Theatre department plans upcoming shows

The theatre department is thrilled to announce that their shows will be in-person this year.

Last year, they were produced via a virtual streaming process. But with fewer COVID-19 regulations, shows are now able to be performed face- to-face.

“We’re very excited that the shows are back in person,” said Theatre Department Chair David Rzeszutek. “Everybody will be masked, on stage and the audience, but it’ll be nice to have that symbiotic relationship between the actors and audience.”

There will be four shows this year: two in the fall season and two in the winter season.

The first show of the year is “Lonely Planet” by Steven Dietz. This will be a student-led production directed by Jaden O’Berry. Performances will take place Wednesday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 10.

The second show will be “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, adapted by Ian Woolridge, and directed by Dave Rzeszutek. Auditions are to take place Monday, Sept. 20 and Tuesday, Sept. 21.

The winter shows are “Silent Sky” by Lauren Gunderson and “Top Girls” by Carol Churchill. They will be directed by professors of theatre Peggy Mead-Finizio and Tommy Wedge, respectively.

Although the cast list for “Lonely Planet” has already been released, auditions for the other three shows will be open to all SVSU students.

“If [students] are interested in the shows …(they) do not have to be a [theater] major or minor to be involved in the shows on campus,” Rzeszutek said.

Students can also be involved behind the scenes and are encouraged to contact Peggy Mead-Finizio, with any inquiries.

Tickets will cost $15 and can be purchased day-of at the box office or online.

“We’re hoping for the best as we move forward through this pandemic and that we don’t have any major shifts that will cause any major changes for us,” Rzeszutek said. “With theatre, we roll with the punches, but sometimes stuff can be too much of a curve ball, so we’re hoping we can stay on the path that things have been going.”

If something does happen with COVID-19 regulations, the department is prepared to accommodate for it.

Updates on the shows, audition information and show times can be accessed at

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