Gonzaga Theatre & Dance Department

We're mixing things up a bit today, beginning with Chris Maccini’s conversation with artist and author A. Kendra Greene, who takes us on a journey to some quite remarkable Icelandic museums, Jim Tevenan checks in with the Spokane Symphony’s James Lowe, still at home in Scotland, and Verne Windham reintroduces us to Gonzaga University Director of Dance, Suzanne Ostersmith. Our music today, Anton Arensky's Variations on a Tchaikovsky melody played by El Paso Pro-Musica, connects with Verne and Suzanne's chat.

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Jack Delehanty, Director of Gonzaga Theatre's production "Dancing at Lughnasa," visits the studio to discuss the play. Also in the studio are musician James Hunter of the band Floating Crowbar, actors Molly Quillin, Molly Henderson, and Brett Bean, and stage manager Freja Jarvegren-Uecker.

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Charles Pepiton, Professor of Theatre at Gonzaga University, visits the studio to discuss a new adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy of young love and dueling families, "Romeo & Juliet." Also in the studio are actors Brett Bean (Romeo), Barnabas Sirak (Benvolio), and PJ Seeberger (Mercutio) to perform scenes from the play and talk about their interpretations of their characters.

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Director Kathleen Jeffs and actors Bridget Pretz, Erin Sellers, and Eloisa Serrano of the Gonzaga Theatre and Dance Department arrived at the studio to discuss their production of "Mother Courage and Her Children." Originally penned by German playwright Bertolt Brecht in 1939, it is the story of a woman who travels the Thirty Year War in her tattered wagon, literally feeding her family off the machine of war.

Performances will be at 7:30 PM November 1-3 & 8-10, with 2:00 PM matinees on November 4 & 11.

Director Charles M. Pepiton and Professor Kathleen Jeffs, along with actor Cooper McCoy visited the studio this morning to introduce Gonzaga's upcoming production of a local work, entitled Coming Home: A Soldiers' Project. This is the story of transitions and perceptions: from base to basketball, from service to civilian, and how connections are made and un-made.

Gonzaga University's Theatre and Dance department will present Jonathan Larson's early, autobiographical musical, tick, tick...BOOM! The cast, along with several crew members spoke with Verne this morning about the production, and entertained with a few excerpts from the show.

Courtney Smith is the director, Nathan Patrick Nelson plays "Jon," and is the musical director. Rachael Armstrong plays "Michelle," Jacki Bertagnolli plays "Susan," and Tessa Senger is the Female Understudy.

We had a full morning of theater in our studio today, starting with a visit from members of Gonzaga University's production of Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play. Director Charlie Pepiton and cast members Nathan Patrick Nelson, Annika Perez Krikorian, Mitchell Gomes, and Daniel Martin talked to Verne about their experience with the dark comedy by Anne Washburn which is inspired by the "Cape Feare" episode of The Simpsons.   The cast also performed a couple of numbers from the show live in our performance space.  

To conclude Theater Week 2016, we had folks from Gonzaga's Department of Theatre and Dance who are putting on their fall production of Freud's Last Session.  Verne talked with faculty member and director Charlie Pepiton as well as cast members Dr. Marti Runnels (playing Freud) and Cory Norman (playing Lewis).

This is Theater Preview Week at Spokane Public Radio. This morning, Verne spoke with college instructors and professors about the upcoming seasons at Spokane Community Colleges, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, and Eastern Washington University.     

Today we were visited by members of the Gonzaga Theatre and Dance Department in anticipation of their production opening "Book of Hours." This performance is inspired by the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the most famous poets of the early 20th century. Students at Gonzaga are reinterpreting his literary art by means of performance art.

In the first interview of our Wednesday theater triple-header, Verne talked with Gonzaga Director of Choirs and Vocal Studies Dr. Tim Westerhaus as well as two of his students, Marie Daniels and Amanda Rood.  They were here to preview their upcoming performances of Henry Purcell's baroque opera Dido and Aeneas. This is Purcell's first composed opera and one of the earliest known English operas.