Friday, May 22, 2015

#MonstersAreComing

"I wish I had a monster that would eat all my peas, then I wouldn't have to. I wish a monster would come and eat this house." –Evan, Scene I


Written by Jonathan Graham
Directed by Patricia Zimmer

 

 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?

 

 Join us for The Boy Who Loved Monsters and the Girl Who Loved Peas opening THIS FRIDAY, to find out what happens in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy for the whole family.



In partnership with the EMU Autism Collaborative Center, we will offer "Lights Up, Sound Down" performances with accommodations for families with special needs on Sunday, May 31 & June 7 at 2pm. 

Performances Are:
May 29 & 30 and June 5 & 6 at 7p.m.
Lights Up, Sound Down performances: May 31 & June 7 at 7p.m. 

 
 Meet Jake Dailey and Colleen Cartwright!!! They are playing Evan and Pea in the show!Watch this video to find out more about the show! #MonstersAreComing
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Student in the Spotlight: Monique Tokar

  This week's Student in the Spotlight is...
      Monique Tokar!

  
Monique Tokar is a senior at EMU majoring in Theatre Arts and minoring in Comprehensive Communications, Media, Theatre Arts! Monique has worked on props crew for last year's productions of The Shape of Things and To Kill A Mockingbird. She was also props crew-head for Sylvia. Monique was in the cast for last semester's touring Theatre for the Young show The Velveteen Rabbit and she directed A Play for Claryn in this year's Student Written Student Directed One-Act Festival. When asked what his favorite show to work on was she said, "To Kill A Mockingbird was my favorite. I just really liked our props team. We were a lot of fun. We had such a hard time with everything that happened with that show, but seeing it all come out so good in the end was great!"
   Monique's dream show to work on is Funny Girl, "It's my favorite movie. I grew up watching it with my mom and it was her favorite too. It's something special between my mom and I. Also, I love comedy and that's what I want to go into." she said.
   Her favorite memory of EMU Theatre is, "Seeing my show (A Play for Claryn) go up and just being so proud of my cast. We had a rocky start, but I remember watching it at the end and being so proud."
    After graduation, "Next year I hope to move to Chicago and take classes at Second City. I want to do something with theatre and comedy. I'm hoping to get an MFA too, but let's just see how I balance it all first. That's a lot!" she said with a laugh.



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Student in the Spotlight: Jason VanMill

  This week's Student in the Spotlight is...
      Jason VanMill!

    Jason VanMill is a fourth year student at EMU majoring in Entertainment Design and Technology and Communications/Media/Theatre Arts! Jason has worked as an assistant stage manager for White as Snow Red as Blood: The Story of Snow White, Urinetown, Wedding Band: A Love Hate Story in Black and White, and Tintypes. He also stage managed The Shape of Things last year and is currently stage managing our upcoming production of Legally Blonde! When asked what his favorite show to work on was he said, "I liked them all for different reasons. They've taught me different things. My favorite would have to be Snow White. It was my first time as an assistant stage manager and Jenny Koppera is fantastic. It was a great way to introduce me into stage management."
   Jason's dream show to work on is Ragtime, "I think the music is beautiful; I love how layered it is. Now matter how many times I see or listen to it it always moves me to tears," he said.

    His favorite memory of EMU Theatre is, "All the people I've met along the way and all of the different things you take away from them. It's (EMU) a great environment. Everyone is really supportive of each other."
    After graduation Jason said, "I would love to get an internship and eventually stage manage in the real world. I would really like to do more directing too."









Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Student in the Spotlight: Anthony Petrucci

     This week's Student in the Spotlight is...
      Anthony Petrucci!
    Anthony Petrucci is a first year MA candidate at EMU studying Interpretation and Performance Studies! Anthony has performed in Guys and Dolls, Urinetown, in his undergad and this year he has worked on Dr. Faustus and Androcles and the Lion. Dr. Faustus is his favorite show he has worked on at Eastern! Anthony's dream show to work on is The Addams Family, "It was one of my favorite shows growing up.  I loved watching the movies and cartoons. It's something that I've loved since I was a little kid," he said. (Notice his hairless scalp? He's actually gearing up to play Uncle Fester in a local production of Addams Family!)
Anthony is also our full-time graduate assistant in our scene shop! Part of his responsibilities include being the lab technician for all the shows that take place in our lab theatre including our upcoming Student Written Student Directed One Act Festival!!!
    His favorite memory of EMU Theatre is, "When Jahmeel Powers and I got to accept our Notscar (now called Fauxneys) for 'Partners in Crime'."
    After graduation he plans to, "Get accepted into an MFA program and find a job teaching theatre at a University."







Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Student in the Spotlight: Joey Kulza

     This week's Student in the Spotlight is...
      Joey Kulza!

    Joey Kulza is a senior at EMU majoring in Theatre Arts! Joey has performed in Fiddler on the Roof, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, To Kill A Mockingbird, and was most recently seen as Stanley in The Birthday Party!! The Birthday Party is his favorite show he has worked on at Eastern! Joey has always wanted to work on A Streetcar Named Desire, "I really like the role of Stanley," he said. (We're sensing a theme between Joey and characters named Stanley. Hmm...)

    Joey is also on props crew for our upcoming production of Legally Blonde!  
    His favorite memory of EMU Theatre is, "Bagels, fresh Bagels!" (If you saw our production of Fiddler on the Roof, then you will know exactly what he's talking about)
    After graduation he plans on, "Pursuing an acting career in Chicago."





Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Student in the Spotlight: Nick Casella

     This week's Student in the Spotlight is...
      Nick Casella!

    Nick Casella is a junior at EMU majoring in Theatre Arts and minoring in Entertainment Design & Technology! Nick has performed in Shaking Earth, Taking Flight, Irrational, To Kill A Mockingbird, and can be seen in our upcoming productions of Androcles and the Lion, and Legally Blonde!! Nick is currently playing Petey in our production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, which has performances running this weekend! The Birthday Party is his favorite show he has worked on here, "It's been amazing the whole time," he said. Nick has always wanted to work on Little Shop of Horrors and Avenue Q, "They are amazing, super great, and I love them," he said. 

    On the design side, Nick was assistant lighting designer for our production of Tintypes!  
    His favorite memory of EMU Theatre is, "Working on lights for The Shape of Things. Even though I wasn't the designer, I got to help with it and that was so cool...and I miss Brian Scruggs!"
    After graduation he plans on, "Doing the theatre thing. Going to New York and not being a waiter, that's the end goal."








Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Student in the Spotlight: Tori Clayton

This week's Student in the Spotlight is...
      Tori Clayton!

    Tori Clayton is a transfer student in our Entertainment Design & Technology program! She has worked in numerous design positions during her time here at EMU. She was the Makeup Designer for Dead Gallery: Elysium Asylum, Costume/Makeup/Props Desginer for Afternoon of the Elves, and she is the Assistant Costume Designer for our upcoming production of Legally Blonde!!!

Tori's favorite show that she worked on here was Dead Gallery! As far as what shows she wants to work on in the future she said, "Anything I can get!"
   Tori's favorite part of EMU Theatre is, "The people, and meeting new people!" As far as post graduation plans, she said, in true college student fashion, "I have no idea." Whatever lies ahead we know it will be great Tori!