Theatre program celebrating 50 great seasons

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The St. Cloud State University Department of Theatre, Film Studies and Dance opened its 50th anniversary season in October 2006 with Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” and continued with three more “ambitious, challenging choices,” according to Assistant Professor Kate Sinnett.

“Godot” marked the Central Minnesota premiere of a cross-gender interpretation of a traditionally all-male production. Three of the six performances sold out.

William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” was the second golden anniversary offering, for which a record 60 actors auditioned. Some costumes were rented from the prestigious Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, but most were actually constructed on campus.

A professional “fight” choreographer from the Twin Cities was hired to help the actors achieve authenticity in their fencing scenes, and a public workshop on the art of stage combat added to the excitement surrounding the production.

In February the department presented “Into the Woods,” a story intertwining the lives of characters from a variety of familiar fairy tales. The season ends in April with Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-winning “Dinner with Friends.” 

The department has listed 50 seasons of productions – 1956-57 to 2006-07 – at www.stcloudstate.edu/theatrefilmdance/theatre/archive.asp

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