Ivy Tech student theatre production tickets now available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 30, 2012

Ivy Tech student theatre production tickets now available

Tickets are now available for Ivy Tech’s fall and spring student theatre productions at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

This fall, see the Ivy Tech student production The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson,directed by Paul Daily, Nov. 9, 10, 14 – 17.

Stay tuned for Ivy Tech student productions in 2013: Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed by Patricia McKee, and The Giver, adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry, directed by Jeffery Allen.

“Ivy Tech student productions are strong stories, told simply, that engage the audience’s collective imagination,” said Paul Daily, Ivy Tech Waldron Artistic Director. “Ivy Tech productions embrace the very nature of live theatre – a medium where you can do what is impossible in other mediums. A white sheet can become a ghost, a splashing of water in a tub can become a vast swamp, and suddenly the entire room is somewhere else entirely, once the imagination is caught.”

“Ivy Tech student productions force actors to rely on the only two tools they bring into the space with them – their bodies and their voices,” Daily said. “Our students quickly learn that the most effective technique is the one that works when there’s nothing else on stage.”

Ivy Tech Waldron’s first student production, Waiting for Lefty, was a good example of Ivy Tech’s approach to theatre. “The architecture of the performance space was modified only slightly, and the seating arrangement allowed the audience to find themselves caught up in and a part of the production,” Daily said.

Jeffery Allen, Assistant Director of the Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning, will direct the Ivy Tech student production The Giver. “In The Giver, the playwright leaves a note that a colorless apple ‘flashes red’ for a moment – how do we show this in a way that is not reliant on high-tech tricks associated with film and television,” Allen said. “This is the single most exciting aspect of working with students at Ivy Tech – the chance to create a theatrical laboratory, where we experiment with ideas and methods of storytelling.”

“By relying on simple, intimate theatre, not over-burdened by the technical elements, but simply on the tools every actor possesses: breath, voice, body, soul, we can illuminate the entire universe in a small place,” Allen said.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Buskirk-Chumley box office, or by visiting http://www.bctboxoffice.com/. For The Rimers of Eldritch and The Giver, tickets are $15/general admission and $5/students and seniors. For Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, tickets are $25/general admission, and $15/students and seniors.

This season, the Ivy Tech Waldron will host more than 15 productions. For a full list of productions held at the Ivy Tech Waldron, visit www.ivytech.edu/waldron.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) Regional Arts Partner for the IAC’s Region 8. Region 8 includes Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, and Owen counties. For IAC region 8 news, visit www.ivytech.edu/bloomington and click on Indiana Arts Commission Regional Arts Partner.

About Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center houses a unique blend of artists, performers, and educators. Visitors can take art classes, enjoy a performance, or browse six gallery spaces in Bloomington’s recently-voted “best art gallery” by The-Herald-Times’ Reader’s Choice Awards. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu/waldron. Art classes are offered through Ivy Tech’s Center for Lifelong Learning at www.ivytech.edu/cll or through Ivy Tech’s Associate of Fine Arts degree program (www.ivytech.edu/academics).

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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