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Rep Term to Present "The Children's Hour" and "The Laramie Project"

In Knox's immersive Repertory Theatre Term, students team up on all aspects of producing two theatrical works for public audiences.

The Knox College Theatre Department will present two Repertory Theatre Term plays, The Children’s Hour and The Laramie Project, in rotation from February 21 through March 2 in the Ford Center for the Fine Arts on the Knox campus.

Lillian Hellman’s 1934 play, The Children’s Hour, interrogates social perceptions and norms as two women who run a boarding school are accused of “sexual deviance.” The play is directed by Knox faculty member Elizabeth Carlin Metz, Smith V. Brand Endowed Chair in Theatre Arts. It opens February 21 with subsequent performances on February 23, February 26, February 28, and March 2 in Harbach Theatre. Show times are at 7:30 p.m., except for February 23, when the performance starts at 2 p.m.

The Laramie Project chronicles the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. It draws on interviews from residents of the town, news reports, and journals entries. The play, directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Jeff Grace, opens February 22 with subsequent performances on February 23, February 27, March 1, and March 2 in Studio Theatre. Show times are at 7:30 p.m., except for March 2, when the performance starts at 2 p.m.

Tickets for each of the plays are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and Knox College alumni, and free to Knox College students, faculty and staff. Tickets are available at the door one hour before each performance or by calling 309-341-7472 to reserve in advance.

The two plays are presented by Knox's Repertory Theatre Term, also known as Rep Term. The immersive term—a three-credit course—is specifically designed so the participating students, along with faculty directors and designers, devote all their time to all aspects of producing two full-length shows.

During Rep Term, students collaborate on multiple crews (such as set construction, props, and publicity), and they play on-stage and off-stage roles in one or both productions. Students also learn about dramaturgy, and they study and conduct independent research related to the plays.

Established in 1970 by the late Knox theatre professors Robert Whitlatch and Ivan Davidson, Rep Term is produced every three years by the Department of Theatre. It is the only undergraduate theatre program in the United States that embeds academic study of theatre within the experience of forming a repertory company that produces two fully staged productions.

The performance schedule is similar to that used by professional repertory theatre companies. The plays are performed on a rotating basis over a 10-day-run, including two Saturdays with both matinee and evening performances.

Students participating in Repertory Theatre Term, along with their assignments, are:

  • Katherine Asteriadou, cast in The Children's Hour
  • Iris Berto, cast in The Children's Hour, cast in The Laramie Project
  • Emma Bohman, cast in The Children's Hour, cast in The Laramie Project
  • Mitchel Boyle, cast in The Children's Hour, cast in The Laramie Project, Master Carpenter
  • Olive Colangelo, cast in The Children's Hour, cast in The Laramie Project, Co-Master Electrician, Sound designer for The Children's Hour
  • Flora Florova, Assistant Stage Manager for The Children's Hour
  • Marion Frank, cast in The Children's Hour, Assistant Lighting designer
  • John Harden, cast in The Children's Hour
  • Jamie Heller, Assistant Production Manager, Assistant Stage Manager for The Children's Hour
  • Jo Hill, cast in The Children's Hour, cast in The Laramie Project, Co-Master Electrician, Costume crew chief for The Children's Hour
  • Kaitlyn Hrivnak, cast in The Children's Hour, cast in The Laramie Project
  • Ollie Jeoung, cast in The Children's Hour, Assistant Director for The Laramie Project, Dramaturgy crew chief
  • Van Johnson, cast in The Children's Hour
  • Olivia Lemke, Production Manager, Stage Manager for The Laramie Project
  • Gil Martinez, cast in The Children's Hour, cast in The Laramie Project
  • Shannon Mindlin, cast in The Children's Hour, House Manager for The Laramie Project
  • Riley Nelson, cast in The Laramie Project, Stage Manager for The Children's Hour, Publicity Crew Chief
  • Paula Pierce, Company Manager, costume crew chief for The Laramie Project, cast in The Laramie Project, House Manager for The Children's Hour
  • Peter Rule, Costume Designer for The Children's Hour, cast in The Laramie Project
  • Lola Stam, cast in The Children's Hour
  • Cammie Stein, Assistant Stage Manager for The Children's Hour, Assistant Scenic Designer, Assistant Lighting Designer, Painting Crew Chief
  • Allison Stout, cast in The Children's Hour
  • Charmaine Vankirk, cast in The Laramie Project
  • Joel Willison, cast in The Laramie Project, Assistant Director for The Children's Hour
  • Erin Yu, Assistant Stage Manager for The Laramie Project, Sound designer for The Laramie Project

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Printed on Friday, November 15, 2019