A month of beginnings in theatre

  • Risa Alecci shows off her design for the title character from Sweeney Todd.

  • Interlochen's designers show off the prototype of Sweeney Todd's barber chair.

February 21, 2018

After a successful one-act festival, theatre students spent February preparing for spring shows.

All three spring performances—Sweeney Todd, Oedipus Rex and A Fire Just Waiting—completed casting and began rehearsing in February. The casts of Sweeney Todd and Oedipus Rex began their rehearsal processes with presentations by Interlochen’s professional set, costume and lighting designers.

This semester’s studio show, A Fire Just Waiting, is a modern-day Joan of Arc story based on the music of Ani DiFranco. The work is being devised by the cast in collaboration with Creatively Independent, a theatre education organization based in Austinville, Virginia. Creatively Independent co-founder Jess Pillmore has been in residence since Jan. 29 to work with the students on the process of devising the work.

Senior and postgraduate theatre students also prepared for the next chapter of their theatre education, taking part in a four-day audition tour in Chicago from Feb. 4-7.