2007-2008 THEATRE PRODUCTION SCHEDULE
Theatre Production History

Trinity Christian College Department of Communication Arts’
Theatre Production Season 2009-2010:
“Authenticity”

Trinity Christian College Department of Communication Arts’
Theatre Production Season 2009-2010:
“Authenticity”

The Department of Communication Arts at Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce the theatre production season for the 2009-2010 school year:

Fall 2009:  4th Annual Student-Directed One-Acts
                                                (production dates: Oct. 30 & 31)
                        Featuring:
                        The Flattering Word by George Kelly,
                                              directed by senior Amy Dockendorf
                        The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs, dramatized by Louis N. Parker,
                                              directed by TBA

Fall 2009:  As It Is In Heaven by Arlene Hutton, directed by Dr. John Sebestyen
                                                (production dates: Nov. 13-14 & 19-21)

Spring 2010:  She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith,
                                              directed by Dr. John Sebestyen
                                                (production dates: Apr. 16-17 & 22-24)

*
Fall 2009: 4th Annual Student-Directed One-Acts

October 30 & 31, 2009
7:30pm, Marg Kallemeyn Theatre, Art & Communication Center

We are excited to present the 4th annual Student One-Acts in the fall of 2009.  The two featured one-act plays are written in ways that appeal to an audience, either delighting them with comedy or drawing them in with intrigue.  They also both are well-equipped to provide opportunities for actors to exercise strong character development.

Senior chemistry major (and theatre minor) Amy Dockendorf will be directing George Kelly’s comedy The Flattering Word.  This play features a Reformed minister from Ohio who does not like the theatre, yet who perhaps is more “performative” than he would care to admit.  Both his wife and his secretary are enamored of a famous actor who comes to visit, and hilarity ensues.  Kelly, the uncle of famed actress Grace Kelly, also won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1925 for his play Craig’s Wife.

A to-be-named alumna/alumnus of Trinity will be directing The Monkey’s Paw, dramatized by Louis N. Parker from the original short story of the same name by W.W. Jacobs.  In it, the members of the White family are intrigued by the story, told by a visiting military sergeant, about a wish-granting, mummified monkey’s paw.  The sergeant possesses the paw, but warns the Whites of the danger of using it.  The Whites ignore his words, and their wishes indeed are granted; however, the results are not as felicitous as the wishers had expected.  This intense thriller is creepily appropriate for the scheduled performance dates of Halloween weekend.

Running time, with intermission, is unknown at this time, but will likely be approximately 1 ½ hours.  Tickets are $ 7 for general admission, and $ 5 for students and senior citizens.
The Flattering Word offers roles for 3 women and 2 men.  The Monkey’s Paw offers roles for 1 woman and 4 men.  Auditions will be held in early September, 2009, concurrently with auditions for As It Is in Heaven.

*
Fall 2009: As It Is in Heaven by Arlene Hutton
November 13, 14, 19, 20, & 21, 2009
7:30pm, Marg Kallemeyn Theatre, Art & Communication Center

A relatively new play, Arlene Hutton’s beautifully written As It Is in Heaven was first presented in New York City on September 13, 2001, and was subsequently published in 2003.  It has been presented all across the United States, and even at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.  Several productions have been nominated for regional and national competitions associated with the American College Theatre Festival and the Kennedy Center.

The play is set in a Shaker women’s community at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, in the late 1830s.  Hutton gives each of the nine women in the play a character description that relates to one of the Beatitudes found in the Gospels (meek, merciful, pure in heart, a peacemaker, etc.).  In the play, the established religious order is upset when newcomers to the community have ecstatic experiences, claiming to see angels and to be blessed with spiritual gifts.  The more seasoned Shakers are confronted with having to make decisions between their skepticism and their faith.  As the play’s scenes unfold, the audience, too, is led to consider what defines or characterizes true expressions of authentic faith.

Dramatists Play Service writes that the motto of the Shakers was “Hands to Work, Hearts to God,” and “in each scene the Sisters are always at tasks.”  The simplicity of the set reflects the lifestyle of the Shakers, and the play is enriched by the addition of a dozen or more Shaker hymns, sung live and a cappella by the characters within the play.
 
Running time, with intermission, is unknown at this time, but will likely be approximately 1 ½ to 1 ¾ hours.  Tickets are $ 10 for general admission, and $ 7 for students and senior citizens.

As It Is In Heaven offers roles for 9 women, all of whom must be able to sing.  Auditions will be held in early September, 2009.  Please direct any questions about this play to the director, Dr. John Sebestyen.

*
Spring 2010: She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith

April 16, 17, 22, 23, & 24, 2010
7:30pm, Marg Kallemeyn Theatre, Art & Communication Center

A legendary comedic masterpiece of the eighteenth century theatre, She Stoops to Conquer has been delighting audiences for centuries.  Subtitled The Mistakes of a Night, the play was originally produced in London in 1773.  Its playwright, Oliver Goldsmith, had tired of witnessing comedies in his era which only elicited chuckles from their audiences.  He resolved to bring back the popularity of the “laugh-out-loud” comedy, and his quite successful result was She Stoops to Conquer, one of only two plays by Goldsmith.

In the story, a young man named Marlow is traveling with his friend Hastings, in order to meet a young woman Marlow is to begin to woo.  Along the way, they are tricked into believing that the actual home of the young woman is an inn.  Consequently, Marlow treats the girl’s father as a lowly innkeeper, and the mistaken identities only grow from there. 

Shy around noble women, Marlow is actually a bit of a rake around women who are beneath his social status.  Aware of this fact, Kate Hardcastle (Marlow’s intended match) disguises herself as a maid, and thus explains the title of the play, as “she stoops to conquer” Marlow.  
This audience-pleasing play is complete with hilarious subplots and larger-than-life characters, including an outrageously melodramatic older woman (Kate’s mother), an endearingly egotistical practical joker named Tony Lumpkin (Kate’s half-brother), and a number of bumbling servants.

Running time, with intermission, is unknown at this time, but will likely be approximately 2 ½ hours.  Tickets are $ 10 for general admission, and $ 7 for students and senior citizens.

She Stoops to Conquer offers roles for 5 men, 4 women, plus about 4 to 7 roles that can be played be either men or women.  Auditions will be held in late January, 2010.  Please direct any questions about this play to the director, Dr. John Sebestyen.

*