In the Communication Arts Department at Minot State we see our production schedule and selection as a five pronged approach. During this academic season our primary responsibility is to the Minot State community, so seasons are selected with them in mind.
- Our Mainstage season, faculty-directed for Aleshire stage in Hartnett Hall, must include one classical work, one modern work (1880-1950), and one contemporary work (1950-present). Those productions generally occur the last weekends in October and February, and the third weekend in April.
- Our Black Box season is much less structured and open to anyone who would like to produce their own play. Prior to production, approval is needed. Black Box performances take place in our Black Box theater, a converted classroom/costume shop/green room located on the east side of Hartnett Hall.
- Campus Players, the oldest student organization on campus, produces the annual Christmas production. In addition we have a new academic program on campus called the Creative Dramatics minor. One of its focuses is to introduce area elementary school students to the wonderful world of theatre. We do that by touring productions of puppet or live action performances.
- Finally, we are the proud owners of the MSU Summer Theatre company. The company will be entering its 51st year the summer of 2016. Our focus during the summer is you, the audience. We select a season of shows you have expressed an interest in seeing and shows we think you would enjoy. Last season was one of our most successful ever, so trying to match that will again be our challenge for 2016.
If you have any suggestions for the upcoming season please do not hesitate to contact me as soon as possible. If you would like to view the history of MSU theatre, please take a stroll down the Theatre hallway in Hartnett Hall. There you can see one photo from every one of our productions since 1914.
We hope you enjoy the work we do here at Minot State, and I promise we will continue to offer you the highest quality of entertainment we can. Enjoy, and we will see you at the theatre.
Dr. Aili Smith
MSU Director of Theatre