The Theatre Department prepares students for competency in all areas of theatre acting and directing, design and technical theatre, theatre history, and dramatic literature in order that students can acquire a strong foundation for further training in professional theatre. The theatre curriculum offers students an opportunity to undertake intensive study in an important field of the creative arts while pursuing a liberal arts education.
Students from any area of study are encouraged to participate in the frequent productions, which are a part of the general program of aesthetic and cultural development offered to the entire student body.
Rehearsals are underway and tickets are on sale for the joint Wilmington College and Wilmington High School production of the musical, Hairspray, Nov.17 through 20 at WC’s Heiland Theatre.
The five-show run of the Tony Award-winning musical includes Nov. 17, 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m., and matinees Nov. 19 and 20 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by visiting the WC Theatre Box Office in Boyd Cultural Arts Center weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or calling the office for reservations during those hours at (937) 481-2267.
Producers and directors Wynn Alexander of WC and Bryan Wallingford of WHS anticipate a heavy demand for seats and recommend getting tickets as soon as possible.
The 32,000 square foot, two-story addition features the Harcum Art Gallery, faculty offices, theatre scene shop, music rehearsal room for 50, electronic keyboard classroom for 13, seminar room, one 24 seat classroom, and two 40 seat classrooms.
The 7,000 square foot Hugh G. Heiland Theater features seating for 450, new lighting and sound systems, an enlarged lobby with new restrooms and a renovation of the former art gallery into a technical support area for the theatre.
The Quaker Heritage Center, made possible through the $3.5 million estate gift of former trustee Meriam hare, an alumna from the Class of ’49, showcases a 1,200 square foot gallery and display area, two offices, a reading room, and a traditional Quaker meeting house.