Basement Medicine

“Mr. Burns” perplexes despite valiant cast efforts

Danielle Christina

December 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

A hush falls over the crowd as four actors march onto the stage, silently taking a seat in dilapidated furniture. The dappled lighting casts star-like shapes across the actors’ faces, the ceiling, and the rest of the set as they begin an almost-stinted conversation about a Simpsons episode that they...

Defying expectations in Dibden

Defying expectations in Dibden

Kylie Brown

November 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

"Defying Gravity" defied my expectations. "Defying Gravity" was NVU- Johnson student Jessica DeRosa’s senior thesis project for her BA in theater and drama. DeRosa directed the show and gave a brief introduction before the play began. DeRosa has been the stage manager of over 20 productions at Johnson ...

Mending Masculinity through poetry

Mending Masculinity through poetry

Kylie Brown

October 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

Kavi Ade and Vision are not only mending masculinity, but also spreading mass amounts of inspiration and healing energy one poetry performance at a time. Both of them are nationally recognized poets and they use their performances and writing workshops in schools and other facilities around the country to...

Growing up dyslexic

Growing up dyslexic

Patrick Bell

April 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

On March 27, JSC welcomed Lida Winfield to Dibden to put on her dance performance, “In Search Of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic.” She was born with dyslexia and had trouble coping with everyday life, especially at school. She wasn’t able to read until she was in her early 20s, leading to her mother...

Original play offers unique look at mental illnesses

Cayla Fronhofer

April 14, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

The theater is dark and quiet until white lights suddenly sweep across the stage, accompanied by the sound of a car’s engine. It quiets, white lights shift to red, and the sound of a blinker is heard. After a moment, the sounds fade and the play begins. “The Cover of a Book” is an original play...

A behind-the-scenes look at “Beauty Queen of Leenane”

Caroline Loftus

March 23, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

In the dark, winding halls of the Dibden Center of Performing Arts, Emily Pike, special effects makeup specialist, frantically looks for the gelatin-based prosthetic molding compound she uses to make life-like burns and injuries. Finding the compound, Pike hurries back to where the crowd of four is. In...

Dark wit and shocking twists in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”

Dark wit and shocking twists in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”

Cayla Fronhofer

February 16, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

Walking into the Dibden auditorium, it seems as if no one is there. All of the seats are empty and the heavy blue curtains are drawn across the stage. Tentatively, I step onto the stage and am ushered behind the curtain by the two people waiting on the platform. “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” was...

Shakespearian comedy brings hilarity to the Dibden stage

Shakespearian comedy brings hilarity to the Dibden stage

Cayla Fronhofer

November 10, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

The works of William Shakespeare are among the most timeless stories in history. They have been reworked and reimagined time and time again, and now “Much Ado About Nothing” has come to the Dibden stage. Directed by Isaac Eddy (“Eurydice”), this version of the play kept Shakespeare’s original...

An iconic musical comes to Dibden

An iconic musical comes to Dibden

Cayla Fronhofer

May 5, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

For their final play of the year, the cast and crew of Dibden brought to life the 1950 musical “Guys and Dolls.” The play’s main story follows a cast of characters living in New York City during the roaring era of gangsters and gambling. While the play shows its age in some awkwardly sexist...

Dance club performance well-rounded

Dance club performance well-rounded

Marilyn Tagliavia

December 17, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

This semester’s Johnson State College dance club performance, a campus event always highly anticipated and well-attended by the JSC community, was well-rounded and found a good balance throughout dance complexity, energy level and song selection. The show opened with a high energy mash-up of burlesque...

Gunn’s “12 Angry Men” offers a provocative view of rough justice

Gunn’s “12 Angry Men” offers  a provocative view of rough justice

Briana Morin

December 17, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Stage

The Johnson community got a glimpse into the complicated and controversial world of courtroom drama when the classic “12 Angry Men” was performed on the Dibden stage. “12 Angry Men” was written by Reginald Rose as a play broadcast on television in 1954. It was widely successful and was adapted...

“Grease” brings Rydell High to JSC

“Grease” brings Rydell High to JSC

Marilyn Tagliavia, Managing editor

May 7, 2015


Filed under Stage

Johnson State College’s Dibden stage became Rydell High in the school’s portrayal of “Grease” April 23-25. Director Patrick Sawyer-Houle sought to bring the musical back to its raunchy and quirky roots while still giving it an original feel. Those thinking that going back to the roots meant...

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