By R. N. Sandberg, based on the book by L.M. Montgomery
Directed by Catherine Parker
Thu-Sat, Feb. 20-22 and Sun, Feb. 23
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Students may pursue a theatre major, theatre concentration within the humanities or interdisciplinary studies major, or a minor in theatre.
Academic groundwork in theatre prepares students for careers as performers, theatre managers, stage managers, technical designers, theatre critics, writers or educators. Theatre training also provides an excellent foundation for a host of other careers, including radio and television, music, advertising, marketing, law, public speaking, and ministry.
BA/BS in Theatre
|General Education Core||49-57|
|Foreign Language (BA only)||6-8|
CHOOSE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING EACH SEMESTER UNTIL 8 HOURS ARE COMPLETED:
|MAJOR CORE:TAKE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
|MAJOR ELECTIVES:CHOOSE 4 OF THE FOLLOWING:
|Electives (BS 16 hours and BA 8-10 hours)||8-16|
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR THEATRE MAJOR||128|
A theatre concentration is available in the interdisciplinary major. Click here for more information.
Students may select 18 hours from the following courses to complete the theatre minor. No more than three total hours in any combination from the following: THE 1011, THE 1021, THE 1031, THE 1041, THE 1051, THE 4601. Additional courses for a theatre minor are THE 1103, THE 2103, THE 2113, THE 2213, THE 3113, THE 3303, THE 3603, THE 3413, THE 4113, THE 4143, THE 4813, THE 4893, THE 4613.
Courses required for a minor cannot concurrently apply toward courses within the degree core, major, concentration or track. With department approval, students may use other courses, within the area of study, to substitute duplicate requirements.
by Philip Turner
Directed by Robert Arbaugh
Considered one of the most eloquent Christian dramas ever written, Christ In The Concrete City is a uniquely powerful drama told by a typical group of people. The actors play both historical Bible characters and characters from their own lives, shifting seamlessly to and from each world.
Music by Harvey Schmidt, lyrics By Tom Jones
Directed by Gregory Wiklanski
Thu-Sat, Nov. 14-16 and Fri-Sun, Nov. 22-24
The Fantasticks, by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, is the world’s longest-running musical, running for more than 52 years in Manhattan and entrancing generations of audiences the world over. It is a funny and romantic chamber musical that tells the deceptively uncomplicated story of a boy, a girl, their fathers (who plot to get them together by keeping them apart), and a wall. At the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that is nostalgic and universal at the same time. The famous score, which includes the classics “Try To Remember,” “They Were You” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” is as timeless as the story itself.
By R. N. Sandberg
based on the book by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Directed by Catherine Parker
Thu-Sun, Feb. 20-23
Elderly bachelor Matthew Cuthbert and his spinster sister, Marilla Cuthbert, are in need of a nice, sturdy boy to help Matthew on the farm. So they decide to adopt an orphan. But the orphanage mistakenly sends a girl instead — a mischievous, talkative redhead who would be of no use at all. She would simply have to go back. But the longer Anne Shirley stays at Geen Gables, the more no one can imagine living without her. This play, based on the beloved classic by Lucy Maud Montgomery, is sure to please all ages.
By William Shakespeare, adapted by Brandon Langeland
Directed by Rob Arbaugh
Thu-Sun, April 3-6 and Thu-Sun, April 10-13, 2014
Set during a deadlocked war between Troy and Greece, star-crossed lovers Troilus and Cressida struggle to come to terms with their relationship in the war-torn city of Troy. When Cressida is sent to the Greek camp as a prisoner, a troubled love story is brutally cut short and subsumed by the grim reality of war. The Troilus And Cressida Project explores exalted themes such as honor and duty, heroism and courage; but with an edgy, modern, face-paced exhibition of found-weapon combat set to modern music.
By Euripedes, adapted by Rob Arbaugh and Brandon Langeland
Directed by Robert Arbaugh
performed by the Rochester College Ensemble Acting Class
Touring throughout Spring 2014
War hurts more than soldiers.
In this 30-minute production of Trojan Women, the ensemble explores the bleak and agonizing portrait of the brutality of war. Inspired by a barbaric act committed after the Trojan War, this Greek classic thrusts audiences into the pain and suffering of war’s innocent victims.
Dramatized by David Keller
Based on the book by Bertha Van Hoosen
Directed by David Keller
Thu-Sun, May 29-June 1
Petticoat Surgeon relates the life story of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen. Born in Avon Township, Mi in the midst of the Civil War, Bertha overcame the prejudices against women physicians to become a world-renowned surgeon, teacher and researcher who practiced medicine for more than 60 years. The founder of the American Medical Women’s Association, Bertha was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall Of Fame. The obstetrics wing at Crittenton Hospital And the Van Hoosen Middle School In the Rochester School District are named in honor of Bertha and her family. Petticoat Surgeon is told in Bertha’s own words as recorded in her autobiography published in 1947. This production is made possible through the support of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.
THE 1011 Stagecraft
Technical theatre laboratory experience. Assigns students to a technical role in a Rochester College theatre production: lighting, makeup, costumes, props or set construction. Assignments based on experience and/or interest and job availability. May require up to 75 hours of work. Students have one week from casting to add this course to their schedules. Requests received after the first week require approval from the Vice Provost and are subject to a $25 add/drop fee.
THE 1021 Performance Workshop
Laboratory experience/credit for performing in a Rochester College theatre production. Selection for roles is based on audition. PR: PI. Students have one week from casting to add this course to their schedules. Requests received after the first week require approval from the Vice Provost and are subject to a $25 add/drop fee.
THE 1031 Ensemble Acting
Theory and practice in the dynamics of group performance. Requires membership in touring performance ensemble. PR: PI. Students have one week from casting to add this course to their schedules. Requests received after the first week require approval from the Vice Provost and are subject to a $25 add/drop fee.
THE 1041 Production Practicum
Laboratory experience/credit for the following roles in a Rochester College theatre production: assistant director, assistant technical director, stage manager, assistant stage manager, dramaturg, or house manager. PR: PI. Students have one week from casting to add this course to their schedules. Requests received after the first week require approval from the Vice Provost and are subject to a $25 add/drop fee.
THE 1051 Design Practicum
Laboratory experience/credit for the following roles in a Rochester College theatre production: assistant set, sound, lighting, or costume designer. PR: Pl. Students have one week from casting to add this course to their schedules. Requests received after the first week require approval from the Vice Provost and are subject to a $25 add/drop fee.
THE 1061 Unarmed Stage Combat
Explores a variety of aesthetic guidelines, safety principles, and practical techniques utilized in the staging of unarmed sequences of staged combat. Also listed as PED 1011.
THE 1103 Acting I
An introduction to acting, including theory and application involving voice, movement, improvisation, script analysis, and scene studies.
THE 2003 Theatre Appreciation
significance of the dramatic arts throughout history from ancient greek to postmodern theatre; roles of playwright, director, actor, designer, and critic are explored. Fulfills general education appreciation requirement for students not majoring in theatre.
THE 2103 Acting II
Continuation of the work begun in acting i. Physical, vocal, and emotional approaches to characterization for a variety of roles in the theatre. PR. THE 1103 Or PI.
THE 2113 Technical Theatre
Basic principles of stage design, set construction, lighting, properties, costumes, and makeup in relation to the production concept of a particular genre. Includes laboratory experience in a Rochester College theatrical production.
THE 2213 Musical Theatre Workshop
Laboratory performance course in which students prepare selections from the musical theatre repertoire. Includes preparation of both solo and ensemble pieces, along with a basic introduction to movement and dance.
THE 3113 Theatre For Young Audiences
Explores cognitive and emotional characteristics of young audiences and age-appropriate dramatic material. Explores variations of dramatic literature for child and adolescent audiences. Discusses performance of literature adaptation as well as text creation from improvised scenes. PR: ENG 1123.
THE 3303 History Of Western Theatre
A survey of major historical periods of the theatre from the greeks to the present.
THE 3413 Design For The Theatre
An overview of the design process, including scenic, costume, lighting and sound design. From the first reading of a script to production, students learn and gain practical experience in the steps necessary for a creative design for the theatre.
THE 3423 Production Of The School Musical
Understanding the logistics and process of producing musicals in schools. Includes practicum in a local school working on a current production. Also listed As MUE 3423. PR: MUS 1213 Or PI.
THE 4113 Directing
Process of play direction from production concept to performance. Includes written play analyses, conducting auditions, casting, rehearsing, and working with technical staff. Students required to direct scenes or one-act plays, possibly in conjunction with a campus theatre production. Pr: one of the following: THE 1103, 2103, 2113, 3213, 3303 or 3603.
THE 4143 Theatre and the Christian Faith
Surveys the historical relationship between theatre and religion including pagan worship, liturgical presentations and mystery plays. Discusses current conflicting views regarding the role of theatre in the 21st century church, including drama in evangelism and in the teaching of children and Christian participation in secular theatre. PR: any THE course.
THE 4601 Senior Seminar In Theatre
Capstone course in theatre. Includes preparation for post-graduation life and theatre program assessment. PR: senior status.
THE 4603 Dramatic Criticism
Critical writing approaches used to analyze both theatre performance and dramatic literature. PR: any THE course.
THE 4613 Special Topics In Theatre
Topics related to theatre selected by instructors and/ or recommended by students, such as the dramatic literature of a particular playwright, period acting or dramaturgy.
THE 4813 Senior Project In Theatre
Preparation of a major creative or research project in an area of the student’s interest. PR: senior status and theatre or performing arts interdisciplinary studies concentration.
THE 4893 Theatre Internship
Supervised field experience in a theatre context with application of theoretical knowledge. Includes outside reading and a written report. PR: junior status.
- Catherine L. Parker, associate professor of theatre and director of theatre, has been leading the theatre department since 1997. She completed her M.A. in theatre arts at Eastern Michigan University in 1999 and is a Ph.D. candidate in directing at Wayne State University. Catherine is also a 1996 Rochester College alumna.
- Dr. David Keller, dean of the Rochester College School of Humanities and professor of interdisciplinary studies, has been with the theatre department since 2006. He completed his M.A. in theatre arts at Villanova University
- Robert Arbaugh, MFA, adjunct theatre professor and production manager, joined the RC Theatre Department in 2011. He completed his MFA in acting at Regent University in 2010. Robert is a professional working actor and director and serves as the artistic director of Uncovered Theatre Company.
- Chad Rasor, adjunct theatre professor and technical director, joined the RC Theatre Department in 2012. He earned a BA in communication and theatre at Geneva College in 2007 and an MFA in acting at Regent University in 2010. Chad is a member of the Uncovered Theatre Company.
- Gregory Wiklanski, adjunct theatre professor, graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy In New York City in 1999. He spent the next 10 years performing professionally with U.S. and European theatre companies and as a lead production vocalist on several international cruise lines. Greg earned his BS in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in performing arts and writing & literature at Rochester College in 2011.