What is Rep Term?



REPERTORY

noun

(rep·er·to·ry \ˈre-pə(r)-ˌtȯr-ē\)

"a company that presents several different plays, operas, or pieces usually alternately in the
course of a season at one theatera theater housing such a company"

("Repertory." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.)


What is Rep Term? Excellent question. Rep Term is one of those exciting immersive opportunities that really only a liberal arts education can offer. The Repertory Theater Term at Knox College is offered every three years. It is, in a nutshell, the combined effort on the part of forty students to produce two main stage shows in under twelve weeks with the end goal of having taught all involved what it means to take part in a professional company. Students from all majors are encouraged to take on new roles and discover areas of the theater to which they may not have been previously exposed.

What is different about Rep Term XVII? Excellent question. This year some major changes have been made to the program. There are three components for each student to work on throughout the duration of Rep Term which are: rehearsal/performance, crew work and research and/dramaturgy (which takes place of former years' Seminar and Conservatory component). What is dramaturgy you might ask? Excellent question, and by the end of Rep Term, each of the students involved will have presented a research project of some sort that encapsulates the spirit of dramaturgy so look forward to hearing more about that on our blog. Along with the new research and dramaturgy component, this Rep Term is a different beast because instead of producing two plays on one stage, we are using both theater spaces (Harbach and Studio).

So what can one expect Rep Term students to be doing on a daily basis if not in regularly scheduled classes? Excellent question. Each student is assigned one or two or three crew assignments (which could be anything from set construction to publicity to costumes to props to scenic design to lights, you name it), and they will be called daily for a certain amount of hours to work on these crews, (and all of this is scheduled by our wonderful production manager Julie Wertheimer). Rehearsals run from seven to eleven with the shows alternating every night. Company meetings are at eleven a.m. on Mondays and every Wednesday and Friday (and sometimes Thursdays) students meet with Neil Blackadder to discuss research, dramaturgy and all other intellectual and creative aspects of drama. So while we may not be "taking classes" in the classical sense, we are very much busy students gaining an enriching education through hands on experience. 

And finally, what will come of this Rep Term XVII? You may have guessed, that is an excellent question.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 25TH, 2016 OPENING NIGHT OF NEIL GAIMAN'S NEVERWHERE adapated by Rob Kauzlaric

A fantastical discovery of the London Underground, and an unlikely hero story.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26TH, 2016 OPENING NIGHT OF THE SECRET IN THE WINGS by Mary Zimmerman

A staged adaptation of seven fairytales taking place in a basement and the mind of a young child.








Top Row (Left to Right): Kyle Kunkler, Benjamin Rezko, Holden Meier, Caleb Awe, Mic Pori, Caroline Foulk,
Trevor Marshall, Theresa Murphy, Miranda Curtis, Liz Carlin-Metz

Second Row: Marty Helms, Olivia Thiel, Julie Wertheimer, Sophie Click, Dakota Stipp, Danielle Freeman, Ian Tully,
Micah Snow, Emily Trevor

Third Row: Tristan Yi, Jordan Hurst, Joel Schleicher, Neil Blackadder, Sarah Lowe, Ren Barkey, Emma Lister,
Martha Brown, Niki Acton

Fourth Row: Moriah Chermak, Amalia Hertel, Padraig Sullivan, Megan Smith, Zak Metalsky, Aidan Murphy, Willa Coufal, Natalie Polenchonski, Jeff Grace, Margo Shively

Front Row: Craig Choma, Sammie Zimay, Chloe Vollenweider, Sophie Utpadel, Emma Lipson, Katie Greve, Hana Levine, Brady Comenduley, Jayel Gant

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