CMTA Tuesday News

September 17, 2019


Calendar of Events

  • 09/25, Donuts with the Deans, 9:30 p.m. to 12:00 p.m., Pray Harrold 212
  • 09/26, Performance Hour: "Welcome Home" at 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Quirk 125
  • 10/07-10/09, EMU Theatre presents: Lab Bill A, public performances October 7th, 8th, 9th at 8:00 p.m. and October 9th at 5:00 p.m., Lab Theatre
  • 10/18-10/27, EMU Theatre presents: "Cabaret," public performances October 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th at 7:00 p.m. and October 20th, 27th at 2:00 p.m., Quirk Theatre
  • 10/26, EMU Theatre High School Drama Day, Quirk/Alexander Buildings


CMTA Welcome Back Picnic

Each year the student-run Players at EMU organization hosts the annual CMTA Welcome Back Picnic to celebrate and kick-off the start of the new academic year. With clear skies and warm temperatures this year, the picnic was held outside, filling the Quirk circle with CMTA students, faculty, staff, and friends. There was food, music, yard games, musical theatre trivia, button making from AMP!, information tables for EMU Forensics and EMU Theatre, and a lot of celebrating. Welcome home, everyone!

Photos by Wallace Bridges.


EMU Forensics

The EMU Forensics Team is so excited to begin another year of competition. We have so much that we want to share with you about what the team has been up to over the summer and all of the great changes that are happening!

First off, we are thrilled to be welcoming new graduate assistant Hananiah Wiggins to our coaching staff. Hananiah is a first year grad student focusing on Interpretation and Performance Studies. Hananiah is ecstatic to share their knowledge and passion of forensics with the students of Eastern Michigan University! Hananiah attended Illinois State University where they participated in 8 national finals across multiple genres, culminating in a national championship in Duo Interpretation. After graduating with a bachelor of science in Acting, Hananiah went on to coach the University of Illinois at Chicago, where they coached students to national finals and aided in the teams top 11 finish at the national tournament. Hananiah is excited for a year with EMU. Go Eagles!

On September 6th-8th the team held an intensive prep where returners and a few of our new recruits worked on researching topics, finding innovative literature, and even began rehearsing their performances for competition. This was just one of three different prep weekends the team held over the summer. Thank you to everyone who helped make those weekends possible!

Our on-campus recruitment led to our open auditions, which took place this past weekend. We were delighted by the response! From the many students who auditioned over the course of two days, we are thrilled to announce that we have five new members of the team recruited from campus. This brings our novice class to eleven new students! While many of them are already busy working on performances, we will be formally welcoming them this coming weekend at a novice orientation. Be sure to check out our social media to learn more about our new recruits! EMU Forensics social media information can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.

We are so excited about the upcoming season which begins on Sep 27th with the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League Novice Workshop. We hope that all of you have a wonderful semester and we look forward to sharing more with you throughout the season!


CMTA Welcome Back Party

The annual CMTA Welcome Back Party, hosted by the lovely Sally McCracken and Bette Warren, was held just before the beginning of the Fall semester. With a theme set in the '60s, one of the friendly competitions was for "Best '60s Costume," which went to Melanie Bond and John Cooper, with special recognition to Jordan Bond for wearing actual baby clothing from the '60s! Madeleine Huggins won the award for "Best Dessert" with her blueberry jello salad dessert! We hope everyone had a wonderful time and was able to wrap up their summer before jumping into the busy Fall semester.


Kudos to Crystal Campbell on the Inclusion of Her Work in "Love and Other Futures"

Some of part-time lecturer Crystal Campbell's work will be featured in the anthology "Love and Other Futures" this Fall. The book, which holds a collection of poetry and prose from "untold stories of love and liberation," a series of workshops for women of color, will be published in November with a public release/performance held at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse in Depot Town. The project is grant funded by the Ann Arbor Community Foundation. Kudos, Crystal!


EMU Theatre 2019-2020 Season

Eastern Michigan University Theatre is thrilled to introduce the 2019-2020 season, which includes six MainStage, two Second Stage, and two DTFY touring productions. Outside of these, there will also be a full season of student produced projects and productions in our Lab Theatre! Each of these shows culminate to construct our diverse season, which focuses around the idea of "shifting perspectives" in the world we live in. Check out the season brochure (found in the Quirk building) for more information!


Break a Leg, John Seibert!

Congratulations to our very own John Seibert, who will be performing as Torvald in "A Doll's House, Part 2" with Tipping Point Theatre! The production opens this week, and performances run September 19th to October 20th. Break a leg, John!


EMU Theatre Fall 2019 Auditions

Congratulations to those cast in the Fall 2019 EMU Theatre productions! We can't wait to see what EMU Theatre has in store for us this season.


The cast of "Cabaret" includes: Parker Stephen Nolan (Master of Ceremonies/Emcee), Rosemary Coryell (Sally Bowles), David Liskow (Clifford Bradshaw), Rory Quist (Ernst Ludwig), Sarah Gunter (Fraulein Schneider), Quentin Villa (Herr Schultz), Aaron Greunke (Customs Officer/Bodyguard), Gabriel Stephenson (Max/Sailor), Maria Tucker (Fraulein Kost), John Milkovich ("Rudy" Sailor/Bodyguard), Kathleen Cicero (Frenchie), Savannah VanStee (Texas), Emma Doyle (Helga), Jackie Marlett (Rosie), Lindsey Scheidler (Lulu), Abbi Bick (Fritzie), Andrew Fogle (Bobby), John Verellen (Victor), Jon Bargas (Herman), and Damone "Bello" Morton (Hans).

"The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats"

The cast of "The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats" includes: Delshawn Akpan (Peter), Tionna Gardner (Mother/Ensemble), Kelynn Barden (Amy/Ensemble), Azriel Reuven Apap (Archie/Ensemble), Larry Barker (Dad/Ensemble), Shannon Nemes (Ensemble), and Carly Buchbinder (Ensemble).


The cast of "Yellowman" includes: Nathalie Estiverne (Alma), and Davion Cameron (Eugene).

"Still Life with Iris"

The cast of "Still Life with Iris" includes: Lainie Plunkett (Iris), Leah Saunders (Mom/Miss Overlook), Eric Dahlgren (Mister Matternot and others), Savannah Johnson (Leaf Monitor/Annabel Lee), Atam Bedikian (Thunder Bottler One/Mozart), David Liskow (Memory Mender and others), Cameron Graham (Elmer/Grotto Good/3rd String), Megan Ann Liepa (Hazel/Gretta Good/Captain Also), and Maxwell Fritz (Flower Painter and others).


WEMU89.1 Interview with Melanie Bond

Every Tuesday, WEMU89.1 hosts a special segment titled "creative:impact" during their "Morning Edition" that aims to explore the people, places, and things that serve as the driving force behind Michigan's creative industries. Back in August, our very own Melanie Bond was featured to discuss her work in costume design and the recent publishing of her book, "Dressing the Scottish Court, 1543-1553 Clothing in the Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer of Scotland." To listen to the interview, follow the link below. Kudos, Melanie!


Congratulations, Joe Zettelmaier!

Congratulations to Joe Zettelmaier on the upcoming production of his play, "Haunted: The Great Lakes Ghost Project," with Roustabout Theatre Troupe! Check out the poster below for more information on this exciting production happening right here in Downtown Ypsilanti.


Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of "She Kills Monsters"

Congratulations to all involved with "She Kills Monsters" on their successful run! Beginning with two weekends of performances in June and wrapping up with a holdover weekend this Fall, the production got rave reviews from all who made it to Sponberg Theatre. We're sad to see it go, but are thrilled to see EMU Theatre continue making their way into the 2019-2020 Season.

The cast of "She Kills Monsters" included: Kelsey Booth (Agnes), Kaitlyn Frawley (Tilly), Mo Hoeffel (Kaliope/Kelly), Liana Abela (Lilith/Lilly), Linise Washington (Vera/The Beholder), Megan Liepa (Evil Gabbi), Marlene Goss (Evil Tina), Celah Convis (Narrator/Farrah the Faerie), Kevin Abbott (Steve), Aric Bird (Orcus/Ronnie), Cameron Graham (Chuck), and John Milkovich (Miles). Photos by Randy Mascharka.


Congratulations to Sarah Brabbs on the Use of her Book in the CBS Show, "Tommy"

Sarah Brabbs' book, "So People Say You're An Asshole: A Book for You, People Who Love You, and People Who Work with You," will appear on the CBS show "Tommy" this Fall. One of the writers for the show is a fan of her book, and they opted to include it in the season, as seen in the first clip of the season trailer below! Congratulations, Sarah!


EMU Theatre Lab Bill A

EMU Theatre's first Lab Bill production of the year will be opening in just a few weeks! The production consists of two one-act plays, each of which are directed by students. Performances run October 7th, 8th, 9th at 8:00 p.m. and October 9th at 5:00 p.m in the Lab Theatre.

"The Gulf"

Written by Audrey Celfaly, Directed by Shelby Seeley. The cast includes: AjZiona Campbell-Kelley (Kendra), and Marlene Goss (Betty).


Written by Michael Green, Directed by Lindsey Corliss. The cast includes: Celah Convis (The Inspector), Mat De Lisle (Mr. Oliver D'Arcy), Jasmine Broton (Mrs. D'Arcy), Patrice Linman (The Major), Evan Jaslow (The Vicar), Maria Moutzalsos (James), and Emily Proctor (Cook).


CMTA is on Facebook!

We are thrilled to announce the creation of our School of CMTA Facebook page, which was up and running beginning in August of this Summer. The page will be used to publish information about current events, announcements, and more. Follow along and go like our page!


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