The School of Stage and Screen at Western Carolina University is thrilled to announce our 2021/2022 Mainstage Season which features an array of Shakespearian classics, a beloved rock musical, a ghoulish musical comedy, a student produced web series, and our annual student film festival.
Enter a world of magic and mischief with The School of Stage and Screen's opening Fall 2021 production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Directed by Peter Savage. Deep in a magical forest, not unlike those surrounding Cullowhee, four runaway lovers, a troupe of outrageous amateur actors, and the feuding King and Queen of the fairies, spend a wild night in the woods, resulting in tempestuous love triangles, contagious fogs and moonlight revels. This outdoor production runs a blistering 80 minutes with live music by WCU Alumni and Old-Time Musician, William Ritter. Bring a camp chair or a blanket and prepare to be transported and transformed!!!
Location: Picnic Pavilion
Dates & Time: September 23rd @ 7PM, 25th @ 2PM, 26th @12PM
Ticket Information: Free- no tickets or reservations!
Based on the cult classic film of the same name, Heathers is the story of Veronica Sawyer, a senior at the fictional Westerberg High. Veronica longs to be cool like the clique of it-girls that runs Westerberg: the unaffected, unattainable Heathers. Unfortunately, in addition to awesome levels of popularity, the Heathers are also cruel, choosing to mock and bully their kingdom into submission. When Veronica uses her skills as a forger to get the Heathers out of detention, she impresses their leader Heather Chandler— so much so that they agree to let her into their exclusive club. At first Veronica is thrilled—until she finds out that being one of the Heathers means bullying the same kids she used to call friends. Meanwhile, Veronica finds herself attracted to a mysterious newcomer at school named Jason Dean (JD). When an innocent drink mixup results in the accidental poisoning of Heather Chandler, JD convinces Veronica to stage Heather’s suicide. The results are so successful that Veronica and JD, exhilarated with their newfound power, resolve to rid Westerberg of the cruelly popular elite forever. With raw, edgy, and culturally relevant numbers like “Beautiful,” “Candy Store,” and “Yo Girl,” Heathers is fast becoming a fan favorite among community theaters and high schoolers everywhere.
Location: University Auditorium
Dates & Time: December 2nd, 3rd & 4th @7:30PM
An age-old vendetta between two powerful families erupts into bloodshed. A group of masked Montagues risk further conflict by gatecrashing a Capulet party. A young lovesick Romeo Montague falls instantly in love with Juliet Capulet, who is due to marry her father’s choice, the County Paris. How could this story possibly end…?
While you may know the story, you’re sure to be refreshed with the style and the 90-minute cut of the text! Join us in February for a bold retelling of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved tragedies.
Location: University Auditorium
Dates & Time: February 17th, 18th & 19th @ 7:30PM; 20th @ 3PM
Ticket Information: Tickets will go on sale Jan. 18th, links will be provided soon.
This year, for the first time ever, the student produced web series is slated as a mainstage production. Film students will work to write a 5-episode Sci-Fi web series, pairing with theatre students to bring the series to fruition. Students will work as showrunners, writers, directors, producers and much more. The series will move into production early in the spring semester.
More information coming soon.
In its typical creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky fashion, the ghoulish Addams family is visiting the graveyard for an annual gathering of all family members, living dead, and undecided, to celebrate what it is to be an Addams. However, the family encounters an unforeseen obstacle when Wednesday decides to introduce her new “normal” boyfriend Lucas to the family. In protest, Uncle Fester enlists the help of the Addams’ ancestors to call an end to the young budding romance. As Wednesday admits that she is falling in love, Morticia, Gomez, and Pugsley worry about her changing ways. As the families of Wednesday and Lucas come together for dinner one fateful evening, chaos ensues and the two families find themselves admitting deep secrets and coming together in ways they never would have imagined. The Addams Family Broadway Musical tells the story of love and friendship through adversity, with a comical and macabre yet poignant spin.
Location: Bardo Performance Hall
Dates & Time: April 7th, 8th & 9th @7:30PM; 10th @ 3PM
Ticket Information: Tickets will go on sale Mar. 7th, links will be provided soon.
Rounding out the 2021/2022 Stage and Screen season is the most exciting single night of the academic year, the Controlled Chaos Film Festival, a celebration of numerous narrative and documentary films created by the students in the Film and Television Production program. Controlled Chaos will be held on April 29th in the Performance Hall at the Bardo Arts Center.
For more information on the festival explore controlledchaos.wcu.edu