The Theatre and Dance Department's season offers a wide range of possibilities for you.
Our Fall productions open with Equus, the Tony Award winning play by Peter Shaffer, directed by PeggyRae Johnson in collaboration with Choreographer William Seigh. The play runs from October 21 through October 25, 2014 7:30 p.m. in the Wright Theatre. The play tells the story of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat an adolescent boy who has a pathologically religious fascination with horses.
Our second production is the Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner David Auburn’s Proof, directed by Timothy L’Ecuyer. This contemporary play about mathematics reveals how we struggle to quantify how people feel about each other, and ultimately about what can’t be proven. The performance dates for Proof are November 11 through November 15, 2014 7:30 p.m. in the Wright Theatre.
We conclude our Fall productions with a The 2014 Choreography Showcase. This engaging evening of student choreography and dance will be performed in the Mabel Brown Room of the Student Center on December 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Puppets! Adventure! Puns! Classic family literature! We’re excited to announce our Spring season’s opening production of The Phantom Tollbooth, a children’s adventure and modern fairy tale written by Norton Juster and adapted for the stage by Susan Nanus. Performance dates are March 4 through 7, 2015. Daniel L. Patterson directs this contemporary classic about a boy discovering the true importance of learning and knowledge, and our own puppetry expert, Céline Perron, will design the puppets featured in this production. Actors will learn voice characterization for puppetry.
The Theatre and Dance Production Season concludes with a tradition that began 40 years ago: An Evening of Dance. This exciting concert of faculty, guest artist, and student choreography is directed by Marcia Murdock and assisted by William Seigh. Performances are April 15 through 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage.
We have a caring, dedicated faculty committed to your success who will help you navigate the specific demands of our curriculum. What makes our program unique is the way in which you are included as an integral part of our department's ongoing creative scholarship and activities. You will benefit from this life-changing experience.
In addition to opportunities to perform, design, choreograph and work backstage in faculty-directed productions, you will have many opportunities to present your own individual work. Our department is an active member of two important national organizations that foster student excellence, The Kennedy Center American College Festival and The American College Dance Association. On campus, the Academic Excellence Conference is another great event where student achievement is celebrated. The Theatre and Dance Faculty will mentor you as you create work that exemplifies what it means to do scholarly creative research, cross the boundaries of academic disciplines, and make connections while expressing your unique point of view.
You will also have the chance to participate in a wide range of master classes offered by talented artists of diverse backgrounds. The level of expertise of each guest artist and the accessibility of the workshops will enrich your learning experience.
Wait, there's more!
The Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond Presenting Series also offers a thought- provoking, entertaining, and diverse season. You can visit their site and learn more at http://www.keene.edu/racbp.
Please take a moment to visit our Facebook page to see wonderful photographs of our recent productions at https://www.facebook.com/ksctad. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions
I look forward to engaging with you in person
Professor Céline Perron
Theatre and Dance Department Chair
Scenic and Lighting Designer
Keene State College