Category Archives: Productions

Spring Shorts – 2017

Spring Shorts
April 21 & 22, 2017
A collection of one-acts written by Kavelina Torres

“Little Bits” by Kavelina Torres, directed by Amanda Casterline
“Gabby’s Descent” by Kavelina Torres, directed by Emily Ross
“Cacetugmi” by Kavelina Torres, directed by Frederica Matumeak
Readers Theatre:
“Coffee” by Kavelina Torres, directed by Nancy Nguyen
“That Time Last Summer When…” by Kavelina Torres, directed by Nancy Nguyen
“Jin and Baron” by Kavelina Torres, directed by Amanda Casterline

 

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress poster

Production poster

“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” by Alan Ball
Directed by Carrie Baker
March 24 – April 2, 2017

Cast
Frances……………………………Natilly Hovda
Meredith……………………….Sarah Williams
Trisha…………………………..Meghan Fowler
Georgeanne………………………Jill Shipman
Mindy…………………………….Brandi Larson
Tripp………………………………….Jared Olin

Photos follow the Production Crew listing.

Director… Carrie Baker
Set Designer… Kade Mendelowitz
Technical Director… Adam Gillette
Carpenters… Mary Conlin, Freddy Gryder
Costume Designer… Amanda Casterline
Costume Shop Supervisor… Jerene Mosier
Costume Construction… Lara Lotze ,Frederica Matumeak and Jerene Mosier
Lighting Designer… Colby Freel
Electricians… Elsbeth Cheyne, Colby Freel, Lara Lotze, Frederica Matumeak, Kailey Miranda and Emily Ross
Sound Designer… Andrew Cassel
Props Master… Kailey Miranda
Assistant Director / Understudy… Nancy Nguyen
Stage Manager… Emily Ross
Assistant Stage Managers… Amanda Casterline and Bella Sellers
Marketing / Box Office… Nannette Pierson
Poster Designer / Social Media Director… Kade Mendelowitz
Casting Director / Vocal Coach… Andrew Cassel

Official review from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Official review from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

“Winter Shorts” – Fall 2017

October, 2016
The Winter Shorts, Fall 2017 included:

A Winter Conversation Written and Directed by Nancy Nguyen
Surface Break Written by Nate Cole, directed by Ariana Polanco
The Next Mrs. Jacob Anderson Written Written by Ann Wuehler, directed by Erlee Hjellen
The Stephen King Cameo Written Written by Michael Shaeffer, directed by Jill Shipman
Tipping Point Written by Paul McKinley, directed by Amanda Casterline

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof production poster“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Rebecca George
April 15-24, 2016

BRICK…………………………………………………..Jaron Carlson
MARGARET…………………………………………..Mary Conlin
BIG DADDY………………………………………….Steve Mitchell
BIG MAMA…………………………………………………Siri Tuttle
MAE…………………………………………………Katrina Kuharich
GOOPER………………………………………………Thomas Petrie
DIXIE……………………………………………………….Molly Cable
TRIXIE………………………………………………………Lizzy Cable
SONNY……………………………………………………Josie Adasiak
POLLY………………………………………………Charlotte Phillips
DOC BAUGH……………………………………Michael Shaeffer
REVEREND TOOKER………………………..Sam Thompson

Photos follow the production crew listing.

Read the official review of the production.

Read the official review of the production.

Would you care to read the article written by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner about the production?

Would you care to read the article written by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner about the production?

Director…Rebecca George
Scenic Designer…Adam Gillette
Costume Designer……Amanda Casterline
Lighting Designer…Kade Mendelowitz
Sound Designer…Chris John George
Stage Manager…Andrew Cassel
Assistant Stage Manager, Prop Master…Ben Coffroth
Technical Director & Master Electrician….Adam Gillette
Sound & Light Board Operator….Carl Sage
Scene Shop Manager..Adam Gillette
Scene Shop Assistants…Katrina Kuharich, Thomas Petrie
Carpentry Crew……..Wally Drumhiller, Mary Conlin, Carl Sage
Costume Shop Manager…..Jerene Mosier
Costume Shop Assistants..Amanda Casterline, Stephanie Rivet
Wardrobe & Makeup Supervisor…Frederica Matumeak
Hair Supervisor….Kaylee Larson
Costume Stitchers…Amanda Casterline, Stephanie Rivet, Linnea Doumas, Frederica Matumeak
Publicity Photographers.Kade Mendelowitz & Nannette Pierson
Box Office Manager / Public Relations / Poster Design..Nannette Pierson
Box Office Assistant.. Stephanie Rivet
House Manager/Head Usher… Ariana Polanco

Closer

Closer poster

Left to right: Brandi Larson, Mallory Smyth, Katrina Kuharich and Andrew Cassel star in “Closer”

“Closer”

Written by Patrick Marber
Directed by Ian Buoncore

Presented by the UAF Department of Theatre & Film February 12-21, 2016

Set Designer: Carl Sage
Costume Designer: Jerene Mosier
Lighting Designer: Kade Mendelowitz
Sound Designer: Richard Atkin
Stage Manager: Ariana Polanco

Cast
(in order of appearance)
Alice Katrina Kuharich
Dan Mallory Smyth
Larry Andrew Cassel
Anna Brandi Larson

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner did an article about the production.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner did an article about the production. (PDF)

Official Review

Official Review (pdf)

UAF Sun Star did a story (pdf)

UAF Sun Star did a story (pdf)

 

“Winter Shorts” Fall, 2015

Winter Shorts Poster Fall, 2015

Poster by Sam Thompson

This year’s Winter Shorts consists of three distinct segments: Antigone, Devised, and Ground Squirrel Improv.

December 11-13, 2015

Antigone, by Sophocles, is a classic tragedy set in the aftermath of a civil war in the Greek city state of Thebes. It details the consequences arising from Antigone’s choice to defy an edict from the new king Creon banning any memorial for Polyneices, one of the two royal brothers who were both slain in the war. The production is directed by UAF Senior Theatre major Carl L Sage, who also serves as the designer of all the shows technical aspects (scenery, lighting, and costumes). With the assistance of a production grant from the University of Alaska Fairbanks office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA),

Winter Shorts 2015 News-Miner Article

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner featured a blurb on the production, Dec. 10, 2015.

Antigone is meant to serve as a capstone for Mr Sage’s undergraduate theatrical education. The productions ensemble based cast features Elsbeth Cheyne as Antigone, Mary Conlin as Chorus B, Roxy Lane as Teiresias/Messenger, Tristan Matson as Guard/Haemon, Emily Ross as Chorus A, Andrew Vey as Creon, and Justine Webb as Ismene/Eurydice.

Devised is a collaboratively created theatrical piece, created and choreographed by performers Cynthia Jones, Katrina Kuharich, and Sierra Trinchet. Using music and motion, Devised explores the themes of growth and self-discovery.

Ground Squirrel Improv is a locally based improvisational comedy troupe. Troupe members Elsbeth Cheyne, Eugene Cole, Skyler Evans, Andrew Graham, and Andrew Vey draw on audience input to create spur of the moment comedy.

Stop Kiss

“Stop Kiss”

Stop Kiss production poster

Stop Kiss production poster

Written by Diana Son
Directed by Carrie Baker

Presented by the UAF Department of Theatre & Film October 30-November 8, 2015

Set & Lighting Designer: Kade Mendelowitz
Costume Designer: Stephanie Sandberg
Sound Designer: Chris John George
Stage Manager: Colby Freel

Cast
(in order of appearance)
CALLIE Katrina Kuharich
SARA Sierra Trinchet
DETECTIVE COLE Nate Cole
MRS. WINSLEY/NURSE Cynthia Jones
GEORGE Corey DiRutigliano
PETER Mallory Smyth

Review from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Review from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Review from the Sun Star

Review from the Sun Star

"Stop Kiss" article in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

“Stop Kiss” article in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Assistant Directer: Sam Thompson
Assistant Stage Managers: Mary Conlin, Andrew Glynn, Ariana Polanco, Paloma Polanco

Video spotlights are after the production photos below:



The Ash Girl

Ash Girl Poster“The Ash Girl”

Written by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by Brian EG Cook

Presented by the UAF Department of Theatre & Film April 17-26, 2015


Cast:

  • Carrie Baker as Sadness
  • Kellie Bernstein as Gluttontoad
  • Melissa Buchta as Fairy
  • Molly Cable as Mouse 3
  • Elsbeth Cheyne as Slothworm
  • Amelia Cooper as Greedmonkey
  • Nicole Cowans as Ashgirl
  • Leilani Eames as Mouse 1
  • Freddy Gryder as Envysnake
  • Marley Horner as Prince Amir
  • Cynthia Jones as Angerbird
  • Brian Kerley as Man in the Forest
  • Katrina Kuharich as Ruth
  • Jessica MacLeod as Stepmother
  • Sambit Misra as Paul
  • Nancy Nguyen as Judith
  • Charlotte Phillips as Mouse 2
  • Ariana Polanco as Princess Zehra
  • Paloma Polanco as Owl
  • Mallory Smyth as Pridefly
  • Sierra Trinchet as Lust
  • Ethan Whitfield as Otter

Production Team

  • Director and Scenic Designer: Brian Cook
  • Costume Designer: Bethany Marx
  • Lighting Designer: Kade Mendelowitz
  • Sound Designer: Chris John George
  • Stage Manager: Ian Buoncore

Saucy Jacks and When All Else Fails

Winter Shorts LogoTwo one-act plays and some improv! UAF English Major Grace McCarthy’s “When All Else Fails”, and esteemed local playwright Michael Shaeffer’s “Saucy Jacks”, accompanied by improv from our very own Ground Squirrel Improv Troupe! Each play is directed, performed, designed, and crewed by UAF students.

When All Else Fails“When All Else Fails” by Grace McCarthy
Directed by Ian Buoncore
Featuring (l-r) Theodore Hooker, Mallory Smyth, Katrina Kuharich, Nancy Nguyen and Elsbeth Cheyne.
Set design & Technical Direction by Marley Horner
Costume design by Nicki Karl
Lighting design by Matt Hutter
"Saucy Jacks" by Michael Shaeffer. Directed by Tyler McClendon.“Saucy Jacks” by Michael Shaeffer.
Directed by Tyler McClendon.
Featuring (l-r) Theodore Hooker, Nate Cole and Sierra Trinchet.
Set design & Technical Direction by Marley Horner
Costume design by Fiona Zachel
Lighting design by Matt Hutter

All photos by Kade Mendelowitz

An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls production poster“An Inspector Calls”

Written by J. B. Priestley
Directed by Brian Cook

Presented by the UAF Department of Theatre & Film November 7-16, 2014

Rachel Blackwell (Mrs. Birling)
Ian Hendren (Gerald Croft)
Marley Horner (Inspector Goole)
Katrina Kuharich (Sheila Birling)
Nancy Nguyen (Edna)
Nolan Raapana (Mr. Birling)
Mallory Smyth (Eric Birling)

Costume & Scenic Designer: Bethany Marx
Lighting Designer: Adam Gillette
Assistant Director: Ian Buoncore
Stage Manager: Kellie Bernstein
British Dialect Coach: Carrie Baker
Assistant Stage Manager: Ethan Whitfield

An Inspector Calls official News-Miner review

News-Miner review

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner did an article about the opening of the production.

News-Miner article

UAF Sun Star did an article about the production.

Sun Star article

UAF Sun Star review

UAF Sun Star review

 

Nickel and Dimed

Nickel and Dimed poster“Nickel and Dimed”

by Joan Holden, based on the 2001 book of the same title by Barbara Ehrenreich

Directed by Brian EG Cook

October 25 – November 9, 2013*
Extended due to popular demand!

Click on any image for a larger view.

Following the Sunday, Oct 27 matinee, audience members and the general public were invited to a panel discussion about minimum wage issues, moderated by Cook. The panel included professors from the University’s departments of sociology and psychology, and the School of Management, as well as an academic advisor from the Office of Student Support Services, and the director of the local food bank.

News article

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner featured an article on the production!

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner review of "Nickel and Dimed"

The official Fairbanks Daily News-Miner review.

Cast:
Rachel Blackwell Barbara
Melissa Buchta Woman, Daughter, Customer, Carlie, Marge, Patient 3, Lady
Daniels Gail, Maddy, Patient 4, Mom
Nicole Cowans Nita, Server 1, Hector, Rich Lady, Patient 1, Melissa
Ian Hendren George, Man, Boyfriend, Stock-boy, Pete, Timid Man
Marley Horner Editor, Philip, Customer, Ted, Howard
Katrina Kuharich Server 2, Joan, Holly, Social Worker, Sari
Nancy Nguyen Teenager, Manager, Cashier, Customer, Nan, Patient 2, Kim
Production Team:
Director: Brian EG Cook
Set, Lighting & Sound Designer: Kade Mendelowitz
Costume Designer: Bethany Marx
Assistant Director: Mary Ludolph
Stage Manager: Steve Keller