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Note: in celebration of National College Radio Day on KUMD,  we're pleased to welcome Northland Morning Assistant Producer Abrielle Vizenor as our interviewer for Radio Theatre this week.

In theater, the "house" is either the audience ("how does the house look? Pretty full?") or the place where the audience sits ("dim the house lights and cue curtain!").

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Merry Renn Vaughan talks with KUMD host Chris Harwood about historical plays – not those that have made history, but rather those that represent historical events.  Whether the narrative is reworded creatively, like the popular musical Hamilton, or tied more explicitly to the actual words of the historical figures, like the 1959 play The Diary of Anne Frank, these histories remain relevant to modern times.

Chris Harwood talks with Merry Renn Vaughan, the director of the theatre program at the College of St. Scholastica, about Hamilton: An American Musical. With a hip hop score and a cast reflecting a broad palate of American ethnicities, Hamilton has stuck a chord with its broad, multigenerational fan base.  

Radio Theatre is supported in part by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Illustration by Romy Blumel for the Saturday Review

We take a look at the theatre curriculum at the College of St. Scholastica, and in the process, learn about the difference between drama and theatre (it may very well be the roots of the ancient argument, "Which was better: the book or the movie?") and what it takes to be a game show host.

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Maybe the students opening "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" at St. Scholastica tonight aren't familiar with the singing and dancing of Al Jolson ... but never fear: they all know the "Peanuts" gang.

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What do theater folks do on summer vacation?  See shows and read scripts or avoid anything theatrical altogether?  Merry Renn Vaughan says a little of both.  She's the head of the theater program at the College of St. Scholastica and she talks about the fun of a new crop of theater students each fall.

St. Scholastica Theatre will kick of its season in November with  the musical "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown."

Merry Renn Vaughan's theater students are probably still catching up on their sleep.

London: three weeks, four theater workshops and eight shows, including "The Play That Goes Wrong" which was especially popular with Merry's group.

Merry Renn Vaughan is the director of the CSS theater program. She talks about the role of the audience in theatre.