Students take over the stage and get creative.
Three weeks. That’s all the time that it takes to put on a show. That’s all the time that you really need, right? I mean, three weeks is a ton of time— that’s like 504 hours of nonstop creativity—and lots of coffee. That’s 30,240 minutes to create the perfect show. It’s exactly 1,814,400 seconds to direct, memorize lines, understand blocking, build sets, find costumes, create lighting and sound designs— and not to mention to find time to breathe in between.
That’s really not a lot of time, is it? But that’s what the cast and crew of SAMC Theatre’s New Generations have been doing for the past three weeks.
One may say that this is insanity, or sheer madness, and others might say this is dedication. And it is indeed dedication. Think of one thing that you love, that you positively adore— wouldn’t you spend all the time that you could working on it in order to improve it and reach a positive end result?
That’s what the cast and crew of New Generations at SAMC Theatre have been doing for the past three weeks. They have been working hard on something that they love and are passionate about in order to create something beautiful. Now, you may ask—what exactly is New Generations? The title doesn’t really lend itself to a definition, and its description as “a festival of student-created, generated, and liberated theatre” only skims the surface of what it truly is. New Generations is a coming together of student artists, a merging of talents, and the blending of knowledge and learning to create theatre.
New Generations features five different shows in one night of theatre that will make you want more. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a monkey trying to type into infinity until it can write Hamlet? Or how about that blind dinner-date that couldn’t possibly get any worse? Do you feel that corporations are trying to take over the world? I Spy With My Little Lie written by graduate Nicola Prigge explores the deception that lies behind the big businesses.
Imagine what it would be like to be lavishly rich, but excessively bored. Or what if you miss your chance to tell someone that you love them? Building Blocks, by current student Benjamin Buckingham, explores past choices and how they affect the present.
These shows are directed by: Amy Dauer, Brittany Gainer, Megan Couch, Sarah Ruth, and Eleanor Felton.
SAMC Theatre’s New Generations runs January 29-February 3rd at 7:30pm with a 2:00pm Saturday Matinee. Tickets range from $8-14.