Play Selection

Past Seasons

Season Chart

Current Format

Three faculty-directed, fully mounted, full-length shows each semester:

  • Musical (Mainstage)
  • Non-Musical (Mainstage)
  • Non-Musical (Showcase)
  • plus Directors’ Debut (1-3 Students)

Key Considerations

  • Casting: total number of roles, male vs. female
  • Writers: the “canon,” diversity, recent, interface with curriculum
  • Costumes: period vs. contemporary, build vs. stock (pull/alter) vs. purchase, total number of costumes, staffing/hours
  • KCACTF: one fall show entered as “participating”; all others as “associate”
  • Calendar: academic calendar, move in/out dates, build vs. stock, staffing/hours
  • Legal: availability, cost, restrictions
  • Director-driven vs. program-driven
  • Other: cost vs. revenue (although we are not “box-office driven”), impact on and reaction from local community

Casting: Non-Traditional vs. Color-Blind

Non-traditional casting” is defined by Actors Equity as “the casting of ethnic, minority and female actors in roles where race, ethnicity or sex is not germane to character or play development.”. The symposium focused on ethnicity, and raised implications beyond the theater into all of the entertainment industry. [SOURCE]

Equity’s Policy

Texas UIL OAP Handbook

  • The League strongly supports ‘blind-casting’ as an educational tool.
  • Each cast member may play multiple roles.
  • A male may play a female role and a female may play a male role as long as they play the part as the gender that is intended.

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