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Gilbert and Sullivan Club performs “Hot Mikado”

Gilbert and Sullivan Club performs “Hot Mikado”

March 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm 0 comments

The SVC Gilbert and Sullivan Club returned this spring to delight and entertain the campus with its production of “Hot Mikado,” a comedic musical adapted from William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s 1885 comic opera “The Mikado.” The show had a brief initial showing on Broadway in the late 1930s, and was recently resurrected for more widespread use. Though an adaptation, “Hot Mikado” does not change the plot or characters of the original, but brings the addition of jazz, swing and big band influences to the show’s many musical numbers. The show is set in the far-off and humorously named city of Titipu, Japan. In Titipu, the wandering minstrel Nanki-Poo, son of Titpu’s ruler the Mikado, has returned home to reunite with his beloved Yum-Yum. Nanki-Poo’s return sets off all sorts of comedic court intrigue and assorted shenanigans. Witty wordplay and absurdity abound, features befitting the bombastic and high-energy musicalRead More

Photo Courtesy of Greggory Brandt

Greggory Brandt named new SVC theater director

December 6, 2014 at 1:31 am 0 comments

Actor, singer and director Greggory Brandt will be filling the vacant professor of theater and artistic director positions in the Saint Vincent Theater, previously held by Colleen Reilly Rossmiller. Brandt, a Pennsylvania native from Altoona, was offered the position after being selected amidst a pool of other candidates. He officially accepted the position on the last week of August and will start in mid-December. Brandt arrived on campus a few weeks before officially starting in order to hold auditions for “All Shook Up,” the SVC Players musical production scheduled for the 2015 spring semester. The production will be the first show directed by Brandt at the college. Brandt has been a professional actor and director for 25 years. He said he is looking forward to starting work at SVC and sharing his experience with students. “I think it will go well,” said Brandt about working with a new pool ofRead More

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THE COMPANY PUTS “VILLIANS” IN THE SPOTLIGHT

April 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm 0 comments

In musicals, villains have a charm all their own. The Company’s cabaret, “Villains,” celebrates these characters the audience loves to hate, and the songs the audience just loves. Villains are sly and seductive, devilish and charming, cocksure and confident. And everyone knows that the villains usually have the best songs. The villain has to establish that they’re someone or something to fear, they have to express to the audience that their motivations are purely malicious and they have to show it in a way that’s spectacular and in a way that makes the audience smile while they are grimacing and shaking their fists. In most musicals, all the hero has to do is show up, be charming and fight for the good (in the form of the right to dance, someone in distress or moral virtue), then nail a few tricky bits of choreography and a high note or twoRead More

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G&S PLAYERS TO PERFORM REVAMPED “RUDDIGORE”

March 31, 2014 at 2:47 pm 0 comments

When there’s no one to blame, blame your circumstances. In the case of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s supernatural comic opera “Ruddigore,” the antagonist really is circumstance. The Gilbert and Sullivan Players, a student-run theatre group at SVC, will perform “Ruddigore” on Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. in the Carey Student Center’s Performing Arts Center. The performance is open to the public and free, though donations are accepted. “Ruddigore” takes place in a small, undisclosed town in Victorian era Europe. Just like in all great Victorian tales, romance blossoms between two young lovers: the beautiful maiden, Rose Maybud, played by senior Carolyn Smith, and Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, played by sophomore Mitchell Magiera. Unfortunately for Ruthven, his entire family is cursed: they have to commit a crime every single day of their lives or they will die.Read More