SHE KILLS MONSTERS runs February 11-21

The Hilltop Players will produce Qui Nguyen’s SHE KILLS MONSTERS on February 11-12 and 18-20 at 7:30pm and February 21 at 3:00pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the show or ahead of time at wlumonsters.brownpapertickets.com.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Steve Martin’s play “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” will be the first show of the 2015-2016 season.

The play runs October 22-23 and 29-31 at 7:30pm and November 1 at 3:00pm.

The Diary of Anne Frank

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Students Level up for SHE KILLS MONSTERS

February 11-12 and 18-20 at 7:30pm February 21 at 3:00pm The West Liberty University Theatre Program kicks off this semester with Qui Nguyen’s new smash hit (winner of the AATE Distinguished Play Award) SHE KILLS MONSTERS.  The production runs February 11-12 and 18-20 at 7:30pm and February 21 at 3:00pm and tickets can be purchased in advance online here. SHE KILLS MONSTERS tells the story of Agnes Evans (Alexandra Glotfelty) as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly (Destiny Walsh). When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this imaginary world, Agnes will encounter homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and other various beings. For the uninitiated, Dungeons & Dragons is a role-playing game in which a Dungeon Master leads players through mythical quests. Players assume characters – sometimes endowing them with skills and powers they already have, and sometimes with abilities they wish they had. As the Dungeon Master rolls an eight-sided die, players are taken on a virtual journey in which powers are bestowed or relinquished, battles are fought, won and lost, and players find the ways and means to achieve their quest. The parallels between Tilly’s fantasy game and the realities of her short life are made clear as the play moves forward. SHE KILLS MONSTERS requires performers to be able to switch between their original character and the one they are in the fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons. So each actor is required to develop two distinctly different characters, one based in...

2015 Hilltop Player Season begins with “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”

The Hilltop Players thought there was no better way to kick off their season of comedies than with one written by a comedic god.  PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE was written by the Steve Martin and has all of the silliness one might expect from a guy who began his career with a fake arrow through his head saying “EXCUSE ME!!” This production runs October 22-23 and 29-31 at 7:30pm and November 1 at 3:00pm at the Kelly Theatre. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!   Winner! 1996 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off Broadway Play   This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso’ agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso’s date, an elderly philosopher, Charles Dabernow Schmendimen and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark haired singer time warped in from a later era.   “It’s important to remember that the playwright of Picasso at the Lapin Agile is Steve Martin, stand-up comic, actor, writer, banjo player and something of a genius in his own right. So when big questions are being addressed, you can...

Inaugural Dance Concert Success

2015 Dance Concert held on Sunday, May 3rd was an overwhelming success.  The concert was a late addition in the 2014-2015 Theatre season and the program scrambled around to find a way to produce an exhibition of the student work over the past year of classes.  Dances were prepared primarily through classwork, but several pieces needed altered to fit the format of a dance concert, and one was inserted by a student group (WLU Student Dance Ensemble). WLU Theatre hopes to continue to develop the opportunities in dance for the campus and the region through events like the 2015 Dance Concert.  Any interested in more information about the Dance Minor, can contact [email protected] Members of the first ever WLU Dance...

Theater @ West Liberty

The WLU Theatre Program is part of the university’s College of Arts and Communication.  As part of the Department of Music and Theatre, the program has two full-time faculty, two adjunct faculty, and numerous staff/contracted artists.  The program currently offers one degree: a B.S. in Communication: Theatre.  However the faculty have been developing the program to be able to offer multiple degree seeking options, including a B.A. in Theatre (with areas of emphasis) and a B.A. in Theatre Education.  In addition to offering the coursework needed for graduation, the program maintains an aggressive production season.  The Hilltop Players typically produce four to five main stage productions a year with opportunities for students to participate in a touring children’s theatre company and student-directed performances.  The season is chosen to offer a variety of ‘styles’ of shows giving our students the chance to be well-rounded artists, regularly performing contemporary dramas, comedies, classics, musicals, holiday extravaganzas, and children’s theatre.

Our Mission Statement

We strive to provide our students with an outstanding undergraduate education in theatre that is necessary to make the transition into a course of graduate study or entry-level position in a professional theatre.

Our Approach to Productions

The West Liberty University Theatre Program is committed to providing a variety of opportunities to our students in performance, believing that a well-rounded artist is more prepared to enter the world of professional theatre or graduate studies.  Many hours go into looking for the best projects for our students, the productions that will challenge them to grow and blossom as artists, and decisions are based on their ‘needs’ rather than the faculty’s ‘wants’.  We are a STUDENT-FOCUSED theatre program.