A Bronco Abroad: Molly’s Guide to London

Posted by Molly Hill on Jun 5, 2017 2:02:28 PM

London, England. Home of High Tea, Queens and royalty, the West End theatre district, and of course Sherlock Holmes. I have wanted to visit London ever since I was a child and my dad and I ran around my neighborhood pretending we were Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, and my desire to visit grew larger as my passion for BBC television and theatre expanded. Finally this summer, I had the opportunity of a lifetime: Three weeks in London! But not just an ordinary three weeks, my mom and I tagged along with my dad, a piano professor at Goshen College in Indiana, and 45 Goshen College students for their May-Term course, “The Arts in London”.

Spending three weeks in London to immerse myself in the arts?! UM, COUNT ME IN!

By the end of the trip I had seen 15 arts events, mostly plays and musicals, along with incredible classical concerts. There is so much I could say, but I thought I would make my own guide to London, specifically for explorers who love the arts (and food). Here is everything you must see if you are planning a trip to London in the future!

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Topics: Student Experience, The Student Experience, Department of Theatre, Globally Engaged, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

Q&A: Meeting the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival

Posted by Lofton Durham on May 8, 2017 1:16:35 PM


This week, alongside the 52nd International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University will host the inaugural Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival. This new biennial event, designed to increase the availability of high-quality performances to public audience and Congress attendees alike, will feature regionally-produced music and theatre, as well as touring performances by universities and other theatre and music troupes. Given this festival is in its first year, we're sure that audiences have some questions.

What is the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival? Why is this happening at WMU? What can audiences expect?

Artistic director of the festival and Department of Theatre professor Lofty Durham provides some answers in the discussion below.

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Topics: Department of Theatre

2016-17 year in review: WMU Department of Theatre

Posted by Emily Fackler on Apr 13, 2017 4:19:31 PM


The WMU Department of Theatre opened the 2016-2017 season with this message: "Theatre has the power to bring us together, regardless of where we have come from or where we are going. And so, at a time when so many voices are pulling us apart, we invite you to celebrate the glorious art form that builds connection and provides a home for characters of all types." We celebrated all tyes of characters and people in our work this year, both on and off stage. The Department of Theatre provided students and audiences with connections and experiences that will last a lifetime. Here are some of the most noteworthy:

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Topics: Department of Theatre

A day in the life of a Music Theatre Performance student

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Apr 12, 2017 5:08:12 PM


Student. Teaching assistant. Personal trainer. Performer.

He plays the Lion in University Theatre's production of The Wiz, but senior Music Theatre Performance student Troy D. Wallace takes on many different roles in his day to day life. See some of the many scene changes in a day in Troy's life in the video below: 

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Topics: Student Experience, The Student Experience, Careers in the Arts, Department of Theatre

Why WMU's musical theatre program

Posted by Drew Porrett on Apr 5, 2017 3:06:19 PM


Hello! My name is Drew Porrett. I’m a senior Music Theatre Performance major graduating next month. I was accepted into the program at Western Michigan University's Department of Theatre in the Spring of 2013. It has truly flown by. My credits here include: Frank Schultz in Showboat, Ensemble/Dance Captain in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dorilant in Country Wife, Paco in Man of La Mancha, and Ensemble in 9 to 5. My hometown is Yale, MI, where you can find a whole lot of livestock and one stop light. That said, being immersed in the study of musical theatre was a lot to handle at first. But now, at the end of my college career, my sincerest gratitude goes to my peers and my professors.

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Topics: Student Experience, College Decision, The Student Experience, Department of Theatre

Nurturing the future of theatre: New play development at WMU

Posted by Emily Duguay on Nov 17, 2016 12:50:20 PM


Western Michigan University’s Department of Theatre values new play development and understands the struggle that playwrights face developing new work. The opportunity to get a new play on its feet, have it worked and reworked (with actors and a director) and then ultimately see it in production is a rare and costly one.

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Topics: Student Experience, Department of Theatre

Four things I learned from a full summer of directing

Posted by Connar Klock on Oct 18, 2016 4:02:39 PM


From appearing as Doctor Quack in last year’s production of The Country Wife to playing Lord Montague in Romeo and Juliet this fall, junior acting student Connar Klock is no stranger to taking on new roles. This past summer, Connar stepped out of the spotlight to take on a very different role: director.

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Topics: Student Experience, Department of Theatre, CFA Students in Summer

Forever brown and gold: David Alpert

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Sep 7, 2016 9:33:30 AM


University Theatre is kicking off its 2016-17 season with a satirical comedy and a familiar face. Theatre studies alumnus David Alpert has returned to campus as guest director of Baby with the Bathwater, which takes the York Arena Theatre stage September 23 through October 8.

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Topics: Careers in the Arts, Department of Theatre, Alumni, Forever brown and gold

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