All year long, an abundance of student artwork has been on display all around campus. Currently this spring, visual art creations by St. Markers can be found in and around Taft Hall and throughout the corridors—particularly in the gallery space between the dining hall and the front reception area.
The aim of the St. Mark’s Theater Department is to engage students in the classroom, in the rehearsal hall, on stage, backstage, and in the audience on and off campus. We hope to reveal the collaborative and multifaceted nature of theater as both an art and a craft — and as an integral means of reflecting who we are as participants in the world.
The Theatre Department is an active component in the life of the school, mounting a major main stage production in the fall and the winter, and the ever-popular Student Directed One Act Workshop in the spring. There exist numerous opportunities for performers and non-performers alike, and in a typical year, a little more than 20 percent of the student body participates in the productions.The productions vary in theme and content, and lately have included the zany, semi-improvisational Neo-futurist
- Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
- Our Town,
- The Laramie Project, a pungent chronicle of how that Wyoming community responded to the murder of Matthew Shepard, and Euripides's 5th century B.C. anti-war classic
- The Trojan Women, adapted and updated to the war in Iraq.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, April 27-29, the St. Mark's Theater Department will present four student-directed One Act plays in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Black Box Studio Theater. Two of the plays are world premiere originals, written by St. Markers.
Over the weekend of April 21-22-23, the St. Mark's Musical Theater Club presented "Legally Blonde," originally a Broadway musical based on the 2001 novel and film of the same name. All performances-- evening shows Friday and Saturday and a Sunday matinee-- were in the St. Mark's Putnam Family Arts Center's Blackbox Studio Theater.
Currently on display in Taft Hall is an exhibit of ceramic vessels created by St. Markers. Veteran art teacher Aggie Belt assigned her students to address the theme of "cultural unity" through ceramics.
This Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (March 1, 2, 3) the St. Mark's Theater Department will be presenting the 2017 Winter Play. This year the production is Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice. Each performance begins at 7:30 PM in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Blackbox Studio Theater.
Theatre I — Introduction to Theatre
This course spends extensive time on the basic principles of rehearsal and performance, while also covering important historical and theoretical developments in each decade of Twentieth Century American theatre. Areas covered include major contemporary American Theatre innovators and theories, theatre as a profession, method acting, voice and physical training, play reading, and the major components of a theatre space. There will be at least five scenes (realistic, Story Theatre, personal, heightened text [Shakespeare or Moliere] and absurdist) rehearsed and performed during the year. The final project is the public performance of a “perfect scene.”(Open to all forms)
Theatre II — Advanced Theatre Workshop
This course further develops skills in rehearsal and performance, while introducing students to the art and craft of directing, the concept of ensemble performing, further Shakespearean performance techniques, contemporary dramatic theory and aesthetics, technical theatre, advanced Theatre research, and play reading. The student will have the opportunity to direct classmates, learning text analysis, dramatic structure, tempo, blocking, techniques of working and polishing a scene, costume and prop plots, and having the artistic responsibility over several scenes. The course prepares a student to participate confidently in every facet of basic theatre. (Prerequisite: Theatre I)