OSTF Set Changeover from Oberlin Summer Theater Festival on Vimeo.

Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, Set Changeover from “Light Up the Sky” to “Twelfth Night”

Twelfth Night from Oberlin Summer Theater Festival on Vimeo.

Twelfth Night will be playing until August 3 in rotating repertory. Music arranged by Sam Fisher.

The Diary of Anne Frank from Oberlin Summer Theater Festival on Vimeo.

Until August 2, 2013, this wonderful production of the Diary of Anne Frank will be in rotating repertory. Music arranged by Sam Fisher.

Light Up the Sky from Oberlin Summer Theater Festival on Vimeo.

Light Up the Sky will be in rotating repertory until August 3rd, 2013. Music arranged by Sam Fisher.

Tomorrow night is the big night! →

We’re so excited for the final opening night of OSTF’s 2013 season! Have your ball gowns and tuxedos ready for 7pm!

Want to learn more about the show? Check out this link to the Light Up the Sky production page of our website.

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT, and the house is filling up fast! Catch all the adventure, romance, and deceit in Hall Auditorium tonight at 7 pm. We’ll see you there!

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT, and the house is filling up fast! Catch all the adventure, romance, and deceit in Hall Auditorium tonight at 7 pm. We’ll see you there!

Watch our trailer for The Diary of Anne Frank! →

Including brief interviews with the producer, the director, the lighting designer, and a few members of the cast, you’ll get a glimpse of what makes this play such a touching classic. And what you hear might surprise you!

OPENING NIGHT IS TOMORROW NIGHT! →

 In less than 8 hours, the cast and crew of The Diary of Anne Frank will begin their final dress rehearsal. And in less than 24 hours after that, The Diary of Anne Frank will have its OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE! 

Tickets are going fast; have you reserved yours yet? The link will show you how!

Hall Auditorium. 7pm. You won’t want to miss this.

Our Take On Twelfth Night Garb

For our upcoming production of Twelfth Night, our incredible costume designer Suzy Campbell has taken inspiration from the artwork of 20th-century illustrator and stage designer Ivan Bilibin. Born outside St. Petersburg, Bilibin became famous in 1899, when he released his illustrations of Russian fairy tales. He travelled in the Russian North between 1902 and 1904, which marked the start of his fascination with Slavic folklore and old architecture. On the subject of traditional, Russian architecture, he once wrote, “the main principle… is that the detail should never drown the whole.” It was this aesthetic ideal combined with his Russian background that made his artwork a uniquely singular inspiration for this production’s costume design. Because Twelfth Night is about an adventure in a strange, new land and the comedic outcomes of cultural misunderstandings, Suzy found his cleverly-detailed, fantastical illustrations to be a perfect fit for this Shakespeare comedy. 

Image complied by Suzy Campbell

For more information of Bilibin’s art, see http://textualities.net/jennie-renton/the-art-of-ivan-bilibin/

Ebony Burton and the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival →

Heather Harvey ‘11—who will be playing Viola in our production of Twelfth Night (July 5 thru August 3)—whipped up this video from a short interview she conducted with Ebony Burton ‘11. Ebony is not only the master electrician for OSTF, but she’s also the lighting designer for Light up the Sky (July 12 thru August 3), a comedy about the screwball process of putting on a Broadway play.


Since the beginning of June, our crew has been hard at work trying to get everything off the ground—sets, costumes, lights—in order to make sure that we’re ready for the opening of The Diary of Anne Frank (June 28 thru August 3). Here’s the kicker: our crew is almost entirely made up of actors, who on top of their shop duties, have to learn their lines. We hope this charming interview will shed some light on how this cross-over between cast and crew makes for an amazing company.


Here’s Ebony after the second day of the “Big Hang,” when all of our lights got pulled up to the dusty rafters, 75 feet above the stage.