Theatre and Dance Productions

Fall 2020 Dance Concert

Showcasing students’ skills and creativity in the areas of dance, design, and production, the 2020 Fall Dance Concert is available for viewing online

Fall Dance Concert
directed by Emily Baird

Note: for the fall 2020 semester, student choreographers worked within new parameters to rehearse and perform their pieces during the pandemic. Read more about this year’s production and the challenges students faced.

Fall 2020 Theatre

Theatre of Urgency: Creative Responses to 2020
five new plays commissioned and directed by Jimmy A. Noriega

Note: for the fall 2020 semester, Dr. Noriega commissioned playwrights of color to write new plays specifically for Wooster students. These plays deal with the topics of Black Lives Matter, access and equality in the theatre, queer lives and visibility, government abuse and power, and immigration rights in the US.

Well Run Dry by Lisa Langford
The Grotowski Method by Elaine Romero
The Queers Present: A Gender Reveal Party by Ryan Oliveira
SOAP by Carlos-Manuel Chavarria
Caged by Jimmy A. Noriega and Teatro Travieso/Troublemaker Theatre

Spring 2021

Blind Date
by Manjula Padmanabhan
directed by Shirley Huston-Findley

Spring Dance Concert
directed by Emily Baird

The 2019-2020 Season

Theatre and Dance, as studied at The College of Wooster, emphasizes the relationship between scholarship, artistry, and advocacy investigating the range and depth of the human experience. The curriculum provides an educational experience through critical and creative thinking and writing, developing the artist/scholar/advocate. This model also informs our production season and Senior Independent Study program and contributes to the diversity of traditional and non-canonical performances and courses. Each season offers students opportunities to develop their skills as writers, performers, directors, designers, technicians, and/or dancers, as well as bringing provocative, thoughtful and engaging entertainment to our audiences of all ages. So join us for the 2019-20 Season, which promises something for everyone!

Fall 2019

CIDN Poster

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Shirley Huston-Findley
October 31, November 1 & 2 2019, 7:30 p.m.
*November 3, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
Freedlander Theatre

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of the road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

*The matinee on Sunday, November 3rd is a sensory friendly production which encourages those who might not be able to attend a theatre production due to the overstimulation caused by the various elements of theatre (bright lights, loud sounds, delicate issues, adult language, etc.) to see the show knowing that those elements will be handled with them in mind. In addition, we have established a quite space just across the hall from Freedlander Theatre for anyone who might become overstimulated during the course of the production. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is rated PG13. The matinee is free to the public and no tickets or reservations to the show are required.

For information regarding sensory friendly production details please click on Trip Prep List.

Fall Dance Concert Poster

Fall Dance Concert

Directed by Kim Tritt
November 21, 22 & 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

This informal concert showcases the work of student choreographers, dancers and lighting designers. I the intimate setting of Freedlander-in-the-round, audiences come face-to-face with contemporary modern dance.

Spring 2020

Silent Sky

Silent Skyp Poster

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Jimmy A. Noriega

February 27, 28 & 29, 2020, 8:15 p.m.
Freedlander Theatre

Silent Sky tells the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a female astronomer who worked at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s. She was part of a group of women whose jobs were to work as “computers” for the male scientists. Despite the fact that she was not allowed to engage in her own original research or even touch a telescope, Henrietta went on to make groundbreaking discoveries that expanded our understanding of the universe. Silent Sky will be presented as part of the “Women in the Sciences” series at The College of Wooster.

Spring Dance Concert

Spring Dance Poster

Directed by Liliona Quarmyne
Freedlander Theatre
April 16, 17 & 18, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

In our most formal dance concert we feature the works of faculty, advanced student choreographers, and a guest artist from the diverse world of contemporary modern dance.