“Our 46th season holds in one hand a rogue’s charismatic lies, and in the other women’s journeys from abuse to living well, says TST artistic producer and STU drama coordinator Dr. Robin C. Whittaker. “But first, it balances on its head the comedy of Marcel St. Pierre and STU’s fabulous students!”
Comedian, actor, writer, and STU Alumnus Marcel St. Pierre returns to the Black Box with Whose STU Is It, Anyways? The Alumni Weekend Improv Comedy Show (featuring TST students): Sophomore Release Edition! St. Pierre has appeared in commercials and comedy shows, and is a founding member of Toronto’s Bad Dog Comedy Theatre. Whose STU Is It Anyways? runs in STU’s Black Box Theatre on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 2:00-3:00pm. $10 regular / $5 students.
In November, TST flings you across Spain to witness the action-packed exploits of the charismatic libertine Don Juan in Tirso de Molina’s poetic comedy, The Trickster of Seville and His Guest of Stone. De Molina’s seventeenth-century Don Juan is the first Don Juan, inspiring stagings by Molière, Mozart, and Shaw; the poetry of Byron; and recent films starring Depp and Gordon-Levitt. Roy Campbell’s engaging translation of El burlador de Sevilla, directed for TST by Whittaker, captures the energy of the Spanish original. “We fly breathlessly from palace to fishing village to witness the young nobleman Don Juan Tenario abjure the laws of the king, the church, and human decency before he must repent,” says Whittaker. The Trickster of Seville and His Guest of Stone runs in STU’s Black Box Theatre November 16-19, 2016 at 7:30pm with a Saturday matinée at 2:00pm. $10 regular / $5 students.
Our February show is a TST first! No White Picket Fence is a remarkable new “verbatim play” in which all of the dialogue originates from interviews with women who have experienced the foster care system and are now living well. Written by Whittaker, with STU Social Work professor Sue McKenzie-Mohr, the language is real and gripping. TST’s actors play ten women—mostly university students or graduates in their twenties—who engage us with stories of their lives lived in and beyond care. “Distilling hundreds of pages of interview transcripts from these amazing women has been a journey of its own,” says Whittaker, who will direct the play, which is part of a larger study by McKenzie-Mohr. No White Picket Fence runs in STU’s Black Box Theatre February 1-4, 2017 at 7:30pm with a Saturday matinée at 2:00pm. $10 regular / $5 students.
AUDITIONS for The Trickster of Seville and His Stone Guest and No White Picket Fence are open to all! Just bring yourself and your enthusiasm to the Black Box on either Friday or Saturday. No preparation or sign-up required. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Monologue/scenes will be provided.
Friday, September 16, 3:00pm: General Meeting and information session
Friday, September 16, 4:00pm-8:00pm: Auditions
Saturday, September 17, 12:00pm-4:00pm: Auditions
Sunday, September 18: Callbacks (as needed)
Theatre St. Thomas is STU’s flagship extra-curricular theatre company. Producing theatre for over 60 years (and more than 45 years as “TST”), we have been at home in the Black Box Theatre since it was built. Working under the professional direction of STU faculty and staff, students act and work backstage alongside fellow students, STU alumni, and members of the Fredericton theatre community to learn and develop their stage skills in a fun and enriching experiential, cross-disciplinary environment.