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Birmingham-Southern College students, faculty and staff tackle two theatre productions at once
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College students, faculty and staff are producing and performing two different plays simultaneously in only three weeks during the college's January Interim term. The task of tackling two productions at the same time is rare in small college theatre and is intended to provide conservatory-quality training for BSC students.
The two plays, titled “Our Town” and “Marry Me a Little,” will perform alternating days from Jan. 24-31 in the BSC College Theatre.
“Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder, will be performed Jan. 24, 26, 28, and 30 at 7:30 p.m. on the Mainstage. It will showcase costumes by student costume designer Alex Brouwer, a junior from Fort Payne, mentored by Patti Manning of Gardendale, who is the costumer on staff with the BSC theatre.
“Marry Me a Little,” a theatrical/musical production with songs by Stephen Sondheim, will be performed Jan. 25, 29, and 31 at 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. in Theatre One. This piece includes a unique company of faculty, staff and students as cast members, directors and technicians including student light designer Elisabeth Tutwiler, a sophomore from Mountain Brook; student costume designer Marie Hunt, a sophomore from Fort Payne; staff set designer Mandy Thomas of East Lake, who is the theatre shop supervisor and assistant technical director at BSC; performer Michael Flowers of Homewood, who is a professor and head of the department of theatre and dance at BSC; director Pat Anderson-Flowers of Homewood, who is the wife of Michael Flowers and director of major gifts at BSC; music director Debbie Mielke of Homewood, who is a music professional and wife of BSC theatre professor Matthew Mielke; and performer Adelia Patrick Thompson of Hoover, who is a BSC alumna and current vice president for institutional advancement at BSC.
The two productions and performances are an Interim term theatre arts class in which 34 Birmingham-Southern students are enrolled. The students are working daily building sets, creating costumes, designing lighting and sound, and rehearsing.
General admission tickets are $10. For tickets and additional information, contact the College Theatre Box Office at 205/226-4780.