Category Archives: Theatre

Twelfth Night

Fights, wit and Shakespeare

The three sword fights in “Twelfth Night” are something Helsel is particularly proud of, as she brought in Zev Steinberg – a “fight coordinator” from Chicago – to work with the cast for two days in the art of stage combat. In rehearsing the fights, 30 seconds of fighting took an hour and a half to stage, according to a press release.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Zach Kukkonen.

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Shakespeare’s comic story follows Viola, a young woman who has been shipwrecked in a violent storm off the coast of Illyria; in the process she has lost her twin brother, Sebastian.

The Tech Theatre would like to welcome everyone to come out and see the performance in McArdle Theatre, Thursday – Saturday, March 22-24 & 29-31, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday Matinees, March 25 & April 1, 2:00 p.m.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Mandy Barbul-Couch.



“Almost, Maine” is Almost Here

Almost, Maine: Nearly Houghton

A young couple has a dalliance under the northern lights and shooting stars. Another woman camps out in someone’s yard, trying to make amends and mend a broken heart. Another couple is splitting up in the Moose Patty Cafe, but they both land on their feet.

Read more at the TechAlum Newsletter, by Dennis Walikainen.

“Almost Maine” enchants audiences

Visually, the set was striking. Nine “mini-sets” were set up across the stage floor. This allows not only a certain parallel feel among scenes of the play—little things happening simultaneously: the writing in a book, the nursing of a drink—but also created the small town aura.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Abigail Dillon.

John Cariani play performed at McArdle Theatre

Dr. Roger Held, the Theater Department Chair and director of Almost, Maine, had a number of reasons to choose this particular play. Some productions performed at Michigan Tech are very symbolic and different than our everyday experiences. However the setting, characters, and plot of Almost, Maine have a certain familiarity.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Abigail Dillon.

Tech Theatre to Perform “Almost, Maine”

With the solar wind electrifying the night sky, the residents of Almost, Maine experience mysterious, life-changing events, falling in and out of love, and in again, in this poignant and funny exploration of personal epiphany on a deep and snowy midwinter’s night.

Read more at Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.



Auditions for “Almost, Maine”

Auditions for “Almost, Maine” will be held beginning at 7 p.m., Sunday and Monday, Nov. 13 and 14, in the McArdle Theatre. Those auditioning only need to come to one of the two nights.

Actors need to arrive at 6:45 p.m. and complete the audition form. Also, they should bring calendars so a schedule can be set.

“The play consists of nine vignettes that depict various stages in male-female and male-male relationships,” according to director Roger Held. “On a cold winter’s night, with sunspot activity at its zenith, the northern lights precipitate a magical moment when one or both persons in the relationship have an insight that changes the relationship forever. Some are pretty darn funny. Some not so much. Remember, if it involves snowmobiles, it must be fun.

“We’re looking for ten men and nine women,” Held adds. “Each scene is about ten minutes long, and the plan is to use each actor in one scene.”

Lindsay Johns is the stage manager, and scripts will be available from Steve Dobbs at the office of the visual and performing arts department.

For more information, contact Held at 487-1080 or at rheld@mtu.edu.


The Tempest

Professor Roger Held, chair of the visual and performing arts department, presented “The Tempest: A Psychological Perspective with Historical Trimmings” on the 400th birthday of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Ripon College, Ripon, Wis.


Fuddy Meers

The play “Fuddy Meers” is about a woman who suffers from amnesia.

“My character, she’s very endearing I think. She’s almost child-like in some ways because she’s very naive about some things because there are so many aspects of her life she can’t recall,” said actor Laura Larsen.

Patricia Helsel is the Assistant Professor of Theater and she says that everyone has done their part to turn this production into a masterpiece.

Read more at Upper Michigan’s Source.


Open Auditions for All Shows!

Welcome back students. Auditions are open for all shows. Come show us your acting chops by auditioning Sept 11-12, for Fuddy Meers.A 
twisting,
 turning, 
hilarious 
mystery 
chock 
full
 of
 colorful 
characters. Join 
Claire, 
a 
victim
 of 
psychogenic 
amnesia, 
as 
she
 puts 
together 
the pieces 
of 
the 
mind‐boggling
 puzzle 
in 
which 
she
 awakens 
each 
morning with 
no 
memory
 of 
the 
past.