A Perfect Fit

Players perform Endstation Theatre Company's "Our Town" in Old City Cemetery. (Photo by Ty Hester)

Players perform Endstation Theatre Company’s Our Town in Old City Cemetery. (Photo by Ty Hester)

Partnership with Endstation Theatre brings professional opportunities to Randolph students

Kelly Malone Dudley '95 performs in Endstation Theatre Company's Our Town in Old City Cemetery on June 27, 2014.

Kelly Malone Dudley ’95 performs in Endstation Theatre Company’s Our Town in Old City Cemetery. (Photo by Ty Hester)

Randolph students now have program, educational outreach, “I’m thrilled that we get to be new opportunities to work with professional actors, designers, and stage crews from around the world, thanks to a new partnership between the College and Endstation Theatre Company.

Talks between the College and Endstation began in August 2014, and the partnership was publicly announced this summer. Under the agreement, Endstation will move its summer program to Randolph and serve as the College’s resident theatre company. The partnership also includes special apprenticeships, workshops, networking prospects, and other unique opportunities for students. Endstation, which was founded in 2007, seeks to strengthen the Central Virginia region through theatrical exploration of its people, landscape, and history. The nonprofit theatre company produces shows ranging from outdoor Shakespeare to indoor musicals and offers a community-centered new works and a playwright’s initiative, among other programs.

“As our company has grown, we were looking to expand our audience base and move into Lynchburg, and Randolph seemed like the perfect fit,” said Katie Cassidy, Endstation managing director. “Randolph is an arts-focused school with a great sense of community, and the campus is beautiful. It all really fit into our mission of focusing on what’s great about Central Virginia—and Randolph is one of the things that’s great about Central Virginia.”

After helping initiate the partnership, Randolph Vice President and Chief of Staff Wesley R. Fugate was asked to serve on the Endstation Board of Directors. He has since been elected as president.

Endstation Theatre performs "Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash"

Endstation Theatre performs “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash”

“The partnership allows us to really enhance the visibility of our theatre program and provide exposure for our students to really outstanding theatre,” said Fugate. associated with such high quality artistry.”

Randolph students and the general public will get their first glimpse of the productions Endstation will bring to campus in February 2016, when Endstation will present The Whole Bunch. The play appeals primarily to young audiences and encourages healthy eating habits. It will also be performed at local elementary schools. During the summer, Endstation will also present Much Ado About Nothing in Randolph’s Michels Plaza and Hank Williams: Lost Highway in Thoresen Theatre.

“We’re excited about bringing the Lynchburg community onto our campus and allowing them to experience the beauty of Randolph along with the amazing theatre that Endstation will provide,” Fugate said. “We also hope that the audiences from Endstation will want to come back and see our students in their performances.”