Cedar Crest Students showcase their talent at a number of productions run throughout the fall and spring semester.
Throughout the fall and spring semester, students with a passion for the performing arts are able to showcase their talents in a variety of on-campus productions, including dramas and comedies, musical theatre, and dance productions. In addition to the opportunities listed below, all performing arts majors also will participate once a month in First Friday: a forum in which students present new works in progress for both faculty and peers.
Throughout the academic year, the Department of Performing Arts produces four theatrical productions. Productions include dramatic and comedic selections by contemporary playwrights as well as classics chosen for their challenging women's roles. Modern musicals from Off-Broadway and successful regional theatre premieres are selected for their challenging roles for women and contemporary themes.
Recent selections have included one-act plays by Tennessee Williams, Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, Moby Dick! The Musical by Robert Longden and Hereward Kaye and Leader of the Pack by Anne Beatts.
Regardless of your major or year, you are welcome to audition for the cast or to assist with backstage work, including stage crew, box office, scene shop, costume construction or stage management. Highlights include:
- Three dramatic/comedic performances per year
- One musical theatre production per year
- All students of any major or year may participate
Each year, the Cedar Crest College dance program offers two productions in which students can showcase their artistic and creative expression through dance.
- Student DanceWorks: This annual dance production features original choreography by a select group of Cedar Crest students.
- The Cedar Crest Dance Company:The primary goals of Cedar Crest College’s Dance Company are to develop an appreciation for dance as an art form and to provide professional experiences, with performance and production enhancement. To promote the exploration of style and to accommodate students who wish to develop as dance artists, a variety of dance forms are taught, with emphasis placed on reinforcement of technical skill, strengthening of the individual’s creative processes, and heightening recognition and appreciation for ensemble work. Workshops, guest teachers, and off-campus experiences provide additional enrichment opportunities.
- Performances may include participation in the theatre and musical productions presented by the Cedar Crest Stage Company, the faculty and student dance concerts and informal presentations throughout the year. Faculty and professional choreographers compose works in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance which are presented in the concerts.
- The Masterclass Series: As a member of the Cedar Crest Dance Company, you will participate in Masterclasses in tap, jazz and modern twice per semester. Previous mastereclasses include Rennie Harris from Puremovement, Kariamu and Company, Alberto Del Saz from the Nikolais Louis Foundation and Marcel Gbeffa from Reggie Wilson Dance Company.
- Previous residencies have included Nick Ross, artistic director of NicAndre Dance Company and San Francisco choreographer Alyce Finwall, with support from the Cultural Programs Committee and Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange. The current artist in residence is Lindsay Schaefer, artistic director of Artists In Unity.