Fall 2018 Theatre and Dance Department Information

Info Sessions

Theatre and Dance Department Interest Session

Friday, September 7, 4:30-6pm in the Janet Wallace Arts Commons. Come meet THDA faculty and staff and learn about the department and our productions. All are welcome!

Arts @ Mac

Tuesday, September 11, 4-6pm in the Janet Wallace Arts Commons. Enjoy snacks and mocktails while learning about Theatre and Dance, Music, and Art/Art History at Macalester. Arts @ Mac flier (PDF)

Audition Information

The Theatre and Dance Department welcomes students of all majors and levels of experience to audition for their productions. All fall auditions will take place in the basement studios of 1550 Summit Ave (the Laura Jeffrey Academy, on the intersection of Snelling and Summit Avenues).

Fall 2018 Dance Concert

All levels of experience encouraged to audition! No formal training necessary.

Performances: November 9-10 at SteppingStone Theatre.

Auditions: Friday 9/7, 6:30–8:30 pm OR Saturday 9/8, 2:00–4:00 pm. Space available beforehand for warm up.

Questions? Contact Wynn Fricke at .

African-Based Movement Ensemble

Macalester’s African-based Ensemble focuses on selected histories and techniques of dance forms from West Africa and the African diaspora, including the Caribbean and the Americas. The ensemble performs in the Fall Dance Concert on November 9–10. This two-credit course, taken twice, fulfills the Fine Arts requirement.

Auditions: Tuesday 9/4 OR Thursday 9/6 from 4:45–6:15 pm

Questions? Contact Patricia Brown at 651-336-0362 or .

Fall 2018 Theatre Production: Distracted

By Lisa Loomer. Directed by Jack Reuler, Artistic Director of Mixed Blood Theatre.

In the comedy Distracted, the mother of a moody, foul-mouthed, easily distracted nine-year old son seeks relief from his tirades. When he is diagnosed with ADHD, she goes to a variety of specialists (allergists, psychologists, psychiatrists, homeopaths) and gets a wide range of opinions from neighbors, teachers, and her spouse. The play explores possible contributors to ADHD—sensory overload, vaccinations, diet, the environment, and more—as well as contemporary debates surrounding diagnosis and treatment.

The play’s points of view are controversial, especially for the medical and education community, but familiar to families. ADHD is diagnosed within communities of color at alarming proportions. This production will reflect that.

Performances: December 7-9 and 13-15 at Mixed Blood Theatre.

Auditions: Saturday 9/8, 10:00 am–2:00 pm. Sign-up sheets posted in the Janet Wallace Arts Commons. You must sign up for a 5-minute audition slot. 

For auditions, prepare two contemporary comic monologues. The two comic monologues can be from any play, movie, or song in the twentieth or twenty-first century, be no longer than three minutes total, and should showcase A) your talent to portray multiple characters and B) your skills at comedy. Be ready to announce the name of the source material, the author, and the characters.

Sides (scenes from the script) will be provided for callbacks.

Need help finding a monologue?  The Theatre and Dance Guide on the library’s website can help. Or try searching the library catalog under “SU:Acting Auditions.”

Callbacks: Monday 9/10, 6:00–8:00 pm

First Rehearsal: Wednesday 9/12. Rehearsals on campus until tech week.

Questions? Contact Department Coordinator Johanna Lorbach at jlorbach@macalester.edu.