Study in theatre exposes students to some of the greatest writers and best literature in the world. Performance classes, in addition to developing speaking, listening, and observation skills, demand a level of personal self-discipline and involvement in subject matter that often exceeds the demands placed on a student in more traditionally structured courses.
An acting class can be a great self-confidence builder and a rewarding exercise of one's imagination. Participation in play production exercises a complex scheme of skills used in human interaction. Problem solving, self-expression, organization, leadership, cooperation, initiative, analysis, and compromise are all part of the process while working on a play.
Skills in carpentry, painting, photography, management, music, and many other areas can be learned and practiced while working on a play. Whether as a profession or a hobby in later life, theatre can be an outlet that contributes to one's overall quality of life and to life-long learning and enjoyment.
Requires 20 credits in CTA 2100 (4 cr.), 3330, 3331, and
All Theatre minors are required to work on a minimum of four productions with at least one technical theatre practicum. The technical theatre practicum can be taken for zero credits if option one is chosen.
The Theatre Program at The College of St. Scholastica emphasizes student learning and participation. It is a non-major program that provides opportunities for theatre minors and students majoring in other fields to develop a sense of the aesthetic through exposure to theatre as a performing art. Students construct the sets and costumes, manage the box office and house, and perform in the productions. The Program emphasizes the production of scripts with academic value. This combination of work, learning, and self-expression is a unique component of the liberal arts education.
St. Scholastica Theatre, like any theatre, is an expression and reflection of the larger community of which it is a part. Course offerings, play selection, and the production process are based in the liberal arts tradition of the College. Students from all disciplines contribute to each play that is produced at St. Scholastica. Because of the inter-disciplinary nature of the program, it is possible to pursue and maintain professional theatrical standards without finding the narrowness of focus and competitive concerns that often characterize pre-professional training programs in the arts.
St. Scholastica Theatre puts on three major productions each academic year - each major enough to be reviewed regularly by the area theatre critic in the Duluth News-Tribune. Cast and crew members are actively recruited from all students on campus. Whether you are acting or involved with lighting, stage managing, set design and construction, or costuming, you can earn course credit for working on a major production.
The St. Scholastica Theatre is a flexible theatre space. Productions can be staged in a proscenium, arena, or 3/4-thrust configuration, with an intimate seating capacity of 100. It also houses production support areas for set, prop, and costume construction, as well as providing space for makeup and dressing room facilities.
In addition to a full-time designer/technical director, and guest directors, the theatre staff includes a core of students. Those interested in obtaining a student worker position in the theatre should contact the Theatre Department or the Student Financial Planning Office.
The theatre group recently took a trip to London. Read about our experiences below.
A play in a book is only the shadow of a play and not even a clear shadow of it
- Tennessee Williams