Productions and Events

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Productions and Events

Students in The School of Stage and Screen have the opportunity to participate in a diversity of productions, whether behind the scenes, on the script, behind the camera or on the stage. 

Announcing the 2017/2018 Main Stage Season

The School of Stage and Screen at Western Carolina University announces it’s 2017-2018 Main Stage season. “This is our most ambitious and thrilling season yet,” says Jayme McGhan, Director of the School of Stage and Screen, “combining Pulitzer Prize winning plays, beloved classics, and exciting new works, along with new dance showcases, and our renowned end of the year film festival.” 

 The season opens with Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Angels in America, Part One: Millenium Approaches, a fantastical drama set in the 1980’s during the AIDS crisis.  “The School is thrilled to produce this important work, especially given Tony Kushner’s visit to campus in the Spring of 2018,” says McGhan.  Angels in America will be directed by Dustin Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Theatre at WCU, with guest costume design by Rien Schlecht, NYC based designer, and will run from September 20-23rd at 7:30 PM in the Hoey Auditorium. 

 Next up is God Save Gertrude, by Deborah Stein, an off-beat punk-rock riff on Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  Ashlee Wasmund, Assistant Professor of Dance, will direct.  God Save Gertrude will run October 5-7 at 7:30 PM and October 8th at 3:00 PM in the Bardo Arts Center Studio Theatre. 

 The first offering of the Niggli New Works reading series, a program intended to help develop new works for the American stage, will be London based playwright, Ross Howard’s, The Amazing Always, a new comedy about the NFL.  The Amazing Always will be presented as a FREE staged reading on October 27th and 28th at 7:30 PM in the Niggli Theatre. 

Stephen Sondheim’s beloved musical, Company, is up next.  Company is the hilarious story of a habitually single man who is forced to confront his bachelorhood over the course of one evening.  The show will be directed by guest artist, Sarah Norris, an NYC based director and Artistic Director of New Light Theater Project, with Musical Direction from Bryan McAdams, Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at WCU, and Choreography by DJ Williams, a senior in the School of Stage and Screen.  Company will run from November 16-18 at 7:30 PM and November 19th at 3:00 PM in the Hoey Auditorium. 

Ending the Fall Semester is the Fall Dance Showcase, a collaborative effort showcasing the best dance pieces from Fall dance classes, as well as student and faculty choreographed pieces.  The Dance Showcase will be produced on December 1st at 7:30 PM in the Hoey Auditorium. 

The Pulitzer Prize winning verse play, J.B., by Archibald Macleish, will open the Spring semester.  Set in a circus tent, J.B. is the story of the Biblical Job, with God and the devil doing battle for one man’s soul.  Filled with beautiful language, circus imagery, acrobatics, and aerials, this production is sure to enthrall.  J.B. will be directed by Claire Eye, Assistant Professor of Theatre, and will be presented from February 8-10th at 7:30 PM and February 11th at 3:00 PM in the Hoey Auditiorium. 

The second offering of the Niggli New Works Reading Series is Karlan Judd and Gordon Leary’s hysterical new musical, Cheer Wars, a hysterical look at the murderous ambitions of cheerleaders and their parents.  Cheer Wars will be presented as a staged reading on February 23 and 24th at 7:30 PM in the Hoey Auditorium. 

Really Really, by Paul Downs Colaizzo, a timely and edgy drama dealing with sexual assault on a University campus, is up next.  Guest Artist, Colin Wasmund, will direct.  Really Really will be presented March 22-24th at 7:30 PM and March 25th at 3:00 PM in the Bardo Arts Center Studio Theatre. 

Broadway Star and Endowed Professor of Musical Theatre, Terrence Mann, will be directing Spring Awakening, the final stage offering of the year.  Spring Awakening is the sensational, Tony-Award winning story of 19th century German teenagers discovering the tumult of sexuality in a heavily repressed society.  Bryan McAdams, Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre will serve as Music Director, with Ashlee Wasmund, Assistant Professor of Dance, choreographing.  Spring Awakening will be presented April 12-14th at 7:30 PM and April 15th at 3:00 PM in the Bardo Performing Arts Center. 

The Spring Dance Showcase, featuring more dance pieces from Spring classes and student and faculty choreographed pieces, will be presented in Hoey Auditorium on April 20th at 7:30 PM. 

Closing out the 2017-2018 Stage and Screen Main Stage season is the Controlled Chaos Film Festival, a red-carpet event where the best student films created throughout the year by the Film and Television Production program are showcased.  “This is a particularly special year for Controlled Chaos,” says McGhan, “as our students are literally tripling the number of films they’re making and using a more elegant production process.” The Controlled Chaos Film Festival will be presented on May 4th at 7:30 PM in the Bardo Performing Arts Center. 

Season tickets or single show tickets can be purchased at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or by calling 828-227-2479 

Show Synopses:  

ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART ONE: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES by Tony Kushner  

Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-Prize winning epic political drama set in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Intended for mature audiences.

September 20-23 at 7:30 PM.  Hoey Auditorium.  

GOD SAVE GERTRUDE by Deborah Stein  

A punk rock riff on Hamlet. Gertrude, an ex-punk rock star and the fading first-lady of a falling nation, gives one last concert as the palace walls come tumbling down. 

October 5-7 at 7:30 PM.  October 8 at 3:00 PM.  Bardo Arts Center Studio Theatre. 

COMPANY Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by George Furth  

The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions on the night of his 35th birthday. Company is one of Sondheim’s most beloved musicals. 

November 16-18 at 7:30 PM.  November 19th at 3:00 PM.  Hoey Auditorium.  

J.B. by Archibald Macleish  

The pulitzer-prize winning verse play that tells the updated story of the biblical Job in a circus tent, where God and the devil do battle for one man’s soul. A visual and literary masterpiece. 

February 8-10 at 7:30 PM.  February 10-11 at 3:00 PM.  Hoey Auditorium.  

REALLY REALLY by Paul Downs Colaizzo 

At an elite university, when the party of the year results in the regret of a lifetime, one person will stop at nothing to salvage a future that is suddenly slipping away. A hard-hitting drama that embraces the harsh reality of today’s youth.  Intended for Mature Audiences.

March 22-24 at 7:30 PM.  March 25 at 3:00 PM.  Bardo Arts Center Studio Theatre.  

SPRING AWAKENING Music by Duncan Sheik, Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater

The sensational Tony-award winning musical about 19th century German teenagers discovering the tumult of sexuality amidst a heavily repressed society. Intended for mature audiences. 

April 12-14 at 7:30 PM. April 15 at 3:00 PM.  Bardo Performing Arts Center.  

CONTROLLED CHAOS FILM FESTIVAL 

The annual red-carpet showcase of exciting new films, fully created by the students of WCU’s Film and Television Production program. 

May 4 at 7:30 PM.  Bardo Performing Arts Center.  

THE NIGGLI NEW WORKS READING SERIES 

Each Niggli New Works show receives a week of rehearsals with WCU student actors, during which the playwright will rewrite and adjust the script. The week culminates in a FREE public reading. Renowned English playwright, Ross Howard’s, The Amazing Always, will be presented in the Fall. NYC based writers and composers, Karlan Judd and Gordon Leary’s, Cheer Wars, will be presented in the Spring. 

The Amazing Always- October 27th and 28th at 7:30 PM in the Niggli Theatre.  Cheer Wars- February 23rd and 24th at 7:30 PM.  Hoey Auditorium.  FREE TO THE PUBLIC.  

FALL AND SPRING DANCE FESTIVALS

An evening of the very best dance numbers from each semesters dance classes; from Tap to Jazz, Modern to Ballet.

December 1st at 7:30 PM.  April 20th at 7:30 PM.  Hoey Auditorium.  All tickets are $5.00 cash at the door.  

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