BLOG: On Saying Goodbye (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Sydney Berk '13 - I say goodbye to my position as Editor of the Spotlight with deepest gratitude for those that I work with as well as this program in general. Graduating is a funny thing...
STUDENT BLOG: You Fall for the Impossible (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - Wow ... where did this year go? It blows my mind that I am already finished with my first year of college. It literally feels like just yesterday when I walked into an empty dorm room and had to decide where the TV was going to go ... priorities people. I think back too on how much I feel like I've grown throughout this year. After taking a gap year I was coming into a completely different world with no one I knew, I was truly on my own. Little did I know...
Ballet Pensacola Artistic Director Returns to Catawba, Offers Master Class for Students and Community
Catawba College alumnus Richard Steinert '81, the artistic director of Ballet Pensacola, returned to his alma mater in April to offer master classes for college students and members of the Salisbury-Rowan community. Steinert and Christine Duhon, also from Ballet Pensacola, worked with students and members of the local community on Tuesday, April 23 in Keppel Auditorium of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus. Steinert will return to Catawba in spring 2014 for a collaborative...
Catawba College Recognizes Students, Faculty, Staff at Annual Awards Convocation
Members of the Catawba College community gathered in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on April 23 to celebrate achievement. The occasion was the annual Awards Convocation.Scheduled the day after Earth Day, the awards distributed were eco-friendly, made of Catawba blue, 100% recycled glass. They symbolized the college's commitment to environmental responsibility and are a reminder to the recipients to promote a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.
Ballet Pensacola Artistic Director Returns to Catawba for Student Workshops, Will Offer a Master Class for the Community on April 23
Catawba College alumnus Richard Steinert '81, the artistic director of Ballet Pensacola, will be back at his alma mater April 21-24 to work with college students and to offer master classes for them and the members of the Salisbury-Rowan community. Steinert, who visited campus in February 2012, has enjoyed a long and successful career as a dancer, a choreographer and an artistic director at some of the country's premier ballet companies.
STUDENT BLOG: Sometimes You Just Need to Take a Day... (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - Has there ever been a moment where it seems like a lot of different things are hitting you at once and just when you feel like you've finally got everything under control, all of a sudden something drops and you find yourself under water?
Catawba Theatre Closes Its Season with Production of "The Crucible"
By Pen Chance '15, Augusta, Ga. - Catawba College's Theatre Department will close its 2012-2013 season with Arthur Miller's chilling classic, "The Crucible." The production runs April 9-10 at 6:55 p.m., and April 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. in Hedrick Theatre on campus. The stage is set in late 1600s, Salem, Massachusetts, as something evil winds its way into a small village. Rumors of witchcraft run amok and young girls fall ill to unknown causes.
2003 Catawba Alumna Memorialized with Endowed Scholarship
A new endowed scholarship established at Catawba College memorializes Anna Katherine Gregory Vance, a 2003 alumna who died in April 2011. The Scholarship was established by her husband, Dr. Shawn L. Vance of Kannapolis.
STUDENT BLOG: And This is Why We Tell the Story... (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - Wow, it seems like forever since I've written a blog post. I sincerely apologize; I know how much y'all have missed reading my weekly posts, but do not fret I am back! (cue thunderous applause, whistles, etc.) "Oh my gosh, you guys stop it, you're too kind!"
Catawba College Offers "Once on This Island" March 20-23
By Pen Chance '15, Augusta, GA - As spring begins to show its face, join Catawba College and the Blue Masque on a journey of hope and love in the theatrical production of Once on This Island. The production runs March 20-23, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Catawba's Florence Busby Corriher Theater.
Tenure Approved for Catawba Theatre Arts Professor
The Catawba College Board of Trustees approved tenure for Theatre Arts Assistant Professor Erin B. Dougherty at its February meeting. Dougherty joined the Catawba faculty in 2007 as assistant professor of costume design and technology. She has served since 2008 as the faculty advisor to Catawba's Blue Masque, a student theatre organization, and served during the 2012-2013 academic year as a member of the Catawba faculty's curriculum committee.
10th Annual Lilly Colloquium Speaker Promotes Living a Joyful Life
From the sage perspective of his 66 years, Dr. Kurt Corriher shared advice on how to live a joyful life with those gathered for Catawba College's 10th Annual Lilly Colloquium. Beginning his remarks with lines from Poet Mary Oliver's "The Summer Day," Corriher spoke in the college's Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on Feb. 19...
STUDENT BLOG: Do What You Love and Love What You Do! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - POP QUIZ! Okay people, this is a really important pop quiz question. Okay, ready? What is your favorite band/musician/group etc.? You have 5 seconds, GO! ... You all pass, huzzah here's your degree, you're ready for the world! If only it was that easy, but anyway back to the point. You may be wondering why I asked this specific question, knowing that I wouldn't hear your answer since I'm not psychic or anything, so why? WELL I'll tell you...
BLOG: New Challenges? Mission Accepted! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - *The phone rings* Leanna answers the phone anxiously. "Hello?" The Boss calls with a new mission for her." Leanna, it's The Boss ... I have a new mission for you. If you decide to accept, this mission requires you to go into a completely different world that you've never seen before ... do you accept?" There's a pause at the other end, but Leanna takes a deep breath and answers this very important question. "I accept."
Dark Comedy, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," Runs Feb. 19-23
A dark comedy that deals with big issues, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," plays in Catawba College's Hedrick Little Theatre Feb. 19-23. The College Theatre Department offers performances at 6:55 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20, and at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23. The play, written by Academy Award and Tony Award winner, Tom Stoppard, takes two small characters from Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and turns them into larger than life comics in his hysterical and absurdist piece.
Catawba Student Named Miss Queen City 2013, Set to Compete in Miss N.C. Pageant
Catawba College student TyNia Rene' Brandon of Charlotte was crowned Miss Queen City 2013 on January 5 and is set to compete for the title of Miss North Carolina at the state pageant. The daughter of Tyrone and Sharon Brandon, she is a junior at Catawba, pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre. During the Miss Queen City Pageant, TyNia sang an Italian aria entitled "Star Vichino." She won the talent portion of the pageant with this moving operatic love song rendition.
STUDENT BLOG: Sisters, Sisters There Were Never Such Devoted Sisters... (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 -You know that moment when you're trying to think of that perfect topic to write about and then in a second you strike gold? That happened to me this morning folks, so here we go! Being here at Catawba, I have quickly built relationships that I know will last me a lifetime, but the one relationship in my life that has been constant and I cherish more than anything is the relationship I have with my sister. (Insert pause so you can grab a tissue)
Catawba's Blue Masque to Offer "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot"
by Sydney Berk '13, Encino, Calif. -Catawba College's steamy and bold production of "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" opens at 7:30 p.m. February 6 and runs through February 9 in Catawba College's Florence Busby Corriher Theatre. Catawba's Blue Masque, the largest and oldest student club on campus, takes theatre-goers to a new world of magical realism during the course of this comedy drama.
Catawba's "The Life of Galileo" to Compete in Festival; Special Production Set for Jan. 31
Catawba College's fall 2012 production of "The Life of Galileo" was selected to compete at the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) for Region 4 in Albany, Ga., in early February. The Catawba Theatre Department will offer a special, free viewing of the production at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, the week prior to the competition, in Hedrick Theatre on campus. Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend.
BLOG: "Then Have the Courage to Fail Big and Stick Around..." (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - *Now back to your original programming* And we're back Catawba! Yes I understand we've been back for about two weeks, but just go with it. While I thoroughly enjoyed my break, I was ready to return to school.
STUDENT BLOG: Why Liberal Arts? (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Sydney Berk '13 - Currently in my final semester of college, 4 years of studying, listening, reading and slaving over papers will culminate in a project that is near and dear to my heart. I will be directing my first full length show, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot by Jose Rivera. For the past 6 months, I have had the complex task of researching and prepping for this project.
STUDENT BLOG: "For the Holidays You Can't Beat Home Sweet Home" (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - Well I'm sure the title of this blog post gives it away, but I'll say it anyway ... man, am I happy to be home for the holidays! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Catawba and have come to find that I miss school... I know right, you miss school? ...but after working so hard this semester and especially those exams, I feel that I and the rest of you lovely folks have been counting down the minutes and seconds until the beautiful, month-long holiday break!
Catawba Alumni Create Young Theatre Artist Development Fund
The Catawba College School of Performing Arts announced that Catawba College alumni Dr. Ralph G. Perrino, Founder and Director of Northern Virginia Tutoring Service, LLC, and Ms. J. Denise Perrino, charter inductee of The Catawba Blue Masque Hall of Fame in 2008 in recognition of her meritorious life in the theatre, have created the "Young Theatre Artist Development Fund."
Catawba Professor, Author and Actor Will Be Keynote for 10th Annual Lilly Colloquium
The 10th annual Lilly Colloquium will feature Catawba professor, author and actor, Dr. Kurt Corriher, who will emphasize the importance of examining the artistic dimension of our lives. The colloquium keynote is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel and is free and open to the public.
Catawba SGA Scholarships Help 13 Students Travel to Academic Conferences during Fall Semester
Catawba College students attended or will attend the Stanford Biochemistry Departmental Symposium in Santa Cruz, Calif., the 2012 National Leadership Conference in Charlotte, the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference in Atlanta, Ga., and the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville, Ky., all thanks to new SGA-funded scholarships.
STUDENT BLOG: So Much To Be Thankful For! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - I have never been more tired than I was the week before Thanksgiving break! I was praying, pleading for the break to get here as fast as it possibly could. Along with being EXTREMELY busy working my fingers to the bone to make sure people got their tickets to the amazing show of Legally Blonde by our even more amazing theatre department, I also had the opportunity to have a prospective student stay in my dorm and give her a little taste of Catawba.
STUDENT BLOG: So Many Options to Choose from... (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - "Previously on 'As Catawba Turns,' Leanna had just finished her run of the show Charlotte's Web and didn't know what she was going to do with her nights after all her homework was done, what will she do now?!" ...oh come on, y'all know me well enough by now to know I have to start the blog off with something dramatic. So what am I involved in now you ask? Well calm down, I'll tell you.
Catawba Stages "Legally Blonde, The Musical!" Nov. 15-17
Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law! Add some music and dancing to this plotline, and you've got "Legally Blonde, The Musical!"
STUDENT BLOG: Where Did the Time Go? (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
Well hi there fellow Catawba peeps, it has been a long time since my last post and I know that you all have been sitting next to your computers every hour, minute and second waiting for a new post, so take a deep breath and enjoy this one. This past week, the run of Charlotte's Web came to a close. It seems like it was only yesterday when I was allowed to have my script in front of me ... ah, good times. Then all of a sudden it was "cue lights, cue sound and places!" I mean seriously people, whe
Alumnae's Theatre Company to Offer Production of Fiction at Catawba
Three Bone Theatre, a production company started by two Catawba College alumnae, will offer its first production of Fiction at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 4 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus. Tickets are $10 per person and reservations for them can be made at email@example.com.
The Experience of an Internship and the Ability to Make a Difference
Fourteen Catawba College students employed their unique gifts and talents in service to others as interns with tax-exempt nonprofit organizations during the summer of 2012. Funding and coordination for the program were provided through the college's Lilly Center for Vocation and Values. While these students clearly benefitted from the experiential learning opportunities offered through such internships, they also filled vital roles within the programs they served.
Catawba's First-Year Students Showcase Their Talents in Free Production of "Charlotte's Web"
A free production of "Charlotte's Web," will be offered by Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, October 23-25, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus. Suitable for all ages, this stage adaptation of the classic children's novel by E.B. White is offered by Catawba's first-year students and is the second student-directed show of the season.
Catawba Students Register for J Term Classes
Catawba College students are now registering for "J Term" courses that will allow them to take a one to three-hour online class or travel abroad during Catawba's winter term, the December-January time that coincides with Christmas break. Courses offered and enrollment in the "J term" has doubled since it was initially offered in the 2009-2010 academic year. Courses offered during Catawba's J term are only available to Catawba College students...
STUDENT BLOG: Headin' Back to the 804! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - Well folks, it's finally here ... what we've all been waiting for ... FALL BREAK!! Whether you're going home or staying with a friend nearby, the fact remains that we have a few days off school! Don't get me wrong, I am LOVING school but everybody needs a break after working...
STUDENT BLOG: Happy 20th Birthday! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - "So how old are you, 18 or 19?" ... "20"... "Oh ... you're old!" Yes, I am and I still can't believe it! After I decided to come to Catawba, I was excited but also a little concerned because even without taking a gap year I still would have been older but now I'm almost a full two years older. I was worried that I wouldn't make friends as easy as I usually do because of the age difference, but I was wrong!
STUDENT BLOG: Getting Whipped into Shape (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Katlyn Shaw '15 - OMIGOD YOU GUYS! On Monday I started rehearsals for our fall musical, Legally Blonde. I am so unbelievably excited to be apart of this show. Of course this means that I am beyond busy now, but that is something I am completely okay with. Spending my evenings learning music and choreography and blocking is exactly my idea of a perfect night. In the show, which I am sure you will all come see, I am a Delta Nu girl, part of the "Greek Chorus," and a Perfume Saleswoman...
Catawba Offers "We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!" as Second Production of Season
By Kara Procell '13, Bel Air, Md. - A student-directed Italian farce, "We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!" by Dario Fo, is Catawba College's second theatre production of the fall 2012 season. The show runs in Catawba's black box Florence Busby Corriher Theatre at 7:30 p.m. from October 2-6, and because it contains mild strong language, would be most suitable for young adults.
STUDENT BLOG: Family Weekend ... BOO YAH!! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - Theatre this and theatre that, that's all you've read in my blogs so far but this one is not going to be about that. "What?! But Leanna, that's all you talk about! What else is there in life but theatre??" Family Weekend! The time has come for the folks to come check up on us and I am so ecstatic!
Catawba's Blue Masque Theatre Hall of Fame Inductees to Be Honored October 26
Catawba's Blue Masque Theatre Hall of Fame will honor four new inductees on Friday, October 26, during the college's Homecoming Weekend. Those being honored for their meritorious lives in the theatre arts includetheatre administrator and preservationist John Bell, class of 1976; dance administrator, choreographer, and teacher Richard Steinert, class of 1981; composer, song writer and sound designer Mike Yionoulis, class of 1988; and longtime Catawba theatre arts professor, Dayna Anderson.
Janice Fuller's 'Dix, A Story of the Back-Ward Women' to Have Its East Coast Premiere
An original play about the Dorothea Dix Hospital by Dr. Janice Fuller, Catawba's Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English; Directed by 2008 Catawba Alumna Brianna Smith - Dix, a Story of the Back-Ward Women is a new show by local Salisbury playwright and poet Janice Fuller. The play will be offered at Lee Street Theatre in collaboration with TapRoot Ensemble in its East Coast Premiere.
STUDENT BLOG: I Can't ... I Have Rehearsal (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - "Hey Leanna, want to have a movie night and just hang out?" "Oh no sorry I can't, I have rehearsal." Oh how I have missed saying those words! The fact that saying this means that I basically have no life outside of the show, but I absolutely love it! This week was the first week of rehearsals for Charlotte's Web which means scarfing down your dinner because you know by the time rehearsal's done, all you have to look forward to in your room is...
STUDENT BLOG: A-Five, Six, Seven, Eight! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Katlyn Shaw '15 Hello there. My name is Katlyn, I am a sophomore at Catawba College, and I am your stereotypical musical theatre major. Just one look at my computer or the way I carry myself, and you will quickly see just how passionate I am about it. I listen unapologetically to mainly showtunes. I tap dance in the hallway. I sing on the way to class. I monologue in line at the cafeteria. There is this feeling of bliss that just consumes me when I step onstage.
The Truth Prevails in Catawba's Production of "The Life of Galileo"
Catawba College's first theatrical production of the new academic year, "The Life of Galileo," runs at 6:55 p.m. on September 18 and 19, and at 7:30 p.m. September 20 through 22 in Hedrick Little Theatre on campus. Written by Bertolt Brecht in 1938 during the rise of Nazi Germany, the play is set in 1610 and follows the meteoric rise to world recognition of Italian astronomer and the "father of science," Galileo.
STUDENT BLOG: Fast-Paced Freshman! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
Are you looking at Catawba's Theatre program and wondering what a day in the life of a theatre student might be? If so, then the "Day in the Life of Theatre Students" blog might just be the one for you. Catawba Theatre Arts students will be giving an account of their daily life, which includes classes, meetings, working in the shops, lunch, rehearsals, dinner, more rehearsals, and eventually ... getting some sleep!
Theatre Arts "Goes Green" with Online Ticketing
In an effort to "Go Green," the theatre department has converted to online ticket sales for individual tickets, which will make the process more streamlined and efficient. The initiative will also double as a learning tool for students, who will not only learn about the process, but will take an active part in managing, selling, and processing tickets for theatre productions using an online system.
VIDEO: Catawba Alumnus Sings Moving Impromptu Duet with Ingrid Michaelson
Catawba College alumnus Sheldon Rogers had an impromptu performance with music star Ingrid Michaelson in Lancaster, PA. A graduate of Catawba's Musical Theatre program, Rogers was in the front row at Michaelson's show and sang an unplanned duet with the New York-based indie-pop singer-songwriter. He made quite an impression on both the audience and Michaelson herself.
Catawba Alumna's "Dirty Barbie" Makes Top Five Must-See Shows in Edinburgh
"Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales," a one-woman show which made its world premiere in Salisbury in March 2012, was created by Catawba alumna Denise Laughlin Stewart. The show was recent listed as one of the top five must-see shows in Edinburgh by the Daily Record.
Catawba Grads at the Helm of Uwharrie Players' "Camelot"
When the Uwharrie Players of Stanly County open their production of "Camelot" on July 27, two Catawba College graduates will be a big part of it. Heather Wilson is the artistic director and John Stafford is the musical director.
Catawba Alumnus Directs Upcoming Production of "The Retreat from Moscow"
2008 Catawba College alumnus Justin Dionne is directing the upcoming production of The Retreat from Moscow by William Nicholson, the author and playwright of Shadowlands. The St. Thomas Players and Center for Faith & the Arts are presenting the production, which runs August 2-5 and August 9-11 in the Florence-Busby-Corriher Theatre on the Catawba College campus.Dionne is directing his former theatre arts professor, Dr. Kurt Corriher, who performs one of the three roles in the production.
Theatre Arts Alumnus Receives Rave Review for Directorial Work
The Pittsburg City Paper recently posted a rave review of Osage County, calling it "spellbinding." The production was produced by Throughline Theatre, a company created and operated by Catawba College Alumni. Joey Yow, a 2007 Catawba graduate, directed the production and was highly praised for accomplishing the impossible despite his youth. The production was cited to be a "profound showcase" for the new theatre company.
Catawba Alumnus is Fundamental for Piedmont Players
By Lawrence Toppman, CharlotteObserver.com - If you're Reid Leonard, the best thing about running Piedmont Players Theatre may be the chance to hold production meetings in your own bathtub. Leonard’s official title, according to the PPT website, is "resident director/designer." His unofficial title might be "selector of shows, director of plays, designer of sets, hanger and focuser of lights, coordinator of volunteers and...
Catawba Alumnus' Production Company Stages "A Raisin in the Sun"
"A Raisin in the Sun" will be offered by Evening Star Productions, Inc. , a Charlotte-based production company founded and operated by 2011 Catawba College alumnus Tony Mullins of Charlotte. The production will run at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14 and July 20 and 21 at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square in uptown Charlotte.
Catawba Presents Danceworks April 27-28
Catawba College's Danceworks this year features 11 original dances choreographed by students. There is a wide variety of music and dance styles to be enjoyed, including tap, jazz, ballet, and contemporary dance forms. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28 in Keppel Auditorium.
Catawba Faculty Help Show Elvis in a Different Light
by Len Clark for SalisburyPost.com - Are You Lonesome Tonight? Well put on your Blue Suede Shoes and Surrender yourself to an evening chronicling the era and honoring the influence of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. If you don't laugh you have a Wooden Heart.
Catawba's Musical "Huck Finn" is Tribute to Alumnus Billy Burke
By Katie Higgins, Catawba College Student - Catawba College's production of the musical, "Huck Finn," will pay tribute to "Mr. Music" of Salisbury, 94-year-old Billy Burke, a college alumnus. The musical, based on Mark Twain's classic, "The Tales of Huckleberry Finn," will be performed in Keppel Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 through Saturday, April 21, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The April 22 matinee will be presented by the Rowan County Concert Association.
Another Run for Billy Burke's 'Huck Finn' at Catawba
When Robin Tynes wakes up, the music filters in immediately. It's with her as she walks between classes at Catawba College or hangs out at the student center. Every evening, she can't wait for another "Huck Finn" rehearsal and a chance to sing and hear the music again. Billy Burke composed the songs running through Tynes' head, as she prepares to play the lead role of Huck Finn in a musical comedy first produced on the campus in 1955, then again in 1958.
Catawba College's Production of "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" Is a Cautionary Tale
"The Facts: On October 6, 1998, a gay University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, left the Fireside Bar with Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. The following day, he was discovered at the edge of town. He was tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and close to death." (Kaufman et al). This is a quote from the opening lines of "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" to be offered by the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department March 20-24 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.
Piedmont Players Celebrates 50 years
by Katie Scarvey, SalisburyPost.com - Three cheers for ignorance. An early historian and participant of Piedmont Players Theatre, Betty Anne Stanback wrote in a history of the group that the organizers of PPT back in 1961 were "blissful" in their ignorance — unaware of what challenges lay ahead.
McCachren-Epperson Theatre Arts Office Facility Dedicated
Two faculty emeriti from Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department were honored Feb. 20 with a facility on campus named in their honor. College President, Dr. Joseph B. Oxendine, recognized Dr. Hoyt M. McCachren, Jr. and Dr. James R. Epperson during a dinner on campus. He unveiled a bronze plaque and announced that the McCachren-Epperson Theatre Arts Office Facility is being named in their honor.
Catawba Theatre Alumnus Looks Back on 25 Years with PPT
By Catawba alummnus Reid Leonard, For The Salisbury Post - As I write this, a production of "Cyrano de Bergerac" is playing in the Meroney Theater and "Honk, Jr" opens Friday night in the Norvell Theater and auditions are in two weeks for the musical "Company."
Ballet Pensacola Artistic Director Returns to Alma Mater
When 1981 alumnus Richard Steinert came back to Catawba in February, he shared more than just some dance techniques. He shared some of his life experiences with students and gave them insights into his long and successful career as a dancer, a choreographer and an artistic director at some of the country's premier ballet companies.
Independence High Performs 'Grease' under Direction of Catawba Alumna
When Independence High School's production of "Grease" opens next weekend, drama teacher Paula Baldwin will have come full circle. Baldwin got her start in acting at Mount Pleasant High School in Cabarrus County, and attended Catawba College on a drama scholarship. After earning her MFA in acting and directing at UNC Greensboro, she headed to New York City, where she lived and worked for eight years.
Catawba Alumna Featured in Upcoming Episode of 'Fringe' on Fox
By Katie Scarvey, salisburypost.com - Jasika Nicole, a Catawba College alum who plays a regular character on the science fiction TV drama "Fringe," will be the focus of the show’s upcoming episode. Nicole plays Astrid Farnsworth, the lab assistant of the scientist Walter (played by John Noble).
Director's Vision Supported by Student Designers in Catawba's Production of "Dead Man's Cell Phone"
By Verity Pryor-Harden, Class of 2015 - Technology's unique ability to continue a man's life after his death and to bring unexpected strangers together is explored in Catawba College's production of "Dead Man's Cell Phone." The production, directed by Theatre Arts adjunct faculty member Craig Kolkebeck in the style of Japanese Noh theatre...
Catawba College Professors Exhibit Their Work
Catawba College Professors Sean Meyers and Janice Moore Fuller will be on hand for the opening of an exhibit of their photographs and poems on Thursday, January 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Delhaize Room. The exhibit entitled "This Has Been My Life All My Life: Portraits of Residents, Lutheran Home-Winston Salem, North Carolina" includes 16 pairings of photographs and poems based on interviews with the residents.
Catawba Alumnus Lights up Cast in Local Theatre Production
By Deirdre Parker Smith, SalisburyPost.com - After the show, you'll probably be wheezing from all the laughing you've done at this Ray Cooney farce, starring Salisbury's best comedic actor, Gary Thornburg. Thornburg earned entrance applause on opening night and twice more following fiercely frantic bits.Pairing up with him is the multi-talented Justin Dionne, who is Piedmont's marketing director and a Catawba alumnus.
"A Tuna Christmas" Plays at Catawba Nov. 29-Dec. 2
Catawba College's production of"A Tuna Christmas" brings an abundance of humor to the holiday. The play, by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, runs Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 at 10 p.m. (after hours showing follows Catawba's"Service of Lessons and Carols") and Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.
Catawba Alumna Co-Produces Presentation of "All the Rats and Rags"
Source: offoffbroadway.broadwayworld.com (EDITOR'S NOTE: Catawba College alumna McKenna Dabbs graduated with a BFA in Directing/Performance. She is a director, producer and writer based in New York City.) Karina Martins and McKenna Dabbs in conjunction with Fresh Ground Pepper, present a limited engagement of "All the Rats and Rags" at 3LD Art and Technology Center from November 17-20.
Catawba Students Participate in Veterans Day Service
Six Catawba College brass students performed for a Nov. 9 Veterans Day Service/Meal at Stallings Memorial Baptist Church. The students included Brent Messenger (Music Education '12), Melanie Hudson (Music Education '12), John Lincourt (Music Performance '12), Taylor Lee (Music Education '16), Zach Veitenheimer (Music Education '16), and Ryn Crawford (Theatre Arts '16).
"Side by Side by Sondheim" Offered Nov. 8-12 by Catawba College Theatre Arts
The sophistication, wit, insight, heart and genius of Broadway's most innovative and influential artist is at the center of an upcoming Catawba College Theatre Arts' tribute to composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. "Side by Side by Sondheim" runs November 8-9 at 6:55 p.m. and Nov. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. in Hedrick Theatre on campus.
Catawba College Nets Nominations, Awards from Metrolina Theatre Association
Past and present members of the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department — students, alumni and faculty — were winners in the 2010-2011 season of Metrolina Theatre Awards. The awards were presented at the Metrolina Theatre Association's 8th annual Gala on Sunday, October 9 at the Omni Charlotte Hotel at 132 East Trade Street in downtown Charlotte. Members of Catawba's Theatre Arts Department received 29 nominations and eight awards.
Meet Catawba College's Fresh Faces in Series of Short Plays
By Ruby Osorio, Class of 2015 - Enjoy the talents of Catawba College's newest students when the Theatre Arts Department presents "Fresh Faces," a series of short plays. See the talent of these first-year students as they offer free debut performances at 7:30 p.m. October 7, 8 and 22, and at 2 p.m. October 9 and 23 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.
Faulkner's Novel Comes to Stage in Catawba's Production of "As I Lay Dying"
By Jordan Clifton, Class of 2014 - A piece of classic Southern literature, adapted for the stage by Catawba College Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English Dr. Janice Moore Fuller, kicks off Catawba's 2011-2012 theatre season. Fuller's adaptation of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" will be offered in Hedrick Theatre on campus at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 27 and 28, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29 through Saturday, October 1.
Catawba College Named One of Nation's Best Music Schools for 2012
For four consecutive years, Catawba College has been named one of the nation's Best Music Schools by In Tune magazine. Catawba was one of only 45 institutions included in the magazine's listing of The Best Music Schools of 2012. Catawba offers a bachelor's degree in Music with concentrations in Music Business, Music Education, Music Performance, Popular Music and Sacred Music, and offers a bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre.
Blue Masque Theatre Hall of Fame Inductees To Be Honored at Catawba's Homecoming
Four new inductees to the Catawba College Blue Masque Theatre Hall of Fame will be honored on October 21 during the college's Homecoming Weekend. Those being honored for their meritorious lives in the theatre arts are New York based actor Bill Tatum, class of 1970; theatre entrepreneur Jerry Moore, class of 1974; New York costumer and wardrobe supervisor Ginnie Patton, class of 1979; and Charlotte, N.C. designer, director and actor Jim Glouster, class of 1984.
Catawba College Nets Award Nominations from Metrolina Theatre Association
Past and present members of the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department — students, alumni and faculty — received many nominations for the 2010-2011 season of Metrolina Theatre Awards. The awards will be presented at the Metrolina Theatre Association's 8th annual Gala on Sunday, October 9 at the Omni Charlotte Hotel at 132 East Trade Street in downtown Charlotte.
"Henry V" Has Catawba Ties and Marries Comedy, History
Catawba College professors Missy Barnes and Bethany Sinnott and alumna Brie Smith are among the creative team behind this production, which they hope might lead to an annual summer Shakespeare event in Salisbury. Those who think that Shakespeare's history plays are tedious and long will be pleasantly surprised by Lee Street Theatre's upcoming production of Henry V. Funny and fast-paced, this show is true to the Elizabethan tradition of popular entertainment.
Catawba Alumni Invited to Perform on Hedrick Little Theatre Stage
Catawba College alumni will have a chance to shine on the stage of Hedrick Little Theatre in the Showcase of Alumni Talent during Homecoming Weekend, October 21-23. The Showcase will be held just prior to the Blue Masque Hall of Fame induction and reception, which begins at 8pm on Friday, October 21.
Catawba Alumnus and Economic Recruiter Ready for Pops Duet
By Joanie Morris, for the Salisbury Post - Robert Van Geons '97 has a secret. The economic development director has been harboring this secret for years. He sings. He sings loud and he sings proud.
Students Share Their Research at 2011 Interdisciplinary Research Symposium
Again this year, Catawba College students from various disciplines shared their diverse research projects during the 2011 Interdisciplinary Research Symposium held Thursday, April 21 in the Leonard Lounge of the Cannon Student Center. Faculty, staff and students on campus dropped by during the two-hour event to listen and learn from these students.
Catawba College's Female Acting Troupe Presents "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
By Sydney Berk, Catawba College News Service. Catawba College invites you to discover one of William Shakespeare's most hilarious comedies. Follow the antics of one of theater's most loved fools, Falstaff, as he is tricked by two witty wives. (It's a comedy and time to get even.) Performed April 5 and 6 at 6:55 p.m. and April 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., it is a production you don't want to miss.
Catawba Students and Faculty Make NYC Trip to Prepare for Fall Theatre Production
Catawba faculty members Dr. Elizabeth Homan (Theatre Arts) and Dr. Janice Fuller (English) traveled with thirteen Theatre Arts students to New York City in early January. The trip was part of a course being offered by Homan this spring entitled, "Collaborative Aesthetics and Ensemble Techniques" in which students will learn to become members of a working ensemble performance company.
Catawba Alumna to Star in "Dirty Barbie" World Premiere
Source: (SalisburyPost.com) - Denise Laughlin Stewart, originally from Mooresville, is a woman who loves stories — listening to them and telling them. Her new one-woman show, "Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales," will make its world premiere at Lee Street Theatre in Salisbury, March 23-26 at 7:30 p.m. Performances will be held in the black box theater at the Looking Glass Artist Collective at 405 N. Lee Street (corner of N. Lee and Kerr).
Alumna Spotlight on Candace Neal '08: Kickstarting a Music Career
By Katie Scarvey, Salisburypost.com - When Candace Neal graduated from Catawba College in 2008 with a theatre degree, she was dead set on becoming a working actor. And why not? During her years at Catawba, Candace appeared in — actually, stood out in — plenty of productions, including "The Marriage of Bette and Boo," "The Exonerated," "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and "Trojan Women."
BLOG FINALE: On Tour with the Catawba Singers - Bristol, TN and Hickory, NC
In her last two entries while on tour with the Catawba Singers, junior and Theatre Arts major Kara Procell blogs about her experiences in Bristol, Tennesse and Hickory, North Carolina. Read her last two entries...
STUDENT BLOG: UPDATES! On Tour with the Catawba Singers
Junior and Theatre Arts major Kara Procell shares several more experiences in her blog, "On Tour with the Catawba Singers," who are on their Spring 2011 tour during Spring Break. Read her latest blog posts...
The Rock Musical, "Bright Lights, Big City," Runs Feb. 23-27 at Catawba College
Bright lights in a big city don't always signal excitement and glamour. Catawba College's production of the musical "Bright Lights, Big City" explores the tumultuous and confusing aspects of one young man dealing with grief, loss and the feeling of nothingness in New York City. "Bright Lights, Big City," with book, music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman, will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 26, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27 in the Florence Busby Corriher Thea
Holy Matrimony Turns Deadly in Catawba's Production of "Fatal Matrimony" Feb. 8-12
What happens when holy matrimony becomes anything but? Come find the answer in Catawba College's production of "Fatal Matrimony," presented at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, and Wednesday, February 9, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, February 10–12 in Hedrick Little Theatre on campus. "Fatal Matrimony" is a collection of two one-act plays: "Recklessness," by Eugene O'Neil, and "Trifles" by Susan Glaspell. "Recklessness" tells the tale of a wife, stuck in a marriage where she foreve
Catawba Alumna's Play Survives Life, Love and Her Death
Simone Grant Timoney, a 1983 alumna of Catawba College, died in November 2005 after a six-year battle with breast cancer. Her thoughts and words will live again on Feb. 3 and 4 on campus when theatre arts students at her alma mater perform a reading of Timoney's original play, "Tough Titties: Surviving Life, Love, and Death."
Alumnus and Lexington Native Leads Salisbury Theater Company
By Jill Doss-Raines, The Dispatch - A person with such a rich and long background in theater as Reid Leonard '76 would likely make one assume he has been involved with local plays and had aspirations to be involved with theater from a very young age. Read More...
2009 Alumnus Plays Curly in National Tour of "Oklahoma"
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service. Imagine playing the role you were born to play. That's exactly what 2009 Catawba College alumnus Paul Saylor is doing with the role of Curly in the national tour of the beloved musical, "Oklahoma!" "My dad and his family are generations deep in Oklahoma," Saylor explains. "They love the show."
Catawba's Blue Masque Commemorates A Day Without Art
On December 1, World Aids Day, 25 members of Catawba College's Blue Masque Theatre Club will don black shirts and remembrance signage to commemorate A Day Without Art. These students are participants in a larger effort in Rowan County to commemorate the day."Members of the club are excited to participate in this event," noted Erin B. Dougherty, assistant professor of theatre arts and costume designer at Catawba College.
Students Have Poems Published
Several Catawba students' poems have been published in the latest issue of Muse & Spirit, a magazine distributed by the Center for Faith and the Arts. These students wrote poems in response to art work displayed as part of the Center's Abstraction and Beyond exhibit, including a photograph by Dr. Seth Holtzman, a philosophy professor at Catawba. Lizzle Davis was selected as one of two featured poets for the magazine.
"Hello, Dolly!" Promises an Extravaganza of Music, Dance, and Spectacle
By Ashton Tibbitt, Catawba College Class of 2014. "Hello, Dolly!," a romantic comedy about finding love in unexpected places, is the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department's musical performance of the season. "Hello, Dolly!" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13 in Keppel Auditorium on campus.
Catawba College First-Year and Transfer Students Present "Nocturne" Oct. 28-31
Adam Rapp's "Nocturne" will be presented by Catawba College first-year and transfer students Oct. 28-31 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus. This Blue Masque production runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 28-30, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. In this student-directed performance, students new to Catawba explore a haunting story of tragedy, grief and what happens when you pick yourself up and re-enter the world. Rapp's unique tale is, according to the Associated Press...
Student-Produced "Audience/Protest" Plays at Catawba College Oct. 20-23
by Mara Stewart '11, Catawba College News Service. Do you want a brief glimpse into life in a totalitarian state? Audience-goers will see it in Catawba College's upcoming production of "Audience/Protest," to be performed at 7:30 p.m. October 20-23 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus. The play is composed of two pieces that together illustrate the struggles individuals face when their emotional and moral needs are cast aside in the interest of national solidarity.
Catawba College Wins at Metrolina Theatre Association Awards Competition
Four members of the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department were winners in the Metrolina Theatre Association’s annual awards, presented in Charlotte on Sunday, October 3. Winners included John Stafford for Outstanding Musical Direction in Catawba's production of "Working; Theatre Arts Professor Christopher D. Zink and student Amanda Lederer for Outstanding Lighting Design in Catawba's production of "Working" and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Erin Dougherty for Outstanding Costume Design..
2010 Blue Masque Hall of Fame Honorees Announced
Catawba College's Blue Masque Hall of Fame inductees will be honored as part of the college's Homecoming Weekend activities. This year's Blue Masque Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reception will held in Hedrick Little Theatre at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 8. Those being honored include Billy Burke, Class of '38; Dr. Susan Vick, Class of '67; Reid Leonard, Class of '76; and Greg Alexander, Class of '81.
Catawba College Reveals "The Mistakes Madeline Made" Sept. 28 – Oct. 2
by Chris Herring, Catawba College Class of 2011. Take a break from the everyday monotony of the office as you enjoy Catawba College's inaugural performance of the season, "The Mistakes Madeline Made," a coming-of-age comedy about an office of people with unusual problems. The production will be offered at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 28-29, and at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 30 – October 2 in Hedrick Theatre on campus.
Catawba College's Dean of Performing Arts Selected for New National Leadership Development Program
Catawba College is pleased to announce that Dr. Woodrow Hood is one of only 42 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy. Individuals chosen for the program are mid-level administrators in higher education who aspire to senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities.
2009 Alumna Close-Up: The Woman in the "As Seen on TV Hat"
Nicole Durant '09 could not have predicted upon graduation that she would have success and some fun while promoting the "As Seen on TV Hat." Nicole, who is currently living in Asheville, N.C., works at a local restaurant there while pursuing her dream [of acting] in her spare time. She shared her experience in landing the job as the young woman in the "As Seen on TV hat" and her comments follow in the first-person.
Catawba's Production of "Working" Exalts the Working Class through Song
By Catawba College student Katie Haeuser. "I did the job, I was the one, everyone should have something to point to. Some way to be tall in the crowd. Proud." These words taken from the play, "Working," emphasize the fact that America was built on the backs of the working class. "Working," based on the book by Studs Terkel and adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, highlights and exemplifies the plights and pleasures of real working-class people.
Catawba College Presents "Mary, Mary" Feb. 24-27
By Mike Innis, a Catawba Student. Reminisce on the 1960s as you enjoy Catawba College's blast from the past, "Mary, Mary." The production runs from February 24-27 in Catawba's Florence Busby Corriher Theatre. Directed by Dr. Kurt Corriher, "Mary, Mary" is a dry, witty comedy chock-full of snide, sarcastic retorts and situational humor. Mary and her soon-to-be-ex husband Bob are forced to come together after a nine-month separation to thwart a potential tax audit.
"Color Blind" Playwright Hopes Production Helps Shift Opinion
"Color Blind," an original play by Catawba College senior Tony Mullins of Charlotte is being produced to commemorate Black History Month at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25; at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26; and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 in Hedrick Little Theatre on Catawba's campus. This student-written, produced and directed play is offered by Catawba's Diversity Club and is free and open to the public.
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Day 8 (Raleigh, NC to Catawba)
by Quinn McRae '12. WE'RE COMING HOME! Whew! Everyone is D-O-N-E with tour in every way. So, my roommate Mike and I managed to make it through an entire tour without any insane host families. Our last was a very generous older couple who treated us to McDonald's for breakfast. Read more...
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Day 4 (Alexandria, VA to Washington, D.C.)
by Quinn McRae '12. For being on a Therma-Rest® on the floor, I slept great. Mollie Landers, Catawba grad and seminary student lent her house to seven of us. There was enough room for us to be comfortable and I really didn't mind the floor because it meant I could put my feet closer to the fireplace. Also, this house was literally 20 steps away from the church where we performed. Convenient. And bless her heart, she got up in the morning and bought freshly-made bagels for us.
Theatre Arts Professor Helps Re-Educate Bodies
By Shavonne Potts, salisburypost.com. When Catawba College theater arts professor Missy Barnes' students come to her office they ask her to "fix" them. The fix they are seeking is found in the Alexander Technique, which is a way to re-educate the body in how to move more efficiently. Essentially, it's not fixing at all, Barnes said.
At 70, Retired Theatre Arts Professor Still Hoops It Up
By Shavonne Potts, salisburypost.com. When Dr. Jim Epperson retired as a theater arts professor at Catawba College, he soon got another job — sportsman. Epperson, 70, avidly participates in the Salisbury/Rowan Senior Games and competes nationally against athletes from all over the country...
"The Wind in the Willows" Plays at Catawba College Feb. 9-13
Theatergoers of all ages will delight in Catawba College's upcoming production of "The Wind in the Willows" which plays in Catawba College's Hedrick Theatre Feb. 9-13. Alan Bennett's fun adaptation of Kenneth Graham's classic tale and will transport Catawba audiences to a timeless, magical world full of adventure, symbolism, and camaraderie. Come watch as Mole, Rat, Badger, and Mr. Toad travel the open road, the riverside, and the ominous Wild Wood.
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Day 7 (Easton, Md to Raleigh, NC)
by Zach McRae '12. The previous night I and seven other guys were put up in a hotel. Our very generous host really just acted as a chauffeur to and from, and we were all very grateful for the freedom it provided. I can personally say that I was grateful for the continental breakfast. It was an obnoxiously early breakfast, but it was still breakfast.
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Day 5 (Arlington, VA to Lancaster, PA)
by Zach McRae '12. So today is the day. No, not that day, it's the day that we get to eat at Miller's Smorgasbord in Lancaster County, Pa.! Oh you haven't heard of it either? That's okay, just know it was the most highly anticipated food stop on tour.
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Day 3 (Frederick, MD to D.C., to Arlington, VA)
by Zach McRae '12. I think any day that starts with a breakfast hash is likely to be a good one. I even discussed with my host for that previous night the possibility of adding onions to his recipe for a little something special. I could tell from there it was going to be a good day for America, or at least me. It turned out it was Kris Watson's birthday, which I learned as we all met at the church later that morning before our departure.
STUDENT BLOGS: MORE from Theatre in London: Sites, Sounds, and Situations
More blogs have been posted from Catawba students sharing their London Theatre experiences. The students were enrolled in the winter term course "London Sites, Sounds, and Situations" taught by Linda Kesler, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts. Check out the latest posts below...
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Day 2 (Henderson, NC to Frederick, MD)
by Quinn McRae '12. I got up at 6:45 a.m. and somehow had energy. My host family – The Headmans — made a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, fake bacon, toast and muffins. I learned that I love blackberry preserves. We made it to church safely by eight o'clock and since the Goobers had to wait for the riser committee, we just caught up on the night before...
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Day 1 (From Catawba to Henderson, NC)
by Zach McRae '12. First I need to give a little more back ground information. So I will. The Catawba Singers are made up of 70+ singers of varying majors and interests. Our director is the fabulous and handsome Professor Paul Oakley, he joins us on this trip along with...
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Meet Quinn McRae
by Quinn McRae '12. Hello readers! My name is Quinn McRae of Hendersonville, N.C. I am a sophomore musical theatre major at Catawba and a Catawba Singer. This is my second tour with the Singers, but my first of this kind — with daily bus rides to another state and another church.
MORE from LONDON: The Latest "Theatre in London" Blogs
More blogs have been posted from Catawba students sharing their London Theatre experiences. The students were enrolled in the winter term course "London Sites, Sounds, and Situations" taught by Linda Kesler, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts. Check out the latest posts below...
Student Blogs from London: Sites, Sounds and Situations
Catawba College students traveling to London over holiday break are sharing their London Theatre experiences in blogs posted on the Catawba website. The students were enrolled in the winter term course "London Sites, Sounds, and Situations" taught by Linda Kesler, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts.
STUDENT BLOGS: Theatre in London: Sites, Sounds and Situations
Catawba College students traveling to London over holiday break will share their London Theatre experiences in blogs on this page. The students are all enrolled in the winter term course "London Sites, Sounds, and Situations" taught by Linda Kesler, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts.
Catawba College Presents Sandy Wilson's "The Boy Friend"
By Cassandra Bell, Catawba Student - Photos: Kaylee Johnson. Theatregoers will enjoy a fun and fabulous musical comedy when they attend Catawba College's production of "The Boy Friend" November 12th through 15th in Hedrick Little Theater on campus. "The Boy Friend" was written by Sandy Wilson and opened on Broadway in 1954. Julie Andrews starred as the original Polly, and years later made her directorial debut when the show took its first national tour.
N.C. Theatre Conference High School Regional Play Festival to Be Held at Catawba College
This Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department hosts the North Carolina Theatre Conference High School Regional Play Festival in Keppel Auditorium. The Festival is free and open to the public.
Superstition and Uncertainty Set the Tone in Catawba's Blue Masque Production of "The Weir"
Connor McPherson's drama, "The Weir," uses superstition and uncertainty to explore hope and regret when five characters find themselves sharing tales in an isolated pub on a windy Irish night. As the characters' lips loosen with libations, they reveal more about themselves than they intended. Performances of "The Weir," a student-directed production offered by Catawba College's Blue Masque Society...
Catawba College Wins at Metrolina Theatre Association Awards Competition
Four members of the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department were winners in the Metrolina Theatre Association's annual awards, presented in Charlotte on Sunday, September 20. Winners included...
Catawba College Theatre Arts Department Presents "The Women"
In Catawba College's production of "The Women," whether men are in attendance, or not, is of no consequence. In playwright Clare Boothe Luce's world of money, the action of these rich socialites centers on men… without a single man ever appearing on stage. Offered by an entirely female ensemble, each character in the play contributes to the representation of the many facets of womanhood, raging through the spectrum from compassion to cattiness.
Catawba Faculty and Alumni Continue Work on "As I Lay Dying" Adaptation
Four Catawba College theatre arts alumni recently participated in a reading of a stage adaptation of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying at Ragdale, an artist colony in Lake Forest, Illinois. Allison Barnes (2005), Jen Short (2009), Jordan Danz (2008), and Taylor Edwards (2007) all live in the Chicago area and work in theatre there.
Catawba College Nets 17 Nominations in Metrolina Theatre Association Awards Competition
A BIG congratulations to all of the Catawba College Theatre Arts Directors, Designers, and Actors listed below for their 2008-09 nominations by the Metrolina Theatre Association! The Awards Ceremony is scheduled in Charlotte on September 20. Visit Metrolinatheatre.org for more information.
Blue Masque Hall of Fame to Induct New Class of Honorees
Homecoming weekend will again include Blue Masque Hall of Fame festivities. After last year' s rousing start, four new outstanding individuals from Catawba' s rich theatre tradition will be added to the Hall of Fame. This year' s induction ceremony will be held in Hedrick Theatre on the night of Friday, October 2nd at approximately 9:30 p.m., immediately after the production of The Women. A reception will follow on Keppel Auditorium stage.
Two Catawba College Professors Receive Honor from Ragdale
Catawba College's Writer in Residence Dr. Janice Moore Fuller and Catawba Theatre Arts Associate Professor Dr. Elizabeth Homan have been awarded a residency at the Ragdale Foundation in July and August of this summer. This honor is bestowed upon Drs. Fuller and Homan in recognition of their outstanding work. During the residency, the two will be working on their second collaboration together...
Academic Departments Form Schools at Catawba College
The academic structure at Catawba College is changing. In addition to different academic departments headed by chairs, academic departments will now be affiliated with five different schools, each headed by a dean. Overseeing the five schools and serving as the institution's chief academic officer is Provost Dr. Rick Stephens who joined the College in January.
Independent Film 'Sway' Shooting at Catawba and in Salisbury
by Seth Leonard, The Salisbury Post Salisbury will be the backdrop for a new independent film featuring local students and landmarks. Catawba College will play host to half of the feature, while the rest will be shot in Nashville, Tenn. The movie, "Sway," will be a full-length feature, scripted as a musical with dance and drama. The plot is centered around dance major Emma Mitchell, played by Sarah LeJeune, her struggles with life and the curveballs it can throw.
Join Us for Danceworks 2009: This Time It's Personal
The Catawba College Theatre Arts Department and The Blue Masque present DANCEWORKS 2009: THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL. Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at 7:30PM in Keppel Auditorium on the Catawba College campus. Admission is FREE to all. This primarily student choreographed presentation includes a wide variety of dance styles including tap, modern, hip-hop, and jazz.
Join the Theatre Arts Department's Directing II Class for an Evening of One Acts
Join the Theatre Arts Department's Directing II Class for an Evening of One Acts. Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30pm in Florence-Busby-Corriher on the Catawba College campus. Free and Open to the public. Please arrive early, as seating is limited.
Alpha Psi Omega Students Use April 30th Intimidators' Game as Fundraiser
Catawba College's theatre honor society, Alpha Psi Omega, is raising funds by selling tickets to the Thursday, April 30th home game of the Kannapolis Intimidators. Members of the Catawba Singers, who performed last month at Carnegie Hall in New York City, will also be singing the National Anthem at this game under the direction of Professor Paul E. Oakley.
VIDEO: Catawba Stories CONTEST WINNER Announced
FAMILY, FRIENDS, FUN! Congratulations to Alumna Teresa Brady Thomas '83, whose Catawba Story entitled "Famly, Friends, Fun!" was the winning entry for the Catawba Stories contest. In the story, which fell under the "Family Ties" category, Thomas reflects on the bond she shares with her daughter that will never be broken, the Catawba Experience.
VIDEO: Rehearsal Excerpt from "An Evening of Magical Song"
A video excerpt from a rehearsal for An Evening of Magical Song." Video courtesy of the Theatre Arts department.
Shelving and Work Tables from Salisbury Chair Factory Reused and Repurposed as Part of Catawba College Theatre Set
Theatre-goers attending Catawba College's "An Evening of Magical Song" April 16-18 in Keppel Auditorium probably will not realize that the production's set is the result of a large recycle/reuse materials project. Steel shelving and work tables salvaged after the recent closing of local Carter Chair/Carter Furniture on Long Street were donated to the Theatre Arts Department, according to Professor Christopher Zink.
Catawba College Presents "An Evening of Magical Song" April 16-18th
Families and kids of all ages will enjoy Catawba College's "An Evening of Magical Song" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 16-18 in Keppel Auditorium on campus. The production is a collaboration between the Departments of Theatre Arts and Music.
Corn, Vehicles, Catawba, Law and Home: Five Words Hold Special Meaning to Barrister Franklin Smith
If you talk a while with attorney Franklin Smith of Elkin, North Carolina, he is likely to touch on five words that hold a very special meaning for him. In his deep, resonant Southern voice, honed through years of practice in the courtroom, he will probably explain exactly why these words figure so prominently in his life.
Catawba Theatre Arts Alumnus Releases CD
Jeremy Aggers is a man with an acoustic guitar: a formula contemporary music shows no sign of exhausting. The "What it Comes Down To" EP, his first commercial release and the first installment in a three-record deal with Atlanta-based Brash records, does not add anything new to the vocabulary of pop music, but an album does not need break down walls to be worth hearing. Aggers' flair for lyrical storytelling and often vivid imagery keeps him afloat at his best...
Catawba College's Production of "Far Away" Will Shake Audience's Moral Sensibility
Dr. Woody Hood, a Catawba College professor of theatre arts and the director of Catawba's upcoming production of "Far Away," calls the play "a cautionary fairy tale" and describes it as "dark, scary, creepy and valuable." The production will be offered at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25, and at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 26-28 in Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.
Catawba's Blue Masque Presents "Electra"
The grounds of ancient Greece will shake with impending justice when the Catawba College's Blue Masque presents "Electra." The production runs from February 25th to the 28th in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus. "Electra," written by Sophocles and translated by acclaimed poet and scholar Anne Carson, tells the story of a young woman's struggle with passion and rage as she seeks to restore honor to the tarnished house of her murdered father.
"Little Rock," Is a Dramatic Reflection of a Dream, a Goal, Their Story
An entire year of protests, a governor on the fence about right and wrong, and nine black honor students at the center of it all. This original play, "Little Rock: Our Dreams. Our Goals. Their Story," written and directed by junior theatre arts major Tony Mullins of Charlotte, will open with a 7 p.m. curtain on Thursday, Feb. 19 in Hedrick Little Theatre at Catawba College.
Four Men, Four Women Equal 57 Different Characters in "The Dining Room"
Four men and four women will play 57 different characters in Catawba College's production of "The Dining Room." The production opens on Tuesday, Feb. 10th in Hedrick Little Theatre on campus and runs through Saturday, Feb. 14th.
Community Members Invited to Free Voice Clinic at Catawba College
If you sing, whether in a church choir, a community chorale or in a high school chorus, you are invited to a free voice clinic at Catawba College sponsored by the Departments of Music and Theatre Arts. Led by Leda Scearce, MM, MS, CCC-SLP, a Clinical Coordinator/Speech-Language Pathologist and Professional/Singing Voice Specialist for the Duke Voice Care Center at Duke University Medical Center...
An Evening of Magical Song
Catawba College offers an event for families and kids of all ages. Enjoy an evening of your Disney favorites, including classic Disney songs from "Mary Poppins," "Pete's Dragon," "Jungle Book," "Sister Act," "Snow White," and more contemporary favorites like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid," "Tarzan," and "High School Musical." This musical extravaganza is fully costumed...
Charles Dickens Makes An Appearance in Catawba's Reading of "A Christmas Carol"
Charles Dickens as a character in his "A Christmas Carol," indebted to the miserly Scrooge? Catawba College's Reading of A Christmas Carol offers this for consideration at 6 p.m. this Friday, December 5 in the Weintz Reading Room of the Corriher-Linn-Black Library on campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Department Presents "Urinetown: The Musical" Nov. 11-15
Come ready to laugh and confront contemporary issues all at once when the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department presents "Urinetown: The Musical" in Hedrick Theatre on campus at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11 and 12, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15.
Blue Masque Trunk or Treat October 31
Need a safe place for your children to trick-or-treat? The Catawba College Blue Masque would like to invite you to the 2nd annual Trunk-or-Treat on Friday, October 31, 2008 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Located in the parking lot behind the Robertson College-Community Center on campus.
Cast of Eight Recreates "The Last Journey of No. 6330"
Drawing on a cast of eight and a few puppets to create a world of characters, the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department brings to life "The Last Journey of No. 6330." The production will be performed in Hedrick Little Theatre on campus at 6:55 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 16-18, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19. A special free performance of the play will be offered at the Spencer Shops' Roundhouse at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Students Win 2007-2008 Metrolina Theatre Awards
Two Catawba College Theatre Arts students were winners in the 2007-2008 Metrolina Theatre Awards. The fifth annual awards ceremony was held Sept. 14th at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square in Charlotte.
"War (In Peaces)" to Be Offered by Catawba College Students
First-year theatre arts students will present "War (In Peaces)," a production of seven improvisational pieces featuring unique short scenes, poems, songs, dance and other exciting surprises during Catawba College's Family Weekend Sept. 19-21.
Grief and Cleansing Are Themes in Catawba College's Production of "The Women of Lockerbie"
"Hatred will not be the last word in Lockerbie." This line uses just a few words to encapsulate the theme from Catawba College's upcoming production of "The Women of Lockerbie." The production runs at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 23 and 24, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25-27, in Hedrick Little Theatre of the Robertson College-Community Center at Catawba. It is the first play of the Blue Masque's 2008-2009 season.
Blue Masque Hall of Fame October 19, 2008
By Dr. Jim Epperson, Catawba College Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts. The Blue Masque Hall of Fame will induct its first class of honorees on the Sunday of Homecoming Weekend, October 19th at 10:30 a.m., in the Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center.
Catawba's Theatre Arts Department Continues to Be Nationally Ranked in The Princeton Review's "Best 368 Colleges"
Again this year, Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department is nationally ranked. It is rated tenth in the nation for best college theatre, according to the 2009 edition of The Princeton Review's "Best 368 Colleges" guide which hit bookstands July 29.
New Catawba Scholarship Is Both a Nod to One Family's History and a Leg Up for Future Students
Frances Bradsher Busby of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is paying tribute to her family’s involvement with Catawba College through a new First Family Scholarship she has established at the institution. The Florence Busby Corriher First Family Scholarship is established in memory of Mrs. Busby’s late mother-in-law, the former director of dramatics at Catawba and founder of Catawba’s Blue Masque. Preference for this scholarship will be given to students majoring in theatre arts.
Catawba College Students Offer "Dreamland"
Two Catawba College Theatre Arts students will showcase their talents in a theatrical dance performance entitled, "Dreamland." Two performances will be offered at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1 and at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 5 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus and are free and open to the public.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Program Presents One Acts
On Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, 2008, in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on the Catawba College campus, the College Theatre Arts Department will present a series of One Acts that serve both as a part of the Theatre Arts' regular season and the culmination of the Department's Directing 2 studio class.
14 Original Dance Pieces on Tap for Danceworks, April 22-23
Fourteen original dance numbers, 13 of them choreographed by students, are on tap at Catawba College's Danceworks, slated at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, and Wednesday, April 23. Admission is free to this annual event which has been offered for over 20 years at the institution.
Theatre Arts Honors Society Sponsors Service Project at Catawba
Alpha Psi Omega, Catawba College's Theatre Arts Honors Society, is sponsoring a service project, Broadway Cares: An AIDS Benefit, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 in Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus.
Straight Speaking or the Lack of It in Catawba College's Production of "Tartuffe"
"Tartuffe" is a comedy that has been around almost 400 years, but in a new interpretation used by Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department, it seems amazingly current. Catawba's production of "Tartuffe," by Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Moliere and interpreted by Maya Slater, opens in Hedrick Theatre on campus at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.
Community Invited to Catawba's Blue Masque Easter
Need a fun and safe event for your children this Easter? The Catawba College Blue Masque would like to invite you to the first annual Easter Egg Extravaganza beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday March 19, 2008 on the lawn in front of Hedrick Little Theatre.
Catawba College's Theatre Arts Faculty Making News
Several faculty members in Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department have received awards and have been recognized for publications. These recent outstanding achievements by Dr. Woodrow Hood, Christopher Zink, and David Pulliam include...
Catawba College Trustees Approve Tenure for Four Faculty Members
Tenure for four faculty members was unanimously approved when the Catawba College Board of Trustees met Feb. 18 and 19 on campus. Trustees heard tenure recommendations from Catawba's faculty tenure and promotions committee.
Catawba College Professor Forwards Section of Book
Catawba College Theatre Arts Professor Christopher Zink has written several sections to be included in a book to be published by the Southeastern Theatre Conference. The book is a collection of 25 articles by theatre designers, technical directors and technicians from across the region...
Catawba College's Production of "Wild Party" Runs Feb. 20-23
It all began with an epic poem entitled "The Wild Party," Joseph Moncure March's 1926 exercise in steamy syncopation giving an account of a hedonistic Prohibition-era bash awash in jealousy and bathtub gin. Today, Catawba College's student-directed production of the play, adapted from that poem and intended for mature audiences, is a morality tale set in modern-day Hollywood.
Live Vicariously at Catawba College's Production of "Wonder of the World" Feb. 5-9
By Caitlin Springs, Catawba College News Service. Have you ever wanted to befriend a clown? Find yourself a sidekick? Take part in something crazy before you die? Live vicariously and join in the fun and the chaos as Catawba College presents Wonder of the World, on stage at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, February 5-6, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, February 7-9, in Hedrick Little Theatre.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Professor Receives Grant
Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" Homan, an assistant professor of theatre arts at Catawba College, has been awarded a Regional Artist Grant by the Rowan Arts Council. She will use the grant to underwrite the costs of participating in a 2008 program in Italy.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Alumnus Lands Job in Las Vegas
2007 Catawba College alumnus Joey Yow, who majored in theatre arts, has landed a job working in make-up with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, Nevada. He begins his new position in January.
1995 Alumna Reflects on Her Catawba College Experience
When she came to Catawba, Amy Jordan '95, a student from Baltimore, Md., loved musical theatre and dance. But after she took just one psychology class on campus during her freshman year, she developed yet another fascination and interest.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Student Receives Scholarship
During the weekend of Nov. 17-18, 2007 at the North Carolina Theatre Conference in Fayetteville, Catawba College Theatre Arts student Nicole Durant, a junior from Fairview, N.C., was awarded The William Rackley Undergraduate Scholarship.
Charles Dickens Takes the Stage in Catawba's Production of "A Christmas Carol"
Charles Dickens as a character in his "A Christmas Carol," indebted to the miserly Scrooge? Catawba College's Blue Masque production of A Christmas Carol offers this for theatre-goers to consider, breaking with the standard Hollywood production of this work. "From the initial street side greeting of audience members trekking down the hill to the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre to Tiny Tim's now famous 'God Bless Us, Everyone,' this experience of A Christmas Carol is site specific, intimate...
'Take Me or Leave Me' Catawba College senior Candace Neal scores a Broadway 'Rent' audition through YouTube contest
(By Katie Scarvey, Salisbury Post) Catawba College theatre arts major Candace Neal says most auditions last for about 90 seconds. That's about the length of time it takes to talk to Candace to realize how smart and funny and down to earth she is. Complicated, too, especially for a 21-year-old. This is someone who likes both humorist David Sedaris and the metaphysical poet John Donne, someone who plays piano by ear and eats liver mush for breakfast ("I had some this morning," she said).
Catawba College's Production of "Pirates of Penzance" Sets Sail Nov. 14
What happens when a rollicking band of pirates meets a family of beautiful maidens and a model of a modern Major-General? Disguise, intrigue, honor, love, humor, music — it's all a part of Catawba College's upcoming production, "Pirates of Penzance," which sets sail at 6:55 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, and at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, November 15-17, in Keppel Auditorium.
Catawba College's Blue Masque Hosts Trunk-or-Treat
Need a safe place for your children to trick-or-treat? The Catawba College Blue Masque invites you to the first annual Trunk-or-Treat from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday October 28, 2007 in the parking lot behind the Robertson College-Community Center.
Catawba College First-Year Students Collaborate to Create and Perform "Pulse"
Catawba College's First-Year Theatre Arts students will offer performances of a creative collaboration, "Pulse," Wednesday, October 24, through Sunday, October 28, in Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus. This production, developed during the first six weeks of the fall semester through writing and rehearsals, is an experimental exploration of the students' thoughts and opinions on life, American culture, and the state of the universe.
College Reunion for "Les Miz" Co-Stars and Catawba Alumni
by Alumnus Devin Richards. Working on this show ("Les Miz") brought to me a wonderful surprise that I only learned about at the last minute. I was already excited at the opportunity to just do "Les Miz" as I said. In most shows when you get hired you try to find out who the other people are who are in the cast. You look online and google the show, if you find out which people are in the show, then you begin to google the people's names to see what they've done, if you know them, etc.
Alumnus Shares Two Stories from Catawba, 50 Years Ago
Catawba Alumnus Ed Wenck '58 recently shared two stories from the rich history at Catawba College. Both of the stories took place 50 years ago this year. Includes "The Revival of the Track Team" and "The First Golden Screw"...
Catawba College Alumnus and Student Finish in Top Three in "Rent" Online Audition
One Catawba College alumnus and one Catawba College student are among the top three winners of an online audition for the Broadway musical, "Rent." Alumnus Anthony Johnson of Osaka, Japan, a 2005 graduate with a degree in musical theatre, and musical theatre major senior Candace Neal of Waxhaw, will receive round-trip transportation to New York City, an official "Rent" audition with Bernard Telsey Casting, free hotel accommodations and two free tickets to see "Rent" on Broadway.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Students and Productions Nominated for 2006-2007 Metrolina Theatre Awards
Some Catawba College Theatre Arts students and productions were winners in the 2006-2007 Metrolina Theatre Awards. The fourth annual awards ceremony was held Sept. 16th at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square in Charlotte.
Catawba College Alumna and Colleague to Perform on Campus
Catawba College Alumna Kim Butler '02 of Charlotte, a native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and her colleague, Kimberly Shive of Charlotte, a native of Greenville, N.C., will perform in a voice recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 in Tom Smith Auditorium on the Catawba campus.
Theatre Department Presents "The Exonerated"
What if you were convicted of a crime you did not commit then later exonerated before your scheduled execution for that crime? It could happen, did happen, and does happen. The Catawba College Theatre Arts Department's production of "The Exonerated" is a play based on the true stories of six individuals whose lives were irrevocably changed when they were convicted of crimes they did not commit. The play, directed by Theatre Arts Professor Christopher Zink, will be performed at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday
Catawba College Theatre Arts Students and Productions Nominated for 2006-2007 Metrolina Theatre Awards
Some Catawba College Theatre Arts students and productions have been nominated for 2006-2007 Metrolina Theatre Awards. The fourth annual awards ceremony is scheduled Sept. 16th at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square in Charlotte.
Catawba Ranked #4 in Nation for Best College Theatre
Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department continues to be nationally ranked. It is rated fourth in the nation for best college theatre this year, according to the 2008 edition of The Princeton Review's "Best 366 Colleges" guide which hit bookstands Tuesday, August 21. The 2007 edition of the publication ranked Catawba's Theatre Arts Department seventh in the country for best college theatre.
Catawba College Presents "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!"
Power, sex, ambition, greed — it's just another day at the office portrayed in Catawba College Theatre Arts' production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!" The musical will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22 in Keppel Auditorium of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Program Presents One Acts
On Thursday and Friday, April 12 & 13, 2007, in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on the Catawba College campus, the Catawba College Theatre Arts program will present a series of one acts that serve both as a part of the Theatre Arts regular season and the culmination of the Department's Directing 2 studio class. This year's offerings include three comedies:
Catawba Theatre Arts Sets "Death and the Ploughman" in Appalachia during Depression
Catawba College Theatre Arts created an original production of "Death and the Ploughman" and set it in Appalachia during the Depression as a way to make a 15th century poem more accessible to contemporary audience-goers. The production runs March 27-31 in Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.
Students and Faculty Attend Theatre Conference
Students and faculty from Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department attended the United States Institute of Theatre Technologies (USITT) Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. March 13-17. The conference offered workshops, professional development, networking opportunities and summer internship interviews for participating students.
Catawba College Presents "The Pillowman," a Black Comedy
For its seventh show of the 2006-2007 season, the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department presents "The Pillowman," a black comedy by playwright Martin McDonaugh. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. February 21-24 in Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.
Catawba College Presents a Double Dose of Shakespeare
In Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department, they're billing it as "the Shakespeare Project," but elsewhere on campus and in the community, Shakespeare fans are referring to it as a special chance to see two very different plays by the Bard of Avon in the same week.
Scholarship Established in Memory of Catawba College Alumna
A scholarship was recently established in memory of Simone Grant Timoney, a 1983 graduate of Catawba College. Simone's aunt, Sylvia Wiseman of Salisbury, gave the initial gift to establish the Simone Grant Timoney Endowed Scholarship. Simone received a Bachelor of Arts degree, majored in theatre arts and speech, and frequently appeared on Hedrick Little Theatre stage.
Catawba College Selected to Participate in CIC Initiative
Catawba College has been selected as one of the participants in the Learning Spaces and Technology Workshop that is being organized by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE) in collaboration with Project Kaleidoscope and with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Holiday Danceworks Kicks Off the Season
The Catawba College Theatre Arts presents Holiday Danceworks at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 3 in Keppel Auditorium of the Robertson College-Community Center.
Catawba College Professor Tapped for New Responsibility
Dr. Beth Homan, assistant professor of theatre arts at Catawba College, has been named coordinator of Catawba's First-Year Seminar Program, beginning immediately and running through the 2007-08 academic year. The appointment was announced by Dr. Barbara Hetrick, vice president and dean of the college.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Presents "Uncommon Women and Others"
Theatre-goers will be treated to a coming-of-age play if they attend a performance of "Uncommon Women and Others" running November 8 through 18 in Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on the campus of Catawba College.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Students Present "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change"
Catawba College Theatre Arts students, working to fulfill a portion of the requirements needed to obtain their bachelor of fine arts degrees in musical theatre, are collaborating to present the musical, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." The production will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 2 and 3, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 in Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus.
Creating New Work Collaboratively
Faculty and students involved in Catawba College's upcoming production of Dr. Janice Moore Fuller's world premiere experimental work, Machine Play or I'm Not Nadine, will offer a one–hour symposium Thursday, October 19 in which they discuss the collaborative process of creating the production. The symposium is scheduled between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rowan Public Library at 201 W. Fisher Street.
Catawba College Presents "Machine Play or I'm Not Nadine"
The Catawba College Theatre Arts Department will offer the world premiere of an original play by College Writer-in-Residence Janice Moore Fuller, "Machine Play or I'm Not Nadine," October 25-29 in Hedrick Theatre on campus. The play, directed by Dr. Beth Homan, assistant professor of theatre arts, was workshopped this summer by Catawba College students and faculty who traveled to Estonia expressly for that purpose.
Catawba College Professor Earns International Certification
Dayna Anderson, a Catawba College professor of theatre arts, has earned an international certification from Alexander Technique International. She becomes one of six instructors in North Carolina to obtain such certification. Alexander Technique is a way of thinking about the body, its use, and the rediscovery of freedom/ease and joy of movement.
Catawba's Production of "Pterodactyls" Offers an Outrageous Look at Our Culture
America's Internet-connected and consumer-driven culture are scrutinized in Catawba College's production of "Pterodactyls," presented at 7:30 p.m. October 4-7 in Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus. This dark comedy by Nicky Silver offers an intriguing depiction of personal growth.
Reading of Original Play, "Conjoined," Slated
A staged reading of an original play, "Conjoined," written by Catawba College Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English Dr. Janice M. Fuller, is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday, September 23 at the ArtCenter in Carrboro. Catawba College Theatre Arts Professor Emeritus Dr. Jim Epperson will direct five Catawba students at the reading.
Catawba College Presents "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" September 19-23
Theatre-goers will be treated to a play within a play, plenty of music, and a whodunit if they attend a Catawba College performance of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" September 19-23 in Hedrick Theatre. The musical, based on an unfinished mystery by Victorian author Charles Dickens, will be performed at 6:55 p.m. Sept. 19-20 and at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21-23.
Recipients of Endowed Professorships Announced at Catawba College's Opening Convocation
The recipients of several endowed professorships were announced Thursday, August 31 during Catawba College's Opening Convocation for the 2006-2007 academic year. Dr. Michael J. Baranski, a professor of biology, received the Bashore Distinguished Professorship in Environmental Science. This professorship must be awarded to a faculty member in environmental science who is a high achiever as a scholar and teacher with outstanding qualifications and enthusiasm for his work and the students who are e
Catawba College Featured in 2007 Edition of the Princeton Review Annual College Guide - "The Best 361 Colleges"
Catawba College offers students an outstanding undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features the college in the new 2007 edition of its annual book, "The Best 361 Colleges" (Random House / Princeton Review, August 22, 2006, $21.95).
Workshopping in Estonia: Catawba College Group Prepares for Fall Presentation of Original Drama
Catawba College faculty and students traveled all the way to Estonia and the Baltic Sea this summer to collaborate on a theater project. Professors Dr. Janice Moore Fuller (English) and Dr. Elizabeth Homan (Theatre Arts) and ten Theatre Arts students spent a two-week collaborative residency in June at the Polli Talu Arts Center developing Fuller's original dramatic text, Machine Play, or I'm Not Nadine. Joining the company there were Polly Boersig, a professional costume designer and LSU faculty
Catawba College Theatre Arts Costumer Presents Paper
Eric Abbott presented a juried paper at The United States Institute for Theater Technologies held in Louisville, Kentucky March 28th through May 1st. He also gave portfolio reviews for students from other schools. He was accompanied to the conference by Junior Will Randall.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Presents Annual One Act Festival
Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department continues a tradition that's more than 30 years old when it presents the annual One Act Festival at 6 p.m. April 19-21 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus. The Blue Masque's One Act Festival is an annual departmental tradition, featuring short plays written by well-known classic and unknown contemporary playwrights and performed by students. Directors for all productions are also students enrolled in a Directing II Class at the College.
Catawba College Theatre Department Presents Euripides' "Trojan Women" April 5-8
Using a contemporary translation and evocative original music, the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department will present Euripides' "Trojan Women" at 7:30 p.m. April 5-8 in Keppel Auditorium on campus.
Catawba College Theatre Department Presents "Fat Pig"
Catawba College's student-directed play "Fat Pig" explores the idea of beauty in an era when carbs are closely counted, extreme makeovers are commonplace, and Hollywood establishes the ideals of beauty. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. February 22-25 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.
Playwright On-Hand for Discussion following Performances of "All of the Above"
Playwright Tom Sime will be on hand to discuss "All of the Above" following performances of it Tuesday, Feb. 7 and Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Hedrick Theatre at Catawba College.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Department Presents "All of the Above"
The world premier of "All of the Above," by Playwright Tom Sime, one of the winners of this year's Peterson Emerging Playwright Competition, will be presented by the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-11 in Hedrick Theatre on campus.
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" Opens Nov. 16
What do a love story, cannibalism and a murderous avenging barber have in common? They are all parts of Steven Sondheim’s musical, "Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street," which will be presented jointly by Catawba College’s Theatre Arts Department and the Blue Masque at 7:30 p.m. November 16-19 in Keppel Auditorium on campus.
Theatre Arts Department Presents “Bastards and Fools”
The Catawba College Theatre Arts Department’s production of “Bastards and Fools,” written by former Catawba College student Liam Macik, will run October 25-29 at 7:30 p.m. in Hedrick Theatre on campus.
Catawba's "Psycho Beach Party" Takes You Back to the 1960s, Almost
Remember those 1960s teen exploitation movies that featured the surf crowd in California? Well Catawba College’s upcoming Blue Masque theatre production of “Psycho Beach Party” promises to take you back there, almost.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Students and Productions Nominated for 2004-2005 Metrolina Theatre Awards
Some Catawba College Theatre Arts students have been selected as winners of some key 2004-2005 Metrolina Theatre Awards. Catawba’s “The Marriage of Figaro” was nominated for Outstanding Production and although it was not a winner, several of its cast and crew members were among the award winners.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Presents “The Marriage of Bette and Boo”
Catawba College Theatre Arts Department’s production of “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” will run Sept. 20-24. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.
Catawba College Theatre Arts Students and Productions Nominated for 2004-2005 Metrolina Theatre Awards
Some Catawba College Theatre Arts students and a theatre production have been nominated for 2004-2005 Metrolina Theatre Awards. Catawba’s “The Marriage of Figaro” was nominated for Outstanding Production and several of its cast and crew members also received nominations.
Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department Is Nationally Ranked in The Princeton Review's "The Best 361 Colleges" Guide
Catawba College’s Theatre Arts Department continues to be nationally ranked. It is rated fourth in the nation this year, according to the 2006 edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 361 Colleges” guide which hit bookstands Tuesday, August 23.
Catawba College Employee Participates in Theatre Conferences
Linda Kesler, a staff/adjunct faculty member in Catawba College’s Theatre Arts Department, recently participated in the Alternate Regional Organization of Theatres South Conference. While there, Kesler presented her experimental development process for an original company-developed work, “Where’s My Muffin?” produced last fall in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre. She also participated in sessions on International Collaborations for the original theatre productions, best practices for arts-in-
Catawba College Students Learn Intricate Japanese Lion Dance
If you ask Catawba College Theatre Arts Professor Woody Hood to describe elements involved in the Japanese Lion Dance, here’s what he’ll tell you: “The dance depicts an afternoon in the life of a lion where he runs around, cleans himself, eats fleas off of himself, eats some fruit, takes a nap, chases a butterfly, and then runs around some more.”
Catawba College’s Danceworks 2005 Set for April 26 and 27
Seventeen originally choreographed pieces will be performed during Catawba College’s Danceworks slated at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26 and 27 in Hedrick Theatre on campus. The event, produced almost solely by a Dance Ensemble class taught by Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Missy Barnes, is free and open to the public.
One-Act Festival Slated at Catawba April 19-20
Catawba College’s One-Act Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 and 20 in the Florence Busby-Corriher Theatre on campus. This year, two one-act plays will be performed nightly during the festival which is open to the public and free of charge.
Catawba College Theatre Department Presents "The Marriage of Figaro"
The Catawba Theatre Arts Department presents Beaumarchais’ “The Marriage of Figaro” at 7:30 p.m. April 12-16 in Hedrick Theatre on campus. Its satirical humor focuses on aristocrats, lawyers, pedants and prudes, and its setting, not French as one might expect, but in this production, thoroughly Spanish – set in Barcelona, Spain.
Catawba Theatre Department Presents “Exit the King” March 30 – April 2
Buildings crumble, borders shrink and planets collide – all unmistakable signs that the King is dying and his kingdom is dying with him. This classic play of Absurdist theatre, “Exit the King,” will be presented by the Catawba College Theatre Department at 7:30 p.m. March 30- April 2 at the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.
Catawba College Theatre Students Recognized
Several students in Catawba College’s nationally ranked theatre arts program have recently been recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for their skill and expertise in several areas of theatre production, including direction and criticism.
Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” Runs February 15-19 at Catawba College
One hundred years ago, Russian playwright Anton Chekhov opened a play intended to be a bittersweet comedy. Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” was his last play, and according to some, his masterpiece.
Peterson Playwright in Town for Workshops at Catawba College
One of the winning playwrights in Catawba College’s Theatre Arts Department’s Peterson Emerging Playwrights Competition will be in town while his play, All of the Above, is workshopped next week at the College. Playwright Tom Sime will be on hand for the public readings of his script and the discussions and open forums which will follow them.
Catawba’s Production, “A New Brain,” May Advance to Regional Festival Competition
Catawba College’s production of the musical comedy, “A New Brain,” is being held for consideration to advance to regional competition, slated February 1-6 at the Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, Fla., in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. That after the production was entered and performed in state competition in the North Carolina American College Theatre Festival, hosted Nov. 2-6 at Catawba College.
Theatre Department Presents "The Cradle Will Rock"
The Catawba College Theatre Department will present Mark Blitzstein’s musical, "The Cradle Will Rock," November 16-20 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus. Performances will be offered each of those evenings at 7:30 p.m., along with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Nov. 20th.
See 23 Plays Within One Week
Salisbury area residents could attend 23 plays and see many rising stars within just one week if they had the time. They’ll have that opportunity November 2 through 6 thanks to two North Carolina theatre festivals and a state theatre conference being hosted by Catawba College and a community theatre festival hosted by Piedmont Players. All of the festivals’ productions are open to the public and although admission is free, a donation of $5 per performance is suggested.
Catawba Announces 7th Annual National Peterson Emerging Playwright Competition
The selection of the winning playwright is based on a nation-wide search for a new full-length script demonstrating outstanding playwriting promise by an emerging (not established) playwright. The deadline to enter is December 1, 2004.
Catawba College 2003-2004 Production of “Island” Receives Award
The Catawba College Theatre Arts Department’s production of "Island” was recognized as the 2003-2004 Outstanding College Production during the Metrolina Theatre Awards presentation held Sunday, September 19.
“Island” was written by Catawba’s 2003-2004 Peterson Emerging Playwright Competition winner Kevin Brewer.
Musical Comedy, “A New Brain,” Runs Oct. 6-10 at Catawba College
What do a frog, arterial venous malformation, and sailing all have in common? They are what bring the semi-autobiographical musical comedy, “A New Brain,” to life.
“A New Brain,” will be the first Blue Masque student- produced musical performed in 10 years when it opens at Catawba College’s Florence Busby Corriher Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 6. Other performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7-9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10.
Catawba College Presents "Playhouse Creatures" September 28 - October 2
The Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department will present "Playhouse Creatures" at 7:30 p.m. each evening between September 28 and October 2 in Hedrick Little Theatre.
Reading and Reality: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kyoto and Beyond
During the summer of 2004, Dr. Woodrow Hood, Chairman of the Theatre Arts Department at Catawba College, and his wife, Dr. Cynthia Gendrich, Associate Professor of Theatre at Wake Forest University, took part in an Asian faculty seminar funded by the Mellon Foundation. They traveled extensively in the far East and will present their impressions of the ancient city of Shanghai (Old City to New), of the tension between Beijing and Hong Kong (planned economy versus Western capitalism), and of the
The Heart of Salisbury-Rowan’s Performing Arts Community Gets Upgrades
In 1964, the grand opening of the Robertson College-Community Center at Catawba College provided both the College and the Salisbury-Rowan Community with performance venues for various theatrical and musical events. Now 40 years after its opening, the facility will continue to provide those same venues thanks to some much- needed system upgrades now underway.
Catawba College’s Theatre Arts Department Highly Ranked in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 357 Colleges” Guide
If a strong theatre arts program is what you’re after, Catawba College’s Theatre Arts Department ranks number two in the nation. That is according to the 2005 edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 357 Colleges” guide which hit bookstands Tuesday, August 17.
In the 2004 edition of “The Best 351 Colleges” Guide, Catawba’s Theatre Arts program was ranked 11th in the country. Climbing nine rankings ahead in the new edition, Catawba’s program trails only Wagner College (located in Staten Isl
Catawba College Announces Winning Peterson Playwright
For the first time ever in the in the history of the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department Peterson Emerging Playwrights Competition, officials have announced a tie.