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2013-2014 Season

GETTING INVOLVED: Roles are cast by audition. Backstage positions are by arrangement with design faculty and directors. Involvement in all productions is open to all ESU Students. No prior experience required. We train.

Audition information is posted on the bulletin board in the Fine Arts Building lobby. Auditions for the theatre for young audiences are generally the first or second week of school. Auditions for the winter production are generally 1 month into Fall semester. Auditions for the One Acts are mid-late Fall. Auditions for the Spring production are early Spring semester.

For young Adults:

Lord of the Flies
Adapted by Nigel Williams from the novel by Nobel laureate William Golding
Direction: Becky Solis
Scenic and Costume Design: Yoshinori Tanokura
Dates: October 24-25, 7:30 PM, October 26-27, 2:00 PM
Location: Fine and Performing Arts Building - Smith-McFarland Theatre
Description: Imagine Survivor with a dark twist. William Golding’s work features a group of marooned adolescents stranded on an isolated tropical island paradise. They form tribes and play games, but their games—featuring bullying, peer pressure, and gang rivalries—descend into a frightening, primitive world where the survivors must choose between reason and chaos.
Nigel Williams, who worked with Golding on the dramatic adaptation, noted that “I don’t think I have ever read a book that caught the confusions and . . . delights of childhood more accurately – or one that evoked the unformed, and yet so potent, characters that dog everyone’s early years with such vividness or agony. Its view of landscape, friendship, memory and – most important of all – moral and intellectual difficulty seemed as clear and powerful as Greek tragedy.”

This play is appropriate for middle and high school students and adults.

Student Production:

Stage II One Act Plays
Plays for One-Act Festival - TBA: Student directors may submit plays early Fall semester. Check the board in the Fine Arts lobby for more information.

Dates: November 21-23, 8:00 PM and November 24, 2:00 PM
Location: Fine and Performing Arts Building - Dale Snow Theatre
Description: Stage II, the student theatre organization, is responsible for all aspects of the production including play selection, directing, acting, design and technical elements.

Winter Production:

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Spike Heels
by Theresa Rebeck
Direction: Stephanie Daventry French
Scenic and Costume Design: Yoshinori Tanokura
Dates:March 4 - 8, 2014, 8:00 PM and March 9, 2:00 PM
Location: Fine and Performing Arts Building - Dale Snow Theatre
Description: In Spike Heels Theresa Rebeck, whose writing credits include NYPD Blue, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and LA Law, interweaves three love triangles in this contemporary comedy. Lust, power, and class confound love among a group of friends and co-workers. Time magazine noted that the piece was “full of tart wit, . . .and quirky detours of plot.” The play is appropriate for older teens and adults due to adult language and situations.

Spring Production:

The Wizard of Oz

Margaret Joyce Ball
Scenic and Costume Design Yoshinori Tanokura
Dates: April 24 - April 25, 7:30 PM, April 26, 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM, and April 27, 2:00 PM
Location: Fine and Performing Arts Building - Smith-McFarland Theatre
Description: Dorothy once again finds herself “over the rainbow” in this musical adaptation of the classic L. Frank Baum novel first produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company. This version includes the memorable songs from the beloved MGM film which is marking its 75th anniversary.

Tickets: General admission, $12.00; Faculty/staff and senior citizens (with ID), $10.00; Students (with ID), $7.00; Youth, $5.00

For information or ticket reservations, please call 570-422-3483, x 4 or email