Students Offer Live Theater at Pottstown Campus

MCCC Theatre Arts and the West End Student Theatre present “Incorruptible” (at top) by Michael Hollinger and directed by Jessica DalCanton

POTTSTOWN PA – After enduring 18 months in an entirely virtual theatrical space, the curtain is about to rise once again on in-person shows at Montgomery County Community College. On Tuesday (Nov. 9, 2021) announced the staging of two fall student theater productions: “Incorruptible” at North Hall on its Pottstown campus (at top), and “Orlando” in the Black Box Theatre at its Blue Bell campus (below).

Tickets are on sale now for both shows, which are open to the public.

At the Pottstown campus, West End Student Theatre and MCCC Theatre Arts present “Incorruptible” by Michael Hollinger and directed by Jessica DalCanton. Performances are scheduled for Nov. 18-20 Thursday through Saturday) at 7 p.m.; and Nov. 19 (Friday) at 12:30 p.m. in North Hall Room 228. Parking is available in the South Hall parking lot, 101 College Dr. For the first time, the performance will have an on-demand streaming option.

Students Offer Live Theater at Pottstown Campus
The college’s Theatre Arts and the Drama Club present “Orlando” by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Dyana Kimball, in Blue Bell

At Blue Bell “Orlando,” written by Sarah Ruhl, is directed by Dyana Kimball. Based on the Virginia Woolf novel, the story follows the title character, a young nobleman, who is drawn into a love affair with Queen Elizabeth I. Performances will be held Thursday through Saturday (Nov. 11-13) at 7 p.m.; Friday (Nov. 12) at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday (Nov. 14) at 2 p.m.

Masks are required on both campuses for all performances.

During the Pottstown show, audiences are welcomed to Priseaux, France, circa 1250 A.D., when the river flooded again last week. The chandler’s shop just burned to the ground. Nobody’s heard of the wheelbarrow yet. And Saint Foy, the patron of the local monastery, hasn’t worked a miracle in 13 years. In other words, the Dark Ages still look pretty dark.

All eyes turn to the pope, whose promised visit will surely encourage other pilgrims to make the trek and restore the abbey to its former glory. That is, until a rival church claims to possess the relics of Saint Foy, and ‘their’ bones are working miracles. All seems lost until destitute monks take a lesson from a larcenous one-eyed minstrel, who teaches them an outrageous new way to pay old debts.

The cast and crew, which includes students in the sound recording and music technology, and mass media production classes, enjoyed working together in a physical space again after so long, theatre Assistant Professor Timothy Gallagher said.

“It’s such a joy working with students again on campus,” said Gallagher. “Obviously we’re taking every precaution in how we work. The students’ experiences have been profound. It’s been a blast in rehearsals, building and designing everything. Obviously there have been challenges.”

“We’ve been online for a year,” he added. “Our students adapted so well to challenges of the last year-and-a-half. They’ve adapted well to coming back. They’re working hard on the execution of designs and acting. From top to bottom it’s great to be back in that space.”

Photos provided by Montgomery County Community College