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 2015-2016 Season

The Armenians: Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Future

Joining Armenians all over the world, Champlain Theatre will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and also celebrate the future of this enduring culture. Enjoy Armenian music, traditional cuisine, and experience their compelling stories, including excerpts from Dana Walrath’s novel Like Water on Stone, a finalist for the First Vermont Book Award.

PERFORMANCE
October 3, 2015 -- 7:30 P.M.
– Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College
While admission is free, donations are appreciated, as proceeds will go to COAF—Children of Armenia Fund

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

By Ann-Marie MacDonald

In this dazzling comedy—and original revision of Shakespeare’s Othello and Romeo and Juliet—Constance Ledbelly, a beleaguered assistant professor, is transported into the plays themselves and while trying to save Desdemona and Juliet from the deaths the Bard had planned, finds out what these women are all about. Her unexpected journey of personal enlightenment means untangling issues about the nature of comedy versus tragedy, identity, sexuality and self-worth.

Winner of the Governor General’s Award and the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award

PERFORMANCE
November 5-7 and 11-14 – 7:30 P.M.
– Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College
Admission:
General $20.00, Faculty/Staff/Seniors $10.00, Champlain Students free with ID

The How and The Why

By Sarah Treem

Presented as a stage reading, The How and The Why tells the story of provocatively charged meeting between two women biologists – one in the twilight of her career, one just beginning hers – on the eve of a major conference that sets off a compelling, challenging, and wide ranging exploration of science, feminism, family, and fame. With scalpel sharp wit and verve, Sarah Treem (writer for The Affair, In Treatment, and House of Cards) delivers an intellectual, psychological, and emotionally complex story brimming with questions that linger long after the play is over.

“A smart, vital piece of work.”
Chicago Reader

“A very rare achievement indeed for women in and at the theatre.”
The Feminist Spectator

PERFORMANCE
January 28, 29, 30 – 7:30 P.M.
— Morgan Room, Champlain College
Admission:
General $10.00, Faculty/Staff/Seniors $5.00, Champlain Students free with ID

The Vagina Monologues

By Eve Ensler

Based on dozens of interviews Eve Ensler conducted with women, this ground-breaking play addresses women's sexuality, including social stigmas that are sure to instigate conversations about and with women.

"An indelible theatrical experience, which is both a work of art and an incisive piece of cultural history, a poem and a polemic, a performance and a balm and a benediction."
-- Charles Isherwood Variety

PERFORMANCE
February 13
– Morgan Room, Champlain College
Poetry Pre-show – 7:00 p.m., The Play – 7:30 P.M.
Admission:
General $10 (Additional Donations Welcome!), Students $5 Proceeds will benefit a community-based women’s education program, shelter, or anti-violence non-profit agency.

Dancing at Lughnasa

By Brian Friel

It’s 1936 in Ballybeg, a small imaginary Irish village, where five unmarried sisters struggle to eke out a living. The story is told from the perspective of Michael, the illegitimate son of one of the sisters, who “casts his mind back “ to the summer his elderly uncle returned after serving twenty-five years as a missionary in a Ugandan leper colony. Two other significant events take place that summer on the eve of Lughnasa, a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest, the acquisition of the family’s first radio whose music transforms the sisters, and young Michael meets his father for the first time. Widely regarded as Brian Friel’s masterpiece, this haunting play is his tribute to the spirit and valor of the past.

Winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play

“The most elegant and rueful memory play since The Glass Menagerie”
--Time Magazine

“…this play does exactly what theater was born to do, carrying both its characters and audience aloft on those waves of distant music and ecstatic release that, in defiance of all language and logic, let us dance and dream just before the night must fall.”
--The New York Times

“…simply a wondrous experience. Experience it.”
--The New York Post

PERFORMANCE
March 3-5 & 9-12 – 7:30 P.M.
— Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College
Admission:
General $20.00, Faculty/Staff/Seniors $10.00, Champlain Students free with ID

Champlain Theatre Playwriting Competition

Champlain Theatre is pleased to present the third annual 10-minute play competition. Meet on Friday; get the prompt; come Sunday morning rehearse your script for the performance that night. Get your ideas on the page without taking too much time to self-edit. Write hard and keep going!

First prize $500.00 – Second prize $250.00 – Third prize $150.00

PERFORMANCE
April 1 – 5:00 P.M.
meet in the Alumni Aud to get started
April 3 – 1:00 P.M.- 5:00 P.M.
rehearse script
Showtime 7:30 P.M.
– Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College