Much Ado About Nothing 2012

Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, Directed by Mitchell Thomas 2012

2013-2014 Westmont College Festival Theatre

The Welcome

Each year, we strive to create a season that is varied and compelling. We choose material that inspires and stretches our student-artists and faculty, reveals the social and intellectual dimension of the art form, and presents some of the myriad ways that the art of the stage can delight, move, and thrill. This year, we prove the rule: take a quick glance at our season and you see a wild ride through the Ancient, Victorian, Modern, and Contemporary Drama, much of it infused by the scope and power of music to amplify the dramatic moment. What a trip – from Sophocles to Gilbert and Sullivan to Tennessee Williams to devised theatre and new work by emerging playwrights. This season honors the past, looks to the future, and promises rich, wonderful experiences for our audiences. At Westmont, where we say we want to create Theatre-Makers for the 21st Century, the future looks bright indeed.

The Shows

The Pirates of Penzance, by W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, Directed by John Blondell.
October 17-19, 23, 26-27, 7 p.m., Porter Theatre. Well, it’s not your Mother’s Pirates. The G & S comic operetta of Pirates, Orphans, Daughters, and Police is given a fresh new staging that highlights an ensemble approach to the stage, the wonderful music of Sir Arthur Sullivan, and the multi-dimensional performance abilities of our students. It’s also funny. Tickets: $15 General Admission, $10 Students, Seniors, and Children.


White or the Muskox Play, by Jonathan Fitts, directed by Lauren White (’13).
November 8-9, 8 p.m., Porter Theatre. On a journey alone into the Alaskan tundra, a grieving woman finds her path blocked by a muskox. She must confront distressing memories of her father in order to overcome the beast and move on. Featuring Mak Manson (’13) and Paige Tautz (’13). Tickets: Free


Eyes Wide Open, Directed by Susan Alexander and Christina Sanchez
November 21, 22, & 23, 8 p.m. Black Box Theatre. This fall’s surprise-filled concert will be up close and personal, when faculty and student choreographers use the Black Box Theatre’s intimate environs to create revelatory new perspectives on movement, music, space, and light. Tickets: $10 General Admission, $7 Students, Seniors, and Children.


Electra, by Sophocles, Directed by Mitchell Thomas.
January 31 and February 1 and 6-8, 8 p.m. Adultery. Murder. Revenge. After her mother murders her father, devoted daughter Electra is driven to the edge of madness as she is consumed by a fierce desire for justice and revenge. One of the most exciting plays ever written and a masterpiece of the Western Theatre, this haunting new version written by acclaimed young playwright Nick Payne combines text, original music, and movement in a thrilling and shocking evening of theatre. Adult themes. Tickets: $15 General Admission, $10 Students and Seniors.


The Last Five Years, by Jason Robert Brown, Directed by Ben Offringa (’13).
March 21-22 at 8 p.m., and March 23 at 3 p.m.
This charming two-person, one-act musical tells the story of a five-year relationship from start to finish, and from finish to start. Tinkering both playfully and solemnly with the concepts of music, love, and home furniture as they travel in time, the audience is invited from the very first song to ask of themselves the iconic question: "Is it truly better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?"
Theatre and Music Departments Fundraiser: $14 General Admission, $7 Students, Seniors, and Children.


The Westmont Fringe, by Assorted Writers, Directors, Spaces, and Times TBA.
April 9-12. Our annual student-driven performance festival includes Tennessee Williams’ achingly beautiful Talk to me like the rain and let me listen, directed by Kelsey Pollard (’13) and featuring Rebecca Jacks (’13); a presently untitled project by Chris Wagstaffe (’13); and a wealth of contemporary dance, performance art, site-specific theatre, and the return of the 10-Minute Play Project. Tickets: $10 General Admission, $7 Students, Seniors, and Children.