Xavier Theatre will present a production of the play “Black Fly Spring” from Dec. 4-7 in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre. The show features four Xavier students in its cast under the direction of Regina Pugh from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and is the first fully-staged production of the play.
This year seems to be one of the busiest seasons the Xavier Department of Music and Theatre has had. To start off, the department is opening with “The Last Five Years,” a musical depicting the relationship of Cathy, a young actress, and Jamie, an aspiring novelist.
Patrick Phillips, a 2014 graduate of Xavier University, was nominated by Cincinnati Landmark Productions Executive Artistic Director Tim Perrinno for his work as an actor. Patrick has appeared in productions at both Xavier and the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. He graduated this May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and English.
For lovers of musicals like “The Book of Mormon,” Xavier’s Department of Music and Theatre will be opening “Avenue Q,” a funny, quirky and delightfully crude coming-of-age story that is sure to resonate with students and adults alike.
New to students this spring semester is a theatrical directing class taught by Cincinnati theater professionals Michael Evan Haney and D. Lynn Meyers. Both have worked extensively directing and directing numerous productions in the Cincinnati area and across the county.
The Xavier University Department of Music & Theatre gave students the opportunity to attend a live reading of “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later” to cap off the two-week showing of Michael Perlman and Fault Line Theatre’s play “From White Plains.”
Stephen was part of the team that created Xavier’s brand-new (as of 2013) BA Degree in Theatre and shares with us the experience and philosophy that went into developing the curriculum; the value of diversity of techniques and experience; the importance of developing professional and institutional alliances; preferences for BA degrees over BFA degrees; and the ideal combination of academic and practical experience. (Length 20:50)