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

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

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 the theatre honors society, Alpha Psi Omega. “‘Break a Leg!’ is an original piece that I’v...

Theatre students and faculty adjust to online learning

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.

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 to be a challenge for theatre students and faculty. Acting teachers have adapted their coursework to...

Overcoming stage fright: The actors’ perspectives

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.

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 Psi Omega is a theatre honor society created to acknowledge those with accomplishments...

Artistic merit pays for an education

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

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 field in terms of collegiate recruiting,” said Jeffrey Wright, head of the Department of Music...

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, and will be performed at the Vonnie Borden Theatre from April 9-12 at 7:30 p.m. Winters expressed...

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 Benjamin Norman and be shown in the Vonnie Borden Theatre from Nov. 13-16. “The play will...

Dracula: How the show goes on

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

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 by James Winter, associate professor of acting and directing. Winter had his own spin on the English...

Theatre set to scare students

Students rehearse for

Prakriti Adhikari, Staff Reporter

September 11, 2018

The university theatre program is preparing to present the first play of the season. “Dracula” will be performed in the Vonnie Borden Theatre from Tuesday, Sept. 25 to Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. James “Jim” Winter, associate professor of acting and directing, is excited to produce a scary...