Exhibition Illuminates 100 Years of LCT Design

February 13, 2014

“The Art of Theatre: Master-Medium-Mentor: on view at the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery from February 6-April 10; Public Reception on March 1.

In celebration of 100 years of the Little Country Theatre, the Memorial Union Gallery, in partnership with the NDSU Department of Theatre Arts, presents “The ART of Theatre: Master – Mentor – Medium,” curated by Professor Emeritus and Little Country Theatre historian Donald E. Larew. This multi-media exhibition focuses on three themes—master, mentor, medium—to illustrate the thriving, artistic history of the NDSU Little Country Theatre.

The exhibition includes scenic and costume designs of master artists, including Broadway designers Robert Edmond Jones, Raoul Pene de Bois, and Donald M. Oenslager, who served as mentors for the Little Country Theatre founder Alred G. Arvold’s son Mason, who worked on Broadway. Lighting, stage management, costume, and scenic design work executed by students with the mentorship of  Department of Theatre Arts faculty is featured, highlighting the fruitful relationship between student and mentor that has flourished throughout the history of the Little Country Theatre. Productions that were repeatedly re-imagined throughout the Little Country Theatre’s 100-year history are also reconsidered, demonstrating a wide array of creative solutions to the same script.

A public reception will take place on March 1, 2014 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. The reception will feature an illustrated history performance by Steve Stark entitled Dramatic Connections: William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln and the Little Country Theatre as well as a screening of the documentary The Past is Prologue: Celebrating 100 Years of Theatre at NDSU.

The historic exhibition will be on view from February 6 – April 10, 2014.
More information can be found at www.ndsu.edu/mu/programs/gallery/current_exhibits.

Fred WalshDr. Fred Walsh, former theatre department chair
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