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 Dream, Cyrano 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 2014-2015 CU Theatre Outreach tour is:
Don Quixote: The Awkward Years
Written by Miguel de Cervantes
Adapted by Jennie Berman Eng
Directed by Karen M. Dabney
Spring 2015 theatre outreach tour, Fridays
What would Don Quixote be like if Miguel de Cervantes set his classic novel in a 21st century American high school? This 50-minute show re-imagines the Man of La Mancha as an awkward teenager. Featuring the most memorable moments from Cervantes’ epic tale, the performance will utilize Spanish to help convey universal themes of imagination, honor, and non-conformity. Students will have an opportunity after the performance to participate in an acting workshop with the cast. Contact Peg Posnick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-492-4336 for more information and to book.
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 email@example.com