Theatre Department Newsletter
By Jillianne Tamillo
For the Spring Semester at Flagler College, the Department of Theatre Arts will produce its second mainstage production- a straight play- Progress, by Doug Lucie. Set in London in 1983, Progress is a British Black Comedy filled with witty, bitter repartee with spurts of anger and violence. The play centers around the lives of Will and Ronee, a troubled married couple who cross paths with other characters whom introduce chaos and dismay, ultimately revealing the heart of the story.
Britton Corry, Technical Director in the Department of Theatre Arts, is also the director of the production. Corry wanted to direct this play for several years after having a hand in working on it in New York during the 80's. Having last worked on this play at a young age, Corry had forgotten how coarse the material was. When asked why he wanted to direct the show, he states, "I really liked the grittiness of the acting it required."
This play will grasp the audience's attention not only with its humor, but because of the reoccurring message that appears throughout the play. Professor Corry said, "I think people are, in large part, fairly predictable in terms of how they really feel about things emotionally and will react. I do not particularly agree with what people refer to as "Progressive" ideas, that is, humans, as creatures haven't really changed all that much or have not progressed nearly to the extent that some think they have and this play takes a good jab at that concept. I want the audience to get that." Come see Progress March 7-10 at 7:30 pm, or March 11th at 2:00pm in Lewis Auditorium at 14 Granada Street. Tickets are for General Admission, for non-Flagler students, and free admission for Flagler Students, Faculty and Staff and are available at tickets.flagler.edu, or by calling (904) 819-6401.
By Hannah Pierce
This semester's second stage production is the Greek tragedy "Medea," written by Euripides and directed by Andrea McCook. The onstage, tennis court-style seating gives the audience an intimate and personal relationship with the actors and the story. But the audience will notice something different about this adaptation-a distinctly contemporary touch. The play follows Medea as she is faced with a moral dilemma after her husband, Jason, betrays her. She does not fit in with the chorus of judgmental women surrounding her or the gods with whom she claims heritage. Her "otherness" isolates and traps her, driving her actions and causing characters and audiences alike to question her choices.
For the student actors involved, the process is one of intense research and close reading of the script. They study backstories of historical figures, gaining new understanding of the story, and adjust the language of the script to fit this modern iteration. "Medea" showcases the power of student acting-the simple set and up-close view allows audiences to focus on the immense talent Flagler College has to offer.
Come see Medea March 21st through 24th at 7:30pm and March 25th at 2pm. Seating is limited, so book early for your chance to see these hardworking students and this classic Greek tragedy in action! Tickets are for General Admission, for non-Flagler students, and free admission for Flagler Students, Faculty and Staff and are available at tickets.flagler.edu, or by calling (904) 819-6401.
By Clark Levi
Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) is a student-run organization at Flagler, entering its fourth semester. The president of Flagler's chapter, Rylee Kuberra, defines ASTEP as "a catalyst for positive social change through the power of art." The organization has chapters around the globe, each focusing specifically on their community to end poverty, which they define as "a lack of choice." Flagler's chapter works both within the college and the city of St. Augustine under this mission.
During Fall semester of 2017, they organized a toy drive for Irma victims at three local elementary schools, as well as a college sculpture contest with recyclables in partnership with Green Team, a storytelling workshop with a senior outreach center, and more. This semester, they are looking forward to working more in the community. Kuberra stated that she's "looking at doing a photo series project with the homeless in the community" as well as an experimental "silent rave to raise awareness for those with special needs that are sensitive to sounds."
Flagler's chapter of ASTEP, while an artistic organization, is open to all students beyond arts majors, and they are always looking for new members. Learn more by emailing ASTEP's president at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Elizabeth Thornton
Paul Denayer is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, teaching things on the tech side Design and Technical Theatre. Most recently, Denayer's lighting and set designs were featured in the department's fall musical production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. His designs have been featured during numerous productions at Flagler College including, Spitfire Grill, Macbeth, and God of Carnage. Outside Flagler, Denayer is also the Resident Sound Designer for The Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown, Kentucky and has worked for many theatre companies like the Porthouse Theatre in Ohio, the Cleveland Opera, and The Broadway Theatre Project. Denayer will also be working with the department's other technical professor, Britton Corry, at Horn in the West, an outdoor theatre in North Carolina. For all productions at Flagler, including the upcoming productions of Progress and Medea.
By Justine Dexter
Word is spreading about The Flagler College Chamber Choir, which started fall 2016. Last semester, the Chamber Choir grew into three different ensembles: Chorale, Madrigal, and Vocal Jazz. The first is a non-audition group for all students with or without singing experience Madrigal and Vocal Jazz are auditioned ensembles with unique vocal arrangements. All three groups performed together in the Rotunda for the winter concert last semester, and returning students are excited for the new upcoming events this spring. The choirs all participated in the weeklong inauguration of our new President, Dr. Joseph Joyner. On February 21st, the Vocal Jazz ensemble performed The Star Spangled Banner at the Naturalization Ceremony welcoming 31 new citizens to The United States of America. The choirs also performed on February 24th at the inauguration ceremony. Come and check out the FREE spring concert Wednesday, April 25th at 7pm in The Rotunda of The Ponce De Leon Hotel.
DIRECTING AND CONSERVATORY
By Kelly Kraft
After completing Acting I and II for the Major, Flagler College Theatre Arts majors must enroll in Directing and Conservatory classes. Directing is generally taken in the third year, and it's usually the first chance students must direct their peers. Conservatory, taken in a student's senior year, offers a capstone opportunity to direct a 20-minute play in which the student is in charge of all of elements of production - a culmination of four years in the major. In preparation for Senior Conservatory, majors enroll in Junior Seminar, a class taught by Professor Andrea McCook. This course prepares students for their final capstone project, and offers projects geared toward the business side of the industry, from interviews to auditions. The shows presented by the Directing class are open to invitation only and will be presented on April 7th. The Conservatory shows, however, are open to the public for , but free to Flagler students, and will be presented on April 18th and 19th at 7pm in Lewis Auditorium. Please come and support the hard work and creative talents that these students have put into these productions.
By Mykala Bazzell
The Kennedy Center American Collegiate Theatre Festival (KCACTF) is a national theatre conference for college level theatre artists. KCACTF holds showcases in acting, technical work, and devised theatre, as well as dozens of workshops in various theatrical skills. This year, Flagler College was represented in the Region 4 Irene Ryan acting competition by Kaitlyn Mollohan and Zachary Racine, who were both nominated for their performances in White Christmas.