Three major main stage productions are offered during every academic year, usually in October, February and April. These are directed by faculty or visiting artists and performed in one of our three theatres:
- The Kline Theatre is a modified thrust theatre seating 220;
- Stevens Laboratory Theatre is a black box theatre seating 50 with moveable seating. Stevens Theatre is used primarily for student scene work, one-acts, or senior Capstone productions. It is also used as a classroom studio for various theatre classes.
- The Majestic Theatre is an 850-seat proscenium theatre that has a fly system and orchestra pit. The department uses the space for larger scale productions such as musicals, Shakespeare, or popular comedies.
The production schedule is designed so that each student may see and/or participate in a variety of plays -- from different periods and in different styles -- during their four years at Gettysburg College.
The variety of productions includes Shakespearean plays (typically one every three years), comedies of manners, musicals, classical plays, works by the early modernists, contemporary plays and new experimental theatre pieces.
In addition, there are a number of student-directed projects, including directing projects by students in the Fundamentals of Directing course; staged readings of plays by students in the Playwriting and Devising course; an independent theatre festival, usually held in March, featuring student-directed plays; senior projects, and sometimes other special events.
Casting for each production is open. In fact, first-year students frequently take major roles alongside veteran performers!