Theatre NDSU to present “The Wild Party”
Theatre NDSU will present Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party” Oct. 13-15 and Oct. 20-23 in Askanase Auditorium in Reineke Fine Arts Center. Thursday-Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show starts at 2 p.m.
“The Wild Party” is a musical based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March and is set in a Manhattan apartment during the Roaring ’20s. Queenie, a vaudeville dancer, and Burrs, a vaudeville clown, throw a party to end all parties in an effort to generate the excitement that brought them together.
Lippa, a renowned Broadway composer and lyricist, has received Tony and Grammy nominations and shared in an Emmy for the Nickelodeon television series, “The Wonder Pets.” He wrote the music and lyrics for the musical, “The Addams Family,” and contributed three new songs to the Broadway version of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
He was the 2011 artist-in-residence for Theatre NDSU, sharing his knowledge and experience with NDSU students during a series of workshops during spring semester 2011.
“When I work with students, I get to watch them wrestle with the work and with feelings. In musical theatre, I always say we are not in the business of thinking, we are in the business of feeling,” said Lippa, who has taught students at Yale University, Harvard University, Elon University and his alma mater, the University of Michigan.
“Some students completely fall apart emotionally when you’re working with them, which is my favorite part because it means they connected with something very real to them. I think a full 50 percent of the students I worked with here at NDSU cried in a teaching situation. I say that proudly, because I want them to experience life.
“When I was in college, I had someone say, ‘Hey, you should write musicals.’ I had never thought about doing that. So, if I can help someone in that way, that is its own reward,” said Lippa, who also is an accomplished singer.
“It has been an honor to work with Andrew Lippa,” said Katharine Strom, a senior theatre arts major from Fergus Falls, Minn. “I have not only learned vocal and acting techniques from him, but also how to be a humble, graceful and lovely person. He is the real deal and I consider myself incredibly blessed to have met him.”
For tickets or for more information, visit www.ndsu.edu/finearts/theatre/LCT/wild_party.html.