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AVEN LITTLE THEATER PRODUCTIONS

PHYLLIS SEAWRIGHT
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Two major theater productions are produced 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.

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.

The cast of The Importance of Being Earnest, Aven Little Theater, Spring 2013

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.

The cast of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Aven Hall, December 2011

2013-2014 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER 19-22, 2013
THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

November 19-22: 10:00 a.m. - November 21: 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Swor Auditorium, Nelson Hall

“Unto you a child is born…..”  What could these good tidings possibly mean to the Herdmans, a bunch of ragtag kids who muscle their way into the local church’s annual Christmas pageant?  Come see, as the Herdmans hear the Christmas story for the first time, in Barbara Robinson’s hilarious play based on her beloved children’s book. Directed by Sandra Grayson.

Tickets: $5 for students; $10 for adults. Groups of 20 or more: $4 each.  One chaperone free for every ten students in groups; bus drivers admitted free.

FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 7, 2014
HAMLET

February 27: 7:00 p.m. - February 28: 12:00 & 7:00 p.m.
March 1: 2:30 & 7:00 p.m. - March 2: 2:30 p.m.
Aven Little Theater, Aven Hall

The 2013-2014 Mississippi College Shakespeare Festival presentation, co-sponsored with the Department of English.  This production is a 90-minute adaptation by MC alumna Marianne Savell.  Directed by Dr. Phyllis W. Seawright.

Tickets: $5 for MC students, faculty and staff, and all senior adults; $8 general admission.

APRIL 11-12, 2014
SPRING SCENES

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

Always fresh and exuberant, these scenes and one-acts from classic and contemporary genres will showcase the work of the Advanced Play Directing students.

Tickets: $3 general admission.

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