Theatre is the art and craft of play production. It includes the study of dramatic literature and theory, theatre history, acting, set design, lighting design, costume design and film. In addition to the scholarly exploration of these subjects, the theatre program emphasizes the practical application of knowledge gained and skills learned through annual performances before live audiences.
Theatre also explores the historical, cultural and social milieu that produced significant works of dramatic literature.
Students who complete an emphasis in theatre at Snow College will be expected to demonstrate that they
October 4-6 & 11-13, 2018
William Shakespeare comes back to central Utah this Fall with Snow College’s production of Measure for Measure, directed by Andrew Nogasky. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most vivid explorations of society and thought-provoking comedies, split between comic clowning scenes and those of tension and drama. But the production offers a twist: it is fully set in today’s digital world. Performances will take place in the Eccles Center for The Performing Arts on Snow College’s campus running for two weekends from Thursday October 4th through Saturday October 6th and Thursday October 11th through Saturday October 13th.
The plot follows Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, who’s dismayed by his city’s decline into depravity and decadence. The Duke removes himself and appoints the puritanical Angelo to rule in his stead to clean up the mess that’s left. Angelo empowered, rigidly follows the letter of law to root out immorality but sweeps up a young man Claudio, making him an example, and condemning him to death. Can Claudio’s sister, the novice nun Isabella, convince the cold Angelo to feel mercy? Do her words inspire empathy… or something else entirely?
The production modernizes the play while keeping Shakespeare’s language intact. “When doing Shakespeare you have to answer the questions of ‘why’ and ‘when’,” Nogasky says. “The reason for bringing this play to life is all around us: society isn’t in a good place. Whatever your politics, you’ve probably noticed that. And the internet and our devices, things that promote free-thinking and information access that are supposed to connect us, have of late, fractured us, spread more than just data, and deepened wounds and resentments. Which is why it is a contemporary production, set in today’s world.”
True to Shakespeare’s other works, the events are hardly all dire. The play manages to balance between the silly and serious. Buffoonish characters that make you laugh appear in one scene, and then other character’s grip you with their plight. Erik Kelly Larsen, who plays the duke likens, “Shakespeare has a brilliant way of putting life into paper. Just like life, the play has its ups and downs, and all you can do is hope your plans work out and you end up alright.”
Snow College’s Theatre theatrical offerings continue with the awarding winning classic The Glass Menagerie in November and the holiday mainstay A Christmas Carol in December, the grandeur and spectacle of The Phantom of the Opera in the Spring, and ends with a community-involved recapturing of the American heart in, Our Town.
For tickets, call the box office at 435 283-7478 between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Special discounts are available to all students. All Snow College mainstage performances are at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday in Snow College’s Eccles Center for the Performing Arts.