Another Week in TADA Land!

(But first, let us recap from pre-spring break)

 —Dancers involved in Angelika Summerton’s FDE piece as well as Sydney Thomas’s senior recital traveled to Ohio the week before break to participate in the annual ACDFA Dance conference.  They took classes, performed on the mainstage, and had a great time working with new teachers and choreographers.  To read more about their adventures, check out #acdfa2014 #donutshirt on twitter!  

Just finished my last class at ACDFA…finally felt like a confident dancer for the first time in over 2 years and it felt great #donutshirt Abby Donegan (@done_eegan) March 5, 2014

The best part of this Monday is that I get to take awesome dance classes all day. Next up: 1970s Broadway Jazz! #donutshirt #ACDFA Steve Russell (@UncleSteepen) March 3, 2014

—Audiences were thrilled to watch students from the Department of Theatre and Dance as well as the School of Music perform in Opera scenes at the Fredonia Opera House.  Some of the backstage technicians were also students in the technical theatre program here at Fredonia!

—Students in the B.A. program must complete a capstone project of their own design when they become seniors.  Many of these projects are underway!  I will share two with you in this post.  Jessica Ames now has a cast for her presentation of 6 All in the Timing one act plays by David Ives.  Tom Sullivan will soon be auditioning for his production of Krapp’s Last Tape, which he is excited to direct this spring.

—The Performing Arts Company’s Comedy of Errors had their first full run through the day before break, and the cast is ready for the weather to warm up so they can bring this “Shakespeare-in-the-park” style show outdoors!  The show goes up April 25th and 26th with tickets available in the SUNY Fredonia Central Ticket Office.  

—Sophomore BFA students are beginning to prepare for their barrier performances in which they will be asked to sing, act, and dance for the entire TADA faculty.  What an excellent opportunity to showcase all they have learned in their first 2 years at Fredonia.  It also marks the halfway point in their college experience - time flies!

—Can you believe that production meetings are already underway for NEXT YEAR’S SEASON?  It’s true!  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Tom Loughlin, began meeting several weeks ago to begin conceptual conversations for what is sure to be a marvelous production.  

—TADA students from the freshman through senior classes traveled to NYC and Boston this past weekend to attend Strawhat and NETC audition conferences in pursuit of summer and year-round theatre jobs.  There were lots of callbacks and even some job offers, so stay tuned for more information once everyone begins making decisions about where they want to work!  

—Film majors are hard at work on their capstone movies to be shown this spring.  Many of our actors are involved in the projects and are exited to be working on the big screen, some for the first time.  

—The Student Dance Organization is hosting a mock audition workshop for Cruise Line auditions this coming Friday.  It should be a great experience - check out their page for details!

—Bob Rusch, a successful film actor from L.A. as well as the owner of SkyPilot Theatre is coming to Fredonia this weekend to give 3 workshops to students about Film Acting, Playwriting, and Managing a production company.  Workshops are open to everyone, so come join us if you are in town!

—Finally, the most important news of the day, RENT!!  Check out this article on the university’s home page, and get your tickets ASAP!  The actors, musicians, technicians, creative staff have all been working tremendously hard on this great musical and we would hat for you to miss out!

—As you can see there are many things happening around here, as always.  If you don’t already follow us on Twitter and Facebook as well you should start now for more frequent updates on our department and students!