Theatre collaborative to host showcase as part of the Arnow Conference on Appalachian Literature and Culture on April 7
Somerset Community College (SCC) Theatre will host a showcase performance as part of the 2017 Arnow Conference on Appalachian Literature and Culture on Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. The showcase is open to the public at no charge.
The original plays No Exiting by Chris Harris; More Cowbell by Amber Frangos and three plays by Betty Peterson, It All Turns on Love, Silent Witnesses and Pieces of String will make up the evening of theatre.
The goal of SCC’s new Theatre Collaborative is to involve SCC students, local theatre artists and community members in all parts of theatre. The group develops original plays and rehearsal are held by emerging directors, and playwrights and directors work with cast members to prepare performances and staged readings. The Theatre Collaborative began in January.
“I hoped that we would be able to get the project on its feet with at least a dozen participants,” said SCC Theatre Director Steve Cleberg. “The fact that we had over 30 people involved during the first month is very encouraging, to say the least.”
Cleberg conceived and launched the SCC Theatre Collaborative to get more of the Somerset community familiar with the complete process of theatre.
“We asked playwrights to submit plays so that we could give them a performed reading and respond to them in a collaboration with directors, designers, actors and other playwrights.”
During the month of January, three weekly sessions occurred. The first featured presentations by Cleberg, scenic designer Ron Kidd, playwright Betty Peterson and Sommer Schoch, producing director of Somerset’s Flashback Theater, addressed the art of theatre from the perspective of acting, directing, design and playwriting. During the subsequent sessions, participants used what they learned from this orientation to view and respond to the original plays that received readings.
“We were able to take a close and careful look at how the art of theatre benefitted from the process of collaboration between the various practitioners,” said Cleberg. “The collaborative process will be complete when the audience becomes involved at the showcase on April 7.”
Rehearsals are currently underway for the April 7 performance. Contact SCC Theatre Assistant Sommer Schoch at 451-6766 or Sommer.Schoch@kctcs.edu for more information. Regular updates are also posted on the “Somerset Community College Theatre & Film” Facebook page.
Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m.
Somerset Community College
Stoner Little Theatre
808 Monticello St.
Somerset, Kentucky 42501