Flagler College Theatre Arts Department Newsletter
Welcome to your once a semester newsletter where we keep you updated about all things performing arts at Flagler College! This newsletter will contain interviews about past shows, information on upcoming performances and introductions to professors and students. We will also check in with retired college professor and Theatre legend Phyllis Gibbs from time to time and find out what she’s up to! It's everything you need and want to know regarding our Theatre Arts Department.
A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum
Book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart; Music by Stephen Sondheim
Presented by special permission of Music Theatre International
March 8-11, 2017 at 7 p.m.
March 12 at 2 p.m.
This 1962 Tony Award winning musical, inspired by the comedies of Roman playwright Plautus, features the classic comic gags that entertain all audiences. The “boy wants to get the girl next door with the help of his trusty and clever servant” plot is filled with mistaken identity, puns, chase scenes, and tons of physical comedy, all tied together with Sondheim’s delightful score.
There are a variety of elements director Kip Taisey has decided to play with in this special production of “Forum.” The lead role of Pseudolus, usually cast as a male, is played by senior Rebecca Woods. This variation has been done once before in a professional production of the play — in 1997 by actress Whoopi Goldberg. Taisey also approached the design team, Professors Paul Denayer and Britt Corey, Carl Liberatore and Elaina Wahl-Temple about taking a different direction with the classically-exaggerated Roman backdrop. In this production, the set is constructed with a style known as “found object.” This refers to a set constructed out of random, unusual pieces, such as half-broken skateboards and upside down fire mantels. As part of the aesthetic, pieces of the set often becomes prop pieces used by the cast. This aesthetic will enhance the actor-driven approach that Taisey is after. The show is going to be enthralling and ever so different from the many productions across the board. Come out and see this gut-wrenching comedy, as it is a truly unique performance.
Check out the weekly podcast for more information about this production!
These podcasts are assignments for the “Introduction to Theatre Learning Community” course, which is paired with the “Introduction to Media.” A total of seven podcasts will be released, one every week leading up to the opening of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Each video targets a specific topic; for example, the first podcast is about the actor, and the second is an analysis of the play. Each episode is no longer than 10 minutes. Subsequent episodes will be released on the Flagler College Theatre Arts Facebook page.
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What is KCACTF?
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), which hosts the Irene Ryan acting competition, is comprised of a network of more than 600 schools throughout the country. Theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents. Flagler College is an active participant in the organization.
This year, not only did students compete before a panel of judges as they do every year, but one of the college’s productions — “The Maids,” written by Jean Genet and translated by Andrew Upton and Benedict Andrews — was selected as one of six in the region to be showcased. It was an extraordinary honor for the students. To read more on the play, visit here
This year, the Children’s Theatre class will be performing “Love You Forever… And More Munsch” adapted by Stephen Colella and Sue Miner*. Flagler College students will tour three elementary schools starting from the end of March through to the beginning of April. There will be an additional public performance in the Virginia Room on April 8, 2017 at 2 pm. Suitable for ages 2-102. FREE!!!!
*Based on “The Paper Bag Princess, Mortimer and Murmel, Murmel, Murmel ” written by Robert Munsch, © Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd.; Based on the book Zoom. Text © 2003 Bob Munsch Enterprises and Illustrations © 2003 Michael Martchenko; Based on the book Love You Forever © 1987 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved.
Spring Senior Capstone
April 19 and 20 at 7 p.m.
Theatre Arts seniors present their capstone projects prior to graduation, in which they are responsible for direction, design and execution of their individual projects. Come out and see how these graduating seniors showcase all that they learned from their degree.
Flagler College Vocal Arts
Music is thriving on campus! There are many new opportunities in which students may involve themselves. The department started the Flagler College Chamber Choir and private voice lessons for credit last fall. The Musical Theatre curriculum is more robust with these additions as well as a Musical Theatre Scene Study class and a group Voice Class. The choir is mixed with students of all grade and skill levels, ranging from students with no prior experience, to those who have had eight or more years of private instruction. Catch them this spring April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Rotunda for a dynamic performance of eclectic repertoire.
For more information, visit the Theatre Arts webpage here.
Newsletter Co-Editors: Tivonah Andrade-Reed and Megan Williams