Virginia Intermont College Theatre Department has been hard at work exercising their creative muscles. Under the guidance of director/playwright Chelsea Marcantel, theatre majors have pursued the art of devising theatre which has culminated in an original script “Mountains: Great and Small.”
Drawing from actual experiences at Virginia Intermont College over the course of its rich history, “Mountains: Great and Small” is an invitation to the audience to explore and examine with a company of creators. The show delves into the complicated relationship between the past and the present, the brutal nature of change, and the hope and terror of starting over.
Created during an intensive devising workshop, the piece was constructed from the ground up by the ensemble under Marcantel’s direction. Rooted in physical theatre and collaborative experimentation, the piece is an engaging and modern world-premiere that incorporates poetry, plays, nonfiction texts, historical documents, and original writings by the students themselves. It is the first play of this kind to be created by Virginia Intermont students.
Marcantel, who drew from her experiences making theatre in Baton Rouge, Chicago, and New York, had this to say: “For first-time devisers, the students really jumped in with both feet. They were fearless. It can be hard when you’re used to making plays a certain way, to come in the first day of rehearsal and hear, ‘We don’t have a script, we don’t have a written plan, all we have is a direction.’ But they dove right in and gave 100%, and we’ve created something together that’s really beautiful and fascinating. It’s truly a story only they could tell.”
The play’s cast includes VI Theatre majors Mary Hannah Garber of Boones Mill, VA, Chris Hobbs of Bristol, VA, Stephanie McIntyre from Stuart, VA, and Will Duff of Roanoke, VA. Bonny Gable, VI Associate Professor of Theatre with Ms. Marcantel designed the set; lighting design and technical direction are by Will Hankins, VI Convocation Director and adjunct theatre faculty. Stage management is by VI theatre major Salonia Thorn of Ellenboro, NC. Technical assistance is by VI students Shelby Gage and Rob Lamb.
Performances are January 29, 30, 31, and February 1 at 7:30 pm each evening in Trayer Theatre in the Anne Worrell Fine Arts Center on the VI campus. General Admission tickets on sale at the door are $5. For more information contact Bonny Gable at 276-466-7973 or firstname.lastname@example.org.