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The cast from senior biology major and theater minor Carla Cortina’s scene, ‘The Children’s Hour’ hold their flowers with satisfaction. Southeastern students in Chad Winters’ directing class each directed their own scenes and hosted a showcase together.

An evening of student-directed scenes

Chloe Williams, Staff Reporter May 12, 2021

On Thursday, May 6, students and families gathered in the Vonnie Borden Theatre to watch a showcase of student-directed scenes.  For Chad Winters’ theatre directing class, he had each of his students...

“Dark Skinned Pavement,” which was presented at the Vonnie Borden Theatre April 27-30, provides insight into the lives of a Black American family who lost their son to police brutality. Written by TJ Young, the play features an all-Black cast.

“Dark Skinned Pavement” shines light on police brutality

Trinity Brown, Staff Reporter May 5, 2021

Last week, “Dark Skinned Pavement'' made its way to the Vonnie Borden Theatre stage, reflecting similar incidents from the past few months involving police brutality and protests.  The play premiered...

Christine Crook, assistant professor of costume design and make-up technology, shows off a costume she made in back 2019.

Costume design course returns with new professor

Austin Dewease, Staff Reporter April 21, 2021

For the first time since 2017, the theatre department is welcoming back their costume design class for Fall 2021.  The class will be taught by new full-time instructor Christine Crook, a California...

Actors DeJuan James and Leigh Moore have a socially-distanced rehearsal to prepare for the theatre department's upcoming production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on March 2-5.

“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” to run March 2-5

Elana Guillory, Staff Reporter February 25, 2021

Next month the theatre department will bring to life a century-old tale with a modern twist. They will perform “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” March 2-5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vonnie Borden Theatre.  Chad...

Chloe Williams, one of the cast members of “The Wolves,” reviews her script. The all-female cast will open with their first performance on Nov. 10.

“The Wolves”: A coming-of-age production to take place at the Vonnie Borden Theatre

Hannah Juneau, Staff Reporter November 6, 2020

Blood, sweat, tears, insane dialogue and a great time. That sums up the play “The Wolves” taking place at the Vonnie Borden Theatre in D Vickers Hall, according to assistant director DeJuan “DJ”...

Senior elementary education major DeJuan James is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the university's theatre honors society. James' original play

APO member creates original piece: “Break a Leg!”

Gabrielle Wood, Staff Reporter October 1, 2020

DeJuan James, a senior elementary education major, is among those on campus who have expressed their own creativity by creating an original play, titled “Break a Leg!” James is an active member in...

Students appear on stage during a rehearsal of “Three Sisters” in November 2019. Theatre faculty and students have addressed the difficulties of online learning, but they have adapted to the circumstances and explored alternative tactics such as video performances and more in-depth script analysis.

Theatre students and faculty adjust to online learning

Joshua Archote, Staff Reporter May 16, 2020

Since some classes require both in-person and hands-on interaction, many teachers have found it difficult to teach in an online setting. The mid-semester switch from face-to-face classes has proven...

Kat Schepker, Shelby Grantham and Hayden Kimball review lines before a rehearsal. Many actors and actresses suggest practicing lines as a group to catch individual mistakes.

Overcoming stage fright: The actors’ perspectives

Jacob Lofton, Staff Reporter October 30, 2019

Some students find it difficult to get in front of their classmates and present material, but the Communication 210 and 211 courses are required general education courses for almost all university students. Alpha...

In music, students must audition to enter the department. This audition also counts as the students’ scholarship application.

Artistic merit pays for an education

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor May 7, 2019

Students can find a variety of scholarships based on artistic and academic excellence to offset the costs of pursuing an education in the arts. “The arts, and music in particular, can be a very competitive...

Morality in the theater

Morality in the theater

Shaelyn Martinez , Staff Reporter April 2, 2019

The theatre program is preparing for a tale about redemption with "Everyman: A Modern English Version" by William B. Strickland. The play is directed by Chad Winters, instructor of acting and directing,...

Romance on the theatre stage

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter November 6, 2018

The university theatre program prepares to present “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani to bring love and romance to the stage to end the fall theatre season. The play will be directed by Technical Director...

Producing “Dracula” met some obstacles, but work from the entire team including actors, costume designers and set designers led to the play’s performance.

Dracula: How the show goes on

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter October 1, 2018

Over 50 students and staff members collaborated to produce “Dracula” in the Vonnie Borden Theatre for Fanfare. The play was performed from Sept. 25-28 and was adapted for the stage and directed...

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