By Jake Spadie
The fall theatre season’s curtains have closed. Productions of “Our Town,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” have praised the stage and brought in record breaking attendance, and with the closing of one season, brings on the next. The spring theatre season.
Productions of “Sweeney Todd,” and “A Gap in Generations,” are to be performed for the spring season.
“Sweeney Todd,” will be directed by Rebecca Faulds-Howard. “Sweeney Todd” is a musical that will offer students a real chance to push their vocal ranges, along with their acting talents. Auditions will be held on December 10. A complementary workshop to help students prepare for the audition will be held December 9, from 6-10 p.m.
Already the buzz of doing “Sweeney Todd” has students talking. Dr. David Crawford, theater professor, says, “People are excited because, well, … it’s a good story. And it strikes a chord with the community.”
The next production in the spring is “A Gap in Generations,” directed by Jacob Davis. In this show, students will get a chance to experience the art of Commedia dell’Arte. The Italian Renaissance styled theatre.
The show will be performed in full Commedia dell’Arte costuming along with face masks. Audition dates will be announced at a later time.
The theatre season is based on questions that Crawford asks TJC directors before doing a show, “What is good for the students? What is good for the school? What is good for the community?”
The spring theatre season is based on the bucket list of shows directors have wanted to direct. Davis and Faulds-Howards wishes are coming true with the announcement of the spring season.
Crawford says that each year the directors gather together and discuss what shows the directors want to do.
(“It’s the shows) something, that you have to be able to live with doing for the next six weeks of your life,” said Crawford.
The buzz of the spring theatre season has students excited. Already, talk among the students on the upcoming shows has them nervous and excited.
“I really am excited for “Sweeney Todd.” I’m excited, one, because it’s Sondheim. Secondly, because … it’s Sweeney Todd!” said Braden Socia theater major.
Both shows are going to be open to any student TJC student who wants to audition. All students will be considered equally for any role.