Theatre Arts Department

Theatre Arts Department

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

  • know the historical and cultural development of western dramatic literature and tradition;
  • know the characteristics of significant literary schools from classism to Shakespeare;
  • are able to criticize significant great works in terms of the period in which they were written;
  • are able to perform the basic duties of a stage technician;
  • are able to perform a variety of roles from tragic, comic and musical theatre;
  • feel or appreciate the literary and humanistic significance of drama;
  • feel or appreciate significant works of drama from a variety of schools and authors;
  • feel or appreciate the visual and oral elements of theatre.

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Upcoming Theatre Productions:

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol - December 2-5, 2015

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.

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The Scarlet Pimpernel 

The Scarlet Pimpernel   (Musical) - February 18-20 & 25-27th, 2016

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. 

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Are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead  (Comedy) - April 13 - 16, 2016

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?” 

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