Eastern Connecticut State University’s Performing Arts Department Theatre program presents Johnsonville, a multi-media production, conceived and directed by David Pellegrini and choreographed by Alycia Bright-Holland. The show will run April 16-19, 2015 (Thursday through Sunday at 7:30pm with an additional 11pm performance on Friday). The show will be performed in Eastern’s Harry Hope Theatre, located in the lower level of Shafer Hall (corner of High and Valley Streets, Willimantic, CT).
Johnsonville is an original production devised by the director, choreographer, and the students in Professor Pellegrini’s Experimental Theatre class. This is one of the Theatre program’s capstone courses in which students may contribute to the production as actors, dancers, designers, directors, stage managers, musicians, videographers, writers, and in other creative and technical capacities. The Harry Hope Theatre seating and playing space relationships have been rearranged to allow for a dynamic interchange between the audience and the multi-media display of sound, lights, projections, video, text, and movement.
The set designed by Kristen Morgan; lighting by guest artist and Eastern alumnus, Matt Pryke; costumes by Theatre majors, Hanna Madler and Kayla Mainuli, and sound design by Joanne Nazro, add to the eclectic and electric ambiance. To note, the title and themes of the show were inspired by media coverage of the proposed sale of the deserted Connecticut town of Johnsonville. As a creative and collaborative response to this real-life story, Johnsonville, the show, takes an imaginative leap through time and beyond place.
Tickets are free for Eastern Students; $5 other students and groups of ten or more; $10 Eastern faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens; $15 general public. To reserve tickets for the show, please call the Box Office at 860-465-5123 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.