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It was an extremely active year with our students learning the theories and practice of theatre, serving the community, and becoming well-rounded artists and citizens.
Our newest program in Teacher Certification, currently with six students, will have its first student teacher in local schools in the spring of 2014.
Our expanding performing arts scholarship competition has provided us with 46 current scholarship holders, from many different majors and representing all areas of theatre, 16 of which will enter as freshman in the fall of 2013. Our links with local schools and recruitment continue through play festival adjudications, our teacher certification program, and attendance at the Virginia Theatre Conference.
2012 Homecoming included a contemporary production of Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost, with a set design representing the Friendship Circle in the Dell. Also at Homecoming, in an effort to support the new Student Center Campaign, the Singing Hornets performed a musical theatre revue for donors, the Administration and Board Members. They have held many encore performances. A festival of ten-minute plays and a dance concert rounded out the first semester.
Dance Works traveled to New York City in November to meet alumni, take dance classes, see productions, and tour Radio City Music Hall. Dancers also appeared in Opera on the James' The Magic Flute, and in the Music Department's Holiday Concert. Upper level students choreographed Virginia Episcopal School's production of Guys and Dolls, as well as Dance Works on campus concerts.
Two joint workshops with Sweet Briar College involved the America Shakespeare Center and Musical Theatre artist Monte Ralston from the University of Arizona. Theatre students, under the guidance of a Museum Studies graduate student, performed Christmas Civil War Letters at Historic Sandusky.
The spring production of Dead Mans Cell Phone included the creation of an intimate thrust setting placed on the stage of the Dillard Theatre. Our spring musical, The Pajama Game, played to large audiences, many of whom experienced a Golden Age musical for the first time. The cast also participated in the Music Department's Night at the Movies Concert.
Our Script & Character Analysis class prepared a public reading of Secret School in Afghanistan, written by LC Afghan student Simina Quorishi. Our full academic credit stage combat course is now in place, and was taught in the spring semester 2013 for the first time.
This coming fall we have commissioned an original play to be written for our department and its students by Joshua Mikel, whose works are represented by Playscripts, Inc. and have been performed at the Kennedy Center, Florida State University and the Endstation Theatre. We will once again partner with Sweet Briar College to present An Evening with Ron Raines, the Tony Award-nominated actor from the recent Broadway productions of Follies and Newsies.
Our efforts to upgrade the Dillard Theatre continue, and we have a brand new Macintosh Computer lab that will serve Theatre students. Our thanks go to Dean Hatcher and Institutional Technology. The summer maintenance program included an upgrade of computers in the lighting booth and much needed electrical and lighting work. New L.E.D. rehearsal lights have also been installed.
Lynchburg College faculty, students and alumni are active in the greater community at the Renaissance Theatre, Endstation Theatre, the Academy of Fine Arts, and Wolfbane Productions. For a full look at theatre calendars and other arts in the area, go to lynchburgtickets.com.
Best wishes to all of our LC theatre students, graduates, alumni, and friends!
Jeff Wittman, Chair