Communications Office: Stephen Mease
The Champlain College Theatre Company has announced its 2014-15 schedule that will include Seeds, Radio Champlain: It's a Wonderful Life, the annual performance of The Vagina Monologues, and will close its season with Pantomime! Time Flies: A Cinderella Tale. All Champlain Theatre performances are open to the public.
The first production of the season, Annabel Soutar's Seeds, opens Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Flynn Space, 147 Main St. Performances run though Sept. 26.
The performance will be an informal staged reading of Annabel Soutar's suspenseful documentary play about the 2004 Supreme Court of Canada showdown between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and the biotech multinational Monsanto Inc. Monsanto accused Schmeiser of growing its genetically patented Round-up Ready canola seeds on his property without paying the licensing fee.
Not merely a courtroom drama, the play presents a David and Goliath struggle that poses central questions: What is life and what does it mean for humans to modify it? Who owns life and what does it mean for Monsanto to patent genes, in essence, the very building blocks of life? The performance is free admission and open to the public.
Champlain Theatre is a unique mix of professional actors, emerging artists, community members, faculty and students collaborating to present a dynamic and diverse range of performance events. Champlain Theatre's goals are: to tell good stories for the College and the larger community; to provide opportunities for Champlain students to take part in a co-curricular activity, often collaborating with professional theatre artists; to contribute to the multi-dimensional education that Champlain College provides its students; to teach in addition to entertaining an audience.
The rest of the Champlain Theater season:
Dec. 2-3 at 7:30 p.m.: It's A Wonderful Life: A live radio play by Joe Landry. This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as the live 1940's radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings the few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
The show will be hosted at Flynn Space, 147 Main St. Admission is free, but those attending are asked to bringing a non-perishable donation for the Chittenden Food Shelf.
Jan. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m.: Pantomime! Pantomime is a fun and crazy, theatrical drama style with a long history taken from medieval mummers plays to classic Greek theater. Based on well-known tales, it incorporates comedy, music, satire, gender transformations, and dramatic entertainment. The Pantomime show Champlain Theatre will present is Time Flies: A Cinderella Tale. Directed by Sarah Pettitt.
Admission to Pantomime at Flynn Space, is $10/general, $5/Champlain faculty and staff, and students are free with Champlain College ID. To purchase tickets, call the Flynn Regional Box office at 802-863-5966.
The Vagina Monologues, Performance dates TBD. The Vagina Monologues, an award-winning play based on V-Day Founder and playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with over 200 women and girls, will be performed by an ensemble of women from the Champlain College community. This series of character-driven pieces, almost like poetry, reveal a different woman's experience with topics such as love, sex, tenderness, embarrassment, cruelty, pain, and pleasure with humor and grace.
The Vagina Monologues is part of the V-Day movement to promote creative events that increase awareness, raise funds, and work with existing organizations to stop violence against women and girls. Through this play countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For roughly 15 years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public. Join Champlain for their fifth annual performances and make a donation to the V-Day campaign and to Hope Works.
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.