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We keep coming back to this idea of bearing witness. We’re building a community.” - Director Linus Ignatius ‘14 on House, an interactive and improvised theater experience staged in the Weltzheimer/Johnson House, which immersed audience members as instant cast members.

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Ebony Burton and the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival

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Heather Harvey ‘11—who will be playing Viola in our production of Twelfth Night (July 5 thru August 3)—whipped up this video from a short interview she conducted with Ebony Burton ‘11. Ebony is not only the master electrician for OSTF, but she’s also the lighting designer for Light up the Sky (July 12 thru August 3), a comedy about the screwball process of putting on a Broadway play.


Since the beginning of June, our crew has been hard at work trying to get everything off the ground—sets, costumes, lights—in order to make sure that we’re ready for the opening of The Diary of Anne Frank (June 28 thru August 3). Here’s the kicker: our crew is almost entirely made up of actors, who on top of their shop duties, have to learn their lines. We hope this charming interview will shed some light on how this cross-over between cast and crew makes for an amazing company.


Here’s Ebony after the second day of the “Big Hang,” when all of our lights got pulled up to the dusty rafters, 75 feet above the stage.

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Despite the tragic nature of Anne Franks’s last years, most young adults who read her diary that recounts her time hiding from the Nazis find her words completely inspiring, uplifting. We at OSTF are so excited to share the play, The Diary of Anne Frank, with all of you—and we are already hard at work!
The wonderful April Rock, has been brainstorming about the costumes for our upcoming production of The Diary of Anne Frank. My favorite part of this inspiration board—other than that she’s paired the bubbly Katy Perry with the cold visage of Gail Patrick—is that April used the term, “higher hems” in her description. Only a costume designer would look at these mid-calf lengths and consider them in the historical context of shrinking skirts.
We’re hoping that through this collage, you can get a sense of how historically accurate our adaptation is going to be.
Opening night is only four weeks away! See you there. 

oberlinsummertheaterfestival:

Despite the tragic nature of Anne Franks’s last years, most young adults who read her diary that recounts her time hiding from the Nazis find her words completely inspiring, uplifting. We at OSTF are so excited to share the play, The Diary of Anne Frank, with all of you—and we are already hard at work!

The wonderful April Rock, has been brainstorming about the costumes for our upcoming production of The Diary of Anne Frank. My favorite part of this inspiration board—other than that she’s paired the bubbly Katy Perry with the cold visage of Gail Patrick—is that April used the term, “higher hems” in her description. Only a costume designer would look at these mid-calf lengths and consider them in the historical context of shrinking skirts.

We’re hoping that through this collage, you can get a sense of how historically accurate our adaptation is going to be.

Opening night is only four weeks away! See you there. 

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