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 de- sign 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
Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption.
The Scarlet Pimpernel is an action/adventure show based on Baroness Orczy’s famous 20th-‐century novel about the French Revolution: The battle for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. The book and lyrics by Nan Knighton are at times funny and at others horrifying. Frank Wildhorn’s music is moving and passionate. This show is a terrific way to learn about 18th-‐century French and British history.
Coming up on its 50th year, Tom Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
are Dead has in many respects become a critically acclaimed American classic.
For those unfamiliar with these title characters, they are two minor roles in Shakespeare’s
masterpiece Hamlet. Stoppard’s play explores a world where the minor characters have
become the leading roles and the impactful characters of the king, the queen, Ophelia,
and Hamlet find themselves in the background as supporting roles. Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern are Dead is an inverted storytelling built by brilliant comedic moments
laced with the resident tragedy of Hamlet.
Charged with the task of discovering what is afflicting their childhood friend, the title characters follows a fateful path leading through Shakespearian tragedy and suspense, while all the while making comical observation and reflection. This path of fate involves bantering with traveling performers, wondering the halls of Elsinore’s Castle, sailing aboard a ship besieged by pirates and arrives at the hangman’s noose. This “long drop and a short stop” of a show is sure to provide much laughter and pause for thoughtful reflection on “Just who is the main character in our own lives?”