Professor of Education Pat Collins is directing “Mad About Theatre,” a series of one-act plays that opens in the new Black Box theatre at the Geneva Community Center on Thursday, Nov. 5. A production of the Geneva Theatre Guild (GTG), the performance brings together people from GTG, a number of Finger Lakes communities, The Boys and Girls Club of Geneva, as well as many Hobart and William Smith Colleges students and staff members as performers and crew members.
“The intimate performance space offered by the Black Box theatre and this group of very short and funny one-act plays complement each other perfectly and we found a number of community members eager to be a part of this production in some way or other,” explains Collins. “It has been wonderful to see individuals, families and groups from around the Finger Lakes become involved.”
There are two father-daughter combinations performing in the show, and Collins’ daughter and William Smith alumna Katharine Collins ’09 has joined him in the production as the stage manager. Hobart and William Smith students performing throughout the evening include Molly Bilinski ’12 and Eric Hambury ’13, in “One Minute Play” and Hambury and Kaitlin Roth ’10 in “Impromptu.” Stan Weaver, director of audiovisual/media services at HWS, is also performing in “The Actor’s Nightmare.” Bill Burd, technical director at Bartlett Theatre, has been helping on lighting. William Smith first-years Pearl Kerber and Hayley Bauza are part of the production team.
“Mad About Theatre” performances will take place at the new Black Box Theatre at the Geneva Community Center on Carter Road on Nov. 5, 6, 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday the 8th at 2 p.m. Ticket price is $12 adults and $10 for students and seniors. $1 of every ticket will go to the Geneva Community Center to benefit further activities there. Ticket outlets are Area Records, Don’s Own Flowers, UPS store, the HWS college store, and on-line at www.gtglive.org.
For more information visit the Geneva Theatre Guild Web site at gtglive.org or call (315) 789-8985.