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Speech/Theatre

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Associate of Arts in Theatre and Speech

Why study theatre?The Cat in the Hat entertains the audience.

Theatre is not just about acting. It’s about having fun. Theatre can be about lighting design, staging, costuming, and building lifelong friendships.  Are you interested in any facet of theatre? If so, theatre at Cloud County Community College is for you.

At Cloud, the theatre community is small but active. That means you won’t need to wait a semester to perform, design costumes, or light the stage. You’ll be able to work on your theatrical passion right away.

Theatre is about building communities, learning to express yourself, and developing critical thinking skills—values all employers look for.  Just because you don’t go on to a career in the theatrical world, doesn’t mean that theatre can’t be a valuable part of your education. The skills and relationships you build in theatre will last a lifetime.  Joining the theatre department allows you to be involved and make friends. Simply put, theatre is just a lot of fun!

Scholarships are available for this activity. 

Facilities

On-campus, Cloud Theatre students rehearse and practice in the Cook Theatre, but we also have access to theStudents usually perform once a year in the Brown Grand Theatre historic Brown Grand Theatre, a staple of the Concordia community. Past performances at the Brown Grand include Seussical the Musical (2016) and Nunsense the Musical (2015).

Trips

At Cloud, we believe that your theatre education doesn't stop with your own on-stage experience. We want to make sure you have exposure to Broadway-caliber performances.

Upcoming trip: 

Omaha Performing Arts Center on Sat March 30 for the 2pm matinee of Come From Away.

 

Upcoming Events:  Spring 2019

 

Open Door Theatre Lab Workshop Series (Open to the Public)

All Workshops are held in the Cook Theatre from 7-9pm

Wednesday Jan 30– Voice

Thursday Feb 21 - Movement

Monday March 4 – Audition Techniques

Thursday May 9 - Improvisation

 

Mainstage Production

Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew

Bianca wants to marry and many men want to marry Bianca, but they cannot until her sister, Katherine, is wed. Kate is bold, brash, and outspoken. She has no suitors willing to “tame” the shrew, until Petruchio arrives. Will Kate and Bianca wed happily?

Auditions (open to public)

  • Audition Monday, March 18 7-9p Cook Theatre
  • Call Backs Tuesday, March 19 7-9p Cook Theatre

Performances: at the Brown Grand Theatre

  • May 2-4, 2019 7:00pm 
  • May 5, 2019 @ 3:00p 

Admissions

 

Visiting Artists

You learn the best when you can learn from multiple people, so we make sure to bring in visiting artists. 

Richard Briggs, Dramaturg

Richard is a professional actor, with a Bachelor's from Cal State University Bakersfield and additional training with company members from Steppenwolf Theater Company, The Second City, Shakespeare and Company and The Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has also acted with Southwest Shakespeare Company. Richard Briggs, Shakespeare Dramaturg for CCCC Spring Mainstage Production.

Richard worked in Fall 2018 with CCCC Theatre Students as an Actor in Residence, portraying 4 characters in The Survivor. He returns in Spring 2019 to assist with history and language, providing context and guidance on the language and themes of Shakespeare's plays.  

 

Summer Intensive Commedia Dell'Arte

Workshop Description

A week-long course in Commedia Dell’Arte where students will learn: physicality of the stock characters, text from classical Cannovacci (Comedic sketches/scenarios), and finally take the foundation of Commedia to create their own “Commedia  Characters” and Cannovacci. The culminating showcase will be focused on the characters that the students created during the 5 day course. 

What is Commedia?

Commedia Dell’Arte was created in Italy during the 16th Century. It is an extremely physical style of performance that utilizes stock characters, physical humor and masks. The influence of Commedia can be seen in modern-day comedy and even in our American classics such as: 3 Stooges, Charlie Chaplin, Lucille Ball, The Marx Brothers, and so much more.


Workshop Details

Dates: Sunday June 9-Thursday June 13

Workshop Hours: 10am-1pm; 4pm-6pm

     25 hours in total

Showcase: Thursday June 13 7pm

On Campus Housing Option $8/night for 5 nights

Instructor: Sophie Goldstein

Sophie

Sophie Goldstein received her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Dance from Cal State LA and her MFA in Physical Theatre from the Accademia Dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. At the Accademia she studied various styles of Commedia Dell’Arte, Clown Work, Contemporary Dance, Minimalist Storytelling, Neutral Mask and Roy Hart Vocal Techniques and worked with international theater companies such as Familie Floz, Divadlo Continuo and Flic Scuola Di Circo. Since graduating she has choreographed and directed for theaters in Los Angeles such as Vagrancy Theater Company, 2Cents Theatre, Cal State LA, Son Of Semele and has taught various classes for Cal State LA, Loyola Marymount University, A Noise Within Theater Company and Angels Vocal Arts. 

Limit: 20 participants

Registration Deadline: May 1, 2019

Complete Registration Form

 

In the Works:

Theatre Festival Weekend coming 2020

CCCC is committed to serving our local Jr-Sr High School Theatre programs. We are working on an annual Theatre Festival in the Spring that is part workshop, part performance. Our hope is to provide your students with connections to other college programs (including Universities such as K-State, Nebraska Wesleyan and Newman). We aim to provide workshops in acting, tech and other theatre related areas for students and teachers. The performance element is to introduce actors and designers to the KCACTF Competition. 

Let’s hear from you!

Whether you want to focus your studies in Theatre, participate as an activity to enrich your education, or be in the know about upcoming events, we want to hear from you!

theatre@cloud.edu | 1-800-5101 Ext. 236

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Violette Kjeldgaard 

Ms V

Instructor in Theatre, Speech, and Composition

Violette holds a Masters in Actor Training and Coaching from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, a Masters in English from La Sierra University in California and a Bachelors in Theatre from California State University, Fullerton. Violette has been working in theatre since 1995 as an actor, choreographer, director, stage manager, lighting designer, costume designer, house manager, box office manager and run crew. Violette is recently published in the Voice and Speech Journal. She is a certified Alba Instructor and a member of ATHE, TCG, VASTA, and PAVA.