Saint Martin's University Theatre Arts

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS

Saint Martin’s University’s theater department usually produces shows twice a year, once per semester. This year, things are a bit different. Instead, SMU will (technically) produce four, three of which are student-directed, one-act plays. Saint Martin’s students gain experience in a variety of roles: acting, playwriting, set design and stage management. For those who take a particular interest in one specific area, professional mentors are available for intensive training.

Student One-Act Plays offers bite-sized stories directed by Miranda Aguilar, Charlotte Darlington and Felicity Pickens. Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m., September 11 in Harned Hall.

With theater department head David Hlavsa on sabbatical for the year, local director Brian Tyrrell will step in as his replacement for April 2018’s Urinetown. The satirical musical will be produced at the State Theater in Olympia, with auditions November 20 and 21. “Urinetown depicts a world wracked by ecological disaster, caught in the throes of corporate greed,” said Tyrrell. “It’s a love letter to the conventions of musical theater and a satire wherein no one is safe from scrutiny.” Urinetown was created by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis and first premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2001.

Audiences are encouraged to lend their support to Saint Martin’s dynamic students, who are hard at work creating the best performances they can muster and achieving valuable life experiences along the way.

What: Student One-Act Plays

Where: Krelsheimer Building,
Saint Martin’s University,
5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey

When: Fridays – Sundays, Nov. 10-18

How much: TBD

Learn more: 360-438-4564 | Saint Martin’s University