BW Presents "Titanic: The Musical" on the Eve of the Shipwreck's Centennial
Titanic cast members L-R are: James Penca, who
Baldwin Wallace University is staging a production of titanic proportions this fall, presenting the multiple Tony award-winning Titanic: The Musical, just as the storied, luxury-line shipwreck marks its centennial in 2012.
"This is one of the most ambitious single productions BW has ever attempted," said director Scott Plate.
Quintessential Disaster of the 20th Century
Titanic: The Musical, (story and book by Peter Stone; music and lyrics by Maury Yeston), explores the quintessential disaster of the 20th century. The incredible story of the finest, largest, strongest, "unsinkable" ship in the world sinking during its maiden voyage has enthralled the world for a century.
The musical play Titanic examines the causes, the conditions and the personal stories involved in this compelling drama, and explores provocative questions: is bigger, faster and stronger always better? Is the advancement of technology always progress? What is the value of human life?
Collaborative Production Brings Together Departments
Titanic represents another in a distinguished line of co-productions by BW’s celebrated Music Theatre and Theatre & Dance Departments. The two departments combine resources in a collaborative venture to produce the annual fall musical, which employs more than 100 faculty and student actors, musicians, scenic artists and technicians.
Performance Dates and Times; Bonus Movie Nights
Performances are scheduled for November 8-12 and 15-19 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on November 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. The production will be staged in the John Patrick Theatre at BW’s Kleist Center for Arts and Drama, 95 East Bagley Road in Berea. To provide a double-dose of Titanic lore, there will be 11 p.m. showings of the Academy Award-winning James Cameron film Titanic following the performances on November 12 and 19.
People Behind the Production
BW's staging of Titanic: The Musical involves a long list of experienced, talented theatre professionals and students.
- Directed by Scott Plate, Assistant Professor/Department Chair of Music Theatre at Baldwin Wallace University. Plate previously directed Blood Wedding, The Crucible, Parade, and Antigone at BW, as well as many other shows at venues such as Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, the Beck Center for the Arts, and Cleveland State University.
- Music Direction by Ryan Garrett, senior Musical Theatre major at BW. He has previously music directed Chess, Rent, and Passing Strange at BW and was the Associate Music Director for The Wild Party.
- Choreography by Greg Daniels, Head of the Baldwin Wallace Dance Department. He has choreographed such shows as Rent, Hairspray, Cabaret, Dreamgirls, The Producers, Hello Dolly!, and Anything Goes
- Scenic Design by Laura Carlson, a guest designer whose work has previously been seen at BW in Parade, Semele, and Our Town, and locally at Dobama Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, and Near West Theatre. She will also design the upcoming production of Don Giovanni.
- Costume Design by Charlotte Yetman, Associate Professor in Theatre for Baldwin Wallace University. A 21-year member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, she has designed for multiple shows, including BW productions of Rent, Miss Elizabeth Bennet and La Boheme, in addition to Cabaret, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Into the Woods and The Mystery of Edwin Drood for Great Lakes Theatre Festival.
- Lighting Design by Jeff Herrmann, Professor of Theatre and Chair of Theatre and Dance at BW. He is the resident scenic and lighting designer for BW, as well as a designer for Cain Park, Great Lakes Theatre Festival and Dobama Theatre. Some of his design credits include Rent, La Boheme, Miss Elizabeth Bennet at Baldwin Wallace, Hair and Dreamgirls at Cain Park, and Bat Boy: The Musical and Cabaret for Great Lakes Theatre Festival.
- Sound Design by R.J. Hetman, senior Theatre major at Baldwin Wallace. At BW he led the sound design for Miss Elizabeth Bennett, Moon Over Buffalo and The New Play Festival for three years. Outside BW, he was an assistant sound engineer at Heritage Theatre Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia.
For more information visit http://www.bw.edu/academics/theatre/season/titanic/