Program Spotlight: Theatre Courses

Program Spotlight: Theatre Courses


If I could describe Ferris theater in
one word it would be with family. I’d say, community. I would describe it as
supportive. I would say family. Because it becomes family. ♫Happy Birthday♫ Family away from your major, family away
from your family. Theater has brought me the closest friends I’ve ever known. We aren’t just friends on stage we’re also friends offstage. Everyone knows each
other everyone, everyone’s friendly with each other. It’s just a great experience. We care, that’s what we do and it becomes something that
you want to be a part of. We have two shows a year, so one each semester. Usually do a musical in the Fall and then a play in
the Spring. The play we’re doing right now as a show called, The Curious Incident of
the Dog in the Night-Time, which yes is probably one of the longest titles in
the world. It is an adventure slash mystery story about a young gentleman on
the spectrum who is trying to figure out stuff about his family. I play Roger Shears. Roger is an interesting man. He tries his best to be
helpful when Christopher has his problems but he definitely has problems
of his own. You get a gold star. A gold star, well that’s very original I have to
say. The part that I’m playing in the current show, Curious Incident of the Dog
in the Night-Time, is Shavon. Shavon is a teacher and the closest friend that
Christopher, the main character, has. I’ve mostly been in ensemble parts but a lot
of people forget that ensemble is a really important part as well as the
lead. We’re changing sets, we’re dancing in the background while the leads are up
stage singing. The time when I’ve been particularly proud of any student, any
time that I get a student who thinks they don’t know what they’re doing,
getting on that stage and coming off saying that was fun. When you don’t know
there’s people there supporting you and you accidentally make eye contact with
somebody out on the stage and you get that feeling like oh my gosh I’m nervous
but there’s people out there watching me so I have to do it I can to impress. Some of the skills that I’ve learned
from theater is a lot of like oral presentation skills. Before I was not
very confident with making speeches and talking to a huge group of people but
when you’re on stage and you have to sing a song to everyone it makes it a
little bit easier. I think it’s definitely made me feel more comfortable
talking to superiors, job interviews, things like that. Being able to act a
character can really help your communication skills in life. It can
help you with job interviews, help you be more articulate and present yourself
better. Ferris State Theatre is a very welcoming and just overall great
environment to be in for students who are, maybe more technical majors, to let
loose and have fun and just have a passion for theatre. We have Construction
Management people and the tech class and we have CJ (Criminal Justice) people in acting class. We
have a little bit of everything in a little bit of all programs and it’s
really very cool. People should get involved in theatre because it’s
important to try new things, especially things that make you go out of your
comfort zone. I’ve met so many people who said, oh I’ve always wanted to do that,
I’ve always wanted to get on stage and perform and I just say well, why don’t
you do it? Students can get involved in theatre very easily. It’s very easy to
go to an audition. You don’t have to have any experience, which is a great
part of our audition process because maybe someone’s a little bit nervous and
you know self-conscious about singing or acting in front of people. What I do if I
come up with a student who was nervous I say, if you didn’t care it wouldn’t be
worth doing and because you are nervous that means you care. Come because it’s
fun. It is an opportunity to get a chance to do something you either love or
always wanted to try and be able to produce something that you’re proud of.

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