Trinity’s Spring Play
Directed by: Azizi Marshall
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
Written by: Arlene Hutton
April 19-21, 2013
Friday and Saturday, 7:00PM
$10 for adults
$5 for children, students and seniors
THE STORY: A religious community is changed when a non-believer has an ecstatic experience. The 1830′s Shaker society of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, is set in ordered ways. Their once dramatic form of worship has by now developed into routine. The arrival of Fanny upsets the harmony; the Sisters suspect her to be a “winter Shaker,” one who suddenly converts when life gets too hard on the farm. Fanny sees angels in the meadow, and soon all the young women are receiving spiritual “gifts” of songs, drawings, ideas and giggles, completely upsetting the community. The leaders question Fanny’s intentions and honesty: Is this a resurgence of the original Shaker celebration or something manufactured by Fanny so that she can remain with the Shakers? Eldress Hannah is jealous that she, the most devout of Shakers, has not been privileged to see the visions. But only the ones who question need visual proof. Whether they were heavenly or earthly, the angels were there. “Hands to Work, Hearts to God” is their motto, and in each scene the Sisters are always at tasks. The set is as simple as the Shakers: benches, baskets and laundry. Hymns sung a cappella punctuate the scenes of the play, which ends with a joyful explosion of Shaker singing and ecstatic dance.
About Trinity’s Theater Program
In addition to a well rounded theatre arts curriculum, Trinity proudly presents two main stage productions -a fall musical and a spring play- and a festival of “one- acts” each year. Students are encouraged to audition for acting roles as well as provide technical support in the areas of lighting, sound, costume, make- up, publicity, house management, set construction and stage management. All productions are run by Trinity students and the drama director.
Each production that a student is involved in provides opportunities to earn points toward joining The International Thespian Honor Society. When a student of sophomore status earns 10 points (or 100 hours of time devoted to the theatre department), she has gained the opportunity to become a Thespian.
Trinity theatre students are invited and encouraged to attend the Illinois High School Theatre Festival in January each year. Students also bring theatre arts to the local community by completing service projects throughout the year, and plan numerous cast and crew bonding activities, including the annual Hammy Awards in June.
A wide variety of theatre courses including Introduction to Drama, Theatre Stagecraft, Basic Acting, Acting II, Improvisational Theatre, Shakespeare and the Stage, and Theatre and Leadership prepare students for theatre opportunities outside of Trinity, as well as university level auditions for those pursuing careers in theatre arts.