The Entertainment Production students at Husson University take full advantage of the school’s Gracie Theatre. Each semester, they get multiple opportunities to sharpen their skills in a practical setting by actively “teching” over a dozen productions. As a presenting house, the Gracie is an excellent venue for our EP Students to apply the classroom to the workplace. Their training in Stage Lighting, Production Management, Technical Direction, CAD and Scenic Construction (to name just a few skills) is given a chance to grow and mature, working alongside industry professionals.
This Spring semester offers a challenging variety of productions. Each month, Entertainment Production, in partnership with NESCom’s Video Production and Live Sound programs produce four episodes of a Maine-based late night talk show. The Nite Show with Danny Cashman features a set constructed by the EP program specifically for the Gracie Theatre. EP students handle all of the theatrical demands of the show, from scenery to lighting to talent wrangling. It is a great opportunity to use the full range of EP training.
Early in the semester, on Feb. 10, the theatre hosted a traveling puppet show, Kaytek the Wizard, based on the book by Janusz Korczak and created by master Puppeteer, Brian Hull. The EP Crew assisted Mr. Hull with his performance which features specialized projections and lighting in addition to his internationally famous puppetry.
On March 31, the EP students will work a touring production of What’s Going On? – The Marvin Gaye Experience. Their duties will include the lighting requirements as well as the stage set ups. In past years, students have worked similar tribute concerts such as The Michael Jackson Experience and Almost Elton John. The theatricality and exciting music make these productions rewarding experiences.
April is always the busiest month for the EP Student. Production follows production, non-stop. This Spring, the EP students will assist The Husson University Theatre, a student-run activities club, to produce John Cariani’s Almost Maine on April 7 – 9. EP provides and supervises all of the technical demands for this production. Later in the month, the EP Crews will load in and tech a touring musical, Disenchanted (an irreverent and not-for children take on Disney Princesses) on April 22.
A week later, they will mount a production of You’re a Good man, Charlie Brown, which is a product of the Musical Theatre Performance class and several independent student practicums. The EP students will have worked on this production all semester, designing and producing all of the technical elements, and presenting the final product in the Gracie Black Box Theatre (our experimental workshop facility) on April 28-30.
The school’s commitment to professionalism and industry driven training drives every aspect of it curriculum. These and other on-going productions help the Entertainment Production degree program fulfill their part of the NESCom motto: “Ready to Work. Day One!”.