Saint Michael's College Theater Professor Peter Harrigan '83 knows that a great way for himself and his students to "play" freely with a play's words and ideas, unfettered by copyright limits, is to find an ancient work in the public domain and get creative.

"The Menaechmus Twins" by Plautus (254-184 BC) is such a play, and Harrigan is directing an unusual production of it March 25-28 at 7 p.m. in McCarthy Arts Center as the College's "Mainstage" Theater Department production for spring semester.

WITTY FOOLS COMPANY founded by SMC Theatre Students 

Meet Shannon Carroll, one of the founding members of Witty Fools (Shannon is giving the peace sign at the top right of the photo).  Shannon is a senior Theatre major/Music Minor and is interested in pursuing directing as a career. 

Where are you from and why did you decide to attend Saint Michael's College to study theatre? 

I am from a town outside of Los Angeles, California.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region 1 (New England and eastern New York) was held last week in Hyannis, MA.  Sixteen of our theatre majors attended the festival and many of them participated in acting scholarship auditions, the Richard Maltby Jr. Musical Theatre program, stage management opportunities, workshops and a directing initiative from the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers union.

Public presentations don't have to be boring. 

Presentations have the potential to be informative, lively and even a little theatrical.  Students in TH 115 Public Presentations will focus on developing their communication skills and their performance techniques through a variety of speeches that they create over the semester.  Exercises include working on dynamic delivery through expression vocally, facially and kinesthetically.

Life in the Theatre is a course for Theatre Majors that introduces them to the techniques, skills and information that is necessary to prepare for a professional career.

Our fall production will run November 12, 13, 14 and 15th at 7pm in McCarthy Arts Center.  The cast features Evyn Whiteley (poster cover) as Catherine, Michelle Kazanowski as Claire, Nathan Worthen as Hal and Robert Snapp as Robert.  It's a suspenseful drama with comic moments -- as the central character, Catherine, tries to come to terms with her famous but unstable mathematician father, and wonders if she has also inherited his genius -- or his madness.

Shelby Davis, DJ Tetreault,  and Evyn Whiteley were recognized for their outstanding performances in the musical Godspell at Saint Mikes in spring 2014.  A respondent from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival selected these three students to participate in the regional KCACTF in Hyannis, MA in January 2015.  They will join other regional nominees for the Richard Maltby, Jr.

It's the beginning of Fall semester 2014 and the theatre students are excited to be at Saint Mikes!   While we are only a few weeks into classes, this dynamic team has already been involved in auditions for the fall mainstage production of Proof by David Auburn, auditions for a student-directed production of Dracula by Stephen Dietz, the Saint Michael's 24-Hour Play Festival, the  Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's "Light the Night" Walk in Burlington (fundraising campaign for blood cancer research

Kit Rivers ('14) is moving to Chicago, Illinois in just a few days to work with the Second City Improv Group.  Before she leaves Vermont, she will be featured as Helena in Midsummer Night's Dream produced by The Vermont Shakespeare Company in mid-August.

Heather Lessard graduated in 2012 with a double major in Theatre and English.  She is currently the Associate General Manager at Saint Michael's Playhouse (www.saintmichaelsplayhouse.com), the Equity summer theatre in residence on the Saint Michael's College campus.  In the interview below, Heather describes her career, work at the Playhouse and thoughts on her experience as a Theatre major at Saint Michael's College.
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