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2007-10 Archived Stories

Student honors grandmother's 'Oklahoma' legacy

When Elsie Arnold responded to an audition notice posted on a 3x5 index card in the 1940s, she had no idea that she'd soon be cast in what would become one of Broadway's most famous and longest-running musicals: "Oklahoma!"

Mainstage musical means new experiences for all

When Rogers and Hammerstein's classic cowboy opera "Oklahoma!" opens at Phi Beta Kappa Hall next weekend, it will represent more than just two months of hard work.

Creating Little Shop of Horrors

From sketching the scene through the dress rehearsal, Connor Hogan '10 and Chelsea Reba '12 worked with Professor Owens to develop Act II, Scene 1 of this popular classic.

Student designers 'create the world'

Inglis was one of a handful of William & Mary students who approached the theatre department last year and asked if they could serve as the designers for one of the College's main stage productions.

Student brings fringe fest experience to new role

Mary Myers' summer was a whirlwind of rehearsals and performances in two of the biggest cities on the East Coast. Now, she is bringing what she learned from that experience to her next role on the William & Mary main stage.

W&M Dancers Transcend Rhythms and Cultural Boundaries at International Conference

Most people can kick up their heels to the steady beats of hip-hop or techno, but the dancers of "Transcending Rhythms," a piece choreographed by Professor Leah Glenn and originally performed at Orchesis's DANCEVENT in November, 2008, had to adapt to an entirely new style of rhythm. Well, two in fact.

Seema Sheth '08: "I want to do things important to me"

Seema Sheth's interest in performance started "when I was teeny - six or seven," with dance. As a child she performed at the Festival of Lights, and she has been involved ever since in Indian dancing.

DANCEVENT: 'A full spectrum of possibility'

William & Mary professors not only developed and choreographed the pieces in the upcoming Dancevent program, but they also perform in them alongside members of Orchesis and guest performers.

Corsets & doublets & fans. Oh, my!

After a quarter century of designing theatre wardrobes, Patricia Wesp’s is one show that must go on.


Student playwrights take their plays and their companies to the New York theatre festival.

"Ramayana La'ar": A play for diversity

Bringing a staged version of a Hindu epic to a theatre audience at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall took some courage, Francis Tanglao-Aguas, assistant professor of world and multicultural theater at the College, admitted following the successful run of "Ramayana La'ar" (Rama's Journey) in March. The presentation, a creative combination of dance, multilinguistic dialogue and evocative scoring, was billed not as a play but as a sacred performance. Judging from the record-setting audiences, the enthusiastic reviews and the lingering discussion generated on campus, the professor's courage was well-applied.