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The Department of Theatre and Dance is producing a distanced spring season that includes Anna Deavere Smith’s House Arrest, original plays by our students, a Spring Dance Concert along with a musical cabaret. We are coming together with creativity, passion and drive in this manner to ensure that our students, faculty and audiences remain safe and connected in the current ever-changing climate.

 

House Arrest

By Anna Deavere Smith
Directed by guest artist Victoria Goins

Video on Demand Production on March 5, 6 & 7. You are welcome to watch the show at your leisure any time from Friday March 5th 7:30pm through Midnight on Sunday March 7th.

Tickets are Free and Good for All Performances  |  Virtual Production

House Arrest, by Anna Deavere Smith, is a series of monologues that aims to weave an account of American politics through the voices of The American people. With the entire text derived verbatim from historical writings and interviews with the playwright, House Arrest questions 'who is the author of our "official truth"' – the observed or the observer?
 

Student Written One Acts

Written by the students of the THA313 Playwriting class.
Directed by advanced theatre students.

Friday March 26 at 7:30pm
Saturday March 27 at 7:30pm

Tickets are Free  |  Remote Zoom Production

The Student Written One Acts is an evening of short plays penned by the Theatre 313 Playwriting Class.  Experience the plays reflecting issues and themes that resonate with college students from West Chester University. We are pleased again to have our talented students serve as directors, designers, technicians, stage managers and, of course, actors to present this performance of original student work.

 

Cabaret a la Carte

By Various Artists
Directed by Liz Staruch

Two different remote productions!

Friday April 16 at 7:30pm
Friday April 30 at 7:30pm

Tickets are Free  |  A Portion of the Proceeds go to West Chester Charities.

Cabaret a la Carte mixes a pinch of humor and a dash of storytelling with large dollops of song stylings to serve up the perfect evening of entertainment each time. This three-night virtual performance series features a smorgasbord of talented WCU students and special guests, each different on every night. Proceeds in part benefit our friends and neighbors at the West Chester Food Cupboard and the WCU Resource Pantry. So make a reservation and join us Fridays this April to feel good and do good for others in need!

 

Adaptation, The Spring Dance Concert

Directed by Gretchen Studlien-Webb

Friday April 23 at 4pm
Saturday April 24 at Noon and 4pm

Tickets are Free  |  Hybrid Performance

WCU Department of Theatre and Dance is excited to present Adaptation, a unique site-specific outdoor dance event. Individual dances will be performed at several sites on the WCU campus, each site located within a short walking loop. The dances will repeat in place while the audience, socially distanced into several small groups, travels to each of the performance sites. Adaptation consists of innovative live dance pieces interspersed with a few unique screen dance presentations created and performed by West Chester University students.

 

Information on auditions, performance dates, times and access will be posted as it becomes available. Please follow us on social media!

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Productions are subject to change.

Audition information

All auditions for the Department of Theatre and Dance productions are open to the entire campus community.

Cabaret a la Carte
A 2-night virtual music cabaret

Cabaret a la Carte will be produced with all university safety protocols being followed. Rehearsals will primarily be remote with the possibility of minimal on-campus time scheduled with the music director. Performances will be recorded on campus for virtual show presentation at a later date. You do need to be comfortable working in this hybrid manner to be cast.

Rehearsals start: February 15, 2021
Performance dates: April 16th and 30th, 2021
(Recordings of the performances will take place the week before the evening on which you are cast)

We are looking for non-singers to act as emcees for the series in addition to cabaret singer-storytellers. Those cast as singers will be considered for solo performances.

Any questions or concerns about the following information, email the stage manager, Alexandra Savage, at AS892824@wcupa.edu.

VIRTUAL AUDITION

Audition submissions (all three pieces needed for full consideration)

  1. Upload your audition link
  2. Submit audition form AND
  3. Submit a headshot or selfie to the folder/dropbox

Auditions are to be uploaded no later than Wednesday February 3, 2021 at 10PM for full consideration; callbacks (if needed) will be communicated to those we need to hear again no later than Monday, February 8, 2021.

Video Submission Step by Step How-To:

  1. Record your audition on either your phone or a camera
  2. If you do not have a YouTube account, create one. Then go to your profile and click UPLOAD.
  3. Title your video with the following example: “Surname, First name, Cabaret audition”
  4. Make sure your video is being uploaded as UNLISTED, not PRIVATE, or we will not be able to see your audition.
  5. Once your video has been completely uploaded, you can then share the link to our stage manager, Alex Savage, at AS892824@wcupa.edu
  6. Make sure that you have also emailed your audition form to the same email above, as well as your headshot, or selfie, to the google drive here.
    1. There will be an example of how you should name your headshot

SINGERS

Select one (1) of the following times of day as inspiration for your song choice and storytelling.

  • Dawn
  • Dusk
  • Sunrise
  • Twilight
  • Sunset
  • Midnight
  • After Hours

Your uploaded audition is to be no longer than 2 minutes and include the following:

  1. Your slate (name clearly articulated)
  2. One song selection connected to your above chosen time of day
  3. A story – this can be the unfolding of your personal experience or connection to the selected song or time of day, a satirical extension of the song, or humor us with a “dad joke” or two in vein of your selected song or time of day.

There is no set order for the song/story – it could go story/song, song/story or if your song has an interlude, song/story/song. Slate should always be the first thing recorded. The entire song is not necessary in this 2-minute limit format. Make wise choices of selected cuts in your music.

Auditions should be solo performances only.

EMCEES

Select one (1) of the following scenarios and craft your own story.

  1. Tell us about the evening specials as a maître d’ working in a dive bar or a fast-food restaurant.
  2. As a former millionaire forced to move to the middle of nowhere, describe the local attractions to visitors passing through.
  3. You are giving a guided tour on a bus route you have never ridden. Where are we and what are we looking at?

You uploaded audition is to be no longer than 2 minutes and include the following:

  1. Your slate (name clearly articulated)
  2. Your story as the selected character above with a beginning, middle and clear ending.

We are looking for a “host”, someone (or ones) who hold our attention, relate to the audience, use humor effectively and weave a great story. We reserve the right to cast one or two emcees for the entire 3-night series of performances. (think in the style of “Tina and Amy” for the duo)

Any questions or concerns about the following information, email the stage manager Contact Alexandra Savage (AS892824@wcupa.edu)

    

 


Auditions for our future productions will be announced throughout the semester. Check back here or email TheatreDance@wcupa.edu.

Dates and Shows are subject to change.

Subscription & Tickets

Department of Theatre and Dance productions are held in J. Peter Adler Studio Theatre (E.O. Bull Center for the Arts), MainStage Theatre (E.O. Bull Center for the Arts), and Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre (Swope Music Building). Both Buildings are located on High Street, near the intersection of Rosedale Ave. For GPS, use 817 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19383. Free parking is available behind both buildings.

Both buildings are located on High Street, near the intersection of Rosedale Ave. (For GPS, use 817 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19383)

Free parking is available behind both the E.O. Bull Center for the Arts and Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre. Enter from South Matlack Street, South High Street or the drive on E. Rosedale Ave.

Ticket Prices

Individual Tickets

Single tickets will go on sale in September and can be purchased two ways:

  1. Online at wcupatix.com/theatreanddance
  2. In person at the Theatre and Dance Box Office, ground floor, E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, 2 E. Rosedale Ave.; M-F 1-3p. For more info, call 610-436-2533. Tickets can be purchased one hour before curtain (if not already sold out) at the E.O. Bull Center Box Office.

Subscriptions

Subscriptions are available for our 55th Season! The following roles for subscribers are now being cast:

  • Walk On | $64.50 | 1 season pass
  • Supporting | $126.00 | 2 season pass
  • Leading | $184.50 | 3 season pass
  • Star | $240.00 | 4 season pass

Each season pass provides six tickets to our season at the lowest price. All subscribers enjoy priority seating, program listing, free ticket exchange, and ticket insurance if tickets are lost or misplaced.

Interested in purchasing a subscription? Call Carolyn Chalmers at (610) 436-3463 to make your purchase.

Past Productions

2019-2020

  • Macbeth
  • Fall Dance Concert
  • Fefu and Her Friends
  • The Visit
  • An Evening of One Acts*
  • Spring Awakening*
  • Spring Dance Concert*

 *Cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

2018-2019

  • Antigone
  • My Fair Lady
  • Revival, a dance concert
  • Local Girls
  • An Evening of One Acts
  • Progressions, a dance concert
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

2017-2018

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Exit The King
  • Moving Reflections, a dance concert
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Mosaic, a dance concert
  • Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, A Musical Voyage
  • An Evening of One Acts

2016-2017

  • Once Upon a Mattress
  • Veer, to alter a direction or course
  • The Long Christmas Ride Home
  • Blithe Spirit
  • The Honorable Maid
  • Serendipity, a dance concert
  • An Evening of One Acts

2015-2016

  • Company
  • Visual Transparency, a dance concert
  • Ghosts
  • What The Water Gave Me
  • The Tempest
  • Unframed Art, a dance concert
  • An Evening of One Acts

2014-2015

  • Dead Man's Cell Phone
  • The Wedding Singer
  • Imprints, a dance concert
  • All's Well that Ends Well
  • Spoon River Project
  • An Evening of One Acts
  • United Diverse Creations, a dance concert

2013-2014

  • Endgame & Come and Go
  • Godspell
  • Poetics of Space, a dance concert
  • Machinal
  • The Rivals
  • Student Written One-Acts
  • Perpetual Motion, a dance concert

2012-2013

  • Student Written One-Acts
  • She Loves Me
  • Coalescence, a dance concert
  • The Mousetrap
  • A Year with Frog and Toad
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • #OccupyUDC, a dance concert

2011-2012

  • Student Written One-Acts
  • Cabaret
  • Cause and Effect, a dance concert
  • Dark at the Top of the Stairs
  • Make Me A Song
  • Kaleidoscope, a dance concert
  • Macbeth

2010-2011

  • Sorrows and Rejoicings
  • The Pajama Game
  • Student Written One Acts
  • Reception/Perception, a dance concert
  • A Festival of New Female Playwrights
  • The Misanthrope
  • Merge Ahead, a dance concert
  • Fables & Fairytales, Children's Theatre

2009-2010

  • The Rocky Horror Show
  • Student Written One Acts
  • E Pluribus Unum, a dance concert
  • Love's Fire
  • As You Like It
  • Wonder Think Feel, a dance concert

2008-2009

  • Psychopathia Sexualis
  • Student Written One Acts
  • Assassins
  • Then to Now, a dance concert
  • tick…tick…BOOM! (Student-directed: Andrew Lowy)
  • Trojan Women
  • Exploring the Spectrum, a dance concert
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