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FORTUNATE VICTORY, by Alex Clemente and Shawn Clerkin, directed by Shawn
Clerkin. Originally produced during the Perry 200 celebrations, the Schuster
Theatre has been invited by the Flagship Niagara/Niagara League to reprise its
production, this year co-produced with the Erie Playhouse, during the 2016 Erie
Tall Ships special event. This forty-minute play examines the passion and patriotism
of Oliver Hazard Perry and others as they built the fleet that would defeat the
English in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. All proceeds from
this production will support the Schuster Theatre’s participation in the August
2017 International Collegiate Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Performances September 9-11, 2016. NO AUDITIONS – participation by invite only.
If interested, contact Fr. Clerkin.
CRIMES OF THE HEART, by Beth Henley. Directed by Shawn Clerkin. This 1981
Pulitzer-Prize winning comedy tells the story of three sisters, Meg, Babe, and
Lenny Magrath, brought together after Babe has shot her husband. A wonderfully
dysfunctional Southern family, the play facilitates the surfacing of family
secrets and the reconciliation of the women, if not to others outside the
family, at least to one another. Performances September 29-October 9, 2016.
Auditions Thursday & Friday, August 25 & 26 at 6:00 pm.IT’S ONLY LIFE: THE SONGS OF JOHN BUCCHINO, music and lyrics by
John Bucchino. Directed by Alaina Manchester. This wonderful song cycle
celebrates both the creative joy of early adulthood and the sometimes
disillusioned realities of middle age. Written by the Tony nominated
composer/lyricist, this production explores the challenges to urban
relationships, yearning, heartbreak, as well as fulfillment and healing. NOTE:
John Bucchino will be joining us as a guest artist, accompanying the cast,
and providing expert master class for participating students. Performances
December 2-3, 2016. Auditions Monday & Tuesday, October 3 & 4 at 6:00
2017FRINGE FEST ERIE – This year marks the 7th Annual fringe,
bringing in productions from theatres around Erie, as well as unusual student
produced productions on our own campus – this is our own answer to the “Three
Weeks” in which our theatre program engages every three years. Student
productions will be determined during the fall 2016 semester. Fringe Fest Erie
goes from Wednesday, February 1, through Friday, February 24. Auditions for
on-campus fringe productions are Monday & Tuesday, December 5
& 6 at 6:00 pm.
THE WHITE SNAKE, a Chinese fable adapted by Mary Zimmerman. The title
character has left her mountain home to explore human civilization, and falls
in love with a human and ignites his passion,. The couple is sent on a long
journey to keep their happiness in the face of a wicked scheming. NOTE:
Our third mainstage production will be directed by December 2016 graduate,
Jenna Sulecki, who will be applying to MFA directing programs during the spring
semester. February 15-19, 2017. Auditions are Sunday & Monday, November 20
& 21 at 6:00 pm.ALEX CLEMENTE FUNDRAISER – Each year, since 1996, the theatre program
holds its annual fundraiser for the Alex Clemente Fund for Performing and
Related Arts, which provides support for guest artists who either visit the
campus to work with our students, or provide master classes and workshops away
from campus when our students travel. This year, in conjunction with the Erie
Playhouse’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration, THE GLORIOUS
ONES, book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, will be
our Clemente show. This musical comedy follows a commedia del’arte troupe and
its madcap adventures in Renaissance Europe. This production will be entered in
the national civic theatre competition, celebrating the best in community
theatre. The Erie Playhouse and the Clemente Fund will share proceeds for
special showings of the production preceding its state and national competition
bid. Performances at the Erie Playhouse are on March 10 & 11, 2017.APE/ESSENCE, adapted from Aldous Huxley by Shawn Clerkin.
Directed by Alaina Manchester. This new adaptation of the 1948 dystopian novel
examines the post-atomic warfare world, employing surreal imagery of a
satirized human society incapable of holding on to decency and mutuality. The
themes of hopelessness and self-annihilation pervade this modern morality tale.
NOTE: This production will be our theatre program’s entry into the 2017
International Collegiate Theatre Festival / Edinburgh Festival Fringe. April
21-30, 2017. NO AUDITIONS – participants are those enrolled in the Scotland
Trip Production and Performance class during the Spring 2017 semester. For more
information, contact Alaina Manchester.