By Brendon Johnson ‘16 / Champlain College News
The Champlain College Theatre Company has announced its 2013-14 schedule that will include Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Radio Champlain: The Gift of the Magi, the annual performance of The Vagina Monologues, and will close its season with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. All Champlain Theatre performances are open to the public.
The first production of the season, Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, will open on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Champlain College’s Alumni Auditorium. Performances run through Nov. 16, with an additional showing at 2:00 p.m. In Royal’s comedic drama, we meet a group of high school students who struggle with the usual challenges—bullying, sexual identity, self-identity, loyalty, deception, and even death. CB, the protagonist, struggles with questions about mortality and life’s purpose after the death of his dog. In questioning who he is, we see how CB sometimes takes his actions to the extreme. By the end, he still doesn’t know the kind of person he would like to be, but he is resolved to figure it out.
The cast of this production is made up of seven Champlain students: Matt Hollar ‘14, Will Saxe ‘15, Julia Kehr‘15, Zack Ghosio ‘16, Maddie Zielger ‘16, Teagan Cook ‘17, Lindsay Roberts ‘15, and Champlain alumni David Bender ‘13. The performance is directed by Champlain alumni Amber Couture ‘13 with help of stage manager Megan Lambros ’14.
Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $5 for Champlain faculty and staff, and is free for students with Champlain College ID. Tickets can be acquired at the door before performances Nov. 13-16. For more information, e-mail Amber Couture at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The rest of the season’s schedule is as follows:
Dec. 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. Radio Champlain: The Gift of the Magi, O.Henry’s classic Christmas story about love and sacrifice shows us what it means to give. Performed by Radio Champlain in the form of a live radio play, the evening promises to be a truly festive holiday event in Champlain’s Alumni Auditorium. Tickets can be acquired at the door and donations will be accepted for the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). For more information, contact Joanne Farrell at Farrell@champlain.edu or call (802)865-5468
Feb. 14-15 at 7:00 p.m. The Vagina Monologues, an award-winning play based on V-Day Founder and playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with over 200 women and girls, will be performed by an ensemble of women from the Champlain College community. This series of character-driven pieces, almost like poetry, reveal a different woman’s experience with topics such as love, sex, tenderness, embarrassment, cruelty, pain, and pleasure with humor and grace. The Vagina Monologues is part of the V-Day movement to promote creative events that increase awareness, raise funds, and work with existing organizations to stop violence against women and girls. Through this play countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For almost 15 years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public. Join Champlain for their fourth annual performance in the Morgan Room at Aiken Hall. Tickets are available at the door; $10 for general admission, $5 for Champlain faculty, staff, and students. All proceeds will be donated to the V-Day campaign and to Hope Works. For more information contact Rowshan Nemazee at email@example.com or call (802) 865-5751.
Feb. 20-22 and 27, 28 and March 1 at 8:00 p.m. Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Sweeney Todd has returned from wrongful imprisonment to avenge his wife, his daughter, and himself, and encounters a cast of characters in Industrial Age London who might help or thwart him – but is he a hero or a villain? Can he, or we, recognize evil and good? You might never get a shave or eat a meat pie again, after seeing this chilling, highly theatrical musical by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Champlain professor Kerry Noonan, this show will appall and enthrall you! Tickets will be available at the doors of Champlain Alumni Auditorium; $20 for general admission, $10 for Champlain Faculty and Staff, and free for Champlain students with ID. Call (802) 865-5494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About Champlain Theatre:
Champlain Theatre is a unique mix of professional actors, emerging artists, community members, faculty and students collaborating to present a dynamic and diverse range of performance events. Champlain Theatre’s goals are: to tell good stories for the College and the larger community; to provide opportunities for Champlain students to take part in a co-curricular activity, often collaborating with professional theatre artists; to contribute to the multi-dimensional education that Champlain College provides its students; to teach in addition to entertaining an audience.