Macbeth a Success

The West Liberty University Hilltop Players recently closed a tremendously successful run of Shakespeare’s classic play The Tragedy of Macbeth. This production proved to be more popular than any February show since Michael Aulick has been associated with the Theatre.  The production, directed by John Hennen and anchored by veteran actors Derek Park and Renee Zeliniski, performed six times for the public and twice for local schools bringing more than 700 people onto campus. Congratulations to the cast and crew....

Macbeth to Take the Stage at West Liberty

The West Liberty Hilltop Players will present The Tragedy of Macbeth on February 23-24 and March 1-3 at 7:30 pm and on March 4th at 3:00 pm.  Performing in a Shakespearean production offers unique challenges that Michael Aulick, WLU Director, is proud the program was ready to take on. “Shakespeare characters are difficult.  They are noble and passionate and smart and require a level of performer that many other realistic plays do not.  We saw the WLU Theatre majors continue to achieve performances on a high level and knew this year we would include a Shakespearean production”. Many students fill the cast with Derek Park and Renee Zelinski playing the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, respectively.  Park has enjoyed the challenge and says, “This role is the most challenging role I have ever had to play. The mindset of this character is something that I’ve had to work on almost non-stop. However, I believe that the time and effort I have put into this character will be well worth it.” Zelinski adds, “The most difficult thing about the play was settling into my character. Once I truly understood her, all of Shakespeare’s words made sense.” The production provides the students a chance to work with stage combat.  Shaun Rolly, Pittsburgh based Fight Choreographer, has spent several rehearsals teaching broadsword and basic stage combat.  Park says, “A few weeks ago, I didn’t have any stage combat experience. Now, I have three fights under my belt.” Due to all of the opportunities it offers our students to continue to improve their abilities, The Tragedy of Macbeth will be a triumph for...

West Liberty Student Achieves Recognition at Regional Festival

Cassandra Hackbart, Sophomore Theatre Major, received the “Outstanding Cold Audition Award” at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s (KCACTF) regional conference in January besting over 130 students from schools from Ohio to NJ.  Her success was and had an instant impact.  Six WLU students (5 Theatre and 1 Music Major) attended the festival to show their talents and receive feedback on their work.  Cassandra Hackbart and Derek Park attended the festival as Irene Ryan Acting Students to vie for a national scholarship in acting.  Their acting partners, Kassidy Wells and Tiffani Atkins, worked hard to support their acting partners’ efforts in the competition.  Spencer Thomas was invited to display his work as the scenic designer for one of the WLU Theatre performances.  All of these students were able to get a lot of positive feedback abut their work as artists in theatre.  Three of the students: Wells, Hackbart, and Jaccob Trifonoff, auditioned to be cast in the New Playwright Project’s workshop.  Over 130 students auditioned for the plays and all three of the WLU students were cast in the productions. KCACTF started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman.  It is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide, which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents. The goals of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival are: §  To encourage,...

Combat Training at West Liberty Theatre

Shaun Rolly, Pittsburgh based Freelance Fight Director, joined the crew of West Liberty University Hilltop Players’ production of The Tragedy of Macbeth. Shaun brought his year’s of experience to the show in choreographing the fight sequences. The Tragedy of Macbeth runs February 23-24 and 3/1-3 at 7:00pm and 3/4 at 3:00pm and features many WLU students as well as members of the community.  For more information, please call 304.336.8103. TICKETS: $10 – General Admission $5 – WLU Students To make a reservation call 304.336.8277...

WLU Presents “Macbeth”

The West Liberty University Hilltop Players Present Macbeth By William Shakespeare   The Tragedy of Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays because of its tight plot and lyrical poetry.  It is noted for the exceptional simplicity of the plot and the directness of the action. There are no significant subplots to complicate the action, there is little mixing of the form to lighten the dark picture of criminal ambition, only the steady march toward an inevitable catastrophe. This tragedy illustrates the conventional poetic justice that demands the “triumph of the righteous” and the “downfall of the wicked”. TICKETS: $10 – General Admission $5 – WLU Students (with ID) To make a reservation, please call...

Painting with Light: The Art and Craft of Lighting Design

Todd Nonn, Pittsburgh based Lighting Designer, has designed lights for Theatres all over the country.  Todd will be providing the  workshop “Painting with Light: The Art and Craft of Lighting Design” on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00pm.  The workshop will take place on WLU’s campus in the Fine Arts’ Kelly Theatre and will cover the basics of lighting, a discussion on the options afforded most lighting designers, a demonstration of some lighting techniques, and plenty of time to ask any/all the questions one might have about lighting design for the Theatre. The workshop will be a great opportunity for theatre company’s in the region to come and learn more about how to use light for their shows.  It will provide information to the lighting novice as well as people who may have some experience working with lights. The workshop is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Michael Aulick at...