October 30, 2011 marks the 30-year anniversary of the opening of the Robsham Theater Arts Center. The 2011-2012 season commemorates the event, beginning with a production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical Into the Woods, which runs from October 26-30 on the Robsham Mainstage.
Guest artist Paul Daigneault (BC ‘87) will direct the musical, which is a comic but poignant reinterpretation of fairytales of the Brothers Grimm. The musical follows the charmingly interpreted classic characters (think Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella) as they journey “into the woods,” encountering their personal fears, secret desires, and the special something within each of them.
The musical, an odyssey of upbeat self-discovery, speaks to the journey of Robsham Theater itself. In the 150-year history of Boston College, the performing arts have developed from the Dramatics Society of 1865 to the Theatre Department we have today. After more than a century of performances in classrooms, lecture halls, cafeterias, and dormitory lounges, the university opened the Robsham Theater Arts Center on October 30, 1981. It was named the E. Paul Robsham Jr. Theater Arts Center in honor of E. Paul Robsham, Jr., the son of University trustee E. Paul Robsham and Mrs. Joyce Robsham, who lost his life in an automobile accident after his freshman year at BC.
At the dedication of the new theater in 1981, then-president (now University Chancellor) J. Donald Monan, S.J. said, “A great college needs only three rooms – a classroom, a library, and a theater. The theater because neither the spoken work of the teacher, nor the brilliance captured in libraries, can equal the graphic power of theater to make an audience look beyond its own world.”
This year’s celebration commemorates the Theatre Department’s steady growth and looks to a continued fostering of the performing arts at Boston College and in the community.
Theatre Department Chair Scott T. Cummings says, “We all get so busy that we forget sometimes to stop, take a breath, and see just how far theatre and the arts have come on this campus in the past thirty years. We still have unfulfilled needs and room for improvement, but we have accomplished much. I want this to be a year of celebration—for current students and alumni, for faculty and administrators, and everybody who appreciates the importance of the performing arts to the campus community.”
The celebration is dedicated to Howard Enoch, director of the Robsham for three decades, as well as Mrs. Joyce Robsham and the late Mr. Paul E. Robsham, who have provided vital support to the performing arts at Boston College.
Additional performances of the 2011-2012 season include The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Doubt; Rising Up, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Tickets for Into the Woods are $10 for students, seniors, BC faculty and staff. General admission is $15. All tickets are available through the Robsham Theater Arts Center Box Office by calling 617.552.4002 or visiting www.bc.edu/theatre.
For Into the Woods performance details, click here.
For more information regarding the Robsham Center, the BC Theater Department, and the 2011-2012 season, click here.