After a year of tours, reunions and a national symposium on the future of the arts, the Academy’s 50th Anniversary celebrations are nearing their conclusion – but not before one last tour, featuring theatre and visual arts students. A select group of actors and visual artists will travel to New York City for a series of performances and an exhibition of student work at the Helen Mills Theater from November 16 -18.
Theatre students will offer four performances of "[title of show]." The musical chronicles its own creation, as its writers Hunter and Jeff struggle to come up with an entry for the New York Musical Theatre Festival. The name of the show is taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [title of show].
Originally written for a main cast of five characters, Bell and Bowen have worked closely with Interlochen theatre faculty and students to adapt the production for a larger cast and high school performers. “For the theatre students, a tour to New York City provides them with a glimpse into the professional life they hope to enter in a few short years,” said Bill Church, director of the theatre program at Interlochen Center for the Arts. “It gives their classroom experience at Interlochen a direct, real world application.”
Academy visual artists will also have a chance to reach new audiences and discover new opportunities. The artists will be presenting approximately 70 pieces of art, representing a wide variety of genres. The pieces will be on display in the Helen Mills Event Space (adjoining the Theater) on Saturday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The visual arts faculty have several other stops planned to make the most of their time in New York, including visits to some of the country’s leading visual arts schools such as Parsons, School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute and Coopers Union.
New York Performance and Exhibition Schedule
"[title of show]" Friday, November 16, 7 p.m.
Student Exhibition, Saturday, November 17, 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
"[title of show]" Saturday, November 17, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
"[title of show]" Sunday, November 18, 2 p.m.
Tickets to theatre performances are free but availability is limited. To reserve your free tickets, e-mail Alumni@interlochen.org. Tickets are not required to attend the visual arts exhibition.