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The Show Goes On: History of Gonzaga Theatre and Dance: Case 1

Case 1: Recent Theatre-- 1990 to present

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"Medieval Mysteries" and "Weaving our Sisters' Voices"

 

"Medieval Mysteries""Weaving our Sisters' Voices"

The current production, “Weaving our Sisters’ Voices,” is a joint project of several different Gonzaga professors.  It was inspired by the lack of female roles in the 2002 “Medieval Mysteries” show, and it tells the stories of women from the Bible—both old and new testaments.  “Weaving our Sisters’ Voices was written by Linda Shearing, who is a religion professor here, scored by Robert Spittal from the music department, and directed and choreographed by Suzanne Ostersmith, director of the dance program.

"The Crucible"-- 1990

"The Crucible"-- 1990

"Hamlet"-- 1993

"Hamlet"-- 1993

Skull and Knife

Skull and Knife

“Alas poor Yorick,” no production of “Hamlet” is complete without a skull.  This one also appeared in the 2008 production of “Don Juan.”  The knife is from an unknown production.

"The Force of Habit"-- 2013

"The Force of Habit"-- 2013

This program is for "The Force of Habit," directed and translated from the original Spanish by current Theatre Department Head, Kathleen Jeffs.

"Chicago" poster-- 2011

"Chicago" poster-- 2011

Compare this colorful poster for the 2011 production of “Chicago,” to the black and white programs.  The art on the programs is often the black and white version of the more colorful poster.

Lantern

Lantern

This lantern is part of a set of matching lanterns owned by Gonzaga.  It has no doubt been used in many plays over the years, including the 2014 production of "Much Ado About Nothing."

"Seussical the Musical"-- 2007

"Seussical the Musical"-- 2007

Sheriff's Star

Sheriff's Star

This sheriff’s star comes from the 2009 production of the musical, “Urinetown.”

Student Directed One Acts-- 1997

Sheriff's Star  × Sheriff's Star  This sheriff’s star comes from the 2009 production of the musical, “Urinetown.”    Add / Reorder   Jan 31, 2017 Student Directed One Acts-- 1997

The tradition of student directed talent did not die out with the creation of the official theatre department here at GU.  Every year, at least one student puts on a play, as well as the directing and acting classes exhibiting their newly learned skills.  This student directed one acts program is from 1997 and contains five plays.

"Farenheit 451"-- 2007

"Farenheit 451"-- 2007 firefighter costume jacket front

"Farenheit 451"-- 2007 firefighter costume jacket back

This jacket is a firefighter costume from "Farenheit 451."