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Fall 2017 Auditions - Open to all students

September 4-7, watch for specific times to be posted

Fall Productions

Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Directed by Kaarin Johnston
Colman Theater, College of Saint Benedict
October 19-24, 2017

Jerusalem, 1192.  A Sultan, a Dervish, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, A Friar, a Templar knight and Nathan the Jew live side by side thanks to a fragile truce that could collapse at any moment.  Nathan has raised a Christian infant according to good moral principles rather than a specific religion so she may decide for herself the "true" religion.  When the ruling Sultan asks, "which religion is the one most beloved by God?" a pious Nathan, finds a way to answer him.  When this play was written in the 1700's the pope refused to let it be produced; today this 240 year old play's message is terrebly relevant.  It is being produced in part to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Collegeville Institute.

Next to Normal
Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt
Directed by Sean Dooley
Gorecki Family Theater, College of Saint Benedict
November 9-12 & 16-18, 2017

Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise cracking teens; they are the typical American familiy.  And yet their lives are anyting but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years.  Next to Normal, a winner of three 2009 Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.

Spring 2018 Auditions - Open to all students

January 15-18, 2018

Guest Arist in Residence
February 22-27, 2018

This unique experience utilizes the talent, skill and wisdom of an invited theater industry professional.  Students will be directed in a laboratory theater setting for five weeks.

Dancing at Lughnasa
by Brian Friel
Directed by Sean Dooley
Gorecki Family Theater, College of Saint Benedict
April 5-8 and 12-14, 2018

Set in the fictional Irish village of Ballybeg, Ireland, Dancing at Lughnasa is a memory play told from the perspective of an adult Michael.  He recalls the summer of 1936 he spent with his mother and four aunts, the Mundy Sisters.  Their brother Jack has recently returned home after 25 years working as a missionary in a leper colony in Uganda.  And Michael's father returns bearing gifts for Michael and sweet words for Christina.  All this plays out as the harvest dance approaches and the sisters dance away their concerns to the sound of the families old radio.