Theatre at Calvin College: 75 Years of Inspiration!
The 2008-09 school year marked 75 years of theatre at Calvin College! To celebrate, the Calvin Theatre Company presented another season of challenging and engaging works, from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, to Gogol’s The Government Inspector, to a new play from South Africa called The Syringa Tree.
The season was enhanced by the return of alumni actors, directors and designers! Calvin theatre professor, Michael Page played the role of “Prospero” in The Tempest and both alumni and non-alumni guest lecturers visited campus throughout the year. Also, each major production was augmented by a half-day mini-conference on a topic related to the play.
Calvin Alumnus, Deborah Lew ('00), recently returned to her alma mater for the inaugural event of Calvin Theatre: 75 Years of Inspiration. Here's a song performed by the Broadway star at the Gezon Auditorium.
The year kicked off with a celebratory launch event on October 2, 2008 featuring a performance by Broadway actress and alumna, Deborah Lew, followed on October 3 and 4 by the first ever Alumni One-Act Play Festival entitled, “New Works by Old Friends.” In December, students in CAS 395; Laboratory Theatre, presented an evening of chamber theatre pieces entitled "Stories of Alaska."
In January, documentary filmmaker and former President of the Thespians, Rob Rooy spoke about his life and his work at the January Series.
Homecoming at Calvin took on a dramatic theme and was entitled, “A Knight at the Theatre.” Held on February 20 and 21, 2009 it featured performances of The Government Inspector, a Friday evening reception, a Saturday luncheon for former Thespians and CTC members, and lectures and workshops for all!
In March, to celebrate two anniversaries of improvisational comedy at Calvin, the current student Improv team and River City Improv combined their talents for a hilarious evening of entertainment. The Calvin team has been improvising for 25 years, and River City for 15!
Thank you for joining us in 2008-09 and helping us to celebrate “75 Years of Inspiration!”
~David J. Leugs, Director of Theatre