"As a community of Theatre and Dance artists we cultivate the stewardship of intellect and imagination in a forum for civic dialogue as we seek to understand our calling in Christ." - Mission Statement
A word from the chair:
The world of performing arts has its own unique enviroment. A performance opens and there is an excitement in the air. A show closes, and for a brief time, the theatre and dance company enters a bitter-sweet sadness. The sets come down, lights are turned off, costumes return to storage. The actors and dancers are left with a bit of a hole, the place where their characters have lived for the past six weeks. We think of the next story, the new lives, the new places and movements that will come to life on the stage in a few short weeks.
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December 12-14, 8PM
Open Set by Desirae Mausteller and Bethany Brown
Open Set is a comedy showcase made up of different scenes from a variety of shows. Modeling themselves after comedian Jerry Lewis, Desirae Mausteller and Bethany Brown want this show to be a very open experience for their audience. "This is not a closed set. Come on in; you are most welcome." Audience members will surely experience a night full of laughter and excitement that they will never forget.
December 12-14, 9PM
Beyond the Rain: An Unfulfilled Promise to a Voiceless World by Christie Heimbach
Beyond the Rain is a piece about a social obligation that Western humanity often disregards. "Are we just as responsible for the pain and poverty found in this world if we consciously choose to do nothing about it?" The story dives into the life of a young girl who, in a series of flashbacks, delivers a haunting tale of being trafficked in rural Africa. Though burdened by a life of struggles, she pursues a journey towards redemption, fighting for the hope that lies seconds after a storm, just beyond the rain.
Poorman Black Box Theater
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ETHAN ELDRED ('15) RECOGNIZED BY KENNEDY CENTER AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL FOR WORK IN DEPT. OF THEATRE AND DANCE PRODUCTION OF "J.B."
On October 20, 2013 the lights went dark on Messiah College Department of Theatre and Dance’s production of J.B. This successful run showcased the talents of student and community actors, designers and technicians. What audience members may not realize is that almost every piece of music and sound in the production was written and designed by student, Ethan Eldred (’15).
Ethan writes, "I was in the right place at the right time. I couldn't have done this last year without the recording studio, and the black box was certainly an inspiration. I was surrounded by great musicians who weren't just players but in many cases were genuine collaborators with me in creating the design. Right place, right time is just another way of saying we were blessed."
Ethan’s compositions were recognized with a Certificate of Merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival after two representatives from the festival were impressed with his level of artistry. These recognitions are awarded to “truly exceptional elements in a production.”
Ethan called on the talents of several students in finalizing his compositions and recordings, including:
Addie Gingell - Piano
Luke Forshey - Trumpet
Eric Siegel - Saxophone
Jake Kempf - Saxophone
Audrey Springer - Flute
Leah Bergstrom - Oboe
Bekah Henry - Clarinet
Hayley Wilderotter - Bass Clarinet
Abigail Feder - Violin
Arielle Victor - Viola
Kyle Kirkpatrick - Cello and Drum Programming
Shannon Spreen - Soprano voice
Alexandria Ganeng - Mezzo-soprano voice
The cast and crew of J.B. are very thankful to have worked with Ethan - a talented artist who displayed consistent professionalism and artistry.