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60s music, fashion, freedom in musical ‘Shout!’
May 18, 2010


WSU student vocalists 
(l-r) Angela Brown, Alyssa Erickson, Kelsey Doyle and
Crystal Harris. Amanda Guay was not available for the photo. (Photo by Tim Marsh, WSU Today)


PULLMAN – WSU Opera Workshop will present its summer musical production ‘Shout! The Mod Musical’ at 8 p.m. on July 30-31 in Bryan Hall Theatre.


Under the direction of WSU music faculty member Julie Wieck, student vocalists Angela Brown, Alyssa Erickson, Kelsey Doyle, Crystal Harris and Amanda Guay will take the public back to the music, the fashion and the freedom of the 60s. 


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WSU Department of Theatre and Dance presents
March 24, 2010

PULLMAN – The WSU Department of Theatre and Dance will present “End Days” at 7:30 p.m. April 15-17 in Daggy Hall’s Jones Theatre.

The play is written by Deborah Z. Laufer and directed by theatre professor Terry Converse. Cast members include William C. Stevens, Elinor Gunn, Syleanna Campbell, Dana Bensel, Ray Pritchard and Jared Chastain.

“End Days” is the story of a family stunned by the attacks on Sept. 11. The mother is a born-again Christian, the father is in a catatonic state and their 16-year-old daughter Rachel is trying out the gothic style of clothes and makeup. Who will save … » More …

Theatre and dance presents ‘Glass Menagerie’
January 11, 2010

PULLMAN – WSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present “The Glass Menagerie” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in Daggy Hall’s Jones Theatre.

The play is directed by instructor Benjamin Gonzales. Cast members include senior David Bennett, sophomore Dani Dodge, junior Malinda Childers and University of Idaho graduate student Quinn Hatch.


Dana Bensel, Jesse Alford and Ben Gonzales. Photo by Tim Marsh, WSU Today.


 “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennesee Williams is the story of Tom Wingfield, a young man who feels trapped by his family that rely on him for survival. The play … » More …

WSU Theatre presents “The Heidi Chronicles”
March 17, 2009

An award-winning play that follows the coming of age of an art historian as she navigates a rapidly changing world over three decades will be on stage at WSU Pullman in April.


The Department of Theatre and Dance will present “The Heidi Chronicles,” directed by Terry Converse, at 7:30 p.m. April 2-4 and 9-11, with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 4, in Daggy Hall’s Jones Theatre.


Watching friends who were youthful idealists in the 1960s mature to become materialistic consumers in the 1980s, Heidi (played by Elinor Gunn) distances herself, even as her own path … » More …

Sylvia opens in Wadleigh Theatre
March 27, 2008

PULLMAN – WSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Sylvia,” A.R. Gurney’s romantic comedy about marriage and a dog, April 9-12 at 8 p.m. and April 12-13 at 2 p.m. in Daggy Hall’s Wadleigh Theatre. 

“No bones about it,” said director Stan Brown, “‘Sylvia’ is a ‘doggone’ good time.”

Empty-nesters Greg (Alan Peery) and Kate (Dana Bensel) have relocated to Manhattan after 20 years in the suburbs; and their lives are moving in different directions. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down just as Kate is blossoming as a public school English teacher.

Looking for a change, Greg leaves work … » More …

WSU students compete at national competition
March 19, 2008

Christie Stordeur (left), playing Eleanor in the upcoming WSU theatre production of “Passion,” has tea with her alter-ego Nell (Bethany Hart).

PULLMAN –  WSU theatre majors Christie Stordeur (with her acting partner, Zachary Magan) and Andrea Gonzales will travel to Washington, D.C., in April to compete at the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

Stordeur and Gonzales were winners at KCACTF Region 7 festival competitions held last month in Laramie, Wyo., for acting and directing, respectively.

A senior from Richland, Wash., Stordeur earned one of 16 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships awarded … » More …

Students receive scholarship nomination
October 31, 2007

PULLMAN – Three WSU students have been nominated for Irene Ryan acting scholarships by adjudicators from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

Through state, regional and national festivals, KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design.

KCACTF, a national theatre program and network of more than 600 academic institutions from across the country, encourages colleges and universities to give distinguished productions of new plays, especially those written by students, the classics revitalized or reconceived, and experimental works.

All three WSU actors—Justin Hansen, Sable Phillippe and … » More …

WSU Theatre announces Spring productions
January 31, 2007

PULLMAN– Washington State University’s Theatre Arts Program will present three new productions for spring semester 2007 beginning Feb. 8. All shows begin at 8 p.m., unless another time is specified.The first production of the semester is “The Golden Age” by Louisa Norwa, set to run Feb. 8-10 and Feb. 15-17. This play is based on true events and explores diversity through the experiences of a group of people “discovered” in the wilds of 1939 Borneo. It is a story of how obsessions, war and cultural misunderstandings lead to a strange and tragic confrontation. This presentation is for mature audiences.The second production of the semester, Beth … » More …

WSU Theatre presents play based on children’s book
January 23, 2006

The WSU Theatre Program will present “Dragonwings,” a play directed by Benjamin Gonzales and based on the Newbery-award winning children’s book written by Laurence Yep, Feb. 8-11.All performances will be at Daggy Hall’s Jones Theatre at 8 p.m., with a matinee showing Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.Yep brings this story alive with his own adaptation of the original work. A Chinese-American, Yep writes realistic fiction, science fiction and fantasy for children and adults. His other works include the “Golden Mountain Chronicles” series and “The Chinatown Mysteries.”The play takes place at the turn of the 20th century (1906-1926) and explores the challenges Chinese immigrants had while … » More …