productions, lectures, workshops, and department events
Musical Theatre Workshops
With Michelle Miller '98
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 | 4:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 4:30-8:30pm
Michelle Miller is a BC Theatre alum with extensive experience in voice, acting, movement and training professional singers and actors. She has been returning to BC on an annual basis for nearly a decade to work with our students on voice and musical theatre performance (she was also the Monan Professor in Theatre for the 15-16 Academic Year!).
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Each student will be worked within alignment of their individual needs. Michelle will work with you on how to choose and approach a song, analyzing music and text, and how to prepare for a musical theater audition. She will help you address tension in the body, work with you on breathing techniques and how to keep your vocal integrity while exploring deeper levels of emotional authenticity. Each student will be given a 20-minute time slot and should come at the top of their hour time period ready to stay for at least an hour.
HOW TO PREPARE:
Come prepared with a song of your choice. Sing something you love and bring another piece if you have one. Michelle would rather you show up then stress about song choice and miss the opportunity to learn. (For those doing the Sheri Sanders workshop in a few weeks, please feel free to bring your pop or rock song).
All are welcome to watch and attend, regardless of your Major or pesonal experience! SIGN UP SHEETS WILL BE POSTED IN THE BACK HALLWAY OF THE ROBSHAM.
Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets
& Still Waiting: New Plays by Melinda Lopez,
Kate Snodgrass, and Sheri Wilner
Directed by Patricia Riggin
October 13-16, 2016
Robsham Mainstage Theater
Waiting for Lefty is comprised of a series of varied, imaginatively conceived episodes, which blend into a powerful and stirring mosaic. The opening scene is a hiring hall where a union leader is trying to convince a committee of workers (who are waiting for their leader, Lefty, to arrive) not to strike. The following scenes feature different stories, including a moving confrontation between a discouraged taxi driver, who cannot earn enough to live on, and his angry wife, who wants him to show some backbone and stand up to his employer; a scene between a scheming boss and the young worker who refuses to spy on his fellow employees; an episode centering on a young cabbie and his would-be bride, who lack the wherewithal to get married; a senior doctor and the underpaid young intern (a labor activist) whom the doctor has been ordered to discharge; and, finally, a return to the union hall where the workers wait.
Still Waiting is a collection of new short plays, all written by contemporary female playwrights, that bring the struggles of American workers and their lives into the 21st Century.
Additional events surrounding this production:
"The Fight for Civil Rights, Social Justice, and Labor Equality" Lecture with Christine Chavez
October 11, 2016 at 6:00pm | Gasson 100
"The Salt of the Earth" Film Screening
October 12, 2016 at 4:30pm | | Devlin 101
"The Labor Movement: From Yesterday to Today" Panel Discussion
October 13, 2016 at 4:30pm | Robsham Mainstage
"Still Waiting" Playwrights Panel Discussion
October 14, 2016 at 9:30pm | Robsham Mainstage