By Alex Espinosa
The Emerging Student Theater Artists (ESTA) group on campus has big plans for the fall semester.
Senior musical theatre major, Isabelle Rutens, said the group has three shows planned for the current semester, including a musical rendition of “Cats,” (coined as “Katz” by the group) by Andrew Lloyd Webber, a night of one act shows, and “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” There will also be several improv shows that will be performed by ESTA’s own improv group. The improvisational group, “No Control,” was started in 2015. Rutens said they will be doing plays for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas in addition to the other shows.
Jack Mannion, a sophomore musical theater major, has worked with the group for two years. What makes ESTA stand out is that it allows students to stage and direct plays that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do, as well as take existing shows and remake them in their own style. “Katz” is one of the shows the group adapted. The group’s members were elated to hear that they would be doing it.
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” will also be remade in a new style. Erica Henning, a sophomore musical theater major, is a member of ESTA and is the director for “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” She made it more immersive than the original. The play was originally made to incorporate only the actors, however Henning has changed it so that the audience can be a part of the play.
ESTA’s shows will be performed in the Rifle Range Theatre. The one act plays will be on Oct. 10 at 9 p.m., “No Control” will be performed on Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. and “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” will be on Nov. 3 at 10 p.m.