Fringe 2014

2014-2015 Westmont College Festival Theatre


Welcome to the 2014-2015 Westmont Festival Theatre season! After a tremendous last year which included a production that won national best production and directing honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, multiple SB INDY awards for our faculty and productions, and a wildly successful spring Fringe festival, we are delighted to be once again offering a diverse and entertaining season of theatre and dance for our students, audiences, and community. Featuring contemporary comedy, dance, opera, world classics, new plays, and modern dramas – our season guarantees to offer something for everyone! Thanks for your support – and we look forward to seeing you at the theatre.

Almost, Maine
By John Cariani
Directed by Mitchell Thomas
November 14, 15, 20, 21 at 8 pm
November 22 at 2 and 8 pm
Porter Theatre

On a clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. A delightful midwinter night’s dream of a play – just in time for the start of the holiday season! $15 General Admission, $10 Students, Seniors, and Children.

Choreographed by Susan Alexander, Christina Sanchez, and Brooklyn Hughes Melton
December 12 at 8 pm
December 13 at 2 and 8 pm
Porter Theatre

The Westmont fall dance concert will feature original choreography by students and faculty. Life is always unfolding, just like choreography and performance. An entertaining, inspirational, and moving evening in the theatre. $10 General Admission, $7 Students, Seniors, and Children.


An Evening of One-Act Opera Classics Staged
by John Blondell Musical
Direction by Celeste Tavera
January 30 and 31 at 7 pm
February 1 at 3 pm
Porter Theatre

The Old Maid and the Thief (1939), by Gian Carlo Menotti, and La Serva Padrona (The Servant Turned Mistress) (1733), by Giovanni Pergolesi. Following the 2013-2014 award winning smash hit The Pirates of Penzance, the Westmont Music and Theatre departments collaborate again to present two classics of world music theatre in what promises to be a compelling, diverse evening of great music and theatre. $15 General Admission, $10 Students, Seniors, and Children.

The Nina Variations
By Stephen Dietz
Directed by Brynn Mitchell ‘15
February 6 and 7 at 8 pm Porter Theatre

The Nina Variations is a fresh and fierce homage to the central characters in Anton Chekhov's groundbreaking classic, The Seagull. Nina and Treplev's final encounter is explored through 42 unique variations, each delving into their emotionally complex relationship with humor, poignancy, and charm. This tumultuous meditation on memory, art, and love stars Elaine Pazaski ’15 and features lighting and scenic design by James Wong ’15. Free Admission.

The Insect Comedy or The World We Live In
By Karel Capek
Directed by John Blondell
February 27 – 28 at 8 pm
March 5 - 6 at 8 pm
March 7 at 2 pm Porter Theatre

In this early 20th century European classic, Czech playwright, novelist, and short story writer Karel Capek creates an allegoric moral fantasy that presents the human condition through the perspective of insects. Capek’s exuberantly theatrical and perceptive play presents a vivid picture of early 20th century European life, a life not too far from our own. In the nearly 100 years since its writing, is the World We Live In actually much different from that of Capek’s? $15 General Admission, $10 Students, Seniors, and Children.
**On Saturday March 7th, The Insect Comedy plays back-to-back with Lit Moon Theatre's production of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, in an afternoon and evening of two fascinating European plays.

The Fringe
Curated by Mitchell Thomas
April 16 – 19
Various times and locations

Our annual, student-driven fringe festival is back and bigger than ever! This spring celebration of original work features a wealth of contemporary dance, performance art, site-specific theatre, design installations, and the triumphant return of the 10-Minute Play Project. A one-of-a-kind event that is not to be missed. Really. $10 Daily General Admission, $7 Students, Seniors, and Children. All Festival Passes available for purchase. For tickets, go to or call 805.565.7040.