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    William Shakespeare’s classic comedy that celebrates love in times of winter receives a full production under the direction of Fr. Shawn Clerkin. This light-hearted favorite brings to the stage some of Shakespeare’s most entertaining of characters, including the melancholic Duke Orsino, the standoffish Olivia, the caustic Malvolio, the playful Feste, the sot Sir Tobey Belch, and the gender-bending Viola…or is it Cesario?!? Entwining music, mirth, and social comment, audiences are sure to be warmed by TWELFTH NIGHT in spite of the December chill. 

    Cassie Bielecki, Michael Fujito, Michael Haas, Megan Hamm, Karalyn Headley, Zach Hyman, Eli Kerr, Chase Miles, Catie Strout, Jenna Sulecki, and Zak Westfall

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    Megan Hamm as Viola/Cesario

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    Zach Hyman as Duke Orsino and Megan Hamm as Viola/Cesario


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     Karalyn Headley as Feste and Michael Haas as Malvolio


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    Cassie Bielecki as Maria, Karalyn Headley as Feste, Zak Westfall as Sir Toby, and Michael Haas as Malvolio

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     Special thanks to Rick Klein Photography for all promotional photos.


    Performances Thursday-Saturday, December 3-5, 10-12 at 8:00 pm, Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 pm.

    For reservations and more information, please call the Schuster Theatre Box Office at (814) 871-7494.

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     Gannon University's Schuster Theatre will be holding auditions for LAZARUS LAUGHED, written by American master Eugene O’Neill. Directed by Alaina Manchester, this “Play for Imaginative Theatre” was and is one of the playwright’s most innovative and unusual plays. While O’Neill is better known for THE ICEMAN COMETH and LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, LAZARUS LAUGHED is a powerful exploration of the events following the raising of Lazarus from the dead by Jesus, and the lives that this extraordinary event touched. The play moves from Bethany, to Athens, to the emperor Tiberius’ palace in Rome. It invites the audience to question their own faith and the strength of conviction in the face of tyranny and doubt. This production will be our main stage entry for Fringe Fest Erie 2016.


    Performances: February 17-20 at 8:00 pm & February 21 at 2:00 pm


    Audition dates: Dec 3 & 4

    Audition times: 5-7pm

    Audition location: Schuster Theatre


    For auditions, please prepare a short monologue. Cold readings will be provided. Also, please dress in comfortable clothing for any movement exercises introduced as part of the audition process. If you have questions, please contact Alaina Manchester at


    Read all about auditions and Fringe Fest Erie 2016 in The Gannon Knight.

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    Gannon University's Schuster Theatre will be holding auditions for FRINGE FEST ERIE 2016 student directed productions.  Our student productions for Fringe Fest are:

    An Apartment with Grayson - Written and Directed by Michael Fujito

    Six Sigma - Written and Directed by Michael Haas

    The Dog Logs - Written by CJ Johnson and Directed by Megan Hamm and Cassie Bielecki


    Performances: February 1-24 at various times/locations 


    Audition dates: Dec 7 & 8

    Audition times: 7:30-9:30pm

    Audition location: Schuster Theatre


    For auditions, please prepare a comic monologue and a dramatic monologue (need not be memorized).  After all monologues, you may be asked by the directors to take part in cold readings.  Being asked to take part in any cold reading(s) is not indicative of casting.  If you have questions, please contact Jax Vadney, Fringe Fest Erie Producer, at 

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    Thank you to those who attended our Play Fest of Fear!  We would like to thank our Region II Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival respondants, John Gresh and Rebecca Prophet, for reviewing and responding to our student play festival.  Stage Fright:  Play Fest of Fear has garnered aKC/ACTF Certificate of Merit for the entire production team.  Mr. Gresh stated, "This program was student produced, directed, designed, and acted.  We thought that was admirable and a great learning experience."

    Performers Chase Miles (junior theatre/communication arts major) and Kendra Walker (first year business administration major) were nominated for excellence in performance and invited to participate in the Irene Ryan Regional Acting Competition at the festival.  Zach Hyman (sophomore theatre/communication arts major) was named as an alternate.

    Congratulations to our students on a wonderful production and best wishes as you prepare for KC/ACTF at West Chester University in January 2016.

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      All photos are courtesy of Rick Klein Photography. 


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