FAQs about the Performing Arts at Wells College

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Theatre Department

Can anyone audition for a show?

Do I have to major in theatre to take classes?
No — classes and auditions are open to all Wells students.

Do I have to audition for the major?
No — any student with the required GPA in our courses may declare a theatre major.

How many productions happen per year?
We produce two main stage productions annually. In addition there are student thesis productions, a student dance concert, and a performance art installation in the String Room Gallery.

What kinds of plays have been staged at Wells recently?
"Elephant's Graveyard"; "Servant of Two Masters"; "The Paths We Take" - Faculty Dance Concert 2013; "Thirst "- Multimedia Installation, Wells College Library

Does Wells do musicals?
Our department focuses mainly on classic and contemporary non-musical plays.

What styles of dance can I study at Wells?
Modern dance, ballet and pointe, jazz dance

Do students get a chance to choreograph or direct shows?
Yes! Abundant and diverse directing and choreography opportunities include: the directing and choreography courses, Senior Theatre and Dance thesis productions, and the Dance Collective student concert.

What musical ensembles are available?
Concert choir, jazz band, and chamber orchestra.

Do theatre majors have to write a thesis?
Theatre majors may choose either to write a thesis or to stage a live theatre production as their thesis project.

What kinds of internships are available in the performing arts?
Professional arts organizations across the country and abroad offer students real work experience, networking opportunities, and the possibility of employment through internships in arts management, stage management, office management, fundraising, design and technical theatre (lighting, sound, costume).


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