Our 2021/2022 Season
Merry Widow Audition Announcement
The Aaron Copland School of Music and the Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance are proud to present Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow, directed by Dorothy Danner, with performances taking place in April 2022. Students who wish to audition for this production should look at the list of characters below and choose one set of sides, which can be found here. Auditioners may choose to:
- Video record themselves singing one of the sides and upload the file to dropbox here by the end of day on September 20. Students should also email email@example.com with:
- The exact spelling of your name
- Your QCID number
- Your phone number
- Your email address
- Appear live on September 21 at Room 270 in the Aaron Copland School of Music, from 3pm-6pm. It is strongly recommended that prior to auditioning, you read the full script, which can be located here.
Cast of Characters
ZETA-----the buffoon operetta character-----full of self-importance--unaware of what is really happening around him----sees everything through his own limited understanding--opportunist---generous, not mean spirited, still merits an affectionate response
NJEGUS----the improvisational clown character of operetta-----clever and worldly wise enough to deal with the flaws of Zeta, Danilo, staff etc.----a survivor--requires good comic timing and movement
HANNAH----warm, gracious, witty, voluptuous
DANILO-----charming, worldly, witty, self centered in first act---has a journey
VALENCIENNE----naive, delightful, shocked by her fierce attraction to Camille--filled with conflict
CAMILLE-----flirtatious---enjoys success as man about town--ardent French lover
CASCADA and ST. BRIOCHE---over the top, very French, see themselves on the brink of gaining Mm Glavari's affection and fortune, very competitive,
KROMOV-----Head of Military ---full of bluster ---bloated sense of force
BOGDONOVICH-----Head of Pontevedrian National Security ----former spy
PRITSCHTISCH------Head of Domestic Security---YES man--dominated by wife
OLGA-----ditzy---obsessive about appearance
SYLVIANE---very aware of position as wife of govt official---paranoid about secrecy of "affair" with Cascada
PRASKOVIA----dominant, self-righteous, attempts at coyness, secret mad crush on Danilo
Fall 2021 Productions
The Crowd You’re In With
By Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Claudia Feldstein
Live performances and streaming; November 4-14, 2021, in the Goldstein Theatre
A Fourth of July backyard barbecue is the setting for Rebecca Gilman’s humorous and ultimately disquieting exploration of the question of whether to have children. Three couples, divided on the issue, speak in very practical terms about their decisions, but Gilman never loses sight of the mystery that underlies a life-shaping decision guided by both rational thought and biological imperative.
Directed by Edisa Weeks
Our 2021 Fall Dance Concert will take the form of a dance film, and is being produced in conjunction the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Aaron Copland School of Music. The film features Louis Armstrong’s music performed by the Copland Jazz Ensemble directed by Antonio Hart; with original choreography by Yin Mei Critchell, Nia Love and Edisa Weeks. The film is inspired by the life and musical legacy of Armstrong who called Queens home, and whose genre-defying sound and unique vocals changed the world of jazz and pop music.
Spring 2022 Productions
Directed by Daniel Irizarry
March 3-13, 2022
Moliere’s classical farce gets a modern spin from director Daniel Irizarry.
Check back for details and audition info soon.
The Merry Widow
Music by Franz Lehár
Libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein
April 7-10, 2022, at the Goldstein Theatre
In conjunction with the Aaron Copland School of Music,
DTD presents the classic opera “The Merry Widow”.
Student Choreography Showcase
Directed by Edisa Weeks
May 12-15, 2022
The Showcase features choreography by DTD Dance Majors and Minors who in collaboration with student costume and lighting designers create original works that incorporate a variety of dance styles, which have ranged from Tap to Hula, Contemporary, West African, Kathak, Bollywood, Hip-Hop, Jazz and more. For proposal guidelines contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Update on Classes and Activities for the Fall 2021 Semester
Our office is open for in-person appointment on a limited basis. We can be reached by email, or by phone (718-997-3090). Please review the list of topics below for specific guidance about Major/Minor declaration, advisement, and other common issues that we can assist you with. For any other questions or inquiries please contact the department chair.
MAJOR AND MINOR DECLARATION INFORMATION
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREREGISTRATION AND ADVISEMENT
- Majors in Drama and Dance should contact their advisor or Professor Edisa Weeks (email@example.com) for instructions on how to participate in preregistration. If you did not meet with your advisor prior to the instructional recess, you can request a phone or online appointment by emailing your advisor. You must complete your advisement before you are allowed to preregister.
- All preregistration and permission only registration will be done online. We will not have in person appointments. If there is an issue with your registration you may be asked to make a phone appointment to resolve it. You may leave questions about registration on the main office voicemail- 718-997-3090.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR REGISTRATION TO A PERMISSION ONLY COURSE
- All permissions are granted by the professor of the course. Please contact that professor by email to receive permission in writing.
- If you are a transfer student who completed a prerequisite at another university, please be sure to attach a transcript, a catalogue description and/or syllabus of the prerequisite course, and please note that some courses require a prerequisite and an audition or interview so you may be asked to submit additional materials (this affects Acting IV, Dance/Drama Collaboration, and MFA preparation Workshops)
- Acting IV requires permission and the prerequisite course and MFA preparation is an invitation only course. Please email Professor Claudia Feldstein (Claudia.firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- We do not waive prerequisites or add anyone to courses that are already fully enrolled in this program.
- Classics Majors registering for Drama 201 need a letter from your advisor confirming that you have some background in Dramatic Literature. It may be addressed to Professor Healey.
- Drama Production and Dance Production are audition only courses, and the auditions will be held in August.
AS ALWAYS, THERE IS NO OVERTALLY FOR ANY DRAMA OR DANCE COURSES FOR ANY REASON,
- Due to the increased volume of email and phone messages required by the COVID19 emergency, we will not be responding to any email or voice messages requesting entrance to a closed section of any course.
- If a section is closed because it is full then you cannot take that course.
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The Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance offers the study of the subjects appropriate for a liberal arts degree. A balanced combination of theory and practice aims at giving an understanding of the arts of drama, theatre and dance that can serve as a foundation for graduate study. Every effort is made to provide scope for the development of individual talent and skills as a preliminary step for those students who intend to pursue future conservatory training for a stage or dance career.
The department offers strong, diversified academic programs in theatre (covering history, literature, acting, directing, stage management, design, and technical theatre), and dance (modern, ballet, tap, Asian and African dance, choreography, and history). Each year, on our three stages, the department presents a wide range of five fully realized productions. These are dramas and comedies, classic and modern plays, new plays, musicals, operas, and dance concerts. Under the guidance of faculty and guest directors and designers, student actors and dancers perform for audiences drawn from all segments of the college community, as well as Queens neighborhoods.
There are also several opportunities annually for student actors and dancers to produce and direct work under faculty supervision. In addition to providing opportunities for students to major or minor in Drama, Theatre & Dance, the department devotes many of its offerings to courses that satisfy mandated general education requirements in the liberal arts. Moreover, non-majors participate regularly and extensively in all aspects of our production program as actors, dancers, technicians, and backstage crew members.
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