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College actors channel their inner child

College actors channel their inner child

Temi Omilabu, Staff Reporter
November 14, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

On Nov. 14-23, Eldred Theatre will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a must-see musical comedy. “Spelling Bee” revolves around six offbeat students competing in the annual spelling bee and three equally weird adults who are in charge. As the spelling bee progresses and...

CWRU Department of Dance’s “Horizons” doesn’t miss a beat

Enio Chinca, Staff Reporter
November 14, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Dim lights hovered above a small but packed theater as the Case Western Reserve University dancers prepared for the final performance of their show “Horizons” on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. The dark and tense atmosphere in the room heightened as the lights dimmed, and silence overtook the crowd like a brisk...

“Evil Dead” struggles to come alive onstage

“Evil Dead” struggles to come alive onstage

Ellie Rambo, Staff Reporter
November 14, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Zombie blood sprays across the stage as our hero beheads his undead girlfriend, whose severed head continues to taunt him on its own. This was not the goriest scene in last weekend’s “Evil Dead: The Musical,” either: demons, shotguns and entrails crowded the stage. The story starts ominously...

Footlighters’ belated Halloween celebration

Ellie Rambo, Staff Reporter
October 31, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

The Footlighters don’t want you to forget Halloween again this year. “Everyone’s always busy with school and ends up missing it,” said student director Sam Haese. “Around Nov. 2 you look up and think: ‘Oh no, I didn’t do anything for Halloween.’” The musical-production group hopes...

Student director brings dark comedy to life

Temi Omilabu, Staff Reporter
October 17, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

On Oct. 16-18, The Player’s Theater Group’s newest student-directed play, “The Exit Interview” hits the black box and all Case Western Reserve University students have the privilege of watching the play for free. The play revolves around Dick Fig, a professor who has been terminated from his...

Small theater, big show

Small theater, big show

Ellie Rambo, Staff Reporter
October 10, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

A man embraces religion after years in prison, a young couple falls in love in the midst of violence and revolution simmers just below the surface in “Les Miserables” at Great Lakes Theater. Love triangles and barricades arise on the Hanna Theater stage this fall, and this is a production that Clevelanders...

Improvment brings “fetch” back in latest show

Enio Chinca, Staff Reporter
October 10, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Case Western Reserve University’s Improv troupe, Improvment, hosted and performed the show “Fetch Improv” on Saturday in the Eldred Black Box. The show featured five performers: Olivia Taliaferro, Josh McElroy, Joe Fennimore, Stephen Kolison and Brad Odhner. The show ran from Oct. 10-11. One...

Merry wives and plenty of food

Merry wives and plenty of food

Ellie Rambo, Staff Reporter
October 3, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Before you head to the Hanna Theater to see “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” be sure to eat a large meal. If you don’t, don’t expect to forget your hunger any time soon—food plays such a major role in this production that it’s almost a character in itself. Popcorn is prepared on stage, in...

CWRU alumni return to direct and design Eldred’s upcoming show

CWRU alumni return to direct and design Eldred’s upcoming show

Temi Omilabu, Contributing Reporter
October 2, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

I’m going to be honest: Even though I am a self-proclaimed patron of the arts, I haven’t actually seen a show at Eldred in a while. I know, on-campus theatre is easily accessible to students, and yes, the prices are quite affordable. However, I find that I am always swamped with homework or dashing...

“Engaging the Future” at Cleveland Play House

Alex Clarke, Contributing Reporter
September 19, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Cleveland Play House (CPH), a Cleveland theatre company, was one of the 10 organizations involved with the “Engaging the future” project that The Cleveland Foundation started three years ago. The mission of “Engaging the future” is audience development; or, in this case, attracting younger audiences...

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