The Theatre Department has had an incredibly busy spring!
Semester performances for the Beginning and Advanced Theatre Ensembles took place April 18 and 19. The morning students presented a movement demonstration of "The Viewpoints" as well as a stirring performance of Shakespearean sonnets. The afternoon students presented original projects, from a 20-minute version of Lee Blessing's "Independence" to originally composed pieces about Craigslist, inspirational quotes, and Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree." Most of these pieces will be performed again on Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. for the annual Generation to Generation concert, which highlights original student work.
Please catch our performance on Saturday, May 11, at noon at Artisphere! The Theatre and Dance departments will be performing at the TD Bank Stage at the Peace Center.
For those of you who caught our production of "welcome to the new age yeah yeah yeah" by David Garcia, you know what a successful night of theatre it was. We thank David for his plays, and we look forward to doing more original work by up-and-coming playwrights in the future. It is an amazing experience for young actors to work on new plays, and it is an experience they will get more of the longer they stay in theatre.
The Theatre Department had another unique experience this semester, with voice-over artist Lisa Biggs. You have heard Lisa's voice on TV and in film (including Pixar's "Toy Story 3"), and we were lucky enough to have her for a six-part workshop! The students learned the basics of voice over and were recorded, and several even walked away with a rough demo. We look forward to having her again in the future, and we are thankful she is now calling Greenville her home.
A huge congratulations goes to the seniors. Out of 10 seniors in Theatre Performance this year, eight will be majoring in Theatre next year. Our trip to Unified Auditions in New York City was an enormous success. Congratulations to Anna Barry, Tiffany Bunch and JP McLaurin for their successes there. A big round of applause also to Claire McCreight, Eren Brock, Cameron Treiper and Courtney Weber for completing their extensive audition schedules. Between all of the seniors, they have auditioned at more than 20 schools, have received recognition from some of the top theatre schools in the country (including Juilliard, University of Minnesota, the Hartt School and the University of the Arts) and will be attending excellent programs in the fall. Nick Brown and Brianna Rodriguez will be majoring in something other than Theatre (as of now), but their hard work and talent are no less appreciated. Seniors, we are proud of you and wish you well as you journey on to the next stop.