Jon or Zacharias TBD on AEA contract: AEA Actor
Izzy: Audrey Allen
Jon or Zacharias TBD on AEA contract: Ben Barber
Keefer: Michael Bolaños
Dahla/Hoopty/Russ/God: Mel Dyk
Bork: Ural Grant
MJ: Reese Martin
Wanda Jo: Rose Sher
Ensemble: Oliver Angel, Matthew Antalek, Thomas Evansky, Shelby Ginsburg, Jordan Ivezaj, Nicole Jenosky, Chloe Kirchmeier, Nathaniel Myers, Caitlyn Sanders, Bella Seigo, Claire Swayze, Harrison Tucker

Unexpected Cop: Lexa Busch
Yvette: Joie Culligan
Wadsworth: Christopher Eastland
Miss Scarlett: Tessa Kresch
Boddy: Banda Linder
Motorist: Mandy Marsili
Prof. Plum: David Meagher
Col. Mustard: Tyler Radze
Mr. Green: Advait Rathi
Chief: Toby Sanders
Mrs White: Seray Sezgen
Singing Telegram, Cop 2, Understudy Yvette & Miss Scarlett): Sam Smelser
Cook, Understudy Mrs White & Mrs Peacock: Sydney St. Amour
Mrs Peacock: Anna Yarnal

Laura: Ava Ballagh
Tuna: Sebastian Barnett
Fedra: Ebony Battle
Baco: Andrew Brown
Lidoro: Zach Deande
Ariadna: Mona Eldahshoury
Teseo: Jhon Govaere
Cintia: Olivia Hagar
Licas: Zhanna Jakubova
Vinny: Skyler Janiszewski
Minos: JaNyah Meadows
Tebandro: Nicole Merchant
Ensemble: Anthony Monteleone
Assistant Director/Movement Director: QueenMakeeda Taylor

Hugh Oatcake/2nd Messenger/Solider: Meleah Acuff
Balthasar/Verges: Olivia Bath
Ursula: Emilie Burkhart
Claudio: Bobby Conlan
Sexton/Understudy to Hero & Margaret: Brooke Cousins
Hero: Cayla Hadaway
Borachio/Messenger: Blaze Herdegen
Benedick: Henry J
Don John: River LaLonde
Conrade/Lord/Boy: Preston Lyford
Leonata: Kim Seabright Martin
Friar Francis/Understudy to Dogberry & Messenger: Karam Mawazini
Margaret: Natalie Palencik
Don Pedro: Oscar Quiroz
Watchman 3/Understudy to Beatrice: Samantha Stanton
Dogberry/Soldier: Jacob Squire
Antonio/George Seacoal/Watchman 2: Apollo St. Pierre
Beatrice: Rileigh Wine

Zoe Dorst
Olivia Hagar
Preston Lyford
Karam Mawazini
Natalie Palencik
Marcus Pennington
Bella Siego
Alex Spevetz
Cassidy Williams

Venue: Pasant Theatre
Faculty Facilitators: Brad Willcuts & Dave Wendelberger
Rehearsal Dates: August 28 – September 14
Performance Dates: September 15 & 17



Character Descriptions: 

Venue: Arena
Director: Oscar Quiroz
Rehearsal Dates: August 28 – September 27

Performance Dates: September 28 – October 1

The Project:
This WORLD PREMIERE is a collaboration with UCLA’s ‘Diversifying the Classics’ Program to be presented as a part of MSU’s Storefront Theatre Series. While the piece has received staged readings elsewhere, ours will be the world premiere of this new English translation from the Spanish by the UCLA Working Group on the Comedia in Translation and Performance.

‘Diversifying the Classics’ promotes the vibrant, Spanish-language theatrical tradition developed on both sides of the Atlantic by playwrights such as Spaniards Lope de Vega and Calderón de la Barca, or Mexicans Ruiz de Alarcón and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. The project seeks to foster awareness and appreciation of Hispanic classical theater in Los Angeles and beyond, expanding the canon to include the heritage of US Latino communities. While their work is based in Los Angeles, they have reached out to Michigan State to offer the materials and tools to explore the rich tradition of the comedia. 

The Play:
Like the Minotaur itself, Love is the Greater Labyrinth (Amor es más laberinto, 1689) is a chimerical mix of elements, skillfully weaving the myth of Theseus and the Cretan labyrinth with threads of romance, humor, and sociopolitical commentary. The play demonstrates the variety and playfulness of Baroque drama in the late seventeenth century and provides a dazzling showcase for the pen of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the famous Mexican philosopher, poet, playwright, and nun. The result is a mythological play that finds its Greeks acting suspiciously like seventeenth-century courtiers, matching wits and swords in messy love pentangles as their servants crack sly meta-theatrical jokes behind their backs.

Character Descriptions (all roles are of any race or ethnicity):

MINOS, king of Crete
ARIADNA, princess, his daughter
FEDRA, princess, his daughter
TESEO, prince of Athens
TUNA, Teseo’s servant, a gracioso
BACO, prince of Thebes
VINNY, Baco’s servant
LIDORO, prince of Epirus
LICAS, ambassador of Athens
TEBANDRO, captain of the guard
LAURA, Fedra’s servant
CINTIA, Ariadna’s servant

Venue: Pasant Theatre
Directed by: Ryan Welsh
Rehearsal Dates: September 4 – October 5
Performance Dates: October 6 – 15

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT! 

Character Descriptions: 

Male – A traditional British butler in every sense: uptight, formal and “by the book.” He is the driving force in the play.
Female – A sexy, French Maid, with her own secret aspirations. (Also plays THE REPORTER in the final scene).
Miss Scarlet
Female – A dry, sardonic D.C. Madam who is more interested in secrets than sex.
Mrs. Peacock
Female – The church-going wife of a Senator. A bit batty, neurotic, and quick to hysteria.
Mrs. White
Female – A pale, morbid, and tragic woman. Mrs. White may or may not be the murderer of her five ex-husbands.
Colonel Mustard
Male – A puffy, pompous, dense, blow-hard of a military man.
Professor Plum
Male – An academic Casanova who woos women with his big … brain.
Mr. Green
Male – A timid, yet officious, rule follower. He’s a bit of a klutz and awfully anxious

THE COOK – A threatening presence.
THE MOTORIST – A benign gentleman who rings the wrong doorbell.
AUXILIARY SCARLET – The back of Miss Scarlet during a scene of theatrical trickery.
AUXILIARY WADSWORTH – Wadsworth during two scenes of theatrical trickery.
AN AGENT – An FBI agent who helps to save the day.

MR. BODDY – A mobster type fella. A dark cloud follows this guy wherever he goes.
THE COP — A “Regular Joe.”
AUXILIARY MUSTARD – The back of Colonel Mustard during a scene of theatrical trickery.
AUXILIARY WADSWORTH – Wadsworth during two scenes of theatrical trickery.
AN AGENT – An FBI agent who helps to save the day.

Venue: Arena Theatre
Director: Deric McNish (casting by Alexis Black)
Rehearsal Dates: October 2 – November 9
Tech: November 3 – 9

Performance Dates: November 10 – 19

One of Shakespeare’s most popular and intelligent romantic comedies in which the playwright disarms his dueling lovers-and his audience. War ends and the confirmed bachelor Benedick returns with his regiment to civilian life, where he and a brilliant young woman named Beatrice must now declare war upon one another-and their truer emotions-until their friends decide it’s time that both are felled by Cupid’s arrow.

Character Descriptions:
Leonato, Governor of Messina
Hero, his daughter
Beatrice, his niece
Leonato’s Brother
Ursula, waiting gentlewomen to Hero
Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon
Count Claudio, a young lord from Florence
Signior Benedick, a gentleman from Padua
Signior Antonio
Don John, Don Pedro’s brother
Don John’s followers
Dogberry, Master Constable in Messina
Verges, Dogberry’s partner
George Seacoal, leader of the Watch
First Watchman
Second Watchman
Friar Francis
Messenger to Leonato
Messenger to Don Pedro
Son to Leonato’s brother
Venue: Elementary Schools and Science Centers
Directed by: Rob Roznowski
Rehearsal Dates: Friday mornings, 9:10-12:00 for September and October
Performance Dates: Touring November/December

The STEAM Plays are a collection of comedic short plays and songs examining the integration of arts into a STEM education for first through sixth graders. This new musical with book by Rob Roznowski and music and lyrics by Seth Burk will tour to local elementary schools and science centers in the later half of fall semester.

Rehearsal will be on Friday mornings 9:10-12:00 for September and October and touring on Friday mornings in November and early December. Some Saturday performances may take place in lieu of a Friday performance.

Actors are given $15 meal allowance on performance days.

Students cast may take the THR 494 Performance tour class for one credit. Please note, this rehearsal and performance process directly conflicts with THR 492 Senior Seminar. 

4 actors that play a variety of roles and one actor playing the role of the Stage Manager who basically narrates the show and facilitates conversations with the students. All actors must be comfortable singing and working with young children. All interested will be considered and director will cast using inclusive practices. There will be a workshop reading during final’s week to help workshop the script.  

Also , seeking a tour manager/stage manager. And student choreographer. And student fight choreographer.