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STI schedule announced

May 14, 2014

Stephens College theatre students will work alongside faculty and guest artists this summer to produce five public performances as part of the annual Summer Theatre Institute.



STI teaches student actors basic stage techniques. Guest artists this year include John Wilson, a professional director, actor, fight choreographer and teacher; Jessica Burr and Matt Opatmy, a founding company member of the New York City-based acting company, Blessed Unrest; and Millie Garvey, a St. Louis-based director and choreographer.


All shows are free and open to the public. Following is a schedule of STI performances:


·  A Dozen Rootabagas – a children’s theatre performance

7:30 p.m., Friday, May 23

Warehouse Theatre, 104 Willis Ave.

Directed by Carol Estey

For young audiences, this delightful tale is adapted by professional actor/director/playwright Kip Niven, (from the writings of famed author and poet Carl Sandburg).


·  Slap Shtick! – comedy meets combat

7:30 p.m., Friday, May 30

Warehouse Theatre, 104 Willis Ave.

Directed/Choreographed by John Wilson

A comic look at what happens when a well-intentioned master class in fight choreography goes awry.


·   The Blessed Unrest Project – devised theatre magic   

7:30 p.m., Friday, June 6

Warehouse Theatre, 104 Willis Ave.

Directed by Jessica Burr and Matt Opatrny

An evening of thrilling, artist-driven magic!


· Women of the West – true tales of frontier women   

7:30 p.m., Friday, June 13

Warehouse Theatre, 104 Willis Ave.

Adapted and Directed by Lamby Hedge

Using authentic diaries and letters of the period, STI will make women of the frontier come alive once more.


·  A Grand Night for Show Music – a sparkling musical theatre revue

7:30 p.m., Monday, June 23

Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave.

Directed by Rob Doyen, Musical Direction by Cheryl Nichols and Choreographed by Millie Garvey


A joyous Broadway musical revue.

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