this Spring she plans on participating in local professional theatre companies for a while and eventually moving to Portland, Oregon!

Friday, September 5, 2014

EMU Theatre 2014-2015 Season: Demons, Elves, and Green Pea Monsters!!!

EMU Theatre 2014-2015 Season: Demons, Elves, and Green Pea Monsters!!! 

    Our 2014-2015 Mainstage season is about to begin. This season promises to provide a journey not only across the map, but through time as well!

Our first stop:

Be careful what you wish for is the rule in this tragic morality tale, where a soul's deepest desire may not survive its starkest reality. Driven by dissatisfaction and a lust for more, the intelligent and successful John Faustus signs away his soul in exchange for 24 years of magical power and ultimate knowledge. Trapped by his greed, Faustus manipulates the black arts to the amusement of some and the horror of others. As his end inevitably draws near, Faustus realizes too late the true path he has chosen.

 By Christopher Marlowe
Directed by Lee Stille - Quirk Theatre
October 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7p.m. 
and October 12 & 19 at 2p.m., 2014
Recommended for ages 13+ 

Up next:

Is it a child's imagination that creates the elf village in the Connolly backyard or have elves been hard at work magically transforming junk into a fantasyland? Newly popular fourth-grader Hillary Lenox begrudgingly befriends neighbor Sara Kate Connolly, an unkempt girl with an equally unkempt house and yard. Mysteries unfold and perceptions change as Hillary discovers a whole new world of courage, love and magic in Sara Kate's yard next door. Friendship blossoms and truths are revealed that will forever change the lives of these two young girls.

By Y York, from the Newberry Honor Book by Janet Taylor Lisle
Directed by Mark Isler - Sponberg Theatre
November 7 & 8 at 7p.m. and November 9 at 2p.m., 2014
School Matinees - November 11 & 12 at 10a.m.
Recommended for ages 8+


Let's head back in time for:

Presented as a lively musical revue of 50 songs from approximately 1880-1920, Tintypes follows the experiences of Charlie, a young Russian immigrant, as he becomes a part of the melting pot of American culture. Interwoven are glimpses into the lives of a variety of characters, including radical Emma Goldman, housemaid Susannah, Teddy Roosevelt and the aristocratic songbird Anna. 

Conceived by Mary Kyte with Mel Marvin and Gary Pearle
Music & Vocal Arrangements by Mel Marvin
Orchestration & Vocal Arrangements by John McKinney
Directed by Wallace Bridges - Quirk Theatre
November 21 & 22 at 7p.m., November 23 at 2p.m., December 4, 5, 6 at 7p.m. and
December 7 at 2p.m., 2014
Recommended for ages 10+

You'll find us across the pond for:

Welcome to a seaside boarding house, your hostess is Meg, the mentally unstable wife of Petey. Meg decides there should be a birthday party for their odd and disheveled boarder, Stanley. Guests to the impromptu party include mysterious strangers Goldberg & McCann and neighbor Lulu. Things take a disturbing turn as party games become cruel taunts and twists in the dark. When a new day shines light on the remnants of the party, it is clear that things will never be the same at the little house by the sea. 

By Harold Pinter
Directed by Jennifer Graham - Sponberg Theatre
February 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 7p.m. and February 8 & 15 at 2p.m., 2015
Recommended for ages 13+

A little closer to home:

California girl Elle loves pink and everyone loves Elle, well... everyone except her boyfriend Warner, who dumps her for someone he can take seriously as he heads to Harvard Law School. Never one to be daunted, the charming but fierce Elle tackles the books, packs up her dog Bruiser, and finds her way into Harvard and hopefully back in to Warner's heart. As Elle learns the ropes and climbs the ladder toward success, she begins to discover what it is she really wants and realizes what girl power, brain power, and a good "bend and snap" are capable of achieving. 

Book by Heather Hach, Music & Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Directed by Phil Simmons - Quirk Theatre
April 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7p.m. and April 12 & 19 at 2p.m., 2015
Recommended for ages 13+

For our last stop:

Tired of being forced to eat the peas he hates, Evan wishes for a monster to come and eat his family, especially his younger sister Sue who LOVES peas. Eight-year old Evan soon discovers that sometimes even the most wild and unlikely of wishes come true. Evan and Sue join forces to keep Pea, their newly arrived monster, hidden from their technology-addicted parents. Monsters are awfully hard to hide, though, and Mommy & Daddy soon discover the big green, pancake stealing, addition to their household. Will Pea eat up Mommy & Daddy now that he's been discovered? Will he be sent back to Monster World? Is he meant to stay and be a part of the family? 

By Jonathan Graham
Directed by Patricia Zimmer
May 29 & 30 at 7p.m., May 31 at 2p.m., June 5 & 6 at 7p.m. and June 7 at 2p.m., 2015
Recommended for ages 4+


Thursday, June 19, 2014

It's Been Swell 2013-2014...

So we've reached that time of year again. Summer break has commenced and we can take a little time off from homework, rehearsals and battling those crazy parking lots! 

We have officially finished our 2013-2014 season, ending with the romantic comedy, "Sylvia"!
"Sylvia" was a great success, we brought in EMU Theatre alumni, Dennis Cockrum who plays the notorious Terry Milkovich from the hit Showtime series, "Shameless", as well as EMU Theatre alumni, Pam Cardell who is the marketing director for EMU's Theatre department! Not to mention we had two of our fabulously talented students, Sami White who played three separate characters in the show and Josie Lapczynski who played the dog, "Sylvia".

 

This was also a very sentimental play for our Theatre department since this was director, Ken Steven's final bow on the EMU Theatre stage before his retirement. We celebrated 41 years of the amazing work Ken Stevens has done for our students and the CMTA Department. Though we are happy for him in his retirement, he will be surely missed!!! 





Now we wait until fall semester and our 2014-2015 season begins! EMU Theatre will host open auditions for our fall 2014 productions in early September. Auditions are open to any currently enrolled EMU student, in good academic standing, regardless of major. Questions about auditions or crew calls can be directed to Pam Cardell at pam.cardell@emich.edu
See you in the Fall!!!!!! 
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Our 2014 Summer Show: "Sylvia"

Written by A.R. Gurney                  
Directed by Ken Stevens                 
 

"Give a dog a woman's name, you begin to think of her as a woman." Tom, Act I.
What do you get when you cross a couple in mid-life crisis and a stray dog? A love triangle in which the "other woman" is a bitch, literally. Greg needs an escape from the frustrations of his job and the lack of fulfillment in his life. His wife of 22 years, Kate, needs a husband who will support her as her career advances and they move into the next phase of their lives. Sylvia is a stray dog who just needs a home and someone to love. The three battle it out in a witty and delightful look at life, love and relationships.
Sylvia is an endearing comedy that will be performed in the Sponberg Theatre on June 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 7pm and June 8 & 15 at 2 pm. Recommended for ages 13+.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

It Just Might Be, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

"It may be the first Christmas pageant in history where Joseph and the Wise Men get in a fight and Mary runs away with the baby." Mother, Act II

It's that time of year again folks! Time for family, hot cocoa, traditions, finals (eww), singing and merriment! Don't miss your chance to see a Christmas pageant that just might be the best ever...



Come get in the holiday and spirit and see, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, opening this Friday, November 22nd 2013

Written by: Barbara Robinson
Directed by: Christine Tanner

 Check out two of our lead characters, Tyler Denig and Kasey Donnelly as we interview them in our latest, "Inside the Actors Studio".

Performances Are:

November 22nd, and 23rd at 7PM, 24th at 2PM
December 5th, 6th, and 7th at 7PM, 8th at 2PM
4th, and 5th at 10AM (School Matinees)