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)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

EMU Theatre's 2013-2014 Mainstage Season

Our Mainstage Season:

Fiddler on the Roof
Book by: Joseph Stein
Directed by: Pirooz Aghssa


OCTOBER 2013
18th @ 9PM
1st, 24th, 25th, 26th @ 7PM
20th @ 1PM
27th @ 2PM
Appropriate for ages 10+

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
By: Barbara Robinson
Directed by: Christine Tanner


NOVEMBER 2013
22nd, 23rd @ 7PM
24th @ 2PM
DECEMBER 2013
5th, 6th, 7th @ 7PM
8th @ 2PM
4th, 5th @ 10AM
Appropriate for ages 6+

The Shape of Things
By: Neil Labbute
Directed by: Terry Heck Seibert


FEBRUARY 2014
12th @ 9PM
13th, 14th, 15th @ 7PM
16th @ 2PM
Appropriate for mature audiences

To Kill a Mockingbird
From the novel by: Harper Lee
Dramatized by: Christopher Sergel
Directed by: Meriah Sage


APRIL 2014
4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, 12th @ 7PM
6th, 13th @ 2PM
9th, 10th @ 10AM
Appropriate for ages 12+

Our Second Stage Season:

The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Play (A staged reading)
By: Joseph Zettelmaier
Directed by: Lee Stille


NOVEMBER 2013
8th, 9th @ 7PM
10th @ 2PM
Appropriate for ages 13+

Irrational 
(A musical staged reading)
Book & Lyrics by: David Wells
Music by: R. Mackenzie Lewis
Directed by: R. Mackenzie Lewis


JANUARY 2014
24th, 25th @ 7PM
26th @ 2PM
Appropriate for ages 13+

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

"Honk" The Musical: Our Season Finale!

We have all heard the term "ugly duckling" before. Perhaps you went through an "ugly duckling" stage when  you were in middle school; you wore glasses and had frizzy hair and your face looked like a pepperoni pizza... or maybe that was just me? Regardless if you shared the same experience of puberty as me, we can all relate in one way or another to feeling like the odd one out, or the looming feeling that we just don't fit in. The story of, The Ugly Duckling was written by the beloved Danish poet and author, Hans Christian Andersen in 1844. He has written such classics as, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea and The Emperor's New Clothes. This fairy tale is an exploration of self transformation and learning to be happy with who you are despite what others may say or think of you.

In our season's final production, we put on a fun filled adventure where not everyone is who they seem and sometimes we find that we have more courage in us than we ever realized. Directed by the talented Ken Stevens, the award wining musical, Honk is based on the charming tale, The Ugly Duckling. Join us for catchy songs, sharp wit and a lesson that all of us need a reminder of once in a while, whether we're young or old. Honk is a production that you won't wanna miss!

May 31st at 7p.m.
June 1, 6, 7 & 8 at 7p.m.
June 2 & 9 at 2p.m.
2013 Sponberg Theatre





We go "Inside the Actor's Studio" to interview the show's villain and the hero's love interest. Check it out!

Monday, April 8, 2013

"A Love/Hate Story in Black and White"

What is more powerful, love or hate? 
Without getting too philosophical it is a simple question but can have a complicated answer. Some say that love and hate are exact opposites. Others say that love and hate are two such intense emotions that they are practically the same. What do you think? In Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White that is just one of the many thought provoking questions discussed. Written by Alice Childress and directed by Wallace Bridges, this show dives deep into the human heart and shines light on some of the darker aspects of human character that we would rather leave hidden.


Against the backdrop of 1918 South Carolina, two people are in love against all odds. Due to laws prohibiting interracial marriage, Julia, an African American seamstress, and Herman, a caucasian baker, suffer the consequences from the community. Unable to escape to the north where they can be married, the couple is forced to keep their long standing love affair a secret. This beautiful love story moves and inspires while exploring taboo themes of racism and violence.

Recommended for mature audiences.

April 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th at 7PM

11th at 10PM

7th and 14th at 2PM



In our Inside the Actor's Studio, we interview Amanda Brewer and Stephen Lambert, the stars of "Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White". Check check check it out...

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Student One Act Festival

The 2013 Student One-Act Festival has finally arrived! Each year our students have the opportunity to really show off their skill. We chose six one act scripts written by our students and chose six students to each direct one performance.
Our student-written one acts deal with topics all across the board. Everything from the first woman president, a house party gone wrong, and overcoming abusive relationships.

"Not Her Best Moments"
Written By: Melissa Marguerite
Directed By: Kelsea Kerkes



"Up From Below"
Written By: Melissa Marguerite
Directed By: Kerry Conniff



"Cecil & Murphy"
Written By: Ramon Garcia
Directed By: Anton Koyton



"Wine & Entertainment Provided"
Written By: Megan A. Blaschak
Directed By: Derek Ridge



"Flawless: #TheInternetPlay"
Written By: Michael Herman
Directed By: Anthony Petrucci



"The Death of America's First Woman President"
Written By: Mike Fedel
Directed By: Jahmeel Powers


Sunday March 24th at 5PM
Monday March 25th at 8PM
Tuesday March 26th at 8PM
Wednesday March 27th at 5PM & 8PM 

Tickets are only $5 and are sold 30 minutes before the show starts. Be sure to get their early! It's first come first serve with the tickets, and they go fast!