Autumn Theatre Season in Review
The Covenant College Department of Theatre concluded a successful autumn season with the run of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, from November 10-19, 2016. With two shows this semester, the department brought high-quality theatre productions to life for the Covenant community.
The Bald Soprano
Beginning in September, the theatre department presented Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano. An absurdist story, the play explores the differences between speaking and talking, hearing and listening, and the chaos of miscommunication. The show ran from September 30-October 8. The October 8 show concluded with an after-show discussion panel featuring Dr. Jiewon Baek, assistant professor of foreign language; Dr. Nola Stephens, assistant professor of linguistics; and Camille Hallstrom, professor of theatre and director of The Bald Soprano.
“Discourse really has disintegrated in the current culture,” said Hallstrom. “We think we are communicating, but really, we are just saying the sounds that our side likes to applaud.”
The autumn season concluded with the production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Senior Matthew Mindeman ’17 performed the lead role in Hamlet for his senior integration project and the play was directed by Claire Slavovsky. Mindeman was joined on stage by Abi Ogle ’18, Rob Schonthaler ’17, Sammie Brown ’18, and Professor of English Cliff Foreman. Alumnus John Reeder ’16 composed and led the musical accompaniment for the production.
“Experiencing stories together is an important part of community—it creates cohesion,” Slavovsky said. “Not just the community of the cast and crew, but also the College and even the city.”