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Theatre Production History

More than 150 productions have entertained and enlightened our campus and community since 1935. Here is a brief history of Centralia College theatre productions:

2011-2012

Shipwrecked; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Great Cross Country Race

2010-2011

Dracula: the Untold Story The Heart Has Its Season, Pt. II; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Twelfth Night

2009-2010

Third, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, The Heart Has Its Season, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Rabbit Hole, The Great Cross Country Race

2008-2009

Picasso at the Lapin Agile, You Can't Take It With You, Biloxi Blues, A Midsummer Night's Dream

2007-2008

Barrymore, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, In the Sawtooths, Nunsensations!, Weekend Live

2006-2007

Mere Mortals, Peter Pan, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

2005-2006

Fuddy Meers, Northwest Passage, Pippin, The Great Cross Country Race

2004-2005

Talking With, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Much Ado About Nothing

2003-2004

"ART," Fortinbras, The Little Shop of Horrors, A Midsummer Night's Dream

2002-2003

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Ordinary People, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Importance of Being Earnest

2001-2002

The Taming of the Shrew, A Few Good Men, West Side Story, Bang, Bang You're Dead, Love or Baseball

2000-2001

The Comedy of Errors, The Diviners, The Pirates of Penzance

1999-2000

As Bees In Honey Drown, Forever Plaid, Private Eyes, Psychopathis Sexualis

1998-1999

Woofer, the Psychic Dog, Children of Eden, The Curate Shakespeare, As You Like It

1997-1998

The Yellow Boat, A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine, The House of Yes

1996-1997

Twelve Angry Jurors, The Compleat Shkspr Abridged, True West, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

1995-1996

All in the Timing, As Is, Dancing at Lughnasa, Into the Woods

1994-1995

Lost in Yonkers, Our Town, Scapino!, Damn Yankees, Parallel Lives, The Kathy and Mo Show

1993-1994

The Boys Next Door, The Grapes of Wrath, The Heidi Chronicles, Godspell, Lend Me a Tenor

1992-1993

Steel Magnolias, Hamlet, Guys and Dolls, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

1991-1992

The Nerd, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Grease

1962-1991

The following shows were produced and/or directed by Phillip Wickstrom, 1962-1991; they are not in chronological order:
Outward Bound, The Typist and the Tiger, Noah, The Importance of Being Earnest, Antigone, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Village Wooing, Passion, Poison and Petrification, Box and Cox, The Bald Soprano, The Lesson, No Exit, Let's Get a Divorce, Mother Courage and Her Children, Hello Out There, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Endgame, The 12 Pound Look, LUV, Charley's Aunt, Admirable Chrichton, The Public Eye, The Private Ear, John Brown's Body, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Jewish Wife, Dial "M" For Murder, Trial by Jury, Picnic on the Battlefield

Corbet Hall opened in 1972, and the following productions were staged there:
The Pirates of Penzance, The Hostage, A Flea in Her Ear, Born Yesterday, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, I Am a Camera, Company of Wayward Saints, Finnigan's Rainbow, Playboy of the Western World, Riders to the Sea, Time of Your Life, Oklahoma, The Homecoming, Mame, Crimes of the Heart, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon-Marigolds, The Potting Shed, The Adding Machine, R.U.R., Hot L Baltimore, Of Mice and Men, Tartuffe, The Lady's Not For Burning, Awake and Sing, All My Sons, The Taste of Honey, Up the Hill Apiece, The Norman Conquest, Ubu Roy, The Physician In Spite of Himself, Night Must Fall, The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch, Arms and the Man, Black Comedy, Thurber Carnival, Nurse Jane Goes To Hawaii, The Tavern, Twelfth Night, Play Without Words, The Firebugs, Noises Off, The Elephant Man, Deathtrap, Blood Wedding, The Water Engine and Mr. Happiness, Picnic, The Real Inspector Hound, You Can't Take It With You, La Rond, Krapp's Last Tape

1951-1963

Between 1951-1963, a number of different directors produced the following 15 plays:
1963: The White Sheep of the Family; Director: Ed Eaton
1962: The Curious Savage; Director: Ed Eaton
1961: Outward Bound; Director: Ed Eaton
1960: Blithe Spirit; Director: Frank Rosa
1959: Dial "M" For Murder; Director: Frank Rosa
1958: You Can't Take It With You; Director: Frank Rosa
1957: The Rainmaker; Director: Ruth Stauffer
1956: My Three Angels; Director: Richard Lindner
1955: Harvey; Director: Norma Leigh Rudinsky
1954: The Brat; Director: Norma Leigh
1953: The Late Christopher Bean; The Blazer Blackouts; Director: Norma Leigh
1952: Sod, Sparkin'; After the Tempest; Director: Lucille Johnson
1951: The Man Who Came to Dinner; Director: Donald Houghton

1925-1950

The first 11 productions produced at Centralia College were directed by Margaret Corbet between 1925-1950:
1950: Wings of the Morning
1949: Strange Boarders (rehearsed but not performed due to the 1949 earthquake)
1948: Ladies of the Jury
1947: Captain Applejack
1943: The Miser
No other plays performed during the WWII years (1940-1946)
1930: You Never Can Tell
1928: Captain Applejack
1926-1927: Polish Pebbles; Wisdom Teeth; Stop Thief

Corbet Theatre

Contact Drama Department

Brian Tyrrell, Professor
(360) 736-9391, ext. 301
btyrrell@centralia.edu