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Taking Flight: festival of student work

March 27 - April 1
April 3 - 8

Admission varies per event

For over a decade, the annual Taking Flight Festival has showcased our students’ voracious energy, keen curiosity, unfettered imagination, and emerging expertise. In projects conceived, directed, designed, produced and performed by undergraduate and graduate students, a broad range of performance forms and genres have lifted off from our stages, from bold and innovative interpretations of classic texts through original stagings of new writing and collaboratively devised works of performance-creation.

Reflecting Drama’s transition from a separate department to an integrated division within the School of Creative and Performing Arts, this season’s festival features expanded interdisciplinary programming that embraces student accomplishment in Dance and Music as well. This year's festival will include Dance@Noon, Dance@Night as well as a Chamber Music concert, the New Music Ensemble, and the latest offering from the Voice Lab/Opera Workshop. As yet another added feature, the festival will also offer a window on the SCPA’s next major interdisciplinary project, slated for full production in 2017/2018.

Monday March 27

7:00 p.m | Reeve Theatre (primary) | BUY TICKETS

Scientific Americans
Director: Sarah Bannister

Scientific Americans explores ethical responsibilities in science, examining if scientists are accountable for how their work is used. The story traces the breakdown of Jim and Carol’s relationship as Jim becomes immersed in his physics research for the military and Carol deals with the implications of her work in A.I.
Cast: Spencer Streichert, Jennifer Yeung, Armin Karame, Megan Stephan, Ethan Ross, Laurel Simonson
Crew: Caitlin Farley, Tauran Wood, Michael Luong, Kristin Jones, Cai Samphire

8:00pm | CHF 007 | FREE

New Music Ensemble


Tuesday March 28

7:00 p.m. | Reeve Theatre (primary) | BUY TICKETS

Scientific Americans

8:00 p.m. | Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall | BUY TICKETS

Collegium Musicum


Wednesday March 29

7:00 p.m. | Matthews Theatre | BUY TICKETS

Shark Bite by Meredith Taylor-Parry 
Director: Alyssa Bradac 
An urban teenager arrives at her Grandfather’s remote cabin in the woods for a visit and they quickly realize that the easy days of their relationship are far behind them. Both long to go back to the way things used to be, but as the war between them escalates, they wonder if they can.
Cast: James Dugan, Anna Fitzgerald, Emma Lait
Crew: Tina Chiu, Skylar Desjardins, Travis Hatt, Michael Wanless

8:00 p.m. | Reeve Theatre (primary) | BUY TICKETS

Scientific Americans


Thursday March 30

7:00 p.m. | Matthews Theatre | BUY TICKETS

Shark Bite

8:00 p.m. | Reeve Theatre (primary) | BUY TICKETS

Condúct
Director: Bruce Barton
This year the SCPA begins a two-year development process towards its next full-scale interdisciplinary performance, Conduct, inspired by the life and work of the enigmatic 20th Century American composer Henry Cowell. In Taking Flight we offer an exciting ‘sneak peak’ sampling of the many and diverse discipline-specific elements that will ultimately be woven into an integrated, interdisciplinary whole for the 2017/2018 SCPA season.


Friday March 31

7:00 p.m. | Matthews Theatre | BUY TICKETS

The Afterlife
By Cayley Wreggitt
Director: Anyssa McKee
CJ and Holly find themselves in a strange room after dying and discover that purgatory is more like a reality show. The two must battle it out to establish who goes to heaven and who goes to hell and in the process they learn about each other's lives. 
Cast: Siobhan Cooney, Haley Petrowich, Jason Melnychuk

Closer to the Heart
By Anyssa McKee
Director: Cayley Wreggitt
Estranged sisters are forced together after their Father's passing. Left with the task of co-writing their Father's eulogy, their completely different personalities make for a difficult and fulfilling process.
Cast: Marisa Roggeveen, Vanessa Wenzel

8:00 p.m. | Reeve Theatre (primary) | BUY TICKETS

Condúct


Saturday April 1

7:00 p.m. | Matthews Theatre | BUY TICKETS

The Afterlife/Closer to the Heart

8:00 p.m. | Reeve Theatre (primary) | BUY TICKETS

Condúct


Monday April 3

12:00 p.m. | Reeve Theatre (secondary) | FREE

Dance@Noon


Tuesday April 4

12:00 p.m | Reeve Theatre (secondary) | FREE

Dance@Noon

7:00 p.m. | Matthews Theatre | BUY TICKETS

If it’s ok, Can we Just, Talk about Debbie, For a moment.
Directed/Devised by: the Drama 460 class
Instructors: Mike Czuba, Peter Balkwill
A collective/devised outcome presentation of the work and process explored in the Drama 460 - Performance Creation course. If it's ok, Can we Just, Talk about Debbie, For a moment is about the different roles we play in in our daily lives and the different perceptions of being seen. 
Cast: Freddie Aziz, Nicole Dickinson, Christian Lapointe, Bernardo Pacheco, Brydie Thomas, Taylor Thompson, Myah Van Horn, Cayley Wreggitt.

8:00 p.m. | Reeve Theatre (primary) | BUY TICKETS

Eros
Artistic Director: Laura Hynes
Voice Lab flexes the boundaries of concert performance and examines artistic process through staged musical collaborations. Via currents that carry us across each other’s paths, our journeys explore themes of home, travel, and the human search for eros - love in its many forms.
Performers: 
Louisa Adria, soprano, Kathleen Ahenda, mezzo-soprano, Catherine Brown, soprano, Tim Carter, tenor, Cheryl Emery, piano, Laura Jones, mezzo-soprano, Maria Mirakhmedova, soprano, Rachel Shutt, accordion, Ty Stewart, cello
Crew: 
Laura Jones, Skylar Desjardins, Michael Luong, Kristin Jones


Wednesday April 5

12:00 p.m. | Reeve Theatre (secondary) | FREE

Dance@Noon

7:00 p.m. | Matthews Theatre | BUY TICKETS (includes both evening performances)

If it’s ok, Can we Just, Talk about Debbie, For a moment.

8:00 p.m. | Matthews Theatre | BUY TICKETS (includes both evening performances)

2 Grad Projects

The Wanderer
Creator: Colin Gibbings
The Wanderer explores loss, loneliness, and return. Written more than a thousand years ago, the poem that inspires this piece, gives unique insight into the feeling of being different, separate and alone. By facing this, The Wanderer heals, and shows us the way home.

Conversations With My Sister
Creator: Rebecca Comer
Conversations with my Sister explores the funny, fascinating, and at times heartbreaking relationship between two sisters. From race and racism in the time of Trump, to hockey and crazy social media memes, this piece celebrates a special power that can only be created by sisters.

8:00 p.m. | Reeve Theatre (primary) | BUY TICKETS

Eros


Thursday April 6

12:00 p.m | Reeve Theatre (primary) | FREE

Eros

7:00 p.m. | Matthews Theatre | BUY TICKETS (includes both evening performances)

If it’s ok, Can we Just, Talk about Debbie, For a moment.

8:00 p.m. | Matthews Theatre | BUY TICKETS (includes both evening performances)

2 Grad Projects


Friday April 7

8:00 p.m. | Reeve Theatre (secondary) | BUY TICKETS

Dance@Night

8:00 p.m. | Eckhardt-Gamatté Hall | BUY TICKETS

Chamber Music Ensemble


Saturday April 8

8:00 p.m. | Reeve Theatre (secondary) | BUY TICKETS

Dance@Night