THEATRE

“Life is a stage…Be a Player.”
William Shakespeare said that life is a stage and we are merely players. The Wartburg Players is a drama organization designed to promote active participation on stage and off. All students are welcome and encouraged to participate and will receive information regarding plays and other acting/ entertainment opportunities. Two recent Wartburg Players productions were selected for the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival. All productions are staged in the McCaskey Lyceum of the Saemann Student Center unless noted otherwise.

Audition InformationInformation will be posted around campus regarding audition times and locations. If you have questions about Wartburg Players, e-mail Dr. Brian Pfaltzgraff.

Wartburg Players: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Nov. 8-9, 2019
McCaskey Lyceum, 7:30 p.m.
$10 General Admission, students free with ID

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon. The fifteen-year-old narrator of the story, Christopher John Francis Boone, who describes himself as “a mathematician with some behavioral difficulties” living in Swindon, Wiltshire. Although Christopher’s condition is not stated, the book’s blurb refers to Asperger syndrome. When Christopher discovers the slain body of his neighbor’s poodle, Wellington, on the neighbor’s front lawn one evening and sets out to uncover the murderer.

Opera Workshop: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Jan. 6, 2020
Wartburg Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
$10 General Admission, students free with ID

Based on Italian folk tales of the Nativity and Epiphany, Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors is a retelling of the story of the Magi from the point of view of a young disabled boy named Amahl, who lives in poverty with his widowed mother near Bethlehem. He sees a bright star in the sky one night and tells his mother to go look, but she brushes him off, buried in concern over their bleak future and lack of means with which to support themselves. That night, three kings come across their meager hut and seek shelter, for they have traveled long and far following the star of which Amahl had spoken. They bring with them treasure and gifts to give to “the Child” who has just been born and who will reign over all. Blinded by the lure of the gold and what it could do for her family, the Mother attempts to steal just a bit of the treasure, but is caught red-handed. What no one expects is a gift far greater than gold–blessed by the Child, Amahl finds himself suddenly cured of his disability.

Opera Workshop: The Marriage of Figaro
March 13-14, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
$15 General Admission, students free with ID

The Marriage of Figaro is a comic opera in four acts composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It tells the story how the servants Figaro and Susanna succeed in getting married, foiling the efforts of their philandering employer Count Almaviva to seduce Susanna and teaching him a lesson in fidelity.

Wartburg Players: The Diary of Anne Frank
March 27-28, 2020

McCaskey Lyceum, 7:30 p.m.
$10 General Admission, students free with ID

The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous and haunting stories to emerge from the 20th Century. The memoirs of this young Jewish girl, forced to hide for nearly two years to escape Nazi persecution, are an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods of our human history. Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of the original, Pulitzer Prize award-winning script by Goodrich and Hackett draws from previously unpublished parts of Anne Frank’s real-life diary, allowing the audience to experience Anne in a way that breathes life into this passionate, complex young woman, allowing us to share her relatable experience of adolescence as a familiarly modern teenager. For nearly two years, Anne, her father, mother, and sister, joined with the Van Daan family, to hide in a secret annex space above her father’s former office in Amsterdam, as the Nazis deported the Jews of Holland to their deaths. In her secret attic, Anne comes of age: she laughs, plays, fights with her mother, and falls in love for the first time. In spite of her oppressive circumstances and the horrors that surround her, Anne’s spirit transcends, as she voices her belief, “in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” Anne’s dynamism, her luminous spirit, and her story of resilience continue to resonate deeply, making her story as vital today as when her diary first was published.

PERFORMANCE FACILITIES

Neumann Auditorium is Wartburg's largest performance space and McCaskey Lyceum is a smaller theatre for more intimate performances.

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