NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will perform a Shakespeare Showcase Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. in the Jack Wann Theatre on the second floor of the A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.
“My idea in teaching this course is to increase appreciation of Shakespeare,” said Wann. “Shakespeare is the best thing actors can study to learn their craft. If you are a pianist, you want to perform Chopin. An artist studies Rembrandt. Actors should perform Shakespeare.”
Wann will direct 15 students who have taken his master class in Shakespeare over the past three weeks. The cast is Alexia Mullally of Dallas, Nic Ferguson of Shreveport, Jay Canova of Marrero, Brittany Shelton of Montgomery, Hally Lambert of Saint Amant, Grace Vogel of New Orleans, Payton Hartwick of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Maggie Moroney of Slidell. Also performing are Roger Green of Alexandria, Andrew Vessel and Bethany Lee of Baton Rouge, Leonard Harris of Baker, Mona Nasrawi of Covington, Chase Miller of West Monroe and Scarlett Saizan of Chalmette.
The show will represent 19 plays and 29 different characters. Wann has been working with the students three hours each weekday plus one on one sessions three times a week.
“They have gotten quite an immersion into Shakespeare,” said Wann. “The students are responding quite well. The excitement is there.”
Wann was a member of Northwestern State’s faculty from 1990 until 2003, building one of the top undergraduate theatre programs in the South.
Wann was named professor emeritus in 2003. He has maintained his close ties with Northwestern State by directing summer theatre productions and returning to campus annually to teach theatre classes on either Ibsen, Chekhov or Shakespeare.
In 2012, the former Loft Theater on the second floor of the A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Center was renovated as a state of the art acting and movement theatre and renamed in Wann’s honor. He was selected to the CAPA Hall of Fame last year.
Northwestern Theatre and Dance students, from left, Leonard Harris of Baker, Mona Chase Miller of West Monroe and Scarlett Saizan of Chalmette will be part of a Shakespeare Showcase Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Jack Wann Theatre in the A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Center.