Theatre arts – Theatre UAF http://theatreuaf.org/ Thu, 05 May 2022 07:13:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://theatreuaf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-18-120x120.png Theatre arts – Theatre UAF http://theatreuaf.org/ 32 32 Mama Mia! the musical to raise the bar for Busselton’s theater arts | Busselton-Dunsborough Courier https://theatreuaf.org/mama-mia-the-musical-to-raise-the-bar-for-busseltons-theater-arts-busselton-dunsborough-courier/ Thu, 05 May 2022 07:13:29 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/mama-mia-the-musical-to-raise-the-bar-for-busseltons-theater-arts-busselton-dunsborough-courier/ An upcoming theatrical production of Mamma Mia! is set to bring a level of performance Busselton has never seen before, with a huge new stage ready to wow audiences. A nearly 40-member cast and crew have been preparing since March to bring Mamma Mia! at the High Street Hall, with final rehearsals underway for shows […]]]>

An upcoming theatrical production of Mamma Mia! is set to bring a level of performance Busselton has never seen before, with a huge new stage ready to wow audiences.

A nearly 40-member cast and crew have been preparing since March to bring Mamma Mia! at the High Street Hall, with final rehearsals underway for shows from 12 May.

Many people already know the emotional and energetic songs of Mamma Mia! the 2008 film, but many don’t know that the musical theater production came first.

Lead actress Breanna Redhead, 21, said this meant the musical theater script closely resembled the film, bringing 24 ABBA songs to life in the span of two hours.

“I watched it a lot, to see how they do certain scenes and how the actors express themselves,” she said.

Breanna has been involved in theater for a long time, and new to the area, she immediately began looking for her “performing arts fix” when she moved to Busselton in late 2021.

Lead Role: Actress Breanna Redhead said she plays Sophie in Mamma Mia! is the biggest role she has ever had in musical theatre. Picture: Provided.

It wasn’t long before the auditions for Busselton’s Mamma Mia! were announced and word spread online that “Breanna Redhead” should apply.

“About 10 of my friends had all tagged on me, ‘look at this,'” she said.

Breanna auditioned and said she was thrilled to land the lead role of Sophie, a young woman who invites three of her possible fathers to her wedding on a Greek island in a bid to find out who her real father is.

A far cry from her early roles in high school and amateur theater group productions, Breanna said playing the role of Sophie was a highlight of her budding acting career.

“It’s the biggest role I’ve ever had on a show,” she said.

“I’ve played a few side characters in my day, but it’s super exciting and really nerve-wracking. With that, I’m pretty much in every song.”

Breanna said singing came naturally to her, but the show required a new level of focus to hit the notes while following the choreography.

With big dance numbers like Want You, Money Money Money and Under Attack requiring high levels of movement while singing, she said preparing to be Sophie had been a steep learning curve.

“I quickly realized how much I sing and how much it weighs on my voice,” she said.

“It’s about finding that balance between being able to focus on my singing but not taking it away from my acting and the emotion of the singing.

“It’s been a lot of learning, which is great for me, that’s why I’m doing it.”

The cast and crew aim to get the audience on their feet by the end of the show, singing and dancing to the ABBA songs everyone knows.

Jacob Arnold and Jake Sheedy prepare the set for Mamma Mia!  musical comedy.  Picture: Provided.

Jacob Arnold and Jake Sheedy prepare the set for Mamma Mia! musical comedy. Picture: Provided.

Director Stephen Lee said when rehearsals began nearly three months ago there was uncertainty that COVID restrictions would allow it to continue.

He said the final week of prep will be the final hurdle, with some cast members due to come out of solitary just days before the curtains open.

“We’ve had to do more work than ever before to prepare people to cover other people. It’s a different world right now and we’re dealing with it.

“We are doing well for the opener. We knew this would happen.”

Stephen has worked in theater for over 45 years and has spent the last 15 years working in Busselton with Artistic Director Russel Chandler.

He said Mamma Mia! was one of the biggest productions they had worked on.

“It’s the first time we’ve really taken over a space, and we’re setting up a stage that’s bigger on its own than many theaters I’ve worked in,” he said.

“A lot of effort has gone into making this as big and spectacular as possible.

“It was an attempt to really raise the bar because there are things happening in Busselton with the new center for the arts of theater. Busselton could really raise now in another area of ​​theater. This is our attempt to start to elevate our game to a new higher level.”

Presented by the theater company Busselton Bare Naked Events, Mamma Mia! the shows will take place at the High Street Hall in Busselton, on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May 12th to 22nd.

You can get tickets at barenakedevents.com.au/mamma-mia/

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‘Always…Patsy Cline’ at the Clarence Brown Theater – Arts Knoxville https://theatreuaf.org/alwayspatsy-cline-at-the-clarence-brown-theater-arts-knoxville/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 15:47:19 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/alwayspatsy-cline-at-the-clarence-brown-theater-arts-knoxville/ BY ALAN SHERROD IIn case you weren’t paying attention, jukebox musicals are real crowd pleasers. For example, Ain’t too proudthe story of the Temptations, just finished a long tour on Broadway and started filming productions. Boys jerseya Tony winning dramatization of the success of the Four Seasons, certainly comes to mind as well as notable […]]]>

BY ALAN SHERROD

IIn case you weren’t paying attention, jukebox musicals are real crowd pleasers. For example, Ain’t too proudthe story of the Temptations, just finished a long tour on Broadway and started filming productions. Boys jerseya Tony winning dramatization of the success of the Four Seasons, certainly comes to mind as well as notable vehicles like Magnificent: Carole King’s Musical, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, and probably dozens more. Engaging popular music is the essential attraction of the genre, but ultimately the long-term success of a musical depends, as with all theater, on its storytelling.

Storytelling is at the heart of Always…Patsy Cline, a production of which opened last weekend at the Clarence Brown Theater. The two-character musical, created by Ted Swindley, first appeared off-Broadway in 1997 and has enjoyed a steady stream of regional productions ever since.

Thanks to movies like Sweet Dreams with Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline, theatergoers probably know a little about the background. Cline, born in Winchester, Virginia, in 1932, rose to prominence when she won a talent contest in 1957 and appeared on the Arthur Godfrey television show. Her success came relatively quickly, appearing on the Grand Ole Opry and pairing with classic country hits like “Crazy,” “Back in Baby’s Arms,” ​​”I Fall to Pieces,” and “Sweet Dreams,” among many. others. In 1963, at just 30, she was killed in a minor plane crash while returning home to Nashville from an engagement. Swindley based his two-character story on letters sent by Cline to Louise Seger, an older woman from Houston whom Cline had met at a local club and bonded with, and who became one of the most big Cline fans.

In this thoroughly entertaining CBT production directed by Terry D. Alford, the narration belongs to Deanna Surber as narrator, Louise Seger, an optimistic, energetic, dedicated and determined fan. Laura Beth Wells sings the role of Patsy Cline, capturing with stunning precision in the show’s 27 musical numbers the essence, cutting edge and depth of Cline’s voice and character – an incredible achievement and reason enough to catch this show.

Deanna Surber as Louise Seger and Laura Beth Wells as Patsy Cline, CBT production of ‘Always…Patsy Cline’ – Photo: Ella Marston

Alford crafted a wonderfully tight and engaging production with the help of musical director and pianist Rhonda Mayfield, who leads a six-member band onstage: J Miller (drums), Greg Horne (steel guitar), Barry Hannah (guitar ), Dave Peeples (bass) and Bethany Hankins (violin). Set designer Libby StadStad, along with lighting designer Helen Garcia-Alton, created a simple and versatile, yet beautifully colorful and eye-catching stage space that is obviously comfortable and functional for the performers. Costume designer Lauren T. Roark gave Wells plenty of surprising costume changes, ranging from western attire to ordinary plain to country elegance, all in a beautiful ’60s vibe.

The structure of Swindley’s story allows for some “local” adaptation of Surber’s character as narrator to step off stage and address the audience directly – an attempt to break the fourth wall with a “home” rebuke ” of the public to encourage participation. For some members of the public, this familiarity and participation will undeniably be free, enjoyable and fun; for others, maybe not so much. Knowing how far to go with such improvisation with the public is a difficult task.

This CBT production of Always… Patsy Cline continues Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.; until May 15. Tickets and information

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Roseville Academy of Theater Arts https://theatreuaf.org/roseville-academy-of-theater-arts/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 15:13:23 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/roseville-academy-of-theater-arts/ Roseville Academy of Theater ArtsMolly Riehl visited the Roseville Theater Arts Academy! They gave us a sneak peek at “The People’s Trial of Golden Alouicious Lock! 43 minutes ago ARC fashion showARC students will be able to showcase their unique fashion designs! 52 minutes ago Person hit by a garbage truck in MantecaA person was […]]]>

Roseville Academy of Theater ArtsMolly Riehl visited the Roseville Theater Arts Academy! They gave us a sneak peek at “The People’s Trial of Golden Alouicious Lock!

ARC fashion showARC students will be able to showcase their unique fashion designs!

Person hit by a garbage truck in MantecaA person was taken to hospital after being hit by a garbage truck in Manteca early Monday morning.

Grit & PastureSpecializing in unique pasture tables, charcuterie boards/tables, catering, special occasions and events, private parties and workshops.

Dad joke – 4/25Papa Stark once again brings the funny in today’s Dad Joke!

Sing Me – 4/25Can the Good Day Players finish the lyrics to this Celine Dion classic?

Fiesta en la Calle OverviewWe’ve got a sneak peek at Cinco de Mayo, including a sneak peek at delicious tacos!

3 fishing studiosMolly shows us a cool art studio in Amador City.

Lady of the Plants, 10 a.m.Lady of the Plants, 10 a.m.

Beer Break EvenBreak Even Beermakers is a small beer making project and tavern that brings a holistic food and drink experience to Amador City. Delicious!

Stockton Earth Day, 10amThe town of Stockton is shutting down education and entertainment for its Earth Day celebration!

Plant Lady 8am part 2Plant Lady 8am part 2

SockshhCan this product help Jordan with his stinky feet? Let’s hope so.

The Delta College MarketSupport students and higher education by shopping at this local market.

Food and wine in a small townMolly checks out the menu at a food and wine bar in Amador City.

Plant Lady 8am part 1Plant Lady 8am part 1

Teen music – 4/24Random songs we should know!

Earth Day FestivalThe Stockton Earth Day Festival is a family-friendly event where you can learn about propagating succulents, dyed plant materials, yoga and lots of fun!

The Plant Lady, 9 a.m. pt. 2 – 4/24Marlene Simon has a wealth of knowledge to help you with your plant questions!

The Plant Lady, 9 a.m. pt. 1 – 4/24The Plant Lady was with us throughout the show to help you with your plant questions!

National Pig in a Blanket DayWe don’t need a reason to eat pigs out of blankets on a Sunday morning!

The wine from the end of nowhereThe End of Nowhere is the one and only natural winery in Amador County!

Made in AmadorMade in Amador features products and gifts made by the talented people of the town of Amador and surrounding areas, as well as locally grown flowers.

Lady of the Plants, 7 a.m. – 24/04Marlene the Plant Lady is back to answer all your tough plant and garden questions!

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BLINN INVITES STUDENTS TO AUDITION FOR MUSIC AND THEATER ARTS PROGRAMS https://theatreuaf.org/blinn-invites-students-to-audition-for-music-and-theater-arts-programs/ Thu, 21 Apr 2022 15:19:20 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/blinn-invites-students-to-audition-for-music-and-theater-arts-programs/ Blinn College District’s Music and Theater Arts Programs invites incoming and prospective students to audition for its upcoming performances at Brenham and Bryan. Based on Brenham Campusthe music program offers a variety of performance opportunities with the Buccaneer Band, brass band, wind band, jazz band, percussion band, steel drum band, color guard, choir chamber, a […]]]>

Blinn College District’s Music and Theater Arts Programs invites incoming and prospective students to audition for its upcoming performances at Brenham and Bryan.

Based on Brenham Campusthe music program offers a variety of performance opportunities with the Buccaneer Band, brass band, wind band, jazz band, percussion band, steel drum band, color guard, choir chamber, a concert choir and a women’s choir.

Blinn offers a variety of scholarships for students who wish to participate, regardless of their major. Scholarships are awarded based on musical ability and the recommendation of a high school ensemble director and the audition for the music program also serves as the audition for the student’s scholarship.

Blinn’s music department offers small class sizes, individual attention, hands-on learning, and accessible faculty so students are actively engaged in a superior learning environment. Students can pursue an Associate of Arts degree in music that provides a solid foundation in the creative and technical aspects of music, including music theory, history, composition, and performance.

For more information on Blinn’s music ensembles as well as scholarship and audition information, visit www.blinn.edu/music.

On the Brenham Campus, the Theater Arts Program hosts at least four student performances each year at the 500-seat Dr. W. W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center, providing participants with technical and stage theater experience. In 2021-22, Blinn-Brenham hosted productions of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, improv troupe Slaphappy, ‘Wiley and the Hairy Man’, ‘Golden Boy’ and ‘The 25and Putnam County Annual Spelling Bee.

In February, Blinn-Brenham students won more than 20 individual awards at the Texas Community College Speech and Theater Association Play Festival for its production of Golden Boy.

On the Bryan Campus, students can participate in the Blinn-Bryan Theater Troupe, partnering with Bryan-College Station community organizations to showcase their skills in high-energy community performances. This season, the troupe performed “The Second Shepherd’s Play” on the Bryan campus and at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Bryan, “The Revolutionists” in Blinn-Bryan, “Tigers Be Still” on the Blinn-Bryan campuses. Bryan and Texas A&M University. , and will perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Blinn-Bryan on April 27 and 28 and at the Lick Creek Park Amphitheater in College Station on April 29 and 30.

In addition to performing opportunities, Blin offers a 60-credit Associate of Arts degree in theater that provides students with a foundation in classical, modern, contemporary, and multicultural theater. Student performances and auditions are open to majors and non-majors.

Scholarships are available and students can apply for over 300 scholarships at www.blinn.edu/scholarships.

To learn more about the program and schedule an audition, visit www.blinn.edu/theatre.

(Story courtesy of Richard Bray, Blinn Information)

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NC A&T’s Theater Arts Program Presents Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Featuring Former Broadway Actress Trinette https://theatreuaf.org/nc-ats-theater-arts-program-presents-wilsons-ma-raineys-black-bottom-featuring-former-broadway-actress-trinette/ Wed, 20 Apr 2022 23:03:14 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/nc-ats-theater-arts-program-presents-wilsons-ma-raineys-black-bottom-featuring-former-broadway-actress-trinette/ Photo credits: Mack Butler EAST GREENSBORO, NC (April 20, 2022) – North Carolina A&T State University’s Theater Arts Program will present “My Rainey’s Black Bottom” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson beginning Thursday, April 28. Directed by Miller Lucky Jr., the production is a gripping account of what racism does to its victims. It’s funny, […]]]>

Photo credits: Mack Butler

EAST GREENSBORO, NC (April 20, 2022) – North Carolina A&T State University’s Theater Arts Program will present “My Rainey’s Black Bottom” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson beginning Thursday, April 28. Directed by Miller Lucky Jr., the production is a gripping account of what racism does to its victims. It’s funny, salty, raw and lyrical showcasing all the complicated emotions of the blues music it celebrates. Jayne Trinette, an alumnus of A&T’s theater program, will play the role of Ma Rainey.

Trinette is a powerful singer/actress with a three octave range and has an impressive career as a performer, educator and consultant. His credits include Broadway Tour of Disney’s The Lion King, Caroline Or Change, Ain’t Misbehavin, Smokey Joe’s Café and The Buddy Holly Story. Jayne has written, directed and produced a series of cabarets with tributes to Lena Horne and Aretha Franklin. You’ve also seen her on Live with Kelly and Michael singing with the cast of Walt Disney World’s Lion King Festival.

Inspired by the true mother of the blues, Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, the setting is set in 1927 Chicago in a single day of music, jokes and dealings. An ambitious young horn player named Levee arrives with new group arrangements, including one for a popular dance called “The Black Bottom”. But Ma insists on singing it in the “familiar” way. The other band members – Cutler, Toledo and Slow Drag – follow suit, warning Levee to butt heads with Ma. The defiant Mother of the Blues knows she’s the star of the show and won’t be pushed around. . After all, it’s what Ma says that counts! As the day progresses and Ma’s demands are met, Levee cracks up. He succumbs to the harsh realities of unjustly thwarted aspirations, revealing self-destructive consequences.

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is also one of the productions featured at Greater Greensboro’s Amplify Black Voices Festival. Building on Greensboro’s rich heritage of social justice and engagement in the civil rights movement, Amplify Black Voices Festival of Greater Greensboro brings together seven local college theater departments to collaboratively produce four theater performances focused on life and history of African Americans.

Staged in four different university theaters in the spring of 2022, the cast and crew for each will be drawn from all seven departments. After each performance, the cast and director will return to the stage to reflect on the importance of Black lives and stories and racial inequality. Our target audience includes university/college communities, the greater Greensboro community, and Guilford County public schools.

The Theater Arts Program and Paul Robeson Theater adhere to all COVID-19 protocols and procedures. Places will be limited to practice social distancing. Everyone is encouraged to follow safe hygiene practices to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Location:
Paul Robeson Theater on the campus of NC A&T State University

Performance dates and times:

Thursday April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday April 30 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday May 1 at 3 p.m.

Cost:

Adults – $17
Non-A&T Seniors and Students – $11
Children 12 and under – $6

A&T Students – Free with Aggie One Card

For tickets, call the Brown Hall box office at (336) 334-7749. For group tickets, call (336) 334-7519.

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The U of I Theater Arts Department Presents the Musical “Into the Woods” https://theatreuaf.org/the-u-of-i-theater-arts-department-presents-the-musical-into-the-woods/ Fri, 15 Apr 2022 15:48:40 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/the-u-of-i-theater-arts-department-presents-the-musical-into-the-woods/ MOSCOW, Idaho — April 14, 2022 — The University of Idaho Department of Theater Arts presents Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical “Into the Woods” at 7:30 p.m. April 29, 30, and May 7; and 2:30 p.m. April, 1 and 2 May, at the Hartung Theatre, 625 Stadium Drive, Moscow. Admission is free for U of I […]]]>

MOSCOW, Idaho — April 14, 2022 — The University of Idaho Department of Theater Arts presents Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical “Into the Woods” at 7:30 p.m. April 29, 30, and May 7; and 2:30 p.m. April, 1 and 2 May, at the Hartung Theatre, 625 Stadium Drive, Moscow. Admission is free for U of I students and $10-$22 for the public. Tickets are available online at uidaho.edu/theatretix or at the door. Doors open one hour before the show.

A Tony Award-winning modern musical masterpiece from Sondheim and James Lapine, “Into the Woods” features a cast of classic fairy tale characters whose worlds intertwine. Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, the baker, his wife and a giant are all on a quest to find their “happiness forever”. With a moving score, this musical adventure is a powerful reflection on life’s many twists and turns. Wishes will be granted, but at what cost?

“Into the Woods” is directed by U of I performance professor David Lee-Painter and features more than 30 U of I students in the cast and crew, including senior Hannah Verdi of Hayden, who received the National Kennedy Center American Musical Theater Fellowship from the College Theater Festival in June 2021.

Free parking is available on Stadium Drive and in the parking lot across from the theater.

For information on other upcoming events at the Department of Theater Arts, visit uidaho.edu/class/theatre.

Media Contact

Kelly O’Neill
Media Relations
Department of Theater Arts and Lionel Hampton School of Music
208-885-6465
koneill@uidaho.edu

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Henry Rodney’s contributions to the theater arts were enormous https://theatreuaf.org/henry-rodneys-contributions-to-the-theater-arts-were-enormous/ Thu, 14 Apr 2022 06:03:53 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/henry-rodneys-contributions-to-the-theater-arts-were-enormous/ Dear Editor, It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of one of our finest theater artists, Henry Rodney – stage and film actor, singer, writer and many other hats he wore during his career. life. Pedagogue for much of his life. He was professionally competent and led a very dynamic and active […]]]>

Dear Editor,

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of one of our finest theater artists, Henry Rodney – stage and film actor, singer, writer and many other hats he wore during his career. life. Pedagogue for much of his life.

He was professionally competent and led a very dynamic and active life in the world of theatre, both locally and abroad. He was the king of queh queh in Guyana and was much sought after to lead such events whether on stage or for a live event locally and internationally. His contributions to the theater arts were enormous.

From the time he joined The Link Show crew in the late 80s, he stayed there until last when his health began to decline. He also did all of the North American tours of these shows from 1997 until the last one in 2002.

He was popular for the characters he portrayed, former Prime Minister Sam Hinds and the colorful Inspector ‘Ley Ley’ in the market sketch. He wrote and sang many Link Show songs. I’ve worked with him on a number of shows other than the Link Show.

I remembered in a Link Show, where he wrote and sang a satirical song using the rhythm of Shaggy’s song. When he came off stage I told him he sounded better than Shaggy and got a big smile from him, which he had perfected in his portrayal of the former Prime Minister. RIP dear Henry.

Yours faithfully,

Gem Madhoo-Nascimento

GEMS Theater Productions

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Arapahoe Charter School’s Theater Arts Program Presents ‘Wizard of Oz’ https://theatreuaf.org/arapahoe-charter-schools-theater-arts-program-presents-wizard-of-oz/ Mon, 11 Apr 2022 16:28:25 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/arapahoe-charter-schools-theater-arts-program-presents-wizard-of-oz/ ARAPAHOE, NC (WNCT) — The cast and crew of The Wizard of Oz are busy designing and building sets, creating costumes and rehearsing to finally hit the stage. According to Professor and Director of Theater Arts, Jill Williamson, due to the pandemic delays, the group is excited to get production started. “It’s a wonderful group […]]]>

ARAPAHOE, NC (WNCT) — The cast and crew of The Wizard of Oz are busy designing and building sets, creating costumes and rehearsing to finally hit the stage.

According to Professor and Director of Theater Arts, Jill Williamson, due to the pandemic delays, the group is excited to get production started.

“It’s a wonderful group of students who’ve waited a very long time to take the stage,” Williamson said. “It’s a pleasure to see this all fall into place.”

Arapahoe Charter School’s popular theater arts program represents a great diversity of talent every year and this year will be no different.

“There’s so much more to theater than acting,” Williamson said. “Those on stage are obviously the most visible, but those behind the scenes are certainly just as important.”

Arapahoe Charter School’s Theater Arts Program, in conjunction with The Old Theatre, will present The Wizard of Oz on Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. at the Old Theater, 609 Broad St. in Oriental. Tickets are available at Nautical Wheelers, Oriental and The Old Theater Box Office one hour before performances. Ticket prices are adults: $15 and children 12 and under: $5.

All proceeds support the Theater Arts Program at Arapahoe Charter School.

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The Golden Age of Greek Theatrical Arts, Its Features and Essence https://theatreuaf.org/the-golden-age-of-greek-theatrical-arts-its-features-and-essence/ Sun, 10 Apr 2022 18:31:06 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/the-golden-age-of-greek-theatrical-arts-its-features-and-essence/ Every year, plays were performed at the Theater of Dionysia. Songs were first sung in praise of the god of wine and fertility, Dionysus. Among them, Aristotle’s poetry was outstanding. Its major element was a tragedy which was the inspiration behind the tragic stories. another poet Arion developed the choral singing known as Dithyramb. Later, […]]]>

Every year, plays were performed at the Theater of Dionysia. Songs were first sung in praise of the god of wine and fertility, Dionysus. Among them, Aristotle’s poetry was outstanding. Its major element was a tragedy which was the inspiration behind the tragic stories. another poet Arion developed the choral singing known as Dithyramb. Later, the chorus became an integral part of Greek theater alongside actors, commentators and narrators who were also part of the chorus team. In some plays, the chorus acted as a separately different character. They all synchronized with each other to project the image of a single entity rather than a group. At first, the choir consisted of twelve singing and dancing participants known as Choreutai. Later the number was increased to fifteen and two groups of seven, known as the Hemichoria, were formed with a lead singer known as Koryphaios.

The pieces were written by Thespis at the beginning with an actor who played different characters wearing different masks. He interacted with the choir who narrated parts of the story and sang when needed. The themes of his play were tragedy and God Dionysus. Aeschylus introduced a second actor, followed by Sophocles, who introduced a third actor. This increased the complexity of the story and opened up the horizons as other Greek mythological characters were considered. And it was then that the leader of the choir was also introduced. He was in charge of interacting with the actors on stage and with the public too, for their opinion and their synthesis. Sometimes the interaction was in the form of a song and other times he spoke directly. The rest of the choir sang in the background and illustrated the main theme.

And so two masks became the symbol of the Greek theater or Theatron. One had a smile and a happy expression representing the comic side of the play and the other mask had a sad expression which represented the tragic side of the play. By the 500s BC, theaters were more dignified and became the pride of Athenian culture. The first renowned theater was the Theater of Dionysos. Annual competitions were held where three tragic plays were performed and the best play was awarded. Competition between comedy plays began in the 430s BC.

In the 4th century BC. AD, King Alexander attacked Athens, which led to the Peloponnesian War. It was then that the power of Athens began to deteriorate. Despite the threat to Greek theatrical traditions, it survived and moved on to the Hellenistic period. It was during this time that comic theater reached its full form, reflecting the life of the common man. The script of the plays has never been mixed, that is, comedy has never been mixed with tragedy and vice versa. Menander was the writer who achieved fame during this period.

The three main elements of the theater became Orchestra, Skene and Audience. The platform on which the artists performed and the choir performed was known as the orchestra or dance venue. At other times it was used to conduct religious rites. Skene was a huge rectangular building behind the orchestra. Originally it was a simple hut or tent used as a backstage. Actors changed their costumes here and it was also used for religious purposes. But later it took the form of a solid stone structure with two or three doors that opened onto the orchestra. Paintings were made on this structure which served as the background of the piece and this is how the term Skene came into being. Later, another structure named Proskene was also erected in front of the Skene which was exclusively for the performance of actors. The audience was seated on a round, rising staircase. Therefore, the shape of the mountain in which the whole structure is carved is important.

The theatrical arts that emerged during this era are reflected in today’s plays all over the world. Of all the plays written at that time, tragedy plays like Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles and the plays of the comedian Aristophanes became famous in the golden history of Greek arts.

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Clark State Theater Arts will present the musical “Something Rotten!” https://theatreuaf.org/clark-state-theater-arts-will-present-the-musical-something-rotten/ Thu, 07 Apr 2022 10:48:59 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/clark-state-theater-arts-will-present-the-musical-something-rotten/ “Something rotten! is a great show with characters that are tall and fill the Kuss Auditorium, a perfect show to return to after a two-year hiatus from live performances,” Berry said. “There’s everything – tragedy, comedy, a tragic attempt at comedy – the audience will roll in their seat.” The cast is made up of […]]]>

“Something rotten! is a great show with characters that are tall and fill the Kuss Auditorium, a perfect show to return to after a two-year hiatus from live performances,” Berry said. “There’s everything – tragedy, comedy, a tragic attempt at comedy – the audience will roll in their seat.”

The cast is made up of Clark State students, alumni, staff and community members, with some traveling from Columbus, Cincinnati and Miamisburg to perform.

“The cast blended well throughout the rehearsal process. All of these characters are larger than life and it brought out a lot of the goofy sides of the actors,” Berry said. “For this show, I tell them every night that if they don’t feel absolutely ridiculous on stage, they’re not doing it right.”

The wait to do live theater again hasn’t been easy and the program hasn’t slowed down, focusing on learning new skills to create live theater virtually according to Lauricella. It wasn’t the same as being in the same room with an audience, but it did give the experience of storytelling in a live environment.

She admitted there were doubts about the event for “Something Rotten!” happen, so for every show the program has presented since the fall of 2020, they’ve prepped multiple shows at once, scheduling live first, then pulling back as cases pick up.

“But as we did, we kept going,” Lauricella said.

The auditions were held in person, albeit masked and socially distanced, unlike all previous and simplified ones. The acting has brought things like improved virtual communication and a virtual green room has been created for rehearsals and allows for conversations outside of rehearsals, creating additional bonds.

“Even within our strict set up there was a buzz of excitement amongst the production team and cast and we knew we had virtual options to fall back on if we needed them and we did. “, said Lauricella.

The first rehearsal was virtual, not because of COVID, but the weather. And that was the only one and the buzz still permeated the band, Lauricella said.

Berry was in a show that was supposed to open in March 2020 and canceled three weeks before opening and it still stings him. Naturally, he didn’t want to go through that again, remaining cautiously excited about it.

“Things went in the right direction this time and I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “It’s an incredible group of artists and teams and we’ve all come through while wearing masks and respecting social distancing and it will all pay off for the public.”


HOW TO GET THERE

What: “Something rotten! »

Or: Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 South Fountain Ave., Springfield

When: 8 p.m. Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9; 2 p.m. Sunday April 10

Admission: $19.90

More information: www.facebook.com/clarkstatetheatre/

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