On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings this week, the St. Mark's Theater Arts Department will present Noises Off, a 1982 comedy by English playwright Michael Frayn. Often considered one of the funniest plays ever written, Noises Off is not one play but two - simultaneously a traditional British farce as well as the backstage farce that develops during fictional play's final rehearsal and tour. Over the course of three acts, the two storylines begin to interlock, as the characters make their exits from the stage only to find themselves confronted by the chaos and infighting going on between the cast backstage.
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.
Ron Rosenstock has been creating images of the world and its people since the 1950's. His photography has had many incarnations from vivid colors to black and white, from the darkroom to digital, from large format cameras to full-frame digital, from early dawn to infrared dusk. At a reception in Taft Hall on Monday, November 13, St. Markers were introduced to his work with an exhibition of his photographs from Iceland.
On view in Taft Hall through mid-October is an exhibit of works by renowned artist Sheila Pitt.
Chilean artist Lorena Molina is on campus during the last week of September as a Visiting Artist.
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.
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)