Wagner College’s Completely Student Productions Announces Spring 2014 Season
Wagner College’s student run theatre organization, Completely Student Productions, hit campus this semester determined more than ever before to make theatre a presence in campus life at the Staten Island college. Their fall season included You’re A Goodman Charlie Brown, a 24 hour playwright festival, the world premiere of the play Stupid Girl and a modern drama Speech & Debate. With the spring season quickly approaching, many were wondering what Completely Student Productions had planned for theatre in the first semester at Wagner in 2014. Luner on Theatre is thrilled to be the first one to bring you that news! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the complete breakdown of Wagner College’s Completely Student Production’s spring 2014 season!
Completely Student Productions is a producing organization that provides opportunities for students to partake in the performing arts at Wagner College outside of the academic theatre department. CSP acts as a facilitator for students to direct productions that involve the participation of other students – whether through performance, administrative positions, or design and technology aspects. The ultimate goal of producing these shows is to bring high quality performances to the Wagner campus that highlight the talent of its students.
The show’s that will be feature in CSP’s Spring 2014 season include;
Almost Maine is a play by John Cariani that compromises itself of nine short plays on the themes of love and loss. All of the stories take place in a mythical remote town known as Almost, Maine on a cold but clear night. While the northern lights shine above their heads, the residents of this town ponder on the subject of love; falling in love, falling out of love and asking questions about what love exactly is. By the end of the night, no one will be the same. Auditions for Almost, Maine will take place on Monday January 27th, 2014. Performances of Almost, Maine will take place February 14th at 11 PM and February 15th at 8 PM in Gatehouse Lounge. The production is directed by Ali Savino.
The Full Monty is a musical that features a book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek. Based off of a 1997 British film of the same name, it tells the story of six unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo who are low on cash and prospects to make some. After seeing their wives’ enthusiasm for a touring company of male dancers, they turn to their only option left; stripping. One of them decides they will go “the full monty”, or strip all the way, to be the best they can be. As they prepare for their new career, the men overcome anxieties, fear, loss and self-consciousness to create one unified group filled with nothing but strength. Auditions for The Full Monty will take place Monday January 27th, 2014. Performance of The Full Monty will take place on February 22nd at 11 PM and February 23rd at 2 PM and 7 PM in Gatehouse Lounge. The production is directed by Brendan Stackhouse and Brian Falduto.
AVPM is a musical with music and lyrics by Darren Criss and A.J. Holmes and a book by Matt Lang, Nick Lang and Brian Holden. The musical is a parody story of a boy wizard. The production returns to the Wagner campus after a success mounting of the production last year as well. Auditions for AVPM will take place on March 5th or 6th, 2014. Please note; the show is being put on as a re-mount from the previous one but auditions will be re-held for the entire cast. Performances for AVPM will take place April 4th at 8 PM and April 5th at 7 PM in Gatehouse Lounge. The production is directed by Elise Sacco and much the original production team from last year is set to return.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a musical that features music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane. Based off of a film of the same title, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels tells the story of Lawrence Jamieson and Freddy Benson, two men trying to swindle an American heiress out of $50,000. Taking place on the French Riviera, the two men work to obtain the money with Lawrence believing he should corrupt the rich for a cultured and lavish lifestyle of his own while Freddy just looks for a free meal. Auditions for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will take place on March 5th or 6th, 2014. Performances for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will take place on April 11th at 11 PM and April 13th at 2 PM and 8 PM in Gatehouse Lounge. The production is directed by Jordan Bunshaft.
The New Century is a play by Paul Rudnick. The play is a series of short comedies that all share the theme of people and their specific circumstances in the new century. From Long Island with a mother with three gay children to an aging homosexual in New York City to Midwestern craftswoman and mother who has lost her son to AIDS, The New Century launches people and their circumstances into the audiences face leaving us wondering where exactly this new century may be heading. Auditions for a The New Century are to be determined. There will be one performance of The New Century on April 16th at 11 PM. The venue has yet to be determined. The production is directed by Kelly Hubbell.
The Completely Student Productions committee includes Brian Falduto as President, Brendan Stackhouse as Vice President, James Forbes Sheehan as Producer, Daniela Sottile as Secretary, Kristi Long as Treasurer, Madison Sylvester as Public Relations Representative and Marketing Chair, Allison Luecke as Graphic Design, Jonathan Quigley as a Media Archive Consultant, Grace Woodward as Fundraising Chair, Sarah Shear as Community Service Representative, Paige McNamara asSocial Chair and SGA Representative, Madison Decker as SGA Representative, Shane Hantman as Event Staff and Promotions Assistant and Lauren Herrera as Event Staff and Promotions Assistant.
A very exciting spring season indeed is planned for the Wagner College student theatre scene! Completely Student Productions has worked hard to narrow down a large selection of productions submitted to create this season they believe works best for their organization. I do hope I get the chance to see as many of these productions as possible. While many may fear the words “student run”, I never doubt talent or quality when it comes to Wagner College’s Completely Student Productions organization. Check back as we hope to cover all of these productions on our blog as their season continues! For more information, visit Wagner College Completely Student Productions Official Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!