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  1. Photos: Little Women

    December 13, 2012

    “Little Women,” Professor Robert Stoddard’s musical adaptation of the classic novel, closed last week to rave reviews. He and his daughter, Leigh, wrote the book and the music for the play, adapting the story of the March sisters into music for the stage.

    Congratulations to the cast and crew for a great show!


    (Post by Dain Broadbent, ’13. Photos by Lindsey Morgan ’14 and Dinah Rogers ’13.)


  2. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Party at Slate River Ranch

    October 24, 2012

    As a cast member of Southern Virginia’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” this semester, I had the opportunity to go perform in one of the most beautiful places on Earth: Glade and Kathleen Knight’s Slate River Ranch.

    When we first arrived on a crisp, clear Saturday morning, I was astounded by all of the beauty: rolling green hills, a bridge over a lovely river, a waterfall, and of course, the outdoor River Rock Stage where we performed. After a day full of set up and rehearsal, we ate dinner with the guests, heard a band perform, and saw a fantastic firework show. The Knights were enthusiastic, and extremely gracious hosts. We were so grateful for all of their kindness throughout the entire experience.

    At the end of the evening, we performed our hearts out for the audience gathered on the hillside. I—as well as other cast members, I’m sure—really gave my all to that performance. All in all, taking our show on the road was a wonderful experience and a fabulous way to end a great production. 

    (Post by Hannah Benson Rodriguez ’13. Photos by Lindsey Morgan ’14.)

  3. Photos: ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

    October 2, 2012

    I’ll admit it: I went to both showings of “Joseph” last week. I think that the shows produced by the Southern Virginia theatre program are some of the most excellent, yet not always utilized things on campus (along with chocolate milk in the Dining Hall and writing tutors such as yours truly). And really, “Joseph” is nothing short of amazing.

    If I didn’t have friends in the cast, I would have no idea how stressful putting on a musical in less than a month could be. Yeah, that’s right; they did all of that in less than a month. They learned dance steps, song lyrics, how to change costumes in 1.3 seconds, and how to generally put on a great production, in just a few weeks. If you don’t appreciate that, you should.

    What I’m saying is, you have to go see it, even if you have already. I’m not just saying that because I have friends in the cast and I want you to support the theatre program, although I do. “Joseph” is funny, hilarious even. The musical numbers are fabulous, the costumes ridiculous (in a good way), the actors are fantastic, and you even get a bonus of a one-act play before the show which is just as amusing and worth watching as “Joseph” is.

    Don’t be a bump on a log. Don’t make me cry. Don’t stop believing. Don’t worry, be happy.

    Just don’t.

    Then go watch “Joseph.”

    (“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be performed Oct. 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. in Chandler Hall. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $6 for senior citizens and Southern Virginia students, faculty and staff. For tickets, call 540-261-8405, stop by the Student Financial Services office, or pay at the door prior to each night’s performance.)

    (Post by Dain Broadbent ’13. Photos by Lindsey Morgan ’14 and Dinah Rogers ’13.)


  4. Amaree Cluff (’08) Featured in the Deseret News

    August 7, 2012

    Jason F. Wright, New York Times Bestselling author and Deseret News columnist, featured Southern Virginia University Alumna Amaree Cluff (’08) today in the Deseret News. He first saw Cluff in Southern Virginia’s production of “110 in the Shade” in June. 

    Wright’s article focused on how Cluff embraces and upholds her values in the theatre world as she pursues a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Virginia.

    (Post by Hannah Benson Rodriguez ’13.)

  5. New York City Theatre 2012

    April 13, 2012

    We lost Professor Georgeson on the subway the first night. We got stuck in the subway for two hours the last night. In between, we walked a lot and we swiped our metro cards a lot. We wore dark colors and pretended to look tough. We went to the Met and tried to absorb gallery after gallery of precious art. Yet despite whatever else we did—and it was a lot—this New York Theatre trip was really all about the shows. We saw three as a group: “War Horse,” “Porgy & Bess,” and “Anything Goes.” Don’t ask me to choose between them.

    I told anyone who asked that the show I was most excited to see was “War Horse.” The Handspring Puppet Company got a special Tony Award for their work and I knew my hopes and dreams wouldn’t be dashed by one of those pesky little understudy notices in my Playbill, since puppets don’t call out sick or take vacation. I was not disappointed; the puppets were all truly works of art. In fact, the entire production was marked by the same level of artistry, simplicity, and true theatricality that made the puppets so compelling. “War Horse” is coming to the Kennedy Center in October. I recommend it.

    I was first introduced to Audra McDonald many moons ago, sometime after she won her first Tony Award for “Carousel.” My mom listened to the cast recording so many times I was sick of it. Now it’s 18 years later and McDonald has three more Tony Awards to her name. In all that time, she’s almost become an old friend. Well, now that I’ve seen “Porgy & Bess,” I’m pretty sure I can guarantee my friend Audra her 5th Tony Award. As Bess, Audra conveyed the big emotions of the work with brutal honesty while still managing moments of understated brilliance. I used my binoculars to watch quiet tears stream down her face several times, but they weren’t meant to be seen from the back row; they were the byproduct of being fully invested in her part. Of course, “Porgy and Bess” is as much about everyone else on Catfish Row as it is about Bess, and the other performers matched their lead actress well. It was an experience I will never forget.

    As per our usual routine, my dad—one of the two Southern Virginia theatre professors who led the trip—and I got to the theatre for “Anything Goes” a half hour before curtain to hand out tickets to the group. It was a madhouse out there. Sutton Foster, the star of the show, was leaving three days later and the house was completely sold out. A woman even approached my dad and asked if she could buy the tickets that were in his hand. Not missing a beat, he told her she could buy one for $1,000. When she responded positively, we then had to inform her that we weren’t scalpers and she couldn’t buy a ticket ($1,000 would have been nice, though).

    “Anything Goes” was a master class in comedy. With three Broadway legends in the show—Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and John McMartin—the energy was high. Our sold-out house ate up anything Foster or Grey did. All they had to do was look at us to elicit a raucous round of applause and show-stopping laughter. It was a fun night at the theatre and between well-landed jokes and having legroom for the first time (thank you, Stephen Sondheim Theatre!), I had a smile on my face from start to finish.

    We also had a free night where we could see another show of our choosing. Some went to see Broadway’s longest running show “The Phantom of the Opera,” some saw Nick Jonas in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and some came with my family to see “Mary Poppins.” (After all, my dad does hold the distinction of being the very first Bert in any stage version of the classic Disney movie. But that’s another story…).

    All in all, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a theatre geek like me. Thanks, Southern Virginia Travel Study!

    (Post and Photos by Leigh Stoddard.)