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Theatre Groups Travels to Experience Shakespeare

Recent trip to the American Shakespeare Company Blackfriars Playhouse drew largest numbers to date

10/17/2007 9:11:33 AM


LYNCHBURG– The Randolph College Theatre Department’s recent trip to the American Shakespeare Company Blackfriars Playhouse drew the largest numbers to date and demonstrates the growing interest in Theatre at Randolph College, coincident with the College’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

More than 40 people traveled to Staunton, Va. to see a production of The Winter's Tale. The group included students from the College’s Shakespeare course as well as a large percentage of the cast and crew from the College’s upcoming Shakespeare production, The Comedy of Errors

“Theatre trips are part of our mission to provide high quality theatre experiences for our students,” said Ken Parks, associate professor of theatre. “For students the opportunity to see more plays and professional companies is a vital part of their academic program. It provides firsthand exposure to a larger variety of staging techniques and artistic choices. These experiences are brought into the classroom as the subject of class discussions.”

The Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton is the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre. The 300-seat playhouse has been called one of America’s premiere Shakespeare destinations where actors work under the original staging conditions of Shakespeare – on a simple stage, without elaborate sets and with the audience sharing the same light as the actors.

The College typically schedules three trips per semester to professional theatres in the area as well as trips to local theatres in Lynchburg. Past trips have included the Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton, The Lime Kiln Theatre in Lexington, and The Studio Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, and The Kennedy Center in D.C.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations