Productions and Events


A scene from Gypsy

Productions and Events

Students in The School of Stage and Screen have the opportunity to participate in a diversity of productions, whether behind the scenes, on the script, behind the camera or on the stage. Learn more about our upcoming production of Hair

The Upcoming Season

The School of Stage and Screen is pleased to announce the 2016/2017 season.  Each show brings with it a unique and powerful performance style, design type, and story; from the grounded emotional realities of Resident Alien, Intimate Apparel, and This is Our Youth to the heightened theatricality and spectacle of In the Soundless Awe and Hair, to the classic tragic arc of King Lear.  This season is especially unique as we welcome a number of nationally renowned professional guest artists, including actors and designers, who will partner with us on these immensely exciting productions.  We will also be hosting talkbacks with the audience for each show, bringing in WCU faculty and other area experts to facilitate engaging dialogue once the curtain has closed. As part of our ongoing commitment to new plays for the American stage, we will be continuing the already popular Niggli New Works Series in October and April where we will workshop and perform a reading of a brand new play or musical written by playwrights from across the country.  And, finally, please join us in April of 2017 for our annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival, in which the very best films from our Film and Television Production Program are showcased in an elegant evening that is sure to delight. 

I encourage you to become part of our most exciting season yet by becoming season ticket holders and by joining Friends of the Arts.  Your continued support of our students and their exceptional talent, hard work, and dedication is very much appreciated. 

Jayme McGhan, Director of the School of Stage and Screen

2016-17 Performances

Resident Alien, a brand new musical by WCU’s own Katya Stanislavskaya, is the story of Sasha, Sveta, and Nastya Berdichevsky, a family in the throws of Russian/Soviet immigration in the 1990’s. A professor stuck in the past, a musician willing to adapt, and a teenager whose culture shock coincides with her coming-of-age, the Berdichevsky’s represent the full spectrum of the successes and failures of the immigrant experience. Resident Alien is about the personal choices we face in a new world: which parts of ourselves to retain, and which to jettison in order to succeed. Performances: September 22nd-24th at 7:30pm and September 25th at 3:00pm in Hoey Auditorium

Intimate Apparel is a moving, personal exploration of race and class at the turn of the 20th century.  Esther is a talented African-American seamstress living in Manhattan. She has seamed together a good life for herself sewing intimate apparel for clients ranging from socialites to prostitutes. But as the years tick by she begins to fear that she may never marry. When she begins to receive beautiful love letters from a Caribbean man named George, Esther opens her heart to the possibilities of romance and a future filled with happiness. Performances: October 5th-8th at 7:30pm in the Studio Theatre at the Bardo Arts Center

July 30, 1945. The U.S.S. Indianapolis is hit by two Japanese torpedoes, killing three-hundred sailors in the initial blast and leaving nine-hundred men to drift helplessly in the Pacific Ocean. 321 survivors are discovered almost five days later drifting aimlessly in the South Pacific. Twenty-two years later, Charles Butler McVay III, the wrongly court-martialed and disgraced Captain of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, puts a gun to his head after many years of night terrors where specters, human and otherwise, call to him from below. In the Soundless Awe is a horrific and heart-breaking imagining of McVay's final nightmare.  Performances: November 16th-19th at 7:30pm and November 20th at 3:00pm in Hoey Auditorium

Three lost young souls in NYC at the dawn of the Reagan Era: Warren, a dejected nineteen-year-old who steals fifteen thousand dollars from his abusive lingerie-tycoon father; Dennis, the charismatic drug-dealing friend who helps him put the money to good use; and Jessica, the anxiously insightful young woman Warren yearns for. Funny, painful, and compassionate, This Is Our Youth is a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood. Performances: February 3rd & 4th at 7:30pm and February 4th & 5th at 3:00pm in the Studio Theatre at the Bardo Arts Center

Renowned as one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, King Lear is an electric tale of an aging monarch’s decent into madness and his personal hell forged from tested love, betrayal, and a kingdom divided.  It is the ultimate political thriller where King and kingdom are scorched, human nature scrutinized, and the wise are made fools. Yet, at his lowest, Lear attains new wisdom, discovers true loyalty, and finds salvation in a banished daughter’s love. King Lear is one of the deepest artistic explorations of the human condition and demonstrates how relevant the Bard’s great works are for our generation. Performances: February 15th-18th at 7:30pm and February 19th at 3:00pm in Hoey Auditorium

Hair, the beloved and controversial 1960’s show that defined the rock-musical, tells the story of the Tribe, a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the Age of Aquarius living a bohemian life in New York City. Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and all of their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves, and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and a society they stand at odds with. Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or to succumb to social and familial pressures to serve in Vietnam, compromising his pacifistic principles and risking his life. Performances: April 5th-8th at 7:30pm and April 9th at 3:00pm in the Mainstage Theatre at the Bardo Arts Center

For any information about our shows or season feel free to call the School of Stage and Screen at 828.227.7491 or for information on how to purchase individual tickets or season subscriptions call the box office at 828.227.2479 or visit the Bardo Arts Center website.

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