After facing what many feared to be the final curtain call, the theater program has been revived.
In July 2002, because of the economic downturn following 9/11, the college was forced to cut back in several areas and the theater program was among the cuts.
Scott Cooper, an associate professor with the theater department and a veteran of the program, said the closing was anticipated because of the economy.
“Since I left in 2002, I had always hoped that the department would make a comeback,” Cooper said. “Theater is such an important part of a liberal arts education and I think, while it can be very entertaining, it can also be enlightening and thought provoking. I hope that the productions shine a great light on the arts and their importance in our communities.
“The theater program can be a great link to let the community know that SPC has, not only a great arts community, but is a great resource for many things.”
With experience on both sides of the stage, Cooper has worked with numerous theater professionals and plans to bring those relationships into the classroom as well as the productions.
“I am working on bringing in professional actors, directors and designers to work with the students, both in class and through production,” Cooper said.
“My goal is to make this a great, well-rounded program that will prepare students for a future career in professional theater.”
There will be three shows this academic year. In the fall, the department will present David Ives’ paradoxical comedy, All in the Timing. The spring will bring the musical Godspell, by Stephen Schwartz; and the summer will be The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project.
Auditions for All in the Timing are Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 30-31, at 3:30 p.m. at the Arts Auditorium on the Clearwater Campus. Auditions are open to the SPC community and the general public.
The auditions will be cold readings. Actors will be asked to read scenes from the script as well as do some improvisation and will be evaluated based on performance. This is also an opportunity for students to get college credit for being in the play or working backstage by signing up for the acting repertory or the technical theater production class.
For more information regarding auditions for All in the Timing, please contact Scott Cooper.