Mission of Theatre Arts Program at Le Moyne College:
The primary responsibility of the Le Moyne College Theatre program is to provide effective instruction to students in theatre arts within the liberal-arts environment and Jesuit tradition of Le Moyne. This instruction includes experiences to promote creativity, theatrical artistry, intellectual growth, and personal development. A further responsibility is to lead students in the production of vivid theatrical events for the Le Moyne and surrounding communities that engage audiences in the range, vitality, and contributions of the theatre to the issues of both society and the individual.
Theatre is one of the most ancient and powerful forms of human expression; a compelling synthesis of speech, visual art, verse, music and movement. Producing a memorable theatrical performance requires the varied talents of many artists working toward a common goal.
Le Moyne College theatre arts students become capable of contributing to this experience through a grounding in the liberal arts, as well as specialized instruction in acting, design, technology and stage management. Performances for the campus and community audiences are staged in the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts, a beautiful facility offering the latest in performance and production equipment and facilities.
Theater Events for the Upcoming Academic Year
Following is a list of Boot and Buskin theater events for the 2011-12 year, all performed at the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts. Faculty are encouraged to fold any plays into their syllabi. If you need more information, contact Kristi McKay at ext. 4523.
Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco; directed by Matt Chiorini; Oct. 20 to 22 & 27 to 29, all shows at 8 p.m.
A modern theatre classic, Rhinoceros is a masterpiece for all time, equally relevant in post-9/11 America as it was when first written in post-war Paris. A small town is besieged as its citizens are inexplicably transforming into rhinoceroses. The trampling becomes overwhelming, and more and more citizens join the lock-step march towards conformity in the face of terror. One sane man remains, unable to change his form and identity. The sublime is confused with the ridiculous in this savage commentary on the human condition and our knee-jerk reaction to fear of the unknown.
These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich; directed by Bill Morris; Feb. 16 to 18 & 23 to 25, all shows at 8 p.m.
The 1920s: Catherine Donahue takes a job with other women newly admitted to the American workforce. They paint watch faces for the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois. There Catherine finds friends, independence, and validation in her work. But over time the women suspect that something is wrong, lethally wrong. They begin a fight for their lives, their dignity, and workplace safety for all who will follow. These Shining Lives uses a tragedy in history to illustrate the strong bonds of marriage and friendship.
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne; directed by Matt Chiorini; April 12 to 14 & 19 to 21, all at 8 p.m.
Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk as he sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in this new adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.