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📷 Students walking along Aj's Way
ANNOUNCING THE CAST OF EVITA:
From director, Jax Vadney:
I want to thank you all for auditioning for EVITA. Some of you are veterans to this process, but there was a nice group of new names and faces. Welcome! You each gave me a lot to consider. I appreciate you sharing your talents. Casting is never an easy thing to do, and you made it challenging! There are only so many roles to go around and this show could have been cast in numerous ways. I am very excited to work with each of you on this production.
Thank you once again for your auditions and congratulations, Jax
EVITA CAST LISTChe – Zak WestfallEva – Allie LengPeron – Michael HaasMagaldi – Tom BartonMistress – Margaret BahmEnsemble – Kassie Carlson, Chad Cloonan, Mike Fujito, Megan Hamm, Karalyn Headley, Dominic Hipple, Brandon Saraniti, Jenna Sulecki
FRINGE FEST ERIE 2016 - Gannon University’s Schuster Theatre’s springtime fundraiser for the theatre program’s participation in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival/Edinburgh (Scotland) Festival Fringe! Now in its 6th year, the Erie Fringe Fest has grown to include local producing theatres throughout Erie (the Schuster Theatre, All An Act, Dramashop, PACA, and The Playhouse). Our local Fringe is a taste of the experience of the Edinburgh Festival – smaller cast shows, “edgy” material, and non-traditional staging. For a few weeks at the end of winter, local stages explode with bursts of creativity. Fringe Fest Erie is not like anything else the theatres normally do! NOTE: some productions, both on campus and off-campus, may contain adult language and situations. All on campus productions are $5 admission. All proceeds go to support the Schuster Theatre’s participation in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2017. For more information about Fringe Fest Erie, please contact Fringe Producer Jax Vadney at email@example.com.
ON CAMPUS PRODUCTIONS:
THE DOG LOGS - Written by CJ Johnson and Directed by Megan Hamm and Cassie Bielecki
Performances: Feb 1 & 2 @ 8pm
Location: Palumbo Academic Center 2005
AN APARTMENT WITH GRAYSON - Written and Directed by Michael Fujito
Performances: Feb 8 & 9 @ 8pm
Location: Zurn 101
*NOTE - There is stage violence, sudden loud noises, and adult language in this production. Not appropriate for those under the age of 16 without an adult.
******************************************************************SIX SIGMA - Written and Directed by Michael Haas
Performances: Feb 22 & 23 @ 8pm
Location: Palumbo Academic Center 3rd Floor Lounge
SEE MORE AND SAVE!
For our on campus productions, see the first two shows and get into the third FREE! All you have to do is bring your programs from THE DOG LOGS and AN APARTMENT WITH GRAYSON with you and you will be admitted to see SIX SIGMA for FREE!!!! (Please note, there are no Fringe Fest Erie Passes being sold this season.)
BLACK COFFEE - Written by Agatha Christie and Directed by David Mitchell
Produced by All An Act Theatre
Starring: JD Mizakowski * Adele Crotty Gross * Jawn Gross * Sue Hansen * Michael Hipwell * Wayne Gardner * Joe Butoryak * Dave DiCola * Stephen Salchli * Chad Santos * Eli Coppock
From the Mistress of Suspense! This little known mystery will surprise and delight Christie fans. Written in 1934, the story concerns a physicist named Sir Claude Amory, who has come up with a formula for an atom bomb. Sir Claude is poisoned and Hercule Poirot is called to solve the case. He does so after many wonderful twists and turns in true Christis fashion.
Performances: Feb 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, and March 4 & 5 @ 7:30pm
Feb 14, 21, 28, and March 6 @ 3pm
Tickets: $12 Adults/$10 Seniors (55+) and Students
For more information, ticket reservations, and questions, please visit All An Act's website.
A BRIGHT NEW BOISE - Written by Samuel D. Hunter and Directed by Zach Flock
Produced by Dramashop
Starring: JR Fabin * BJ Waide * Lacey Johnson * Nick Warren * Danny Desrochers
In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. Alex works there along with Leroy, his adopted brother and protector, and Anna, a hapless young woman who reads bland fiction but hopes for dramatic endings. As their manager, foul-mouthed Pauline, tries ceaselessly to find order (and profit) in the chaos of small business, these lost souls of the Hobby Lobby confront an unyielding world through the beige-tinted impossibility of modern faith.
Performances: Feb 26 & 27, March 4, 5, 11, & 12 @ 8pm
Tickets: $12 online in advance, $15 at the door ($5 with student ID)
For more information about this production, about Dramashop, and to order tickets, please visit Dramashop's website.
THE MISERABLE MRS. HEAD - Written by Richard Boler and Directed by Mark Tanenbaum
Produced by PACA - Lighting Design by Digg It Dave - Scenic Design by Dan Pruyn
Starring: Betsy Butoryak * Cheryl Horton * John Stockhousen * Camille Jones
This original one act comedy is written by Rick Boler, author of the comedic plays "Spooks" and "The Bad Haircut". This world premiere of his latest work humorously portrays the interconnection and disconnection of the human animal in our attempt to find relevance in an ever evolving technological world.
Performances: Feb 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 @ 8pm
Tickets: $10/BYOB with ID
For more information, please visit PACA's event posting on Facebook.
Alaina Manchester is a visiting professor of theatre in Gannon University’s School of Communication and the Arts. Alaina graduated from Gannon University with her BA in Theatre and Communication Arts and she earned her MFA in Acting from the University of Florida. She earned her Actors Equity Membership Candidacy Card by performing at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville Florida in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" (Hermia) and "A Christmas Carol" (Mrs. Fezzywig). Her directing credits include "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" for Gannon University Shakespeare Summer Nights, "Melancholy Play" for Gannon University, "All The King’s Women" for The Erie Playhouse, and "Dorian Grey" and "Seminar" for Dramashop. She has also performed internationally in Germany, Czech Republic, and Greece with UF’s International Theatre Program: "A Streetcar Named Desire" (Eunice), "Romeo and Juliet" (Nurse), and "Oedipus" (Servant).
SCHUSTER: What was your major at
Gannon and when did you graduate?
NICK: My major was theatre and
I graduated in 2003.
SCHUSTER: What made you choose
Gannon and studying Theatre at Gannon versus going somewhere else?
NICK: The environment. When I
came to visit I felt wanted. There was less concern about my talent and more
emphasis on getting to know me as a person.
SCHUSTER: What are some of your
most valued lessons you learned from studying or being involved in the theatre
at Gannon? NICK: Freedom to explore the characters you play in
shows...which in turn makes you more responsible.
SCHUSTER: What show did you do
here that stands out to you the most and why?
NICK: Blood Brothers. First,
it was highly received and such a great piece. With the cast, Shawn Clerkin's
direction...and the part itself being a challenge it's one of, if not my
favorite show I've done. If I could go back in time and do it again? I would in
SCHUSTER: How would you describe
your time at Gannon, in particularly your involvement in the theatre?
NICK: I was only here for my
Junior and Senior years. Before I came to Gannon I went to a strict theatre
school that made me lose the passion for performing. Coming to Gannon I got
that passion back again. It also opened the door for me to direct and write...which
is now what I do the most.
SCHUSTER: How did the faculty and
staff of the Theatre program support and guide you through your education and
onward to your career? And what have you been up to since you graduated?
NICK: Gannon had some of the
best staff and faculty around. If I ever had a question or concern, or if I
just wanted to talk...their doors were always open. After I graduated, I still
stayed in touch with most if not all my professors. Since I graduated, I went
on to earn my Masters in Education. I currently work at Clarkson University in
Potsdam, NY. Theatre-wise..I went on to perform professionally for many, many
years. I also ran the theatre program at Farmingdale State College. Directed
over 50 shows and wrote two Off-Broadway Plays. I've openly admitted that it
would be a dream of mine to come back and work for Gannon. Will that happen?
SCHUSTER: If you could speak directly to high school students looking at
Gannon as a possibility, what would you tell them about why they should choose
to study Theatre at Gannon?
NICK: Gannon Theatre gives you
the freedom to explore. Some theater programs are very "cookie
cutter" and want you to act or perform a certain way. Personally, I feel
the only way to grow was an actor, director, writer is to have that freedom to
explore, make choices with strong guidance from your professors.
Schuster Theatre: What was your major at Gannon (if not
Theatre) and when did you graduate?
Kathleen: Theatre/Communication Arts ---2011
Schuster Theatre: What made you choose Gannon and studying
Theatre at Gannon versus going somewhere else?
Kathleen: I actually came to Gannon for nursing and
auditioned for "The Bald Soprano", directed by AJ Miceli, just for fun. I grew to
realize that while nursing was great, my love for theatre, the arts and media
drove me to change my major.
Schuster Theatre: What are some of your most valued lessons
you learned from studying or being involved in the theatre at Gannon?
Kathleen: I will never forget the day that Fr. Shawn Clerkin called me
on my cell because I had overslept and was late for his class. He told me I better get to class. Afterwards,
he pulled me aside and, while my oversleeping was not intentional, he explained
to me how unprofessional it was and that I needed to be more careful of how I
presented myself. I have used the words
from my professors to hold myself to a higher standard of professionalism and
to keep myself accountable for my work responsibilities, choices and duties.
Schuster Theatre: What show did you do here that stands out
to you the most and why?
Kathleen: My sophomore year, I was cast as an
understudy/Gingy the dancing gingerbread man in "A Tuna Christmas", directed by
Jax Vadney. I
was told I would get to perform in one show as the multiple characters I was
understudying for, but the rest of the performance, I was donning tap shoes and
a terrifying gingerbread man mascot costume that I couldn’t see out of. I had
my shot at the performance I understudied for with only one rehearsal under my
belt. This show made me realize that no matter what the circumstances, I can do
anything I put my mind and heart to.
Schuster Theatre: How would you describe your time at Gannon,
in particularly your involvement in the theatre?
Kathleen: The Schuster Theatre gave me more memories in
four very short years than the rest of my life. The friendships I formed here
are long-lasting and have given me more joy than I could’ve imagined. I learned
lessons that can apply in everyday life, not just stage life.
Schuster Theatre: How did the faculty and staff of the
Theatre program support and guide you through your education and onward to your
Kathleen: The faculty and staff knew I had a passion
for performing arts. They loved that about their students. They
took it a step further for us, though and made sure that while I was a
performer, I was also learning to be a writer, producer, director,
communicator, and speaker. They made me a well-rounded performer and made sure
I had the skills to survive in this dog-eat-dog world of communication arts.
Schuster Theatre: What have you been up to since you graduated?
Kathleen: After I graduated, I served two years as an
AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) at a local non-profit
agency working with children and youth. After my two years, the agency I
volunteered at offered me a Marketing, Communications and Community Outreach
Coordinator position. Currently, I am working as the Assistant Director of
Service-Learning right here at Gannon University!
Schuster Theatre: If you could speak directly to high school
students looking at Gannon as a possibility, what would you tell them about why
they should choose to study Theatre at Gannon?
Kathleen: What I loved about studying theatre at Gannon
is that you have more stage time than anywhere else you could go to. Sure, going to New York is every theatre
kid’s dream, but be prepared to sit on the sidelines while the seniors show you
how performing is done. The hands-on
experience I received on Gannon’s Schuster Theatre stage was more beneficial
because I had four complete years to find myself as an actor and hone in on my
skills. The professors engaged me my
entire four years. They also knew who I was as a person, outside of the
classroom and helped me along the way to graduation.
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