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I Went To A Play On Campus And It Was So, So Good

Let me tell you: Illinois State University's School of Theatre and Dance knows what's up.

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One of the coolest things about college is the chance to try all sorts of new things.

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Some of the best hidden gems at Illinois State are student performances

ISU Theatre & Dance / Via Instagram: @isu_theatre_and_dance this performance of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest from Fall 2015. I was super pumped to see one of my favorite books come to life right here on campus!

I was reminded recently about how great ISU's School of Theatre and Dance productions are when I got tickets to see Waiora.

ISU College of Fine Arts / Via Facebook

Waiora is a student production that follows a Maori (the indigenous people of New Zealand) family trying to assimilate into British colonial society.

I was super excited, and I didn't really know what to expect! / Via Instagram: @dmaher95

With tickets in hand, I headed over to the Center for Performing Arts and waited for the show to begin!

The stage set-up was sweet.

Julie Maio / Via Instagram: @chroniclesofyoolie

Between the moving water, the sound effects, and the Maori people moving around on the stage even before the play began, I felt like I was transported to another world.

Then, it was show time.


The haka is still performed by New Zealand's All Blacks national rugby team


It's intense.

And WOW, the acting was good.

ISU Theatre & Dance / Via Facebook

It's not that I expected anything different; all the other plays I've been to during my time at ISU have been great. I am just always so astounded at how talented my fellow Redbirds are!

Bravo, my fellow Redbirds.

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Want to know what other productions are coming up, Future Redbird? Check out the School of Theatre and Dance's schedule, and catch a performance next time you're here! And when you get to campus, be sure to check (or audition for!) a play or two!

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