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Theater department kicks off Senior Capstone Festival

Over the course of 10 days, the Belmont Theater Department is celebrating its senior class with seven productions in the 2015 Senior Capstone Festival.

Each performance is developed by at least one senior theater major as requirement for senior capstone credit. The festival will take place in four different venues on campus until April 19.

Gideon’s Knot

“Gideon’s Knot” takes place at a parent-teacher conference with a mother looking for answers as to why her son Gideon has been suspended from his fifth grade class. Soon, the conference between the characters turns into a dramatic discussion over bullying, failure of the school system and freedom of expression.

“It’s basically one long conversation that takes dips and turns that you don’t see coming. Also, it doesn’t answer every question. It leaves a lot up to the audience or reader,” said senior Kyle Odom.

The stage itself is set up in an alley style for the audience which allows for people to connect with the story, actors and each other, said Odom.

“You don’t just experience the show. You encounter, deal with and live everyone’s experience collectively.”

Odom summed up Gideon’s Knot as “Challenging. Human. Vulnerable and engrossing.”

Gideon’s Knot will be performed Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Belmont Little Theater located under Hail Hall

By the Bog of Cats

“By the Bog of Cats” takes the audience across the pond to rural Ireland and offers a loose retelling of Euripides’ “Medea.”

“It’s a different type of show as it is very interactive and the audience members are in control of their experience,” said senior Lauren Knoop, who is in charge of the production along with fellow seniors Michael Joiner and Shawn Hawkins.

“It’s set in promenade style so audience members can roam the stage with the actors and get as close as they want,” she said.

The description of the show said playwright Marina Carr blends “mythic with the modern, populating the ‘Bog of Cats’ with misfits, witches and ghosts.”

“By the Bog of Cats” will have shows Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Black Box Theater.

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Fray

In a collaboration of all seven seniors, the department will also perform a murder mystery production on Saturday and Sunday.

“Where There’s a Will, There’s a Fray” is an interactive performance in which audiences will move through the Troutt Theater complex to solve the murder mystery.

The description poses the questions “Who is the killer? Is it one of the cast members or is it someone in the audience? And is this murderers Curtain Call or is it just Act I?”

The murder mystery will take place Saturday and Sunday at 10 p.m. in the Troutt Theater.

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