Fort Lewis College Theatre presents Enrique’s Journey – Tickets On Sale Now

September 15th, 2010

EJ_imageEnrique’s Journey

Based on the bestselling book by Sonia Nazario
Written by Anthony Garcia
Original Music by Daniel Valdez
Directed by Felicia Meyer

 An odyssey of epic proportions…  A young boy travels from Honduras to North Carolina on a series of boxcars immigrants call El Tren de la Muerte – The Train of Death – to find his mother who has crossed the border in search of a better life for her family. Along the way he encounters bandits, gangsters, and corrupt police. But, Enrique pushes forward using his wit, courage, and hope–and the kindness of strangers. Please join us for this workshop* production of a riveting story of love and the will to survive. Read the rest of this entry »

FLC Theatre & CRE present the paintings of Maria Allen-Koerner

September 15th, 2010

EJ_paintingDurango, CO – The Fort Lewis College Department of Theatre and the Common Reading Experience(CRE) are proud to feature the artwork of Maria Allen-Koerner in the lobby of the Theatre building throughout the month of September. The paintings are symbolic portraits of migrants, who Maria hopes will inspire the general population to see as real people, with real stories, who just want a better life. Eight of the migrants in the paintings are real people either from this year’s Common Reading Experience book, Enrique’s Journey, or  have been residents of the Albergue Buen Pastor Shelter in Chiapas, Mexico, founded by Olga Sánchez Martínez. Other portraits represent stories from the Sisters of Mercy. Read the rest of this entry »

FLC Theatre Partners with the Community Concert Hall

September 15th, 2010

The Fort Lewis College Department of Theatre is proud to announce our recent partnership with the Community Concert Hall to provide ticketing for all of our 2010-2011 Theatre Season productions.

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Welcome Greg Mitchell

September 15th, 2010

Durango, CO – The Fort Lewis College Department of Theatre’s faculty, staff and students are proud to welcome Greg Mitchell as our new Assistant Professor in Scenic and Lighting Design. He will be teaching students both in the classroom setting and hands on in the scene shop. Read the rest of this entry »

The Life of a Costume Artist

April 20th, 2010
written by Jane Gould

The WitchesIt never ceases to amaze me how we manage to create, buy, build, wash, and repair so many costumes during a performance. As costume designer, I work closely with the Production Team, and particularly the director, to create their vision for the production at hand. This semester, I worked with Dr. Ginny Davis on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. 

Ginny’s desire to create a contemporary version of the show was a fun and exciting venture. If you attended the performance, you may have seen hints of classic Scottish attire but the final presentation was closer to Gothic or MTV. The costumes included leather, metal studs, and skin tight plaid. There were really some fun twists. With a cast of 26, about half of which had multiple costumes, it was also a real challenge. 

IanOver the term I had a team of 10 students, with varying levels of experience, who put in between three and seven hours a week. I love collaborating with them on design and guiding them through the construction process. It is very rewarding watching the students grow and the costume pieces come together. 

That said, working in the costume shop is both fun and frustrating. We do have quite an inventory of existing costumes, fabric, trims and sewing items, sewing machines, sergers, and a industrial iron, but we also lack adequate storage and some basic equipment such as adjustable male and female mannequins, which would help us out tremendously. We do have female mannequins in sizes six and 12, but what about everyone else!

About two weeks out from opening night we held a costume parade. The parade gives the director a chance to see the costumes on the performers and make changes as necessary. Then, it was back to the shop to trim and alter. 

Finally, opening night arrived. For each performance the Wardrobe Mistress and dressers get everything organized and help the cast in and out of costumes. Afterward, they do the laundry and have everything ready for the next show. Once the run of the show ended, costumes were either dry cleaned and stored for later use or disassembled and made ready for the next term, ready for the cycle to begin again. 

Each show ends with a sense of loss, as the costumes are put away, and feeling of pride, knowing that the students have learned a great skill and that we were able to pull it off once again.

— Jane Gould has been working in the costume shop off and on since 2001. You can also find her downtown at the Durango Antique Market.

Senior Seminars Hit the Stage

April 20th, 2010

Spring time in Durango means icy skiing conditions, garden planning, and college seniors sweating over their final research projects known as Senior Seminars.

Our seniors researched their thesis in the Fall and are currently creating their presentations. For most departments that means compiling data and putting together a PowerPoint presentation or a poster board with pie charts and graphs. In Theatre, it usually means a performance.

This Spring, seven theatre students will present their projects on a variety of dates. Topics vary widely from traditional to experimental:

 

April 16 at 6:30 PM

Little Penguin’s Tale – Mohriah James
Theatre Building, Gallery (RM 122)

The Ramayana: A Dance – Alyse Neubert
Theatre Building, Gallery (RM 122)

Georges Marvelous Medicine – Erin Powers
Theatre Building, Gallery (RM 122)

April 26th at 6:30

SubUrbia – Josh Becker
Theatre Building, Front Entrance

Murderer – Matt Mount
Theatre Building, Mainstage (RM 102)

April 29th at 6:30

Re-Imagining of Native Americans thru Theatre – Natalie Benally
Theatre Building, Gallery (RM 122)

Native American Stories &  Puppet Display – Tiffany McCray
Theatre Building Lobby

The performances are free and open to the public. For more information please call 970-247-7089.

Dr. Ginny Davis performs at Carnegie Hall

April 19th, 2010
Carnegie 005

Front: Mollie Morris, Linda Levin, Julia Dodd and Mary Ellen Cerroni. Back: Janet Monroe, Ginny Davis, Lauri Kloepfer, Linda Mack-Berven, and Dawn Spaeder

Department of Theatre Associate Professor, Dr. Ginny Davis, along with members of the Durango and Telluride Choral Societies performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the New England Symphonic Ensemble on April 11th. Professor of Music, Dr. Linda Mack-Berven, conducted the group that also included members of the Harding Academy Choir, Searcy, AR, Estes Park High School Choir,  The Dunham School Choirs, Baton Rouge, LA, The Lakeland Alumni Chorale, Wanaque, NJ and Vermilion High School Symphonic Choir, OH.

The group performed Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, K.339 as part of The Sacred and Profane concert.

While Davis has been busy this spring, directing Macbeth and sitting on a number college committees, she felt the need to be a part of this project. “It isn’t often that you get this kind of opportunity.  I was honored to be able to work with such great people in a marvelous venue presenting some glorious music.  I hope to be able to do this again some day,” she said.

The Department of Theatre is proud to announce our 2010-2011 Season!

April 15th, 2010

2010 – 2011 Theatre Season

Enrique’s Journey
Fort Lewis College Theatre students and faculty will have the opportunity to collaborate with a professional playwright in scripting an original play based on Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario.  This book has been chosen as the Fort Lewis College Common Reading Experience and details the astonishing odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States.
Opens September 24, 2010

Almost Maine by John Cariani
A comedic story about the ups and downs of love and the human condition, full of laughter and moments of tenderness.
Opens November 4, 2010

Art by Yasmina Reza
Art is a look into the ideas and beliefs surrounding the subject of art, its value, and its definitions as three friends find conflict between their ideas of what art is and what it should be.
Opens February 17, 2011

Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim
A musical of epic proportions, this is an adventure full of classical fairy tale characters in a world gone awry.
Opens April March 24, 2011

FLC Loose in the Big Apple

April 15th, 2010

During this year’s Spring Break, Dr. Ginny Davis, Jane Gould, and a group of 24 theatre students and alumni spent five days in the Big Apple. Highlights for the week included a backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall, an acting seminar at MTB Studio, a special viewing of the Tim Burton exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and tickets to a number of shows including Billy Elliot, Avenue Q and God of Carnage. God of Carnage is particularly timely for the group, as the department has scheduled Art by the same playwright, Yasmina Reza, for next season.

Dr. Davis organized the trip in the Fall with the help of the Field Studies Center of New York, an organization that has been offering field trips for students for 40 years. They offer students an economical way to explore their chosen field of study without all the hassle of organizing such a large trip by yourself.

Dr. Davis believes trips like these are vital to the student’s education and college experience. “When I realized that 12 out of 14 students in my Sophomore Seminar class had not been to NYC, I decided it was once again time to take a group. It is important to connect to the world of theatre beyond Durango and Denver. Students need to know what their options are and what the expectations are for them in the ‘real world,’” Davis said.

Macbeth – Opens March 18th

November 1st, 2009
Macbeth Poster

Macbeth Poster

“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”

In January, the department will hold auditions for Macbeth — this classic combines secret plots, witchcraft, and murder into a riveting ageless tale. Please join King Duncan, Lady Macbeth, the three witches, and the rest of the cast for this contemporary staging of one of the bard’s most famous works. The show opens on March 18th.

For tickets and information click here.