By Karis Fuller
Arts and Entertainment Editor
The spring semester brings about new adventures and challenges for the musical theatre, arts and music departments. Following the fall 2018 semester’s hectic schedule, the arts students continue to work through a busy spring. Senior tech design major Katherine Keaney outlined the theatre department’s busy schedule.
For the musical theatre department, the performance season has already begun. This past weekend the MFA students performed an original devised show, “Memento Mori.” This performance was directed, casted, and designed by the first and second year graduate students and is a non-realistic portrayal of the seven deadly sins and how they came to be.
With a successful opening night on Friday, Jan. 25, sophomore musical theatre major Emily Shoup assisted the MFA students with technical elements and stage managing.
“Opening night is always great. Adrenaline is high and you can’t wait to see the whole performance come together,” Shoup said.
The next performance of the season is the musical “Wild Party” directed by external director Scott Ebersold. The musical, set in the roaring 1920s, shows elaborate parties, prohibition and a twist that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats. The show occupies the main stage Feb. 22–23 and Feb. 28 – Mar. 2 @ 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances at 3 p.m. on Feb. 24 and Mar. 3.
There are a number of upcoming performances this semester, with both the freshman and seniors taking center stage. The Honors Thesis Weekend Festival 2019 is a showcase of the graduating musical theatre honors students, Elise Raemakers, Lauren Gissentanna, Aaron Cooper, Griffin Lockette, Jenna Gadille, Megan Breit, and Julia Vaughn. The performance will consist of four short undergraduate thesis productions, on Mar 8-9 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance Mar. 10 at 3.p.m.
For the freshman, this will be the first time many of them grace the stage for their freshman year showcase, taking place between April 11 to April 14. This is a time for the class of 2022 to really place their stamp on Post Theatre Company (PTC).
The seniors will face a different type of final performance as a members of PTC. The senior showcase in New York City is an opportunity for theatre students to get their faces known by possible talent scouts. Tickets for all theatre performances can be purchased via tix55.com/ptc700 or directly from the box office prior to performance.
Along with the theatre department’s busy schedule, the dance company has their show in the latter half of the semester. The PCDC spring dance concert will take place from April 26-28 at 8.p.m. It is a chance for the dance students to display both their dance talents and choreography skills alongside guest performers.
This spring semester also sees the art departments undergraduate and graduate students’ continued showings of work in the S.A.L gallery, on the first floor of the library. The S.A.L gallery is a space for collective or individual gallery showings for the students in the department. For many of the artists, this is the first solo show they will participate in. The reception for each show takes place on Wednesday between 5 p.m. and 8.p.m, where visitors can interact with the artists and hear what they have to say about their work.
As for the freshman arts foundation students, they are continuing to broaden their horizons with a number of gallery trips planned. The first is a trip to the Whitney Museum of American Arts on Feb 20. Freshman graphics design major Lauren Beyer finds the trips with her classmates creatively inspiring and a lot of fun. “It is very inspiring to look at professional artists and incorporating their work into your own,” Beyer said.
There is plenty of activity in the arts departments this semester, with the students looking forward to staying busy and producing work they can be proud of.