Champlain Theatre

Champlain College Theater LogoChamplain Theatre is a unique mix of professional actors, emerging artists, community members, faculty and students all collaborating to present a dynamic and diverse range of performance events.

CHAMPLAIN THEATRE GOALS

  • 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, theatre may inform and educate, serving as a pedagogical tool

Champlain Theatre 2014-2015 Season

Seeds

by Anabel Soutar

Who owns life?
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 their 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?

"Seeds is a must-must-see."  -Pat Donnelly, GAZETTE Theatre Critic November 4, 2013 
"Soutar's storytelling is so poignant and rich, and the details and characters so juicy that by the end of the second act you'll be wishing there could be a third!"  -Heidi J. Loos Vancouver Weekly News Source

PERFORMANCES:  September 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30 pm

Flynn Space, 147 Main Street, Burlington

Free Admission

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. One of the best holiday shows around...This is a fresh and inventive way of reconnecting with a classic story of love and redemption."  -Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times

"Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life is a classic that'll never be surpassed by any remake. But what this play has to sacrifice, it makes up for with its original twist, its clever use of props, entertaining voices and a love story that you want to witness over and over again." -Teresa Errico, Fairfield County Weekly

PERFORMANCES: December 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm
Flynn Space, 147 Main Street, Burlington

Free Admission, but please bring a non-perishable donation for the Chittenden Food Shelf

Pantomine

Pantomine is a fun and crazy, theatrical drama 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. It has evolved in England into a much-loved Christmas tradition. Directed by Sarah Pettitt, Champlain Theatre offers Cinderella for your delectation.

PERFORMANCES: January 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30pm

Flynn Space, 147 Main Street, Burlington

$10.00/General    $5.00/ Champlain Faculty and Staff
Free for students with a Champlain College ID

To purchase tickets, call the Flynn Regional Box Office at (802)863-5966

The Vagina Monologues

By Eve Ensler

PERFORMANCE:  TBD

Auditions

Spring Production of Time Flies

Time Flies is a new pantomime, created in the ageless tradition of British Christmas Pantomimes. Based on the Cinderella story, this is a delightful addition to any family's holiday fun with music, dancing, gender bending, jokes, slapstick and parody.

Performances will be run downtown at FlynnSpace on January 15th, 16th and 17th 2015.

Auditions:

Monday, September 22 | 4:30-6:00 pm | Morgan Room
Wednesday, September 24 | 4:30-6:00 pm | Morgan Room

Contact Sarah Pettitt for more information and a copy of the script.