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 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

  • 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:

 

The Cripple of Inishmaan 

The Cripple of Inishmaan - November 16 - 19, 2016

Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. As word arrives on Inishmaan that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island of Inishmore to film MAN OF ARAN, the one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life.

“Mr. McDonagh has again created characters for whom the line between cruelty and kindness is slender…the script features some unsettlingly surprising demonstrations of both affection and aggression. —NY Times. "McDonagh's…comic talent appears unlimited, and he also has a way…of mixing up his humor with a touch of the poet and a profound sense of tragedy always dangerously lurking on comedy's untidy fringe.

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A Christmas Carol

A Chistmas Carol - November 30 & December 1-3, 2016

As miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge falls asleep in his dingy quarters on Christmas Eve, three ghosts appear, each revealing to Scrooge the wrong doings of his life and what will happen if he continues in his evil ways. He is racked with fear and remorse and sets out on Christmas Day to bless with his newfound generosity all those whom he has neglected and abused.

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Big Fish

Big Fish - February 23-25 & March 2-4, 2017

The story shifts between two timelines. In the present-day real world, sixty-year-old Edward Bloom faces his mortality while Will prepares to become a father himself. In the storybook past, Edward ages from a teenager, encountering a Witch, a Giant, a Mermaid, and the love of his life, Sandra. The stories meet as Will discovers the secret his father never revealed.

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James and the giant peach

James and the Giant Peach - April 12-15, 2017

The story of Roald Dahl’s classic tale is faithfully told by James himself and the insect characters – Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird, and Earthworm. The play begins at the end of the story, when James and his friends are living in the giant peach stone in Central Park, New York. A tour guide brings a party of tourists (the audience) to see this major attraction, and James and his friends tell the story of how they came to live in New York. The insects play the other roles, like James’s cruel Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, and the epic journey across the Atlantic is acted out with live action, puppetry and storytelling in David Wood's masterful adaptation.

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