We have selected two seniors to direct full-length shows in the newly named "Second Stages" productions. The playing space will feature seating on the stage for an up close and personal vantage point of the action.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.
Music and lyrics by: William Finn
Book by: Rachael Sheinkin
Directed by: Shane Hurst
Oct. 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m. | Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m.
That Darn Plot
One of Canada's greatest playwrights is at the end of his rope. In order to fulfill his contract to his artistic director and old friend, he has to create a play in one night or lose everything. Hilarious and heartfelt, That Darn Plot is a comedy about playwriting, rehearsals, rewriting and rehabilitating reality as well as a sympathetic look at a creative writer who is unable to connect with the people around him, including his only child.
Written by: David Belke
Directed by: Paige Bourne
Check out photos from this production on the gallery below.
March 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m. | March 17 at 2:30 p.m.
Fact and Fiction Beneath the Willows
"Beneath the Willows" is CU Theatre's annual outdoor theatre event. This event is offered to the public free of charge. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets!
Student and alumni directors prepare a variety of short scenes from famous plays, all based on a central theme. What began as a student project is now celebrating its 19th year – a launching point for many young actors and directors in our theatre program.
Scenes for "Fact and Fiction Beneath the Willows" will include the following:
- An Ideal Husband – directed by Trevor Denning (CU alumnus, 2008)
- Suitable for Hanging – directed by Mark Stoll (CU alumnus, 2011)
- All My Sons – directed by Jeanne Peake (CU alumna, 2011)
- Variations on the Death of Trotsky from David Ives' All in the Timing – directed by Kristen Roberts ("Beneath the Willows" founder; CU alumna, 1994)
- Death Knocks – directed by graduating theatre major Rebecca Dull
- Edna Discovers That One Thing About Herself That Makes All The Difference – directed by Brian Hughes (CU alumnus, 2005)
Suitable for Hanging
Charlie – Mark Stoll
Abby – Morgan Cundall
Mrs. Raney – Bethany Brown
Hilga – Karissa Bedford
An Ideal Husband
Lady Chiltern – Bethany Brown
Lord Goring – Josiah Duff
Sir Robert Chiltern – Brandon Alberda
All My Sons
Keller – Michael Smolinski
Chris – Matt Praschan
Mother – Juliana Scholtens
Variations on the Death of Trotsky
Trotsky – Cody Krueger
Mrs. Trotsky – Karissa Bedford
Ramon – Josiah Duff
Edna Discovers That One Thing About Herself That Makes All The Difference
Man – Brandon Alberda
Woman – Laura Barbieri
April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
"That Darn Plot" Production Photos