Puppets, kings, and constellations: Dramashop’s 2016-2017 season
At Dramashop, we believe there is value in every step of the creative process, not just the end product. We believe there is value in the creation and production of theatrical works, and that much of the magic of theatre happens before the audience arrives.
A brief snippet of Dramashop’s mission statement is a small reminder how exciting this “theatre in process” truly is. And “exciting” is a great word to describe their upcoming 2016-2017 season.
Last night (amidst friends, family, and phenomenal food), Dramashop announced their sixth season at Calamari’s Squid Row. The event was attended by many veteran Dramashop performers, but also featured many from the performing/musical community in Erie. Zach and Jess Flock, the momentum behind Dramashop’s success, were on hand to stir up excitement for the new season.
Artistic Director Zach Flock kicked off the event by highlighting new facets of the 2016-2017 season ($5 opening nights, quarterly Director Emeritus lectures, workshop options).
Flock also introduced a new position for Dramashop: an associate artistic director (“the right hand man for any Hamilton fans out there”). Flock’s second-in-command will be Alaina Manchester, who is an adjunct theatre instructor at Gannon University with specialties in stage combat and choreography (and she just hands-down rocks, having been directed by her in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in 2011).
This coming season, Dramashop will be focusing on productions which are “bold, creative, and support our motto of ‘theatre in process’.” These productions include:
- Hand to God
- Dark Play or Stories for Boys
- King Charles III
- Laughter on the 23rd Floor
- Reefer Madness
I walked away from the Curtain Call event feeling really jazzed for what’s to come at Dramashop. They constantly keep pushing the envelope, improving and expanding upon what they created the previous year. I’m most looking forward to seeing Hand to God, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and Reefer Madness (their June 2017 musical).
BONUS: See, Here’s the Podcast will be sitting down with Artistic Director Zach Flock and Associate Artistic Director Alaina Manchester during this week’s episode! Tune in on Facebook or Twitter Friday evening to hear the episode before its official release on Saturday morning!