Student Theater Groups
Deep End APO (DEAPO) is a two-pronged theater production and service organization at St. Olaf College. Meetings are held in Haugen Theater at 5:00pm on Mondays.
Alpha Psi Omega (Zeta Mu Chapter) is the theater service branch of DEAPO. APO (Zeta Mu) is a nationally recognized honor society which initiates members on an annual basis after they have accrued a certain number of points from theater and theater service involvement. Recent and current APO projects include: singing at Three Links Nursing Home and Northfield Retirement Community, co-sponsoring The Vagina Monologues with the Gender and Sexuality Center, and acting as student ambassadors to the Theater Department.
Deep End Productions, the producing branch of DEAPO, aims to provide acting, directing, writing, and technical opportunities for students outside the offerings of the Theater Department. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to become involved. Production and project proposals are accepted on a rolling basis through the completion of this form. Most often, shows are proposed by a director but Deep End encourages students of all interests to bring project ideas to the table. In addition to sponsoring productions, Deep End produces an annual first year showcase, titled Fresh Faces and periodic play readings of both new and existing works.
Recent Deep End Productions show include:
Cathedral and Viewfinder, an original work by David James Petersjohn '13, based on the writings of Raymond Carver
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
The Aliens by Annie Baker
Suburbia by Eric Bogosian
The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
The Marriage of Bette and Boo by Christopher Durang
Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides
Creditors by August Strindberg
Dog Sees God by Bert V. Royal
Scared Scriptless is a student-run organization that focuses on improv comedy a la Whose Line Is It Anyway or Comedy Sportz. It's open to all who arrive, although who performs in the shows is usually determined based on frequency of practice attendance. Currently Scared Scriptless meets every Wednesday and Sunday nights in the Theater Building to work on various games and learn new skills. Often practice is followed by a casual visit to the Pause for fun and food. The organization has been around for about 10 years, with growing popularity. Shows, which take place in campus dorms, are often packed to the brim with excited fans, ready to contribute with improv suggestions.