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:

 Wait until Dark

Wait Until Dark    (Thriller) - October 28-31, 2015

A  sinister  con  man,  Roat,  and  two  ex-­‐convicts,  Mike  and  Carlino,  are  about  to  meet  their  match.  They  have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment  of  Sam  Hendrix  and  his  blind  wife,  Susy.  Sam  had  apparently  been  persuaded  by  a  strange  woman  to  transport  the  doll  across  the  Canadian  border,  not  knowing  that  sewn  inside  were  several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-­‐convicts, through a cleverly constructed deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in  the  woman's  murder,  and  the  doll,  which  she  believes  is  the  key  to  his  innocence,  is  evidence.  She  refuses  to  reveal  its  location,  and  with  the  help  of  a  young  neighbor,  figures  out  she  is  the  victim  of  a bizarre charade. But when Roat kills his associates, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between the two. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.

"A Broadway hit, this masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-­‐stopping final scene. "WAIT UNTIL DARK is a tense thriller." —NY World-­‐Telegram & Sun. "Frederick Knott is a master craftsman…" —Women's Wear Daily. "…a first rate shocker…the suspense drama we've long awaited eagerly." —NY Post.

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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.


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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