Theater Online for the Summer

A red curtain over a theater stage

Summer with the SPC Theater Department usually means one thing—bring on the musical! After three very successful summers of musical theater, the SPC Theater Department has adjusted to a new normal and will be presenting three plays over the summer with a cast of 18 and tech support of nine.

These students—representing five local high schools, three colleges, and SPC—have been working hard to get ready for their first Zoom performance on Thursday, June 11, at 7:00 pm. The cast has met daily on Zoom to rehearse the plays under the direction of Scott Cooper and Katrina Stevenson.

“Rehearsals have been very educational”, Cooper stated. “The acting has been very good, but we are realizing that wifi speed is not something you can do without when you are performing online. This is not something we usually have to worry about when we do a play on stage. This is theater at its most basic in one way, Actor/Audience/Story, and at its most technical in other ways.”

Everything about these plays has been done virtually—auditions, tech interviews, rehearsals, and, finally, performances. The plays will have live sound effects provided by students.

Performance Dates

Click the dates for links to the scheduled performances. Links for The Rimers of Eldritch will be posted at a later time.

  • Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet by Charles George | June 11, 12, 13 @ 7:00 pm
    Ladies from Shakespeare’s plays, Portia, Katherine, Ophelia, Desdemona, and Cleopatra come to Juliet’s garden to talk her out of falling in love with Romeo.
  • The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang | June 11, 12, 13 @ 7:00 pm
    George wakes up backstage and is thrown onstage even though he doesn’t remember which play they are doing or if he has ever rehearsed any of them.
  • The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson | June 26 @ 7:00 pm followed by a “Talk Back” session after the performance

*Please note that The Rimers of Eldritch contains mature themes and content including discussions of sexual violence. Not recommended for children under 16.*

There will be a short intermission between the performances of Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet and The Actor’s Nightmare. For more information about the performances, please contact Scott Cooper at cooper.scott@spcollege.edu.

Summer Actors rehearse online for the summer.

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