Classics and concepts in theatre

  • The cast of The Wolves in rehearsal.

  • The cast of The Wolves act out a scene.

  • Director of Theatre Bill Church gives instructions to the cast of Tuck Everlasting.

  • Theatre students rehearse a dance sequence from Tuck Everlasting.

  • Alumnus Sydney James Harcourt (third from left) reacts during a rehearsal of Tuck Everlasting.

October 17, 2017

Theatre students are having a busy autumn with three productions and a variety of guest artists.

The three productions, Tuck Everlasting, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Wolves, were cast in the first few weeks of school and immediately began rehearsal. Performances of all three productions will take place in November.

From Sept. 11 through Sept. 15, theatre students had the opportunity to help workshop a new musical, The Journey that Saved Curious George. The students worked with the musical’s creators, Nicky Phillips and Arts Camp alumna Jen Shuber, during the week and presented a public runthrough on Sept. 15.

Theatre students helped workshop three more plays during Interlochen Arts Academy’s collaboration with The MITTEN Lab. The one-week, Michigan-based residency program gives three young theatre artists the opportunity and resources to create new theatrical works. On Oct. 14, The MITTEN Lab and its three 2017 residents  Morgan Breon, Jacqueline Goldfinger and Zack Zadek joined the Arts Academy theatre students for a day of rehearsals culminating in a public showcase of new works.

The theatre students also participated in a variety of master classes. On Oct. 9, Ramone Valdez and Anita Dashiell Sparks of the University of Southern California worked with the students. The following week, alumna Elizabeth Bartley (IAC 93, IAA 93-96) and Todd D’Amour worked with the cast of A Streetcar Named Desire. Lisa D’Amour accompanied them, and split her time between the divisions of theater and creative writing. Another alumnus, Sydney James Harcourt (AS 94, 97, IAA 94-97) of Hamilton fame, also visited during that weekend, and attended a rehearsal of Tuck Everlasting. During his tenure with Hamilton, Harcourt offered five pieces of advice to students.