Theatre at Tarleton reveals season schedule
By: Sierra Wells
Theatre at Tarleton has officially announced their line-up of shows for the 2022-23 academic year.
“Everyone should come and see our productions; they are sure to entertain. Our students really give their all to their art,” Assistant Department Head of the Department of Fine Arts Prudence Jones said.
Several factors contributed to the selections in this season’s list of shows.
“Shows are picked based on the director’s interest as well as the students’ education. It is important for students in their four years at Tarleton to do a variety of theatre styles,” Jones said.
The season begins Sept. 20-24 with a production of Ken Ludwig’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Carol Stavish.
“The first show of the season is always connected to our annual ULTRA [Unlocking the Limits that Restrict Achievement] Club dinner, we try to always pick something that is well known by the community and our ULTRA Club members,” Jones said.
Auditions for “Murder on the Orient Express” took place on Aug. 18, and rehearsals began on Aug. 21.
“The Many Disguises of Robin Hood” by Brian Guehring will show on Oct. 22.
This will be the first official show at Tarleton directed by senior theatre generalist major Kyllie Avery.
“I am both excited and nervous for this opportunity as it is a ginormous responsibility to take on. The thing I am most excited is to have the chance to work creatively with my fellow student designers and actors to bring this show to life,” Avery said.
Closing out the fall semester, Theatre at Tarleton’s Student Showcase will run from Nov. 1-5.
Spring shows will begin in February with Mary Hall Surface’s “The Reluctant Dragon” on Feb. 4, followed by “The Spongebob Musical” on Feb. 22-25.
“‘SpongeBob the Musical’ is the only musical this year. Musicals require additional rehearsals for learning dances and music,” Jones said. “The theatre area collaborates with music faculty, David Robertson (Conductor) and Iwao Askura (Vocal Director) on music and Mindy Young (adjunct theatre professor) on dance.”
Directed by faculty member Daniel Stone, the final show of the season will be “Endgame” by Samuel Beckett, running April 11-15.
Each performance throughout the year will take place in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center.