Acts of Passion
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Passion, in all its many expressions, abounds on the stages of the University of Alberta's Studio Theatre. Established in 1949 as the producing arm of the University's Drama Division, Studio Theatre productions serve as a showcase for students graduating from the professional training programs in acting, directing, design, construction and costuming. Recently celebrating its 50th anniversary, Studio Theatre continues to offer annual drama productions for the enjoyment of local theatre patrons.

Two Studio Theatre productions, performed in 1973 and 1984 respectively and both 'wrought with passion', are The Seagull and The Taming of the Shrew.

Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull was performed on the Studio Theatre stage from February 8-17, 1973. Starring Bette Oliver as Arkadina and Paul Kelman as Sorin, the play draws its viewers in with scenes of a disastrous love affair, desertion and suicide. The trivial happenings of everyday life are poignantly contrasted with the complex feelings that can lie just beneath the surface.


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Scenes from the Studio
Theatre production of The Seagull
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The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare was the third production of Studio Theatre's Stage '84 season, performed from March 29-April 7, 1984. Directed by James H. McTeague, the production featured Susan Henley and Alyson Bachinsky as the sisters Katherina and Bianca who are wooed by an assortment of suitors. Themes of passion and love, as well as an examination of what a true meaningful relationship between the sexes really means are examined and presented in this play.

Scene from the Studio Theatre
production of The Taming of the Shrew
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