CWUTheatre NewsTheatre Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/theatre/newsen-usCWU's Theatre Arts Department to Welcome China Cohort Fall 2017http://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>CTE Presents a Dazzling Chicago: The Musical April 13-22http://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3269Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:20:46<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/Chicago.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;"></p><p>It's time for a little "Razzle Dazzle" and "All that Jazz." Prepared to be "swept away" by Central Washington University's Central Theatre Ensemble production of the smash hit <em>Chicago: The Musical.</em></p><p>Based on a real-life "celebrity crime" set in Chicago's rowdy, roaring twenties, Chicago tells the story of a murderous chorus girl, Roxie Hart. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the American Dream—fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked incomparable staging by the legendary Bob Fosse.</p><p>CWU's production is directed by Theatre Arts senior Nicholas Main, who has directed many large and complex dance numbers in each of the Red Curtain Broadway Revues. Although still a student, Main was hired at Broadway Rose Theatre in Portland for two shows and toured this past summer with Missoula’s Children’s Theatre as a teacher/mentor. Main also won the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Musical Theatre Competition and represented CWU in Washington DC this past year.</p><p>"One of the biggest differences from the movie to our production is the extra music that is in this show," said Main. "The movie omits many really interesting songs that give us more insight into this world of the characters and the vaudeville life."</p><p>"We are also moving away from the well-known Fosse dance style with this show. The choreography that Fosse had created was iconic and our team wanted to do something new and different. In addition, our production is very audience involved—we think the audience will be swept away with the story!"</p><p><em>Chicago: The Musical </em>will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 13, 14, 20, 21. There will be two shows on April 15 and April 22, one at 7:30 p.m. and a late night adult production at 11:00 p.m. All performances will be in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre.</p><p>Dinner packages are available each Friday and Saturday thanks to a partnership with Ellensburg’s Dakota Café. Dinner seating is set for 5:15 p.m.; advance tickets for the package end on the Monday preceding the performance.</p><p>This show is suggested for mature audiences, as there is some material unsuitable for children under 17. The musical includes language and situations some patrons may consider offensive.</p><p>Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, $10 for those under 18, 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. 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>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>April 10, 2017</p></br>CWU One of Top Ten Most Underrated Northwest Theatre Programshttp://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>CTE Presents the Family-friendly "MONKEY: His Magic Journey to the West"http://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3267Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:42:04<p>Grab the kids and head out to see Central Theatre Ensemble’s rollicking <em>MONKEY: His Magic Journey to the West</em>, this weekend at Central Washington University.</p><p>Join Sun Wu Kong, the Handsome Monkey King and Great Sage, Equal to Heaven as he and his companions, Pigsy, Sandy, Dragon Horse, and their Buddhist monk master Tripitaka as they fight monsters, demons, and each other on their hilarious and holy journey to India.</p><p>This adaptation of Wu Cheng-en’s 16th century novel, <em>His-yu Chi or The Journey to the West,</em> is a fun-filled, action-packed tale of adventure for the whole family. Australian playwright Bryan Nason adapted the original Chinese tale, which is based on the real-life journey of Buddhist monk Xuanzang to India.</p><p><em>MONKEY: His Magic Journey to the West</em> will be held March 9, 10, and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 12 at 2:00 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium. 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. 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>The original story is considered one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature and remains a much beloved story in many Asian countries. By focusing on the international appeal of this ancient tale, this production opens it to broader interpretations of character, costume, and staging.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU Students Selected for Prestigious KCACTF Presentationshttp://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 http://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 Gameshttp://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>Holiday Favorite Red Curtain Broadway Revue Celebrates Musical Theater http://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3229Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:55:43<p>A bit of Broadway comes to Ellensburg with the <em>Red Curtain Broadway Revue</em>, an evening of favorites from a variety of Broadway classics both old and new. Production numbers include “Forget About the Boy”, from <em>Thoroughly Modern Millie</em>, “Shadowland,” from <em>The Lion King</em>, and “Bui Doi,” from <em>Miss Saigon</em>, along with classics such as “Danny Boy,” and “Blackbird,” by the The Beatles.</p><p>The <em>Revue</em> features students in Central Washington University’s bachelor of fine arts musical theatre performance program, and spotlights their singing, dancing, and acting skills in a variety of scenes, solos, and excerpts from musical theatre. Choreographed, directed, and performed by CWU students, the production combines the enthusiasm and exuberance of youth with professional stage skills, along with serious talent.</p><p>This year also features choreography by new faculty member Casey Craig. Craig joins the faculty after a successful musical career across the northwest, most recently in Seattle Musical Theatre’s production of <em>9 to 5</em>.</p><p>The <em>Red Curtain Broadway Revue</em> will be performed November 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium. There will also be a matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on November 20. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors/students, and $7 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.</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>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.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>November 15, 2016</p></br></br>CWU’s "Gruesome Playground Injuries" Explores the Emotional Bond of Painhttp://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3221Thu, 03 Nov 2016 09:53:13<p>From school infirmaries to hospital wards, Kayleen and Doug meet, reconnect, and bond through physical and emotional pain. Rajiv Joseph’s <em>Gruesome Playground Injuries</em>, a Central Washington University Theatre Arts student workshop production, explores how characters develop a sympathetic intimacy by sharing their private traumas.</p><p><em>Gruesome Playground Injuries</em> will be performed at 7:30 p.m., November 10, 11, and 12, in Studio 119 (McConnell Hall 119). All tickets are $5, and may 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 production has been led by BA Theatre Studies senior Allison Price, who will be directing the show. The Central Theatre Club and the CWU student chapter of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology are providing support for the production.&nbsp;</p><p>Academic mentor, Theatre Arts professor Patrick Dizney, describes Price as, “one of the artistic leaders in the next generation of theatre-makers.”</p><p>This is Price’s second directing experience at CWU.&nbsp; This past summer she spent three months as a directing intern at Smock Alley Theatre, in Dublin, Ireland.&nbsp; Prior to the summer experience she spent a term at University of Hull (UK).</p><p>Price is a graduate of West Valley High School in Spokane.&nbsp; She is the daughter of Tim and Wendy Price of Spokane, WA.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</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><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>November 3, 2016</p></br></br>Crash course: Falls, fights and fires are all in a day’s work at Seattle stunt schoolhttp://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3220Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:17:15<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/CWUstuntmanschool.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 305px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;">David Boushey, a Hollywood Hall of Famer [and CWU alumnus] helps stunt performers learn how to fall from dizzying heights, take hours’ worth of punches — and break into a tough business.</p><p>THE STUDENTS ARE trying to look stoic, standing in a gravel parking lot near Bothell under the scorching August sun — but they all know that, by the end of the day, every one of them is going to be set on fire.</p><p>As they burn, they’ll be scrutinized by their instructors, professional stunt performers, who could potentially make or break their budding careers.</p><p>Read more of this story in the Seattle Times' <a href="http://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/crash-course-falls-fights-and-fires-are-all-in-a-days-work-at-seattle-stunt-school/" target="_blank">Pacific NW Magazine</a>.</p><p>Story by Brendan Kiley/photo by Benjamin Benschneider</p><p>October 27, 2016</p>