Xavier University’s Director of Theatre, Stephen Skiles, and the cast of 'Spring Awakening' brought teenage angst to life in four bold performances last weekend in the Gallagher Student Center Theater. This final production of Xavier Theatre's 2014-15 season reminded the audience just how tough it is to grow up.
For its final show of the school year, Xavier mounts an impressive production of SPRING AWAKENING. The show is smartly directed by Stephen Skiles. The tone and emotion of the show is spot on throughout the performance.
SPRING AWAKENING is my favorite show. Without question, it has impacted me more than any piece of theatre ever has. As someone who has worked with teenagers for almost twenty years in various capacities, this show is as important to my belief system as any college course I ever had.
Disheartening, shattering, sometimes agonizing to watch, provocative as hell – Xavier University’s “Spring Awakening” is all that and more. What’s most wonderful about it is the youthfulness of the cast.
Xavier University’s Theatre is preparing to stage its production of “Spring Awakening,” a rock musical that focuses on the lives of a group of students and their coming-of-age journeys. The Tony Award winning musical features music written by Duncan Sheik and is based on the 1891 German play of the same name.
From the moment it opened off-Broadway in 2006, though, “Spring Awakening” has been an enormous hit. Since then, it has developed a devoted following, especially among teen and twenty-something theatergoers. That’s understandable, as the story seethes with repressed emotions as it explores the disconnects that so often occur between parents and their children.
A gaggle of medically-induced lovers, an aptly-named thespian who acts like an ass and a copious amount of conjuring make up the wonder that is the Xavier University Department of Music and Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s classic "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."
Love, obsession and jealousy follow four crisscrossed lovers as they venture into an enchanted fairy forest in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Now, with help from theater professional Jeremy Dubin of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Xavier’s theater department joins with the magic and humor in Shakespeare’s most famous comedy.
Tonight I was able to catch the final dress rehearsal of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Xavier University. I don’t typically review rehearsals, but I did want to make a few comments about the show so that some of you who may be on the fence can decide if you should go see it or not.
Xavier University’s Theatre program is quickly developing a reputation of excellence. Under the leadership of Stephen Skiles, the students in this new program get the experience of working with some of Cincinnati’s finest theatre professionals as they produce their season. Last time it was Regina Pugh (marvelous in Ensemble Theatre’s THE OTHER PLACE) directing BLACK FLY SPRING. This time out, its Cincinnati Shakespeare Company resident artist, Jeremy Dubin, helping bring one of the Bard’s mos
Students, faculty and visitors often have the opportunity to attend musical and theatrical performances at Xavier. However, they may not know just who holds the chaos of ticket sales and behind-the-scenes operations together to make these experiences possible.
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.