Performing Arts

Recent Performances

The Performing Arts Department mounts two “mainstage” productions each academic year: one straight play and one musical. Directed by the faculty Theater Director or a guest artist, all the performing, stage and prop construction, and technical work (sound, lighting, etc.) is done by students.

All mainstage productions are adjudicated by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). Individual students have been regularly nominated and, in some cases, have won awards for acting and production. Some entire productions have also been nominated for awards. Participating students are invited to perform at the annual regional KCACTF conventions.

Recent productions have included:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009)
  • You Can’t Take it With You (2009)
  • On the Town (2010)
  • Doctor Faustus (2010)
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2011)**
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (2011)*
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (2011)
  • The Fantastiks (2012)*
  • Mystery Radio Theater: The Lost World (2012)***
  • Monty Python’s Spamalot (2013)

* Held for KCACTF award consideration
** Invited to perform at KCACTF for overall excellence
***Awarded International Broadcast Society National Award for Best Radio Drama

Additionally, most majors in Theater Arts are required to complete a “capstone” project in which they direct, stage manage, or design a smaller production that is fully mounted for live audiences. Recent student-lead productions have included

  • Chaos Theory (original student-written and directed work)
  • Kitty Kitty Kitty
  • Mrs. Packard
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • The Lonesome West
  • The Odd Couple
  • Vikings From Outer Space (original student-written and directed work)
  • Wait Until Dark

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