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...

2015 Dance Concert

West Liberty University recently developed a minor in Dance and is holding its first ever Dance Concert.  The concert is under the direction of the dance faculty, Jill Howard and Gretchen Moore, who will be performing with the concert.  Jill Howard teaches, among other classes, ballet and tap.  Gretchen Moore has taught jazz, modern, and hip-hop for West Liberty. Dance Concert will have dances that students have developed through their coursework, as well as a special number or two by the Dance Ensemble group of students on campus.  The concert is open, and free, to the public and will be held on Sunday, May 3rd in the Kelly Theatre in the Hall of Fine Arts on West Liberty University’s campus. PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE DANCE MINOR AT...

Watch Out, Chattanooga!! Here come the Hilltoppers.

In early November of last year, West Virginia hosted the SETC state screening audition. Students from around the state gathered for a 60-90 second audition in front of three professional theatre adjudicators.  Each student was given a score, based on their audition, that would be used to select the best of the state to be ‘invited’ to attend the larger audition at the SouthEastern Theatre Conference held in March in Chattanooga, TN.  Eight West Liberty students attended and auditioned the state screenings, with five of those scoring high enough to be invited to the SETC audition, five of only fourteen from the entire state. On March 3, 2015, the five Hilltop Players (Maggie P. Dillon, Alexandria N. Glotfelty, Geena M. Diomedi, Alex E. Franke, and Elijah G. Boyles (who had the second highest score in the state) loaded into a car for the ten hour drive to Chattanooga, TN. West Liberty University is proud to be represented so well at this regional conference.  “To have five students from a small program like WLU’s is a huge source of validation.  If more than half of your students ranked this high, it really speaks to the strength of the program.  We have hard working faculty, supportive administrative teams, and eager and dedicated students.” While at SETC, students will be given 60-90 seconds to audition for hundreds of casting directors from all over the 10-state Southeast region.  If they impress a casting director, the student may be offered a “call-back” where the student meets one-on-one with a theatre company to audition further for professional work in their company.  Also, student have access to...