CWUTheatre NewsTheatre Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/theatre/newsen-usCTE Opens with Inge’s Classic "Picnic," Exploring Social Norms of a Bygone Era, November 8https://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3324Mon, 29 Oct 2018 10:03:01<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/picnic.jpg" style="width: 190px; height: 282px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">A magnetic and charming drifter, a local beauty and the last sweltering days of summer are the key ingredients in William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize and Critic’s Circle winner, <em>Picnic</em>. The play explores themes of sexuality, repression, and rites of passage.<br><br>“We view this work not only as a classic piece from one the American masters, but also an opportunity to examine the social/gender constraints of a time in our recent past,” said Patrick Dizney, chair and professor of Theatre Arts. “Gender roles were changing rapidly at this time in our history. The play was a precursor to the sexual revolution of the 1960s.”<br><br><em>Picnic</em> will be performed at 7:30 p.m. November 8-10 and 15-17, and at 2:00 p.m. on November 18 in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre on the Central Washington University Ellensburg campus. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors, alumni and students; and $8 for CWU Students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.cwu.edu/theatre/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service in the Student Union and Recreation Building, or by phone at 509-963-1429. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.</p><p>The American playwright Inge (<em>Bus Stop</em>, <em>Splendor in the Grass</em>) wrote this award-winning realistic play capturing 1950’s small town USA, spiked with the social mores and pressures that were shaping the country at the time.</p><p>When a former football hero, Hal, shows up on the freight train that passes through the center of town, everyone feels the hot breath of time in a new way.&nbsp; The mother of Madge, the “prettiest girl in town” encourages her daughter to “land” the rich boy Alan, although Madge’s heart is suddenly pulled in a new direction. Madge’s tomboy younger sister, Millie, has completely different ideas about what would be fun to do tonight. And everyone is supposed leave soon to the town picnic, on this, the last night of summer.</p><p>Come revel in the fun, charm, and drama of this ultimately heart-wrenching show,</p><p>Parking at CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces or in residence hall lots.</p><p>Parental Guidance<br>Parents may consider some material unsuitable for their youngest children.<br>May include situations, language, or actions that may startle some patrons.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>Mattawa Monologues Project Comes Back to CWU December 5https://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3317Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:32:06<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/Mattawa_Monologue_Project_group.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;"></p><p>In the crucible of middle/junior high school, as children become adolescents, young students’ real fears and concerns are often overlooked. In Mattawa, a unique project by Central Washington University’s Theatre Arts department is empowering the often underrepresented voices of pre-teens and young teenagers.</p><p>On <strong>December 5</strong>, the CWU community will have an opportunity to experience the results of a rewarding collaboration between Wahluke Junior High school students, CWU Theatre Arts, CWU World Languages and MECHA. The Mattawa Monologues will be performed at <strong>7:00 p.m. in the SURC Theatre</strong>. The event is <strong>free</strong> and open to the public. Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m.</p><p>Prior to the performance, MECHA, CWU Theatre Arts, and CWU World Languages will host a closed mixer with the young authors of the selected monologues and their parents. The goal of the mixer and project is to create bridges for these young students in the hope of making attendance at a university more accessible to them.</p><p>This fall Theatre Arts professor Patrick Dizney and Theatre Arts graduate student Brandon Carter teamed up with Wahluke Junior High students to explore the topic of bullying through exercises and written assignments. “WJH teachers Autumn Harlow, CharRe Burnum, Rachel Greshock and Principle Andrew Harlow have been instrumental to this collaboration” states Dizney. “Autumn and I started the collaboration last year, unsure of where it might lead us, and it has really taken off.” Their objectives for The Mattawa Monologue Project were to encourage personal expression of the Wahluke students and to make connections between WJH and CWU students. “For a lot of these students attending a university seems out of reach. We’d like to change that perception; have them meet some of our students, ask how they ended up at Central and maybe plant a seed.”</p><p>Nathalie Kastellis’ Spanish Translation and Interpretation class will be working with Theatre Arts and MECHA students on the project this year. “We are very excited to have some of the monologues be performed in Spanish this year, and to have students from each of the involved organizations perform” Dizney states. “This is a true collaboration that brings so many perspectives and disciplines together.”</p><p>In November, 20 CWU students will travel to Mattawa to perform the selected monologues for the entire junior high. Harlow and Dizney created this project with sustainability in mind and look to continue and further the reach of its impact on more communities.</p><p><em>Photo: CWU Theatre Arts students performing the </em>Mattawa Monologues<em> at Wahluke Junior High School in Mattawa</em></p> Annual Red Curtain Broadway Revue Brings Broadway to the ‘Burghttps://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3316Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:43:26<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/cte.jpg" style="width: 218px; height: 163px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">“The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me” is the theme for this year’s performance, including songs from <strong><em>Into the Woods, Fiddler on the Roof, Hercules, A Chorus Line, High School Musical 3, School of Rock, Carousel, The Muppets </em></strong>and many more.</p><p>A perennial favorite, The Red Curtain Broadway Revue, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on November 29, 30, and December 1, and at 2:00 p.m. on December 2 in the McConnell Auditorium.&nbsp; Get your tickets early for this evening of vibrant choreography and inspired singing.&nbsp;</p><p>Tickets are $15/Adults, $12 for Seniors/Students/Alumni, and $8 for CWU students with ID.&nbsp; Advanced ticket purchase recommended.</p><p>Tickets can be purchased online at www.cwu.edu/theatre/tickets or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building. Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p><br><strong>Parental Guidance</strong><br>Parents may consider some material unsuitable for their youngest children.<br>May include situations, language, or actions that may startle some patrons.</p><p><br><em>CWU is the only state institution that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, design and production, and theatre education.</em></p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>The Mattawa Monologue Project Gives Voice to Young Students November 20https://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3314Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:50:37<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/cwu%20theatre%20arts.png" style="width: 198px; height: 254px; margin: 2px 5px; float: left;">In the crucible of middle/junior high school, as children become adolescents, young students’ real fears and concerns are often overlooked. In Mattawa, a unique project by Central Washington University’s Theatre Arts department is empowering the often underrepresented voices of pre-teens and young teenagers.</p><p>In September, Patrick Dizney, Theatre Arts professor and associate chair, teamed up with Wahluke Junior High teacher Autumn Harlow to create <em>M2P, The Mattawa Monologue Project</em>. Their objectives were to encourage personal expression of the Wahluke students and to make connections between WJH and CWU students.</p><p>Working with five WJH teachers, Dizney led two days of monologue writing workshops. WJH teachers then continued to work on the text with these sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, until more than 100 monologues were written and submitted.</p><p>“The writing parameters were intentionally left open, and there is a broad representation of voices and concerns of these young people,” Dizney said.</p><p>CWU Theatre Arts students also selected monologues to perform and worked on them in their class with Dizney through late October and early November. They learned about the performance process, the importance of honoring the writers work and how to apply concepts learned in their acting class to performance.</p><p>On November 20, more than 20 CWU students will travel to Mattawa to perform the selected monologues for the entire junior high. The WJH and CWU students will have an opportunity to meet each other and discuss the work.</p><p>In addition, MECHA and other CWU organizations have been invited to a mixer with the authors of the selected monologues and their parents before a second performance on December 6. The goal of the mixer is to create bridges for these young students in the hope of making attendance at a university more accessible to them.<br><br>Harlow and Dizney created this project with sustainability in mind and look to continue and further the reach of its impact on more communities.</p><p>“I think this collaboration was a complete success—for all the students involved,” Dizney concluded. “I know the CWU students were impressed with the depth and range of the WJH students’ writing, and learned a lot from working with the younger kids.”</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p></br></br></br>CTE's Good Kids Focuses on Youth and Social Media https://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3305Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:28:06<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/Good%20kids-a.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 273px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night. Something she says she can't remember. Something everybody is talking about. Set at a Midwestern high school, in a world of Facebook and Twitter, smartphones and YouTube, <em>Good Kids</em> explores a casual sexual encounter gone wrong and its very public aftermath. Who's telling the truth? Whose version of the story do you believe? And what does that say about you?</p><p>Central Washington University's Central Theatre Ensemble will perform <em>Good Kids</em>, by Naomi Iizuka, at 7:30 p.m., November 8, 9, 11, 13, 16-18, and at 2:00 p.m. November 19, in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, alumni $12 and students, and $8 for CWU students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.cwu.edu/theatre/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service in the Student Union and Recreation Building, or by phone at 509-963-1429. Advance ticket purchase recommended</p><p><strong>Advisory:</strong> Flashing lights and haze are used in this production. The content includes strong language and mature themes.</p><p>Parking at CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces or in residence hall lots.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p>CWU's Theatre Arts Department to Welcome Students from China Fall 2017https://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3274Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:57:46<p><img alt="" src="http://www.cwu.edu/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/NUAA%20Partnership.png" style="width: 450px; height: 127px; float: right;">Central Washington University's Department of Theatre Arts and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) have signed an agreement for an exchange program.</p><p>"This is such an exciting opportunity for both of our institutions," enthused Scott Robinson, CWU chair of Theatre Arts. "We already have faculty applying for teaching exchanges with NUAA for this summer."</p><p>The idea for the exchange program started when Robinson was invited to teach at NUAA for two weeks in fall 2015. His successful workshops paved the way for the partnership between the two schools.&nbsp;</p><p>"This is truly a win-win for both of our schools," he continued. "Our students from China will receive the advantage of a degree granted from an institution in the United States. We'll benefit from having greater diversity in the department, as well as offering study and teaching abroad opportunities to our faculty and students."</p><p>NUAA is one of China’s premier learning and research institutions, located in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. Under the current 3+2 arrangement, NUAA students will earn a bachelor of arts degree from NUAA, and a bachelor of fine arts degree from CWU over a two-year period. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue the bachelor's degree in Theatre Studies as a secondary option. Since CWU's BFA program in Theatre Design and Production is currently capped at 12 students per academic year, this second bachelor's option allows the department to offer more degree opportunities. It is expected that NUAA will send up to 10 students in the first cohort.</p><p>"We look forward to welcoming them this fall," Robinson said, "And we will be working closely our partners in the Office of International Studies and Programs to assure a smooth transition for our newest students."</p><p><em>CWU is the only state institution in the Pacific Northwest&nbsp; that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, and design and production. More than 90 percent of its alumni gain fulltime employment in theatre positions or enroll in nationally recognized graduate programs within six months of graduating. CWU graduates are routinely featured in performing and production roles on cruise ships, regional theatres, and in national entertainment parks such as Disney World.</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>April 19, 2017</p></br>CWU One of Top Ten Most Underrated Northwest Theatre Programshttps://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3268Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:58:08<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/Les%20Miserables-crop.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 360px;"></p><p>"The program at Central Washington University is so good, that we wouldn't be surprised if next year, its ranked as one of the best programs in the country. They offer highly intensive and hand-on BFA/BA programs in everything from Performance, Design and Musical Theatre. In addition to education student, they also have a fabulous Summer Intensive program for drama teachers."</p><p>Here at OnStage, we spend months compiling, researching and comparing college theatre programs to come up with what we feel are the very best colleges in the country. While names like Tisch, Juilliard, Emerson and Baldwin Wallace get plenty of attention, there are a ton of schools out there with incredible programs that deserve more.</p><p>Read more of this article at <strong><a href="http://www.onstageblog.com/columns/2017/4/5/the-top-10-most-underrated-college-theatre-programs-for-2017-north-west-region">Onstage</a>.</strong></p><p>April 7, 2017</p>CWU Students Selected for Prestigious KCACTF Presentationshttps://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3265Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:51:41<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/kcactf.jpg" style="width: 188px; height: 268px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;">Sixty-eight Central Washington University Theatre Arts students will participate in the 2017 Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), February 20-24 in Denver. Five CWU theatre faculty accompanying the students will also present scholarships and lend their skills in organizing the annual festival.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“This may be the largest group of students from one school attending the festival,” exclaimed Patrick Dizney, CWU professor of performance. Dizney is also the current chair of Region 7, which includes Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, northern California, northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“This year, on top of the regular participation, we received an invitation to present in the Night of Scenes,” enthused Scott Robinson, chair of Theatre Arts and two-time recipient of the coveted KCACTF Gold Medallion Award. “The scene is from CWU's 2016 production of <em>Mary Poppins</em>, “The Banker Scene,” which will feature more than 30 students in a stunning and imaginative tap number. Jadd Davis, artistic director from the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, recognized the exceptional interpretation of the scene and nominated for it inclusion last May.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>KCACTF allows members from other institutions, called outside guest responders, to nominate outstanding performances for inclusion in the festival.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“It is rare to have the opportunity to showcase our musical theatre productions as they simply are too large to travel efficiently,” Robinson continued. “This is an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate the strength of our distinctive BFA program as well as individual students.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Actors, designers, theatre technicians and stage managers will compete for scholarships, summer employment, graduate programs and unique training opportunities through auditions, interviews and competitions.&nbsp; Student Chelsey Sheppard will lead workshops in Stage Combat and Stage Dance.&nbsp; Student director Allison Price is bringing her production of <em>Gruesome Playground Injuries </em>to be performed at festival as a “renegade production.” The production was initially mounted at CWU in November 2016.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Dizney will perform in a scripted reading of a new play commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival at festival.&nbsp; CWU Lecturer Casey Craig will be leading workshops Stage Dance.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>CWU also registered the production of <em>She Kills Monsters </em>for inclusion in the festival. Although It was not selected to travel this year, it was named first alternate, if one of the other selections cannot be performed.<br><br>CWU usually takes 50 students to the festival, who participate and vie for scholarships in a variety of disciplines, including performance, research, directing and design and production.&nbsp; Each year winners from these areas move forward to a national festival.&nbsp; CWU has sent students to the national festival at least 12 times in the past 15 years.<br><br>The Region 7 festival includes performances by top performers and participating productions selected by a highly competitive and rigorous process.<br><br>Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide annually. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, dramatic criticism, directing, and design. For more information about KCACTF-7 go to www.kcactf7.org</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>February 16, 2017</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Theatre Students Shine in CWU's Short Works Festival https://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3263Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:37:15<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/CTE.jpg" style="width: 174px; height: 130px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;">Reviving a Central Theatre Ensemble tradition from years past, the Student Works Festival offers a venue for emerging student directors, designers, and actors to share their work and passion with the public. Sometimes irreverent, often amusing, and always entertaining, this bill of short plays reflects the interests, concerns and aesthetics of current students and their emerging views of the world. Central Washington University's Short Works Festival showcases a range of content which may not be appropriate for all audiences; parental guidance is recommended.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Short Works Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m., February 16 and 17, and at 4:00 p.m. on February 18 in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for CWU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cwu.edu/theatre/tickets or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The following short plays and scenes are produced and directed by senior theatre arts students:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Egghead </em>by Bo Burnham<br>Poetry readings and performances co-directed by:<br>Jeryn Sonnabend<br>Chelsey Sheppard<br><br><em>Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep</em> by Riley Newman<br>Directed by Riley Newman<br>Music composed and performed by Jeff Rowden<br><br>"Can’t Handle This" [song] recorded by Bo Burnham from Make Happy<br>Directed and performed by Jeryn Sonnabend<br><br><em>Mature Young Adults</em> by Wesley J. Colford<br>Directed by Allison Price<br><br>Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>CWU is the only state institution that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, and design and production.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>February 13, 2017</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>She Kills Monsters Finds Truth through Fantasy Gameshttps://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3234Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:57:23<p><em><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/she%20kills%20monsters%20kooser%20puppets.jpeg" style="width: 450px; height: 253px;"></em></p><p><em>She Kills Monsters</em>, by Qui Nguyen, is a comedic, yet poignant, journey into the world of fantasy role-playing games (RPGs). The Central Washington University Central Theatre Ensemble production begins December 1.</p><p>The play explores the gamut of relationships among women, as siblings, classmates, coworkers, lovers, and loved ones. Through role-playing, the characters are able to come to terms with excruciating losses, such as the death of a sister. And ultimately, they are able to face their own realities and their futures</p><p>According to the <em>New York Times</em>, "It will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart." The <em>Denver Post </em>called it " . . . droll, witty and geeky in the best sense of the word . . ." Winner of the 2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award, <em>She Kills Monsters</em> is directed by Central Washington University’s Patrick Dizney, professor of Theatre Arts. “It is a romp,” says Dizney. “The most fun you can have in a theatre!”</p><p>For patrons who may not be knowledgeable about the RPG culture and the vocabulary of <em>Dungeons and Dragons</em>, around which the play revolves, the production team has developed “A Visitors Guide to the World of the Play.” The material also includes information on the playwright and numerous awards the play has garnered. The material was developed by Robert Hanson, a master’s candidate in Theatre Production. The guide can be downloaded for free at http://bit.ly/2fCClSS.</p><p>Local artist Brian Kooser has joined the production design team and has been working with CWU students in the creation of the special monster puppets. Kooser is well known for his larger-than-life characters that are seen throughout the region at parades and special events such as the Fremont Solstice Fair in Seattle and Ellensburg Buskers.</p><p><em>She Kills Monsters</em> will be performed December 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium. A special talkback session with the cast will be hosted by CWU Women’s and Gender Studies immediately after the performance on December 1. On December 3, there will be two performances: one at 4:00 p.m., and a special10:00 p.m. showing. Between the performances, a student club will host RPG game tables in the theatre lobby for novices as well as those skilled at RPGs. There will also be a matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on December 4.</p><p>Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 for seniors and students under 18 years old, and $8 for CWU students with ID. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cwu.edu/theatre/tickets or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building.</p><p>This play is suitable for mature audiences.&nbsp; Some material is inappropriate for children under 17. The play includes language and situations some patrons may consider offensive.</p><p>Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p>Photo: Monster puppet workshop. Photo by Scott Robinson</p><p><em>CWU is the only state institution that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, and design and production.</em></p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>