The SRC Drama Program has an academic curriculum that includes acting courses as well as drama-oriented classes for humanities and fine-arts credit. Each academic year, student-centered performance opportunities are available with planned productions in both fall and spring semesters. The Drama Program offers performing grants (scholarships) to recognize and reward the work of talented students.
Spoon River College’s Department of Drama & Theatre has announced its season for 2015-16. In the second year of the revived program, the theatre will continue the fall “Hour Classics” series launched in 2014, this time with a sixty-minute version of William Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew. In this battle-of-the-sexes romp, bachelor Petruchio is in line for some serious cash if he can get Katharina to fall in love with him and submit to his will. The Taming of the Shrew will run November 13-15.
Up for spring 2016 is the contemporary comic drama Lonely, I’m Not by Paul Weitz, best known for directing the 2002 film About a Boy. Lonely, I’m Not, first produced in New York in 2012, is the adult story of Porter, an emotionally fragile former “Wall Street ninja” and his off-beat courtship of Heather, a successful businesswoman who also happens to be blind. Look for Lonely, I’m Not March 4-6.
Also new for 2015-16 is the student organization STAGE: SRC Theatre Artists Group for Education. The group will have as its advisor SRC drama and English instructor Douglas Okey. STAGE will provide support and awareness for the program as well as a pool of interested and talented students to participate in theatre productions.
The SRC Drama Program has produced graduates who have gone onto careers in performance, including TV and film actor David Pires and, most recently, New York stage performer Kyle Motsinger. A student from the 1990s, Jacob Welch, is a theatre professor and award-winning lighting designer.
In the years since founding director Bob Gorg retired in 2008, the program has undergone various transitions. Most recently, in the 2013-14 academic year, the program had been in hiatus for the purpose of rebuilding. During that year, our “black-box” theatre production space was extensively renovated and updated through the expert consultation of SRC graduate Jacob Welch.
For more information about upcoming productions and opportunities in the SRC Drama Program, contact Douglas Okey at 309-649-6308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.