Training Theatre Artists to Make a Difference
By Kira Burri (B.A. Candidate ‘16)
Fall semester marks one of the most exciting events in the department. No, it’s not shop fun day. No, it’s not the department BBQ. Yes, it’s even more exciting than Gilbies. You guessed it: it’s the Freshman Showcase.
The Freshman Showcase, or as we cool cats like to call it “Frocase”, has come around once again. We couldn’t be more excited to show off the wonderful talent that that our first-year students have to offer. This year, we have 12 freshmen ranging from declared drama majors, minors, and exploratory taking part in the showcase (yay!). We are thrilled to have such a large group of actors participating. Considering there are only three of us in this semester’s Theatre Production class (John Paul Odle B.A. Candidate’15, Joe Weber B.A. Candidate ‘15, and myself), we along with our lovely and talented guest director Kelsey Murphy (B.A. Candidate ’15) ended up directing three scenes a piece.
We decided on the theme “connections” because it is something very important to all of us as performing artists. Whether they are good or bad, our connections made with others are vital to shaping us into who we are. Our class wanted a theme that would not only speak to the connections our freshmen make in their first-year experience, but also connections that they will make and take with them through their whole college career and into the future. The connections I made during my freshman showcase are still important to me, and I hope this class’ experiences will be the same.
With that being said, as the directors we have had a blast getting to know our new actors and working with them to create a show that will give them the opportunity to show the rest of the department what they’re made of! We can’t wait to introduce you to the rising talent we have, and we hope you are just as pumped as we are!
The Freshman Showcase will be held in the Lab Theatre Friday October 17th at 7:30pm and Saturday October 18th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. The show is free admission, so get there early to grab a seat!