~Bon Voyage, Class of 2016~

Our 2016 Theatre Graduates

Come this may our department will have seven of our majors graduating. These majors include Austin Nunn (Performance/Directing), Winter Bassett (Musical Theatre), Josiah Dominguez (Musical Theatre), Kristina Leopold (Double major in Musical Theatre and English), Caitlin Leamon (Performance/Directing), Tricia Foster (Technical Theatre), and Kayla Dowd (Musical Theatre). Each of these students has made a lasting impression on our department. We are sad to see them go, but also excited to see them grow as artists. Bon Voyage, Class of 2016!


The Addams Family

The Addams Family

A Musical Comedy that breathes new life into this beloved ghoulish family

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams
Directed by Vanda Eggington

Characters from the popular 1960s television show are brought back to life in this new Broadway musical. The Addams Family, led by the elegantly gaunt and seemingly undead Morticia and her ever-devoted husband, Gomez, is in turmoil. Their daughter Wednesday, now age 18, finds herself falling in love¬—a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family of endearing misfits. When she invites her new boyfriend and his ‘normal’ family to become better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos ensues. | Suitable for teens and older

Friday, April 8 8:00 pm (Open Forum)
Saturday, April 9 2:00 and 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 10 2:00 pm
Thursday, April 14 8:00 pm
Friday, April 15 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 16 2:00 and 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 17 2:00 pm
Thursday, April 21 8:00 pm
Friday, April 22 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 23 2:00 and 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 24 1:00 pm

Go to www.vanguardtickets.com to purchase tickets online

FIDM Field Trip

FIDM Field Trip

This past weekend our Costume Design class taught by Professor Lia Hansen took a field trip to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in LA. They had approximately two dozen displays in their costumes from major motion pictures exhibit which also featured all the costumes from the 2016 Oscar Nominees. In addition to that there was also an exhibit on women’s fans which discussed their historical importance and how they set women apart in different social standings. During the trip we discussed the different styles of sewing and techniques of costume design. Professor Hansen walked us through each display from Disney’s Cinderella and Star Wars to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant and asked questions on whether the stitching was primarily vertical, horizontal, or curved linear; what the costume designer’s intent was when they decided to enhance certain features; etc.

My favorite part of the exhibit though wasn’t learning about the costume design techniques though (sorry Professor Hansen). It was being up close and personal with the costumes of some of my favorite characters from my favorite films. Being able to stand five feet away from Kylo Ren’s costume from Star Wars had me giddy on the inside. It was also really interesting to be able to see these costumes at such a close proximity because it gives you a renewed appreciation for the costume designer’s work who is often an unsung hero in the production of a show. The detail that you’re able to see in the costumes is amazing and was very interesting to be see the differences in how they appear in the film vs how they actually appear in person. Overall this was an amazing trip. Who knew you still got to take field trips in college?


KCACTF – Hawaii Bound!

This morning 10 of our VU Theatre Majors boarded a plane and set off to Honolulu, Hawaii to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival!  This is the 48th Annual Region VIII Festival and includes Universities from Arizona, Central and Southern California, Guam, Hawaii, Southern Nevada, and Utah.

Thanks to our patron’s generous donations through our Pass-the-Hat initiative we were able to raise over $8,000 and use that money to pay for the student’s registration fees, hotel accommodations, and our five performer’s plane tickets.

This year Austin Nunn, Brock Joseph, and Hannah DeBoer were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions. They will be performing in three rounds of auditions with their partners Pierre Ekladios and Nahtori Johnson for a chance to receive an incredible educational scholarship. These scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. The Irene Ryan Foundation awards 8 regional awards and two national scholarships annually. There are two scholarships of $3,500 each for the winners at the national festival in Washington, D.C.

Brock Joseph and Nahtori Johnson were also invited to perform a scene from our production of Life Without Parole for KCACTF’s Evening of Invited Scenes. Their scene will be one of only 15 performing in this special event.

Throughout the week our students will participate in a wide variety workshops ranging from performance to design and directing. Special guest lectures are held and College productions from throughout the region are performed.

We couldn’t be happier for our students attending and ask you to join us as we pray for safe travels and a sound return.

For more information on the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival click Here.


The Winter’s Tale

The Winter’s Tale

A Romance Drama that takes the chill off of unwarranted jealousy and evil schemes

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Susan K. Berkompas

In terms of strength of character, unity of plot, and audience satisfaction, The Winter’s Tale may be the best of Shakespeare’s later romances. While still presenting the danger and power of evil in the world, its happy ending sets it apart from the earlier histories and tragedies. Warm up to this tale of true love and the healing of a repentant heart. | Suitable for teens and older

Friday, February 27 …………….. 8:00 pm (Open Forum)

Saturday, February 28 …………. 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 1 ………………… 2:00 pm

Thursday, March 5 ………………. 8:00 pm

Friday, March 6 ………………….. 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 7 ………………. 2:00 and 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 8 ………………… 2:00 pm

Visit vanguardtickets.com or call the theatre box office at 714.668.6145 to purchase tickets. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors, children, and groups. All performances at the Vanguard University Lyceum Theater.


What it Means to be on Popular Demand

What’s it really like to be on Vanguard’s Popular Demand?

We Asked several of the members and here is what they said.


1. How would you define Popular Demand?

“I would define Popular Demand as an improv/sketch comedy group where a bunch of friends basically get to play around and make up really fun ideas for shows for our fellow students.” – Winter Bassett, Popular Demand performer, senior.

2. What do you love most about the team?

“I love the process of preparing sketches. It is fun to see how one person can bring in one idea and then through everyone else’s feedback, and feeding off of each other, it can morph into something complete. I also enjoy getting to perform with my friends!” – Johanna Jacobsen, Popular Demand performer, junior.

3. How’s your outreach been?

“Great! I have been a part of this team since it started my Freshman year here and it has been so cool to see it grow on campus. I love seeing new faces in the audience of people who have not come before!” – Kate Frampton, Popular Demand member and Team Leader, junior.

4. Any future plans for the group?

We hope to continue to grow and transition into more sketches rather than improv” – Kate Frampton

5. Are there any upcoming shows?

“We have some really fun things planned this semester! Nothing has been set in stone yet.” – Austin Nunn, Popular Demand performer, senior.


Popular Demand is Vanguard’s Theatre Department’s on campus sketch improv team. Four of the members are theatre majors and the other four members are from a diverse amount of departments across campus. Their work typically consists of a mix between improv games and sketches though according to team leader Kate Frampton they are aiming to make the shift to more consistent sketch work rather than improv games. There are plenty of shows to come up this semester, but the seats fill up FAST, so make sure to grab your friends and head out for some laughs ASAP.

bravo worship

Spotlight: Theatre Chapel BRAVO

A quick spotlight on the Department’s weekly Theatre Chapel, Bravo!


With college classes taking up mornings and afternoons, and rehearsals/performances being held in the evenings there isn’t much time outside of that to have a social life. Your friends become other Theatre majors because those are the people you see daily, work with, and trust.  The Theatre Department is in itself its own little community and Bravo is a place where this community can come together to support one another and praise God.  For one hour every Monday students are able take a step back from the hustle and bustle of a regular performance filled day and join their classmates in Bible study, student testimonies and worship. The first Monday of every month is a full hour of worship. It’s by far the perfect way to start a new month. The following weeks adjust depending on the needs of the students.

Our former Theatre Manager, Bill Hughes, began Bravo over five years ago and it’s been amazing to see how much this program has grown.

Here’s what Bill had to say about Bravo:

“The Theatre Department always encouraged spiritual development activities for the Theatre majors, but they would ebb and flow depending upon the initiative of the students. After earning my bachelor’s degree through the VU Religion Department in 2009, I asked Sue if I could make it more structured and and be the representative from the Department who would be responsible to keep it functioning.

Since it was always the result of student generated activity, my leadership philosophy was to encourage that to continue and equip them with whatever they needed to keep that type of activity going. Therein lies the success. They keep it going. They minister to each other. They seem to know what they need from each other. I would just facilitate.

So, there have always been student leaders. And that is a great thing. It creates an opportunity for the leaders to exercise their gifts and it creates an environment for the group to be self-owned. It is their group.

They would say I did more, but what I always tried to do was know the pulse that was flowing through the group and guide them in it. The ‘Spiritual Sexuality’ topic is a good example. I sensed it. I brought it up. And they jumped on it. I think it was really really helping a huge issue for them. But again, they were doing all of the work. I would get the discussions going and then they would take off. It was great!

They don’t need another talking head. They need intimate open time with each other, to build relationships. We always made it a point to make sure that God’s Spirit was welcome and present. And over and over again He showed up and took over the meetings. It was always a wonderful awesome beautiful experience to be in His presence together with them.”

Now, not only do we have half of the Theatre Department joining weekly, we have students from other majors sitting in as well. College can be a stressful place. Without community one could become lost.  For many Theatre students Bravo has become a safe area to open up and speak what’s in their heart, as well as a time to refocus on why we’re here: to serve and praise our Lord.


Theatre Arts Alumna Bretlyn Schmitt `15 Named Woman of the Year

by Tom Titus

There exists, right here in our own backyard, a wealth of theatrical talent. This newspaper has celebrated it for the past four decades, honoring, at the close of each year, two individuals who have excelled in their specialties, beginning with David Emmes and Doris Allen in 1974.

On this, the 42nd such occasion, the spotlight falls on a writer/actor who’s also a magician and a recent college graduate who has created some exceptional choreography during her time at a local university.

They are two people who charmed audiences at the Huntington Beach Playhouse and Vanguard University, respectively, during the past year — Scott Ratner and Bretlyn Schmitt, the Daily Pilot’s man and woman of the year in theater for 2015.

Read full article here


ACTC’s Winter Wonderland Christmas Cabaret

American Coast Theatre Company’s

A Winter Wonderland Christmas Cabaret

After you see the musical Christmas is Here Again, come back to see ACTC’s old variety style cabaret, A Winter Wonderland Christmas Cabaret! It is sure to invite, delight, and excite! Picture the backdrop of a gorgeous winter wonderland ice pond surrounded by beautiful snow flocked trees that glisten with twinkle lights. This 90-minute song and dance show will highlight scared and popular Christmas folk tunes with six of the most talented professionals in Orange County. Afterwards, homemade hot chocolate and cider will be served with fresh Christmas desserts and a meet-and-greet with the actors.

Monday, December 7 – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, December 8 – 7:30 pm

Wednesday, December 9 – 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 13 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, December 17 – 7:30 pm

Friday, December 18 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 19 – 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 20 – 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Monday, December 21 – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, December 22 – 7:30 pm

Wednesday, December 23 – 7:30 pm

Tickets per person for show; beverage & dessert: $25

Visit actctickets.com or call the theatre box office at 714.619.6424 to purchase tickets

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Christmas Is Here Again


A Brand New Musical journey into a fantastical discovery of Christmas hopes and dreams



Christmas Is Here Again is a frolicsome adventure for the entire family. This musical tale follows the exciting escapades of a young orphan girl, Sophiana, and unlikely band of adventurers as they search the frozen north to find Santa’s magical toy sack that was stolen by a sinister scoundrel. Sophiana teams up with a feisty elf, an ambitious young reindeer, and an uncanny fox and polar bear duo, who all discover their potential for compassion, loyalty and the importance of never losing hope.

Suited for ages 6 and older

Thursday, December 3 – 8pm*

Friday, December 4 – 8pm

Saturday, December 5 – 2pm

Saturday, December 5 – 8pm

Sunday, December 6 – 2pm

Thursday, December 10 – 8pm

Friday, December 11 – 8pm

Saturday, December 12 – 2pm

Saturday, December 12 – 8pm

Sunday, December 13 – 2pm

Monday, December 14, 8pm

Tuesday, December 15, 8pm

Wednesday, December 16, 8pm

*Open Forum 

Visit vanguardtickets.com or call the theatre box office at 714.668.6145 to purchase tickets. Ticket prices are $17 for general admission and $14 for seniors, children, and groups. All performances at the Vanguard University Lyceum Theater. vanguard.edu/theatre