The Crucible, directed by David Morgan, opened last Friday in the Margetts. The script, which won a Tony Award for the Best Play in 1953, is considered one of the “central works in the canon of American drama.” (Wikipedia) One of the most widely produced texts (on stage, screen, television, and even as an opera), in the current BYU version, the director has chosen a very stylized interpretation using character masks, which provide the audience with a unique experience. From the dramaturg’s note in the program, ”[The director’s] goal is to help the audience understand the layers and masks that people—specifically the Puritan characters in this show—use to hide their true selves. . . .The truth is beneath the mask.” This is a unique and strong interpretation of a classic script; you will not be disappointed! For tickets go here.
Last week in the TMA department, two forums were hosted – one for the theatre students and one for the media arts students. Details of these two events are below.
The Theatre Education program hosted the theatre forum last week in response to a request from their students about how to better balance the rigorous demands on their time. Knowing the challenges all theatre students face with time management, juggling school, jobs, and productions, the theatre education area invited Melanie Tidwell, author of the book, Sacred Soul-Space: Making Room in Your Life for What You Have to Offer this World, to share some ideas on how to find better life-balance. Melanie shared many amazing ideas about differently strategies to help with more mindful life balance. About 45 people attended the forum. We appreciate the theatre education area faculty, Julia Ashworth, Amy Jensen, Teresa Love, Carrie Lopez, and Shawnda Moss for their work in responding to students’ needs.
On Thursday, March 23, the Media Arts and Animation programs held a screening of the Documentary, Modifying Reality. The documentary follows a group of animation students who are trying to complete their senior film in hopes to meet the expectations of the award-winning films from the students who preceded them. The film also explores the BYU Center for Animation and how it has developed talented and marketable students. The film was directed by media arts alumni Jared Jakins and produced by Cassie Hyatt and Caitlin Stratton. Tom Lefler was the faculty mentor on the project. The film screened to a full house and included a Q&A with the film team in which the audience and team discussed the subject of the film.
Congratulations to the following students who are finalists for the Outstanding Theatre Student awards: Kooper Campbell (BFA MDT), Cali Holcombe (Theatre Arts Studies, Design Tech), Bradlee Hager (Theatre Arts Studies, Design Tech), Camilla Hodgson (Theatre Education), Spencer Duncan (Theatre Education), Kristin Perkins (Theatre Arts General Studies). The winning students will be announced in the Theatre Student Celebration on Thursday, April 6, at 11 am in the Nelke Theatre.
We’d also like to recognize the following milestones for these students.
- Bradlee Hager will be attending University of North Carolina School of the Arts in the MFA Stage Automation program.
- Kristin Perkins has been accepted into University of Texas at Austin’s graduate program in Performance as Public Practice.
Three TMA graduates, two from theatre arts studies and one from media arts, have re-teamed to create a video series, Splitting the Sky, which will release a new video from its series every Wednesday on Youtube for the next six months. “The videos explore individual women discovering who they are, developing their relationship with God and coming to terms with their unanswered questions.” Anna Hargadon Peterson (2012), Amber Richardson (2013), and Camlyn Giddins (2016) originally teamed up in 2013, developing stories about women in church history for “Women of Faith.” After Camlyn’s mission, the three reconnected to develop Splitting the Sky. To read more about the project and where to watch the series, go to http://utahvalley360.com/2017/03/26/lds-women-seek-answers-ambiguous-role-mormon-women-video-series/
Media arts alum, Cole Webley (2007) was the director of one of the most noteworthy SuperBowl 2017 ads, the one for 84 Lumber. Here is a link to the short form of the ad and the long form. Below is a short interview with the director, Cole: