Recent THEATRE Productions
Fall 2012, the Theatre department presented Rumors, by Neil Simon. The performance began with attending the 10th wedding anniversary of Charlie and Myra Brock. Guests arrived to find no help, no hostess, and an unconscious host bleeding from a bullet wound. What happened? Was it attempted suicide? Did Myra do it? Should the police have been called in? We unraveled this mystery.
In Spring 2012, the department presented a whimsical series of vignettes in Almost, Maine during the spring semester, following up on a modernistic fall production of Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre, after staff and students returned from an enriching England Abroad.
The spring of 2011 saw one of our most ambitious recent productions to date— the staging of Jill Santoriello’s A Tale of Two Cities, in May (see video above). This was the first-ever collegiate staging of the Broadway musical! Read what Santoriello had to say about our performance.
Recent DANCE Productions
MOVEMENT AND MUSIC IN HARMONY
Every year, the department features an annual dance production. Choreographed, designed, and staged with maximum student involvement, this event encapsulates the pure joy and transformative power of movement and music. Enjoy the slideshow above of our 2012 production!
The spring 2014 dance production debuted the work Found, choreographed by former American Ballet Theatre (ABT) dancer John Gardner and featuring former ABT prima ballerina Amanda McKerrow, as well as a piece choreographed by Cecil Slaughter, senior lecturer at Washington University. The show featured modern, African, lyrical, and Bollywood dance styles showcasing Principia students, nine of which were choreographed and directed by students.
The spring 2012 dance production entranced audiences, with pieces choreographed by Principia students and faculty, as well as by visiting professionals, Margaret Egington (formerly with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company) and John Gardner (of the ABT and White Oak Dance Project).
In 2011, the department performed a work rarely seen at the collegiate level—Jardin aux lilas (Lilac garden), by famed dancer and choreographer, Antony Tudor. In this, they were greatly aided by an intensive week-long workshop over the Christmas break, delivered by the husband-and-wife team of John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow, who both worked with Tudor at the American Ballet Theatre. Watch this video and learn more about our Visiting Professionals program.