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Spring Dance Concert Strutting and Fretting: a neo-vaudeville

April 30-May 3, 2015

Coger Theatre

Credits:

Choreographers- Ruth Barnes & Darryl Kent Clark

Guest Artists- Peter Collins (piano) & Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn (mezzo-soprano)

Costume Designers- Leslie Branyon, Jay Hensley, & Cynthia Winstead

Lighting Design- Blaine O’Donnell

Stage Managers- Jantzen Bates & Blaine O’Donnell

Concert Coordinator- Ruth Barnes

Cast

Les Folies du Carnaval- Caitlin Shukwit, Jake Wobbe, Sarah Gericke, Austin Wayne Grigg, Jill Kamler, Madison McElwee, Chelsea Thomas *

Place Settings- Travis Burbee, Jazzmon Craig, Sarah Fiedler, Sarah Gericke, Austin Wayne Grigg, Caroline Lacina, Caitlyn Price, Caitlin Shukwit, Alyssa Turner, and Jake Wobbe * **

Morning Glories- Molly Haslag, Madison McElwee, Courtney Poppell, and Chelsea Thomas *

Just Like a Butterfly- Travis Burbee, Alexandria Grossman, Paula Landry, Molly Noe, Nicole Polston, Melanie Sikyta, Kaylee Trost, Alyssa Tuner, and Jake Wobbe* **

A Poem- Jill Kamler

Lida Rose- * ** ***

Los Campanillas- Sarah Fiedler, Paula Landry, Courtney Poppell, and Melanie Sikyta *

I Never Do Anything Twice- Caitlin Shukwit and Jake Wobbe * **

There Are Fairies at the Bottom of Our Garden- Brittaney Laleh Banaei, Alexandria Grossman, Paula Landry, Madison McElwee, Caitlyn Price, Chelsea Thomas, and Alyssa Turner * **

My Buddy- Travis Burbee, Austin Wayne and Jake Wobbe * ***

Graceful Ghost- Sarah Gericke, Caroline Lacina, Molly Noe, Caitlin Shukwit, and Melanie Sikyta *

I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now- Brittaney Laleh Banaei, Travis Burbee, Jazzmon Craig, Sarah Fiedler, Austin Wayne Grigg, Paula Landry, Madison McElwee, Courtney Poppell, Nicole Polston, Alyssa Turner, and Jake Wobbe * ** ***

Solace- Alexandria Grossman, Molly Haslag, Caitlyn Price, Chelsea Thomas, Kaylee Trost, and Jake Wobbe *

A Poem- Jill Kamler

Minstrels- Caitlyn Price and Caitlin Shukwit *

Moonbeams- Molly Haslag, Caroline Lacina, and Molly Noe * **

Dance Little Lady- Full Cast * **

 

*Peter Collins (piano)

** Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn (mezzo-soprano)

*** Male Quartet: Darryl Kent Clark, Nick Driscoll, Ted Kelley, and Mason Kelso

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The tent is up, tickets are on sale

The tent is raised and ticket sales have begun. Mark your June and July calenders for the 53rd season of Tent Theatre. Each performance begins at 8 p.m.

Unprecedented audition interest

Already off to a great start, this summer stock tradition saw a record-breaking number of applications back in Febrary, said Mark Templeton, theatre and dance‘s managing director. The increased interest will heighten the quality of performance, he said, and promised a not-to-miss season.

Ticket sales up to $40,000

As patrons starting lining up outside the Missouri State box offices May 4, ticket sales soared to $40,000 with a month left to go before the first show premieres. Visit the Tent Theatre website for more ticketing and production information.

Share your story

We encourage you to join the online conversation during Tent Theatre by posting about it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tagging your posts with the hashtag: #MoonlitMiracles.

2015 Schedule

Tent_2015_show_logos_CMYK_HA con-artist reverend travels with his ministry, yet romance brings new meaning to his life.

Tent_2015_show_logos_CMYK_HThe world’s greatest detective has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career when a case presents itself that is too tempting to ignore.

Tent_2015_show_logos_CMYK_HA girl achieves her dream of performing on a TV dance show in 1960s Baltimore and works to integrate the show in the process.

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Theatre students get crash course in puppetry, political performance

©2012, Mark Dannenhauer, breadandpuppet.org
©2012, Mark Dannenhauer, breadandpuppet.org

During this year’s Public Affairs Conference, theatre and dance students learned about social and political performance as well as large-scale puppeteering from the one of the oldest not-for-profit theatre companies in the nation.

Workshops prepare students for PAC show

In April Peter Schumann packed his Vermont troupe Bread and Puppet Theatre into a school bus filled with puppets, and after two 18-hour days on the road, descended on campus. Over three days they offered workshops along with 50 years worth of advice to several students who went on to perform in the culminating conference shows.

Bread and Puppet redefines the theatre experience

BP4Assistant Professor Melanie Dreyer-Lude helped coordinate the Bread and Puppet events with Dr. Kurt Heinlein. She said the workshops were great opportunities for students to test their skills and expand their knowledge of what theatre can be.

“Students learned how theatre can be a metaphorical story as well as a literal one; that theatre can be political and change minds; that they have the endurance, talent and training to mount a show in three days.”

Being part of a ‘living and breathing sculpture’

bp3Senior Nick Oswalt, a theatre studies major, said the experience helped him learn to think on his feet, to be more selflessly part of a team and to use his voice and body in new ways.

“We were not building characters so much as we were all part of a larger-than-life, living and breathing sculpture,” he said. “This avant-garde performance art really showed me that since life oftentimes doesn’t follow a through-line story, art doesn’t have to either.”

 

Audiences react with mixed emotion to conference show

BP1Bread and Puppet performances often explore difficult political and social issues and draw mixed feelings among audiences. Something Oswalt noticed when talking to people after the show.

“It was very clear that several were confused. Some loved it and some were grasping to find a narrative within the show. I don’t believe anyone left our show feeling indifferent to what they experienced. To see everyone at least thinking and discussing afterward, that was rewarding and unique.”

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Students to meet with industry professionals in LA Showcase

2015 LA ShowcaseSeveral theatre and dance students and faculty are in Los Angeles this week for today’s yearly LA Showcase.

About LA Showcase Week

The students will participate in open dress rehearsals for industry professionals at 4 p.m. on April 22 at the Falcon Theatre and then perform later that evening at 8 p.m. The showcase performance is open to Missouri State alumni and friends.

Benefit to students

Showcase performers consistently garner a high rate of offers for representation. Students also have opportunities to meet with MSU alumni during showcase week. The theatre and dance department sponsors events such as an alumni reception, alumni panel discussion and several alumni-driven industry workshops.

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Spring dance concert brings whimsy, fun to stage

Spring_Dance_GFX_WEBThis year’s spring dance concert, titled “Strutting & Fretting: a neo-vaudeville,” will celebrate the joy of dance with a neo-vaudeville flair.

The program of new works, conceived by dance faculty and performed by students, is playful and fun, designed to engage the imagination and delight the senses. The event is coordinated by Associate Professor Ruth Barnes.

Event details

Schedule: April 30 – May 2 at 7:30 p.m.; May 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Location: Craig Hall Coger Theatre
Admission: $14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID. Purchase tickets online or at any MSU box office.

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Students to perform with Bread and Puppet Theatre

Theatre and dance students will perform alongside world-renowned Bread and Puppet Theatre during this year’s Public Affairs Conference.

©2012, Mark Dannenhauer, breadandpuppet.org
©2012, Mark Dannenhauer, breadandpuppet.org

Student workshops

In the days leading up to Bread and Puppet’s conference performance, the troupe will work with students in a series of workshops to prepare them for the shows on April 16-18.

This opportunity will give students an inside view of one of the nation’s oldest not-for-profit companies, founded 50 years ago by Peter Schumann.

The theatre is known for its political undertones juxtaposed with oversized papier-mâché puppets and the serving of bread with each performance.

Conference performance

Bread and Puppet’s conference show “The Shatterer of Worlds: Chapel with Naturalization Services for Applicants Requesting Citizenship in the Shattered World” will be held at Hammons Student Center. It is a walkabout political performance, enveloping audience and performers alike.

The show references the moment the first atomic bomb was dropped and the bomb’s chief architect Robert Oppenheimer recalled Bhagavad Gita’s Hindu prayer: “Life, the splendor of 1,000 suns blazing all at once, resembling the exulted soul, is become Death, the shatterer of worlds.”

PACEvent details

Dates: April 16, 17 and 18
Times: 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Location: Hammons Student Center West Court
Admission: April 16 performance is open to MSU students, faculty and staff only; April 17-18 is open to the public
Tickets: Free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at JQH Arena, Hammons Hall or PSU Theater box offices, or by calling 1-888-476-7849 (shipping and handling fee will apply for phone reservations).

Connect through social media

All conference attendees are encouraged to connect to MSU through social media. If you attend an event, we want to hear about your experience!

Post about it on Facebook or Twitter and tag your posts with the official hashtag: #CitizenBear. Those tagged posts will be pulled to the #CitizenBear Tagboard. Go to web and new media’s site for more conference social media tips.

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Tartuffe

March 26-29, 2015

Coger Theatre

Credits

Costume Design — Katie McMahon

Scenic Design – Robert Little

Lighting Design — Shelbi Arndt

Sound Design — Graham Howatt

Wig Design – Jay Hensley

Technical Director — Chris DePriest

Stage Manager — Dallas Leeper

Marketing Director — Mark Templeton

Dramaturge – Melissa Herr

Directed by — Sara Brummel

Cast

Madame Pernelle – Ashley Wells-Thulin

Orgon – Colton Williams

Elmire – Taryn Haley

Damis – Jordan Woods

Mariane – Emma Rathe

Valere – Benjamin Pauls

Cleante – Alex Stompoly

Tartuffe – Kaleb Norman

Dorine – Hannah Green

Monsieur Loyal – Alex Baylard

Police Officer – Nick Driscoll

 

Notes

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‘Tartuffe’ costumes inspired by 17th century dress

Production premieres March 26 at 7 p.m., runs until March 29

tartuffeThe famous Molière comedy “Tartuffe” premieres tonight in Craig Hall’s Coger Theatre, promising an evening of laughs and excellent performances, but the costumes will be reason enough to attend.

Costuming a period play has challenges, rewards

McMahon
Katie McMahon

Starting before winter break, the costume shop has worked tirelessly to create unique and interesting costumes and wigs for the play. Costume shop manager Katie McMahon describes how her team created the looks seen on stage.

What costumes can we expect to see?
The costumes for this production are stylized versions of period clothes. I did a lot of research into what people would have worn in the 1670’s and then tweaked what I found to make it appropriate for our version of “Tartuffe.” There are a lot of bright colors and exaggerated silhouettes.

Wigs
The wigs for this production are made out of paper — a nod to the wigs that would be seen in a museum exhibit. Our director wanted the audience to feel like they had stumbled upon an exhibit of 17th century life in a gallery, rather than feel like they were watching a realistic day in someone’s life. We are playing around a lot with what is real and what is a facade. These wigs also allowed me to coordinate hair color with the costume.

Tartuffe costumes wigsWhat went into making these costumes?
The process for making costumes for a large period show is a long one! I started working on designing and building costumes for “Tartuffe” before winter break.

Research
I started by heavily researching the time period: What were the typical silhouettes of the time period? What kinds of fibers were used to make clothing back then? What were the hair styles and the makeup like? What kinds of undergarments were needed to make the correct silhouette? The list of things I researched could go on and on!

Design
After I got a handle on what people were wearing, I took the director’s concept statement into consideration and started to create rough designs for each character — age, personality traits, relationships to other characters. I take my rough drafts to a production meeting and make sure that the director and other designers feel like my designs are in sync with what the entire production is trying to achieve.

After I have the go-ahead from everyone, I start working on final designs. I shop for fabric, get actor’s measurements and start patterning the garments. I work with so many wonderful people who help out with this stage of the process.

Patterning
Once we have patterns, we fit the actors into an early version of their garment, made out of cheap fabric. We use this mock-up fitting to perfect our fit and to create a new pattern. From here, we start working in the real fabric and create the garments you will see on stage.

Final alterations
Because this is a period show, we simply don’t have costumes in stock to use. About 90 percent of what you will see on stage is made by our costume shop in the last couple months. What we don’t make, we buy or pull from stock and alter to make it period-appropriate. After we have the real garment finished, the actors come back into the shop for another fitting, where we do any final alterations.

It is a long process, but is so different for every production. We are never working on the same thing for more than a couple months!

About ‘Tartuffe’

Directed by associate professor Sara Brummel, the comedy follows Tartuffe, a charlatan with false piety and ulterior motives. His manipulation of Orgon and his mother Madame Pernelle underlined the bourgeois values and religious hypocrisy of the 17th Century. The play’s premiere in 1664 drew ire from King Louis XIV and the Archbishop of Paris, but Molière defended his work, noting that the juxtaposition of opposites — good and bad, right and wrong, wisdom and folly, truth and falsehood, the rational and the unreasonable — is at the comedy’s heart.

Event details

Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. on March 26, 27, 28; 2:30 p.m. on March 29
Location: Craig Hall Coger Theatre
Tickets: $14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID. Tickets can be purchased online or at any Missouri State box office.
Sponsors: KTXR and Missouri State dining services presented by Chartwells

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‘Tartuffe’ premieres March 26

tartuffeThe theatre and dance department is bringing one of Molière’s most famous works, “Tartuffe,” to Craig Hall’s Coger Theatre March 26-29. The play promises intricate, period costumes and comedic relief.

About ‘Tartuffe’

Directed by associate professor Sara Brummel, the comedy follows Tartuffe, a charlatan with false piety and ulterior motives. His manipulation of Orgon and his mother Madame Pernelle underlined the bourgeois values and religious hypocrisy of the 17th Century. The play’s premiere in 1664 drew ire from King Louis XIV and the Archbishop of Paris, but Molière defended his work, noting that the juxtaposition of opposites — good and bad, right and wrong, wisdom and folly, truth and falsehood, the rational and the unreasonable — is at the comedy’s heart.

Event details

Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. March 26, 27, 28; 2:30 p.m. March 29
Location: Craig Hall Coger Theatre
Tickets: $14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID
Sponsors: KTXR and Missouri State dining services presented by Chartwells

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Runaways

February 12-15, 2015

Coger Theatre

Credits

Costume Design — Brooke Kerperien

Lighting Design — Micheal Foster

Sound Design — Elim Allee

Technical Director — Chris DePriest

Stage Manager — Maggie Shelton

Marketing Director — Mark Templeton

Music Director- Heather Chittenden Luellen

Directed by — Kurt Gerard Heinlein

Cast

Darian Bengston

Dejuan Boyd

Travis Burbee

Camille Clossum

Alicia Douglas

Reagan Drake

Molly Fowler

Natalie Gorman

Adam Grimes

Carly Hayes

Samantha Hayes

Travis Holt

Noah Jermain

Kristian Jett

Kelly Anne Johnston

Grace Minnis

Chance Nichols

Catherine Oliszewicz

Kate Pennington

Samantha Wilson

Understudies: Brynn Sweere, Katheryn McCaulla

 

Notes

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