Feb. 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m. | Feb. 16 at 2 p.m....Read more
AU Theatre has been collaborating with several guest artists since October even though they are scattered across the country with credentials from NYC to Wooster's Ohio Light Opera as well as an alumnus. With the use of technology, production meetings are held on a weekly basis through Skype and other electronic sources. Eventually, all of the guest artists will arrive on campus to put the finishing touches on their designs, choreography and music direction in direct collaboration with the theatre students.
D. Justin Bilewicz, III, Costume Designer, has theatrical credits which extend across Northeast Ohio, working as a costume designer for community and academic theatre. He is also the costume shop supervisor for Ashland University. Justin is the co-drama advisor for Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst, and co-runs The Palace Youth Theatre in Lorain, Ohio. Justin's costume design credits include Mothers and Sons (Beck Center for the Arts); Carrie, the Musical and Grease (Sandstone Summer Theatre); Waiting For Lefty (Case Western Reserve University); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Fine Arts Association); Willy Wonk, Parade and Annie (French Creek Theatre); The Trojan Women, Little Women (Ashland University); Beauty and the Beast (Sandstone Summer Theatre); and Patrick Barlow's A Christmas Carol (French Creek Theatre).
Daniel Huston, Lighting Designer, is a freelance lighting designer who lives in New York City. Some favorite designs include: Candide, Iolanthe (Ohio Light Opera), Assassins (University of South Dakota), SEX! (The Dirty Blondes, NYC). He is also the resident lighting designer for Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theatre (NYC) and the Ohio Light Opera. Daniel currently is adjunct professor and staff master electrician at Montclair State University. Daniel is very excited for the opportunity to work at Ashland University.
Richard Ingraham, Sound Designer, is a freelance sound designer and AV systems designer for Charcoalblue. He has worked at numerous theatres, schools and attractions in the Cleveland area and throughout...Read more
Directed by Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames, Associate Professor of Theatre, with music direction by Deborah Logan, the show uses the storytelling magic of ABBA's timeless songs which propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. This sunny and funny story unfolds on a Greek island paradise on the eve of Sophie Sheridan's (Macy Campbell, Genoa) wedding. She is on a quest to discover the identity of her father and brings three men -- Harry, Bill and Sam (Nathan Roblin, Mansfield; Will Taylor, Fairborn; Tristan Peterman, Canton, respectively) to the island. They last visited the island 20 years ago with Sophie's mother, Donna (Mia Kardotzke, Clyde).
Donna's friends and fellow singers from their former group called the Dynamos -- Tanya and Rosie (Syd Genter, Mansfield; Emily Schordock, Westlake), reflect on their younger days in the 70s. In contrast, Sophie, her fiance, Sky (David Tomlinson, Parma Heights) and the other twenty-year-olds from the 90s (Katie Snell, Sandusky; Kailee Shaver, Westlake; Jacob Cain, Rocky River; Mark Gorsuch, Ashland) pursue their dreams and aspirations.
Other cast members include Bethany Double (Farmdale), Jenny Fleck (Findlay), Sarah Graham (Kettering), AnnMarie Hill (Mansfield), Lila Wolfe (Mansfield), Luke Martin (Beaver Fall, PA), Matt Plumb (Elyria) and Hayley Thacker (New Philadelphia).
With theatre credits strewn from New York City to Cleveland and Wooster's Ohio Light Opera, the show's designers include guest artists Kiah Kayser, scenic designer; AU alumnus D. Justin Bilewicz, III, costume designer; Daniel Huston, lighting designer; Richard Ingraham, sound designer; while Katie Gibson is the...Read more
Written by Noah C Gore on December 1st, 2019
On November 8th thru 9th Ashland University students gathered for the 3rd annual 24-Hour Theater project. From writers to actors, costume designers to makeup artists, anybody can participate in this event no matter what department you come from. In fact, while the majority of those involved were, in fact, CFA students, the 24-Hour Theater Project hosted students from English & Creative Writing, Ashbrook, JDM, Computer Science, and more.
Miranda Bielawski, Ivey Buffenmyer, Eric Breeden, and I were all involved with writing the libretto for the play. Ivey acted as lead editor and will proudly stand by the fact that this year’s performance was based on an odd occurrence the morning prior at 2:00am; as she phrases it, she woke up in a cold sweat and thought to herself, “Existential Clown College.” For whatever reason this happened, it must have been fate, for this was the obvious choice for this production.
This year’s performance was announced prior that we would be attempting to write a musical, as well. Though many were skeptical and even a bit hesitant, we pressed onward. Starting at 7:30pm Friday and ending around 4:30am the following morning, we (including scriptwriters and music coordinators) had successfully written and scored* the script, lyrics**, songs, and stage directions for our production. It was decided then that we would call in all the actors that had auditioned, and by 5:30am, the first table read was underway.
The play follows Josh (a.k.a. John, a.k.a. Jason, etc.) as he stumbles into the biggest mix-up in his life; what he thought was an acceptance letter from Brown University turned out to be a one-way ticket to Clown University. However, this clown college is not like other clown colleges. Those that find themselves here...Read more