Olivet Theatre Presents: Fall 2020 Season Preview

Students adapt to bring classic tales to life under the stars.

September 7, 2020 Arts & Music

The show must go on for Olivet Nazarene University’s Theatre Program! This fall, students will perform classic tales, creatively modernized for the fall 2020 theatre season.

ONU Theatre director and associate professor, Ashley Sarver, is excited to present the fall season of productions for students to showcase their talents as audiences enjoy outdoor entertainment.

She says, “As people of faith, we have a responsibility and unique privilege to use our storytelling skills to help serve others and glorify the greatest storyteller, Jesus Christ. I am honored to be following my mentor, Prof. Jerry Cohagan, in this position. My hope and vision for ONU Theatre is to embrace the power of storytelling and to be intentional about using our work for serving others, glorifying God, and building the Kingdom – especially during a pandemic.”

In cooperation with state regulations and University guidelines, productions for the fall semester will move from the traditional setting of Kresge Auditorium to various outdoor venues in the Olivet community. These unique settings will provide audiences with intimate performances and entertainment under the stars. 

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare – Directed by Prof. Ashley Sarver
Reimagined and set in the Chicago “L,” the ONU Theatre Shakespeare Troupe takes a journey from the subway to an enchanted forest where William Shakespeare’s classic comedy comes to life. This modern adaptation of the iconic comedy brings together a group of star-crossed lovers; a group of inept actors, led by the arrogant Bottom; the king and queen of the fairies, and their henchmen Puck, who wreaks havoc on them all. 

This free production will take place outside at the Sims Educational Center. Audience members are asked to reserve seats online, bring a lawn chair and wear a mask when in attendance. Donations are accepted and encouraged. 

Performance dates: Sept. 17, 6 p.m.; Sept. 18, 6 p.m.; Sept. 19, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Broadway Revue – Sponsored by the Greenroom theatre club.
This student written and directed production displays a charming story woven with well-known show tunes from a variety of musicals. The shows will take place on the campus esplanade.

Audience members are asked to bring a lawn chair and wear a mask when in attendance. 

Performance dates: Oct. 8, 7 p.m.; Oct. 9, 7 p.m.; Oct. 10, 7 p.m.

“Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare – Directed by Prof. Ashley Sarver
This classic Shakespeare tale is reimagined by the ONU Theatre Shakespeare Troupe. They are bringing this story to life with dance, mime and American Sign Language. 

This free production will take place at The Plex (outside of the Warming House). Audience members are asked to reserve seats online and wear masks when in attendance. Donations are accepted and encouraged. 

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.; Oct. 23, 6 p.m.; Oct. 24, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

ONU Theatre Christmas Hour (December broadcast) – Directed and designed by Prof. Ashley Sarver
Celebrate the season with theatre program students as they bring the Christmas spirit to audiences through an innovative digital format.  *More information to come*

To learn more about Olivet’s Theatre Program, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions.olivet.edu or 800-648-1463

Published 9/7/20

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