Department of Theatre Arts

 

The Edgewood College Theatre welcomes the nominations of theatrical titles for our 2015-2016 theatre season from the Edgewood Community. 

Nominations will be taken until Friday,
October 31, 2014.
To nominate a play or musical, click here   

Please keep the following in mind when you are nominating a play:

Goals for selection:
1. To expand the number of voices, opinions, themes and ideas that select our season.
2. To connect to themes and ideas on campus, in the arts and in the community when possible.
3. To maintain our liberal arts based rotation of plays that provide a variety of styles and genres in a rotation that provides students with varied opportunities.
4. To select a season that answers to the needs and abilities of our current students and their growth process.
5. To heighten the level of our work to suit the status of our new building in the Edgewood, Madison and theatre communities.
6. To have an individual season that is balanced in and of itself, and balances with the season(s) before.
7. To select shows that can be produced in our space with our technical capabilities and production budget.
8. To select our season by December so coordination and promotion of our season can happen more effectively with other areas of the campus community.

Possible themes and considerations for next season:
· Value for 2015/16:  Community
· Themes and ideas:  works that celebrate and/or highlight community, social justice, social engagement, post-traumatic stress syndrome and military service. (Note: other themes and ideas might be added to our list as the process unfolds)
· Balance:  This year our season includes a contemporary American drama, a large musical, a beloved American literary classic adaptation, student directed one acts, and a TFYA show about the health of our oceans.  Next year’s season should not include very similar choices.
· Rotation:  We have four open slots and a theatre for young audiences slot.  A small musical is in our rotation. A non-Shakespearian classic is in our rotation next year.  Student directed one-acts will not be one of our offerings next year.
· Reality:  We welcome all titles, but some shows have very expensive or unobtainable rights for production.  We also will be working in the Diane Ballweg Theatre, so shows must be suitable or adaptable technically for that space. 

Procedure 
Link to Qualtrix Survey
Include the information from above, as well as:
1. Name nominator, Fac/Staff/Student, Name of play, and Playwright
2. Please provide a brief synopsis of the title.  Write your own or cut and paste a synopsis from publisher or other web source.
3. In a sentence or two, please provide a brief rational of why this title is being nominated.
4. In a sentence or two, please discuss how this production might fit into the themes and ideas which the department and the college are highlighting next year

The Wedding Singer

Wedding Singer poster

Music by Matthew Sklar; Book by Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy; Lyrics by Chad Beguelin; Directed by Audrey Wax

Based on the New Line Cinema film written by Tim Herlihy

Friday, Nov 14 at 7:30
Saturday, Nov 15 at 7:30
Thursday, Nov 20 at 7:30
Friday, Nov 21 at 7:30
Saturday, Nov 22 at 2:00 & 7:30

Based on the 1998  smash hit film that starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. THE WEDDING SINGER The Musical Comedy takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

Join us this coming November for this high comedy dance driven musical. Tickets will be available Oct. 17, 2014.

Tickets 
$12 General/$7 Students & Seniors
Diane Ballweg Theatre, Stream Building, Edgewood College

Would you like to have the VIP treatment for THE WEDDING SINGER? We have several tickets left in our front row section for all shows minus our matinee. Sit at a wedding reception table with your friends/family, enjoy a party bag with goodies and enjoy an up close adventure with the cast! VIP ticket sales must go through the box office and can't be purchased online. E-mail boxoffice@edgewood.edu for more information today!

VIP Pricing: $7 students/seniors and $12 general admission

We are taking information for waitlists for the performances. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist please email the box office at boxoffice@edgewood.edu with your name, number of tickets, show date and time, and phone number.

Little Women

Little Women

Adapted by Thomas Hischak, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, Directed by Susan Nanning-Sorenson

Friday, Feb 27 at 7:30, Saturday, Feb 28 at 7:30,
Friday, March 6 at 7:30, Saturday, March 7 at 2:00 & 7:30


This is the first time in years that the theatre program will be doing a period piece with period appropriate costumes .  Our reciprocal agreement with many local theatre companies, spearheaded by our brilliant costume designer Mary Waldhart, and with Chris Dunham’s set design, this is ensured to be a stunning production. We are also planning on working with the gallery to display some period costumes (with art of the era from the gallery collection) as well.  This runs Feb 27-March 7. Tickets will go sale January 26.

Tickets
$12 General/$7 Students & Seniors
Diane Ballweg Theatre, Stream Building, Edgewood College

Student Directed One-Acts

One Acts

Thursday, April 30 at 7:30, Friday, May 1 at 7:30, Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 & 7:30

Contemporary one-act plays directed by Edgewood Theatre Arts students:  fresh, funny, thought-provoking and smart, this variety pack of plays showcases the talents of our students onstage and behind the scenes. 
The theatre department has grown so much of late, that we have had to change our requirement for this.   In the past all majors were required to direct, but now this production will be a collaborative capstone experience of the One Act Play production class where some students will still direct, but others will take over other areas of design and production so that more students can have a meaningful collaborative production experience, not limited to directing. Tickets go on sale April 1st. and this will run April 30- May 2.

Tickets
$12 General/$7 Students & Seniors
Diane Ballweg Theatre, Stream Building, Edgewood College

TFYA Theatre for Young Audiences: Shadow in the Sea

Shadows in the Sea

May 5 at 1 pm and 7 pm
Anderson Auditorium
Free

Students from the Theatre For Young Audiences class will once again research, write, rehearse and tour an original piece, this year highlighting the issue of the health of ocean life and coral reefs.  This is the seventh original production for young audiences produced by that class, which not only tours to schools, but also brings students to our campus for a free show in the Anderson Auditorium.  We also always do a production, free and open to all, on an evening in the last week of classes.  This will run May 5 and tour to area schools on May 7.

Students & Alumni Speak

Edgewood College students & alumni talk about their Theatre Arts experiences
  • Kaia Stofflet

    "We get a lot of experience that a bigger school couldn’t offer."

  • Duane Campbell

    "I love theatre and I realized it here when I started taking classes and I didn't want to leave."

  • Rori Flynn

    "Edgewood is not just a college community—it's a family...with many unique members who are all accepted with every quirk and eccentricity they have."

  • Kat Gatewood

    "I want to do social justice in theatre and be an activist for justice."

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View photos from the Spring 2014 performances of Urinetown

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View photos from the Fall 2013 performances of Love's Labour's Lost
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