Lee Ann Payne
There are opportunities for students of all experience and skills to become involved in performance through our classes or in our two main stage and two studio productions per year.
Actors develop the special skills needed for a variety of performance experiences. Whether students are interested in scene study techniques, performance styles, improvisation, or they just want to gather courage to speak before a group of people , the acting classes and productions will bring them to their goals. Students can participate in small and large performance venues, as well as in classroom activities. There is a place for you on our stage!
Technicians discover the challenges of creating sets, costumes, lights, and sound in their classes or for specific productions. Using the best equipment on the market today, they are guided by experienced Theatre Designers and Technicians in a completely hands-on-environment. Whatever your age or experience, the Costume and Technical Theatre program has a place for you!
THE ALPHA PROJECT IS A STUDENT DIRECTED/DESIGNED/PERFORMED PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR!
Begins June 15th
Auditions: June 15th & 16th at 7pm in main theater at WV
Performances: Thurs-Sun July 23-26th
Questions: Contact Amy Zsadanyi-Yale at firstname.lastname@example.org
Studio Theater: A View from the Bridge By Arthur Miller An American Classic
Co-Directed by Amy Zsadanyi Yale & Laura Lowry
Opens: Oct 23-Nov 1, 2015
In this modern American Classic, Arthur Miller raises questions about the bonds of family in 1950s Brooklyn, NY. Eddie Carbone is a simple, hard-working man who has inherited the duty of raising his niece, Catherine, after his sister-in-law's death. Life is smooth and predictable until his wife's two cousins, illegal immigrants from Italy, move in with the family. When Catherine and one of the cousins, Rodolpho, begin a relationship and want to marry, Eddie suspects Rodolpho is using Catherine to obtain American citizenship. As Eddie attempts to protect his niece, he sets into motion a series of events, and what Eddie doesn't know about his true motivations and about life will lead to devastating consequences.
Main Stage: She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen Action, Adventure, Dramedy
Co-Directed by Bruce De Les Dernier & W. Clay
Opens: Mid November 2015
She Kills Monsters is a modern action/adventure/love story. It tells the story of Agnes Evans after the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. Although premiering in 2011, the play paints a colorful portrait of the pop culture of the 1990’s. However, the Fantasy side of the story is complete with homicidal fairies, dragons, ogres and lots of stage combat.
Studio Theater: The Kentucky Cycle By Robert Schenkkan American Historical Cycle
Directed by Bruce Des Les Dernier
Opens: March 18-27, 2016
Winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. This sweeping epic of three families in eastern Kentucky spans 200 years of American history from 1775 to 1975. Schenkkan's stunning cycle examines the blood and violence resulting in the myths of the American past, myths which have created, for better or worse, the country we are today. “This play is written with the kind of impassioned economy that immediately evokes memories of Sophocles and Euripides, short, taut, bloody actions that sparingly recreate the evil, mayhem, and retribution.” TheaterWeek.
Directed by Carol Fischer
Musical Director: TBA
Choreographer: Carol Abohatab
Opens: April 22-May 1, 2016
Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown is an earnest tale of love, greed, and revolution. The show is set in a town plagued by a 20-year drought, where water has become so scarce that private toilets have become unthinkable. At the mercy of a single dominating corporation who maintains a monopoly on the town’s public amenities, the destitute citizens must pay towering taxes and fines to carry out their most private and basic of needs. Out of the mass of the pitiable, a hero rises to lead his fellow citizens against the tyrannical regime. Drawing from West Side Story, Chicago, and Les Misérables among others, the show irreverently pays witty homage to the great American musical theatre tradition.
Fall Auditions: Week of September 1st, 2015
Spring Auditions: Week of Feb 1st, 2016