Dancing at Lughnasa
directed by Professor Ellen Hemphill
Cast: 5 women, 3 men - non-traditional, color-blind casting - all undergraduates encouraged to audition! Sign-up sheet available here August 1st.
Audition dates: Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29, 6:15-8:45pm, in Sheafer Theater
Students will work with faculty director, professional designers, dialect coach, Irish dance instructor, and live musicians. Cast members have the option to register for THEATRST 350 (ALP, CCI, R) to receive academic credit for participation. Class meets Tuesdays, 6:15-8:45 for September, with class time incorporated into the rehearsal schedule beginning in October. Rehearsals generally run 7-10p, M-Th for six weeks, followed by eight performances November 8-18 in the Sheafer Lab Theater.
Dancing at Lughnasa is a two-act play by Irish dramatist Brian Friel set during the summer of 1936 in the fictional Irish town of Ballybeg. This play is the story of a family of 5 sisters, their brother Jack (a priest recently returned from Africa), Michael (the child of one of the sisters, also the narrator), and Gerry, the always-absent father of Michael. This is a memory play from Michael’s view point. Music and dancing carry the theme of this seemingly simple story, and reveal the inner lives, the passions and obsessions of the sisters. The dancing also offers hints of pagan rituals that are juxtaposed against the strict Catholic tradition of the household and the town itself.
For more information, please come to the department's OPEN HOUSE, Monday August 27, 5-7p in Sheafer Theater. Grab some BBQ and a free tshirt, and meet the director along with other department faculty and students!