TheatreFESTival

Saturday June 15, 2019

1pm - 5pm Frank Thompson Hall

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On June 15, 2019 from 1-5pm NC State and University Theatre will pull back the curtain for a never before seen glimpse of live theatre. TheatreFESTival is a casual open house experience allowing the audience backstage to see the magic behind live performance.

Choose from a long list of ongoing experiences creating your custom event. Drop in for an interview with the actors or head backstage for a guided tour of the sets. Hear from TheatreFEST founder John McIlwee on life as an artist or try your hand at painting in our scene shop.

Local theatre companies will be onsite with information on their upcoming seasons and various vendors will be available with information and giveaways!

Check out all the experiences below and download Guidebook to tailor your day.

With live music, prizes, tours and much more, University Theatre is putting the FESTival into TheatreFEST!

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Signature Experiences

matineeMENU

Cold dessert, drinks and snack options
King of Ice Cream : Jones Lemonade Slushy : RAVE! : APO Honor society

Scene from TheatreFEST 2018, The 39 Steps

ActorCHAT - Titmus

Interviews with the cast of TheatreFEST

Hear the untold stories of what it is like to be a working actor in Raleigh and what it takes to learn all those lines. Join the Raleigh Little Theatre’s Heather Strickland and Charles Phaneuf as they chat with the director and cast of Bright Star the Musical. Be sure to bring your own questions.

45 Minutes
Seated
1:15pm & 2:30pm
Titmus Theatre

Hear the untold stories of what it is like to be a working actor in Raleigh and what it takes to learn all those lines. Join the artistic directors of Honest Pint Theatre Susannah Hough and David Henderson as they chat with the director and cast of Go Back for Murder and be sure to bring your own questions.

45 Minutes
Seated
1:45pm & 3:00pm
Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre

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Backstage tours of this year’s TheatreFEST

Pull back the curtain and see the other side of the show. Led by the staff of University Theatre this is your chance to see how the magic of the theatre works. Tours meet in front lobby near the welcome desk.

30 minutes
Walking Tour
2:00pm & 3:55pm
Meet at Backstage Door

Pull back the curtain and see the other side of the show. Led by the staff of University Theatre this is your chance to see how the magic of the theatre works. Tours meet in front lobby near the welcome desk.

30 minutes
Walking Tour
1:15pm & 2:30pm
Meet at Backstage Door

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Historic tour within the home of TheatreFEST

Led by NC State Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Emeritus, Dr. Thomas Stafford, go behind the walls of this 1925 building and see how one of the first homes of the WolfPack BasketBall Team was transformed into the home of University Theatre.

40 minutes
Walking Tour
1:10pm, 2:10pm, 3:10pm & 4:10pm

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A dialogue with the founder of TheatreFEST

John McIwee’s lifetime contribution to theatre arts is filled with thrilling stories, hilarious incidents, and heart-warming moments. In this casual interactive setting, hear master storyteller John McIlwee answer your questions about his life in the arts and how he made NC State a destination for high caliber live performance for all.

25 Minutes
Seated
1:30, 2:45, & 3:20pm
Design Studio room 300

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See how fights are choreographed in TheatreFEST

Learn how the fight is fought. Heather J. Strickland, member of the Society of American Fight Directors, choreographs armed and unarmed combat right before your eyes. Come with questions for this interactive experience.

30 minutes
Seated
3:20pm & 4:30pm
Titmus Theatre

stageCRAFT

Tour the shops and control booths of TheatreFEST

Have you ever wondered how the magic is made? Put on your safety goggles as we see the various ways University Theatre creates the scenery, costumes, lighting and video for TheatreFEST.

40 Minutes
Walking Tour
1:20pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:35pm, & 4:20pm
Meet in front lobby

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Q&A with Scenic Designer Jayme Mellema

Take a moment to hear from resident scenic designer Jayme Mellema as he details his artistic journey from script to sketch and from shop to stage in this 25 minute Q&A session.
25 minutes
Seated
2:10, 3:55, & 4:30pm
Design Studio Classroom 300

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Q&A with costume designers Laura Parker & Adrienne McKennzie

Take a moment to hear from the costume designers of this year’s TheatreFEST and try your hand at threading the needle with a hands on costuming activity

25 minutes
Standing & Sitting
1:10, 2:15, 2:55, 3:35, 4:20pm
Costume Shop

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Interactive costuming activity

Try your hand at the needle in this interactive educational sewing activity.

Interactive Activity
Seated
Open throughout the day 1-5pm
Costume Shop

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Interactive painting activity

See how we transform the stage in this interactive painting activity. Grab a brush and leave your mark on a piece of community art.

Interactive Activity
Standing
Open throughout the day 1-5pm
Scene Shop

All times and events are subject to change.


All times and events are subject to change.


Encore Experiences

Ongoing entertainment throughout the day and throughout the building

wolfpackPICKERS

The Wolfpack Pickers is an open bluegrass Jam Band of all skill levels who are affiliated with NC State

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Activities for all ages – Face painting by Clowning with Justine

matineeMENU

Cold dessert, drinks and snack options
King of Ice Cream : Jones Lemonade Slushy : RAVE! : APO Honor society

All times and events are subject to change.


Actors bowing

coSTARS

Information and Giveaways

Honest Pint Theatre

Theatre Tickets

Theatre Raleigh

Theatre Tickets

Theatre in the Park

Theatre Tickets

Raleigh Little Theatre

Theatre Tickets

Women's Theatre Festival

Theatre Tickets

Forest Moon Theatre

Theatre Tickets

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Prizes and Giveaways

Our list of growing partners will be onsite with promotions, prizes and giveaways!

Check back regularly as more partners join the cast

NC State Athletics

Sporting Tickets

State of the Art

Tee Shirts

Liquid State

25% Off with Festival Program

NC State Live

Theatre Tickets

RAVE!

Wine and Beer Services

Live it Up! Hillsborough Street

Information and Events

RDU OnStage

Information for local Theaters

 

If you are interested in being a part of TheatreFESTival, please contact Joshua Reaves – jareave2@ncsu.edu