RICHMOND, Ky. (LEX 18)- The EKU Theatre Department has announced the last dates of their final production after the program was suspended last spring.
The Board of Regents voted to suspend the Theatre Department due to monetary concerns.
Department head Matthew Johnson posted about the school’s final production, a Cabaret, on Facebook. The Celebration of EKU Theatre will take place in April of next year.
“While I love a good tragedy, that’s not the way we choose to go out! For our final production as a department, we are going to throw a party, a celebration of all things EKU Theatre: all the joy, all the laughter, all the tears, all the love, all the drama—April 12 and 13 in the Gifford Theatre and we want you to come play! The past few years, Alpha Psi Omega, has hosted a monthly Cabaret in Pearl Theatre, basically a talent show, singing, dancing, spoken word, stand up, improv; it’s a wild and wooly night. In the spirit of that loose, student-led, romp we are going to produce a retrospective of shows past. We want representatives from every era of EKU theatre and we want you to strut your stuff. Bring back your favorite performance, monologues, songs, scenes, dance numbers, puppets…whatever!” wrote Johnson.
Johnson tells LEX 18 that the student organization Alpha Psi Omega will continue to produce plays and that Shakespeare in the Ravine will continue in the summers. The theatre department, in its previous school-sponsored incarnation, will no longer exist.
“The Theatre Department is suspended after this year and we are teaching out all of the current students to assure that they get the degree they signed up for. There will still be theatre on campus… just no department as it exists now,” explained Johnson.
If you are an EKU alum interested in being involved, you can contact the theatre department for more information.