Two Wright State University Theatre productions—Grand Hotel: The Musical and 1913: The Great Dayton Flood—were listed among the best local shows in 2013 by the Dayton Daily News.
The newspaper called Wright State’s production of Grand Hotel a “vocally glorious and stunningly sophisticated knockout.” Directed by Marya Spring Cordes, assistant professor of theatre, Grand Hotel ran in March 2013 and concluded the 2012–13 theatre season.
Directed by W. Stuart McDowell, chair and artistic director for the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures, 1913: The Great Dayton Flood commemorated the 100th anniversary of the event.
The paper described The Great Dayton Flood as a “compelling depiction of the poignant events surrounding Dayton’s monumental calamity.” The production was staged in January and February 2013.
Professor Joe Deer’s production of Avenue Q at the Human Race Theatre was also included in the list of the top local shows.
Deer, distinguished professor of musical theatre and director of the Musical Theatre Initiative, was praised for injecting “sass, showmanship and sensitivity into the hysterical local premiere of this romp where humans and puppets irreverently coexist.”
Read the complete list from the Dayton Daily News.