With their minds on the fritz by the time they have arrived in my class, my semester theatre students and I are taking the time to enjoy some classic pieces of theatre and understand different aspects of performances. What does it take to "live a role"? How do performers project their thoughts and emotions without saying a word? Thankfully the wonderfully comedic "Arsenic and Old Lace" starring Cary Grant and Boris Karloff has been able to answer those questions. It has been really neat to be an instructor and hear the students find little nuances in a performer's interpretation of the scene to emphasize. I sincerely hope this translates to their own in class performances this year.
In theatre production- we are still busy working on our adaptation of "Treasure Island". We are taking a different approach to this classic, mostly due to the construction of our performance space and the limitations to creating a true sailing ship.... we are therefore venturing into our own interpretation of the steampunk genre to tell this tale of adventure. We are still figuring out the details but there is much gusto behind the scenes. And I still cannot fathom that we are a mere 5 weeks from opening!
Life is good on campus... and while I can wish that they were better at being off-book by now, I am still amazed at what these children can do when a person sets the bar high and then tells them to jump. We are thoroughly enjoying our time and our own adventures together with theatre and sincerely hope that you join us for a couple hours of fun on April 18 & 19 as we set forth on a quest for gold.