College Productions I Have Seen

The other day I mentioned all the shows I have seen at Gardner Webb. This time I want to write a list of all the college productions I have seen, which is both Gardner Webb and Central Piedmont Community College. I was a student at both CPCC and Gardner Webb. There is a huge difference between their theatre. For starters CPCC has a bigger theatre department and even bigger theaters and unlike Gardner Webb, you have assigned  seats. CPCC even has an actual box office plus the theatre lobbies are bigger than the ones at Gardner Webb. The biggest theatre at CPCC, Halton Theatre, has two levels.

Central Piedmont Community College:

1. Godspell- this is the very first show I saw at CPCC. The costumes were quite colorful and creative.

2. Les Mis- 2013: this was actually the first time I saw the stage show. I was so impressed by this production. It actually felt like it was a professional production and not a college production. Actually the person who played Jean Valjean also played Jesus in Godspell. Not only did I see it once with my family, but also saw it twice as an usher. With my family I remembered sitting in row Q towards the center and that does help show just bow big Halton Theatre is. As an usher, I sat in the back of both the orchestra and the balcony.


3. Some Enchanted Evening- this is actually a show that is a revue of musical songs that Rogers and Hammerstein wrote.  I even was usher of this show. So my experience of helping with the theatre began with CPCC.

4. Sunshine Boys- this was the only play I saw at CPCC


Gardner Webb:  I actually saw thirteen shows here. Even though the theatre program is smaller, their shows can still be well-done.

1. Music Man- this kicked off the shows I saw at Gardner Webb. I saw this in 2015 during Spring Semester. Music Man was the beginning of the best musical theatre year of my life.

2. #8- I honestly strongly dislike bringing up this show. I was too emotionally disturbed watching it that was too much to handle. It was dealing with the Holocaust and sometimes the show showed pictures of the camps. I just couldn’t handle it at all.

3. I Ya I Ya Yo

4. Cast Fan Tutte- this was the only Opera I saw in my time at Gardner Webb.

5. Servant of Two Masters- such a hilarious play and I enjoyed it a lot

6. Trojan Women- this was the first show at Gardner Webb that I helped with. I took applied theatre and were required to do a certain amount of hours. I ended up being the house manager of this production. Even thought it was a Greek Tragedy, it still had its uniqueness. Gardner Webb is known for its ASL program and this show took advantage of that and the show used shadow interpreting and that was fun to watch.

7. Glass Menagerie- I was also house manager for this production.

8. Little Shop of Horrors- while I do not love Little Shop of Horrors, I can understand why others do. I love the songs Little Shop of Horrors, Grow For Me, Somewhere Thats Green, Suddenly Seymour, and Skid Row. My school did such a wonderful job on this musical. I was even house manager for this show.

9. Full Moon Over Montmartre- I found this play to very boring. Once again I was the house manager.

10. Real Inspector Hound- this was a mystery and I love mysteries. Things can get a bit complicated at times. Once again played the role of house manager.

11. God of Carnage- this was basically dealing with two couples arguing over a recent incident between their two sons. I was also house manager of this production.

12. Eleemosynary- this show dealt with three generations of women and I loved the background with the wings. This show was a very last minute show the theatre department put together.

13. Peter and the Starcatcher- I was asked to usher for this production. This show is basically a prequel to Peter Pan. The set actually looked like a pirate ship and that was fun to see. I loved the characters of Molly and the characters that were called “Pigs”. I know that sounds crazy, but those “pigs” were hilarious.


Author: mphtheatregirl

I am a strong spiritual person who is a big fan of musicals. This blog mainly is about musicals. Every so often I talk about spirituality. Sometimes I add in movie reviews, book reviews, and about my life in general. I hope you find my blog inspiring.

4 thoughts on “College Productions I Have Seen”

    1. A number of those shows saw as usher or house manager and some of those shows I worked at were shows I was required to see.

      Les Mis, Some Enchanted Evening, Real Inspector Hound, Trojan Women, Glass Menagerie, God of Carnage, Peter and the Starcatcher, Little Shop of Horrors and Full Moon Over Montrmarte: all shows I worked at. That is a crazy list considering that those were at CPCC and Gardner Webb.

      I saw both Les Mis and Peter and the Starcatcher twice as usher. For Les Mis, ushers were required to be in the theatre sitting in the back. Peter and the Starcatcher: as long as someone was in the lobby allowed to watch it. I watched it Friday and saw it again on Sunday because there was a storm happening at the time and did not want to watch that storm so watched it again.

      The biggest reason why I saw the stage show of Les Mis five times with three casts was mostly because of usher. Odd year I started with stage show of Les Mis (2013), same year my journey with the show really began. Glad my community college did it or else the West End production would have been my first.


      1. I may not really remember my community college actors, but that production played an important role in my Les Mis journey. That was me seeing the stage show for the first time and was how I developed my dream for seeing Les Mis.

        Even though like I said barely remember the actors, I was able to realize how the same production is never the same. Since I was with my family once and twice as an usher, each time felt different. The first time, I remember there was a lot of energy going on, but for whatever reason, the 2nd time wasn’t strong but some of the acting did improve. The 3rd time was the strongest where the actors and ensemble were at their best.

        But still 2013 where I first saw the stage show shifted to 2015 in London which shifted to 2017 in Greenville.


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