The Roschel Performing Arts Center will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Named after benefactor Dr. Robert L. Roschel ’54, it has been one of the major venues for a variety of Franklin and Marshall events since its completion ten years ago.
Roschel includes the Schnader Theater, equipped with a stage larger than two-thirds of its Broadway equivalents, state-of-the-art technology, and a small orchestra pit. It is capable of hosting a performance for up to 305 audience members. Roschel also houses numerous facilities including two dance studios and a drama studio, as well as the spacious Kreisel Lobby just outside the doors of Schnader.
Roschel has provided the space for a variety of events. First and foremost, it is a major venue for stage productions presented by the TDF Department. The F&M Players, the campus’ student-run theatre company, also uses Schnader for their winter performance. The Kreisel Lobby is used for a number of different occasions, including Admissions sessions and receptions of Common Hour speakers. Guest artists and lecturers have also used Roschel.
This semester, the TDF Department will present the rock musical Spring Awakening, Stuart Pimsler Dance Company, and the Fall Dance Concert in the Roschel Performing Arts Center.
The TDF Department will be celebrating this anniversary in a number of ways. Bonnie Bosso, Theater Production and Public Relations Manager, said: “We will have special lobby displays during Homecoming and during all of the productions in the facility, which will feature works by TDF designers and faculty. We are also working on developing a 10-year logo that would be used in all print work and communication. We will talk about the anniversary at this year’s functions, like our Fulton Theatre sponsorship.”
Roschel has been part of creating the on-campus robustness of F&M in the past ten years! We hope that it will continue to be a space that is used for advancing the artistic and intellectual life of the campus and the Lancaster community.
Welcome back to Theatre, Dance, and Film! The 2013-2014 season has now begun. Fall productions and events will be posted on the TDF page as well as the Box Office page. Check in later for more updates!
As of now, the following events will take place in the 2013-2014 season.
F&M Student Film Showcase - Sep 11
At the Green Room Theatre.
Dog Star Man Film Screening - Sep 24
At the Green Room Theatre. Co-sponsored by the Philips Museum of Art.
Luis Recorder & Sandra Gibson Projection Art Screening - Oct 2
At the Zoetroplis Art House (315 West James Srteet).
A Decade of Design Exhibits/Gala - Oct 5 from 2:30-4:00 pm
We're celebrating Roschel's 10th Birthday and the stunning work done by our resident designers, Virginia West '78 and John Whiting, over the years. In the Roschel Lobby.
Celia Rowlson-Hall Screening - Oct 16
At the Zoetroplis Art House (315 West James Street).
Spring Awakening - Oct 24-27
The 2006 musical by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik that took Broadway and the world by storm! Come see the first Dance department produciton of the year directed by Kati Donovan.
Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater - Nov 9
A 1971 F&M alum and Mill Humanities Fellow, Stuart Pimsler rejoins the campus for a weeklong residency culminating in a performance.
11x14 Film Screening - Nov 12
At the Philips Museum of Art. Co-sponsored by the Philips Museum of Art.
Fall Dance Concert - Nov 21-23
The annual fall concert of faculty and guest artist choreographed dances. The concert features dancers from across the campus.
Sincerity Forever - Feb 13-16
A loopy and savage satire that won the Obie Award in 1990. This show tackles some of the thorniest issues in American culture with a strong dose of the absurd and a fervent belief in the power of free speech.
Angels in America: Millenium Approaches - Apr 3-5
The iconic American play by Tony Kushner bursts on to the F&M campus for the first time! Come see the final Theatre department production of the year directed by Carol Davis.
Spring Dance Concert & Showcase - Apr 12-13
A presentation of student choreographed and danced work with lighting by our lighting design class.