The Presidents

Theatre outreach in the community

CU Theatre has a rich history of taking live theatre to the community. Most recently it has brought small touring companies of student actors to local elementary and secondary schools where they present shortened and accessible versions of great classic plays including A Midsummer Night’s DreamCyrano de Bergerac, and H.G. Wells’ Time Machine.  These troupes also teach workshops on thinking creatively, acting skills, and stage combat for young audiences.

Generously supported by the CU Outreach and Engagement, the theatre tour offers opportunities for undergraduate performance students to experience the rigors of a touring production and for graduate students to gain experience in directing, play adaptation, and producing.

The Spring 2016 CU Theatre Outreach tour is:

The Presidents!
Book by Steven Cole Hughes
Music by Jessica Jackson
Lyrics by Steven Cole Hughes and Jessica Jackson

Forty-four Presidents in 45 minutes!  A musical romp through U.S. history for kids of all ages.  

The President refuses to make his/her next appearance because the American people have lost faith in the office of the Presidency and kids don’t realize how important it is to vote.  So, Secret Service Agents Smith and Fontanelle must explain to their audience the history of the U.S. Presidents.  This non-partisan production addresses branches of government, civic responsibility, and public reactions to historical events using interplay between actors and audience.  Students will have an opportunity after the performance to participate in an acting workshop with the cast.  

For details and booking information, contact Peg Posnick at 303-492-4336 or thdnoutreach@colorado.edu

Graphic by Half Rabbit Design

Performers Without Borders is a student group housed in the Theatre & Dance department that is open to all CU students interesting in using performance to illuminate social issues and ignite positive social change.  So far we have traveled to the Navajo Nation to perform an original shadow puppet/live action musical entitled Clean Energy Access: The Musical and have also performed this at the Performing the World conference in New York City at the Castillo Theatre on 42nd Street.  We host monthly theatre games at the local mental health clubhouse and welcome anyone to drop in and participate.  We present workshops on the use of applied theatre to enhance community participation for the CU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders and are working to strengthen our partnership with them so our students could collaborate with them on their projects in Rwanda, Nepal or Peru.  Beth Osnes is the faculty advisor for this group—feel free to contact her at beth.osnes@colorado.edu