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AVEN LITTLE THEATER PRODUCTIONS

The Communication Department produces two major theater productions each year, along with other smaller, student-directed efforts.  Theater and English students also produce the Shakespearean Festival each spring.  Each production draws actors from across the campus with as many as sixty students participating in productions each year.

VIEW THE 2014-2015 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Most productions are held in Aven Little Theater, a black box-style theater which provides for an excellent workshop-style atmosphere.  The theater seats between 80 and 110 people, depending on audience configuration. Productions are well supported by the students, faculty, staff and the community.  Empty seats are a rarity for most plays with most shows selling out.

Open auditions are held at the beginning of each semester for the department's major production.  They are generally cold-reading auditions and all students are welcome. Production crew members, including set crew, advertising director, costume designer, business manager, house manager, properties manager, technical director and assistant director are also needed.

Cast of the Spring 2013 production of The Importance of Being Earnest

THEATER WITH A PURPOSE

We are Christian.  We know full well that theater was created by God to be used in service to God.  To that end, we dedicate ourselves and our art to His service.  We acknowledge that theater is challenging, provoking, inspiring,and sometimes even maddening.  We vow to attempt the ends of theater using means that are honorable to our Father.
     
We are professional.  We hold that academic theater can and should be theater at its highest level.  To that end, we will conduct ourselves and our program in the most professional manner possible.  Our shows will be of high quality in every element and facet: from performance to technicals to backstage to advertising.  Individually, we will do our part to conduct ourselves as professionals in the field.
     
We are disciplined.  We acknowledge that theater is hard work.  To that end, we will dedicate ourselves to fulfilling our utmost potential in it.  We will put in the hours necessary to memorize lines, construct sets, find props, and organize productions.  We will arrive on time, be willing to stay late, and remain focused during the interval.
     
We are diligent.  We realize that theater is a personal, passionate, demanding art form.  To that end, we commit ourselves to bringing the level of energy necessary to match its demands.  Whether the setting is backstage or crew work, classroom exercises, rehearsals or performances, theater requires an excess of energy, and we hereby commit to bringing just that.
     
We are courteous.  We realize that theater is a person-oriented field.  To that end, we will treat each other with respect and courtesy.  We will dress in accordance with the standards of the greater community of which we are a part.  We will be polite, kind, forgiving and gracious.  We will do our best to treat others as we would wish to be treated.
     
We are academic.  We recognize that theater is an academic field and hereby commit to its mastery.  To that end, we will learn its history and practice, the intellectual exercises associated with its craft, and the theory which informs it.  We know that theater is part art, part history, part skill, part innate ability, part creative writing, and part literary theory.  We will learn it all.

Cast of the Fall 2013 production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

2014-2015 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

OCTOBER 24-25, 2014
FALL SCENES

Friday, October 24 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 25 - 7:00 p.m.

Aven Little Theater, Aven Hall

The Communication Department's Play Directing students present short scenes from great masterworks of drama.

Tickets: $3 at the door.

NOVEMBER 18-21, 2014
"THE BEST CHRISTMAS
PAGEANT EVER"

Tuesday, November 18 - 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 19 - 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, November 20 - 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Friday, November 21 - 10:30 a.m.

Swor Auditorium, Nelson Hall

This crowd favorite has become an annual tradition for school groups and community patrons.  Come share the humor and the wonder of a small-town Christmas pageant as seen through the eyes of the children who hear its message for the first time.

Tickets: $5 for students, $10 for adults. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are $4 each. One chaperone admitted free for every 10 students in youth groups; bus drivers admitted free. For more information, contact Sandra Grayson or call 601-925-3454.

FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 1, 2015
"OUR TOWN"

Thursday, February 26 - 10:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 27 - 10:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 28 - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Swor Auditorium, Nelson Hall

Thornton Wilder’s bittersweet, timeless play speaks to the universal themes of loving, living, and dying in this life as we know it.

Tickets: $5 for students, $10 for adults. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are $4 each. One chaperone admitted free for every 10 students in youth groups; bus drivers admitted free. For more information, contact Phyllis Seawright or call 601.925.3453.

APRIL 10-11, 2015
SPRING SCENES

April 12-13: 7:00 p.m.
Aven Little Theater, Aven Hall

The Communication Department's Advanced Play Directing students present short scenes from great masterworks of drama.

Tickets: $3 at the door.

SPRING 2015
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

Dates TBA

The Mississippi College Shakespeare Festival is co-sponsored annually with the Department of English. 

Tickets: TBA

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