Category Archives: Theatre

VPA at KCACTF Region III Festival 2013

Theatre Performance KCACTF IIIStudents and faculty from visual and performing arts are now attending the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) for region III, which consists of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The festival this year takes place at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan from January 8-12, 2013.

Visit the Facebook page for Michigan Tech Visual and Performing Arts to view some of the performances and design entries from students at Michigan Tech.




ROMANCING HORROR: FOUR STORIES BY H.P. LOVECRAFT!

HP LovecraftThe Tech Theatre Company presents “Romancing Horror: Four Stories By H.P. Lovecraft!” in the McArdle Theatre, this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 29-December 1, at 7:30 pm each night. Join the Tech Theatre Company as they present the literary works of H.P. Lovecraft, “devised” for the stage, in an original theatrical production!

Read more at ABC 10.

Tech Theatre Company Presents “Romancing Horror” in the McArdle Theatre

Growing from the fertile soil of the romantics and the symbolist poets, HP Lovecraft surpassed his predecessor, Edgar Allen Poe, in perfecting the classic horror story.

Read more at Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.

Tech Theatre Company to present “Romancing Horror: Four Stories By H.P. Lovecraft!” Nov. 29 – Dec. 1

According to Director Roger Held, Chair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, “‘Devising’ is the contemporary expression for the common theatrical practice of creating a performance from non-dramatic literature, or a script developed through the improvisations or written contributions of the actors. Such theatre pieces also provide design and performance challenges students don’t usually experience in educational theatre programs.”

Read more at Keweenaw Now.

Tech Theatre Company prepares for “The Horrors of H.P. Lovecraft”

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Nick Blecha.

Lessons Learned from Lovecraft

The way the four mini-plays were performed was quite different from the norm. Two student narrators, Laura Larsen and Sean Miller, set up each piece as husband/wife hosts who welcomed us into their home before scaring us with their tales.

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter, by Dennis Walikainen.


Celebrate Halloween at the Rozsa with “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”

Musical Comedy MurdersThe Tech Theatre Company presents the “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” by playwright John Bishop, a hilarious “who done it” that pokes fun at 1940s movie thrillers and campy musical comedies. Don’t miss this pitch-perfect Halloween theatrical production, sure to tickle the funny bone and make for an enjoyable night out at the Rozsa Center.

Read more at Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.

Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

“The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 is a deceptively intricate work. I hope the audience will appreciate the play at its rudimentary style of farce. At the same time, the play will tickle the intellectual funny bone of those patrons who have experienced 1930s musical comedies (theatre and film), 1930s horror films and the likely familiar ‘who-done-it?’…”

~Trish Helsel, director

Read more at the VPA Blog.

“The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Corey Saari.


Stratford Shakespeare Company Offers High School Workshops at Michigan Tech

ShakespeareFour Actors from the Stratford Shakespeare Company will be on campus Monday, Oct. 22. Workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m., and 4 to 6 p.m., in the McArdle Theatre. Schools may attend one of these times. The workshops are appropriate for English and Theatre classes and are free. The actors will lead exercises in exploring the text of various plays.

To attend, contact Professor Roger Held (VPA) at 487-1080 or rheld@mtu.edu .


Theatre Auditions for Musical Comedy Murders and Romancing Horror

Musical Comedy Murders
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Auditions are: September 4 and 5, in McArdle Theatre, Walker 207, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

We will audition folks on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Anyone auditioning should plan to stay for the entire time on one of the two evenings.

Auditions will be readings from the scripts of the two plays: The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, and Romancing Horror.

No preparation or experience is necessary to audition, though scripts are available to borrow from the VPA office.

A little information about each production:

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

October 25-27, Rozsa Theatre, 7:30 p.m. (Possibly remounting in January for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival)

A hilarious “who done it” that pokes fun at 1940s movie thrillers and campy musical comedies.

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows and the “Slasher” unmasked—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and refreshingly irreverent wit.

Romancing Horror
Romancing Horror

Romancing Horror: the Tales of HP Lovecraft

November 29-30, December 1, McArdle Theatre, 7:30 p.m. (Possibly remounting in January for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival)

A special performance featuring original sound designs and music.

Growing from the fertile soil of the Romantics and the symbolist poets, HP Lovecraft surpassed his predecessor, EA Poe, in perfecting the classic horror story. Since then every horror film concocted in Hollywood from the subtly and intrigue of Hitchcock to the evil of “Chucky” have followed Lovecraft’s mystery mantra. In the sedate salon of their New England home, Professor Rodney C. Phillips, world authority on horror fiction, and is somewhat eccentric but charming wife, Edith Abigail, conjure theatrical life into Lovecraft’s tales for their friends. Of course, there will be a surprise ending.


Engineers Make Great Artists: Rozsa Center Makes A Case for the Arts

Rozsa Exterior 2012-13
Rozsa Center

The 2012-2013 Arts Marketing Plan will promote the relevance of art at Michigan Tech, focusing on arts as they relate to the Michigan Tech STEM mission. This includes continuing to cross-promote VPA and Rozsa events.

Engineers make great artists make great engineers” is a theme that will appear throughout the campaign. Design elements will focus on da Vinci drawings.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.


Rozsa, VPA Announce 2012-13 Season

Rozsa 2012-13
Rozsa 2012-13 Season

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts announce their 2012-13 season.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts will produce five plays, capping the year with a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in April.

Subscription sales begin the first week of August. Single ticket sales begin the first week of September. To purchase tickets, contact Ticketing Services at 487-2073, or go online at rozsa.tickets.mtu.edu .

Read more at Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.


Kalen Larson Involved in Off-Broadway Production

Assistant Professor Kalen Larson (VPA) is helping to prepare the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ play, “In Masks Outrageous and Austere,” for its off-Broadway opening in New York.

The play runs from April 23 through May 26.

Award-winning actress Shirley Knight stars, and David Schweitzer directs.

The production includes a video system, 60 LED panels and 11 projectors. Larson is involved in the production process through The Culture Project.