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!
A View from the Bridge By Arthur Miller & She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
You do not need to be a theater major or even taking any theater classes to audition. Just be available for rehearsals Monday-Thursday nights (6-10pm and some Fridays during the day).
Auditions: Tuesday & Wednesday-Sept 1st & 2nd from 7-10pm in WV main theater
What to Bring: Bring a 1 minute monologue OR just cold read a piece that will be given to you at the audition
Callbacks: Thursday Sept 3rd from 7-10 by invitation only
Rehearsals: Rehearsals for View from a Bridge will begin on Friday Sept 4th. Rehearsals for She Kills Monsters will begin the following week.
Studio Theater: A View from the Bridge By Arthur Miller An American Classic
Co-Directed by Amy Zsadanyi Yale & Laura Lowry
Runs: 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
Runs: Nov 20-Nov 29th, 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 Odyssey By Mary Zimmerman Classical with Modern Twist
Directed by Bruce De Les Dernier
Runs: March 18-22 2016
This dramatic adaptation of Homer’s myth begins with a modern young woman who is struggling to understand a translation of The Odyssey. A classical muse appears, and the young woman becomes the goddess Athena – a tireless advocate of Odysseus in his struggle to get home. With her trademark irreverent and witty twists on classical works, Zimmerman brings to life the story of Odysseus’ ten- year journey, depicting his encounters with such characters as Poseidon, The Cyclops and the Sirens.
Directed by Carol Fischer
Musical Director: TBA
Choreographer: Carol Abohatab
Runs: 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