Congratulations to the following students who were honored last Thursday, April 13, at the Media Arts Student Awards Celebration. Each of these students received a scholarship ranging from $100 – $1000. The media arts faculty announced a new scholarship, the Women in Film Award, in honor of Sharon Swenson, who will be retiring from BYU in August. Professor Swenson presented the first recipients of these scholarships at the celebration to three female media arts students. Many thanks to Kyle Stapley for arranging for the celebration.
1st Place – Thorn, Thank You for Coming, written by Matt Siemers
2nd Place – To Have and To Hold, written by Ian David Hawkes
Feature Length Screenplay
1st Place – Reality Check, written by Alexis Kaegi
2nd Place – Alish and the Otherworld, written by Malori Bigler
Media Arts Fiction
Media Arts Non-Fiction
Media Arts Critical Studies
Media Arts Writing
Animation “You’ve Done Good Award”
Media Arts TA/Employees
Outstanding TMA Office Employee
Women in Film Award
Outstanding Student Awards
Here are two interesting end-of-semester class performances that are open to all TMA students and faculty this week:
TMA 315R, Long Form Improv, taught by Patrick Livingston, will have their final performance (open to the public) on Wednesday, April 19, at 7pm in the Nelke. The actors will choose teams and a performance style (noir, sci-fi-fi, romantic comedy, etc.) out of a hat and then improvise a 45-minute play using the theme.
TMA 301, Contemporary Performance Practices, taught by Lindsay Livingston, will perform a devised piece on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 pm in the Nelke. For this project, members of the class interviewed many students across campus, asking the question, “What do you wish you could say but can’t?” They then took these interviews and, using contemporary performance techniques such as physical theatre, integrative technology, and community-based theatre, devised a fully original production. Revealing some of what we think and what we decide to leave unsaid, this production invites the audience to engage with the performers in unique and exciting ways.
The U.S. premier of Chariots of Fire, directed by Tim Threlfall, closed the evening of Saturday, April 15, 2017 after a run of 13 performances. The show enjoyed very enthusiastic audiences, including LDS apostles Elder Quentin Cook and Elder Dallin Oaks. Often play scripts are rewritten for the screen, but in this unusual situation, a screen play was rewritten for the stage. The production introduced several innovative concepts. For instance, audiences had the option of sitting on the bleachers on stage, playing the audiences at the 1924 Olympics. Actors had to be athletes as well as dancers with some of the iconic slow motion scenes of the film choreographed for the stage instead, with stunning results. The track extended into the audience and was used as track, stage, and other scene locations. A new character was introduced to the play that was entirely absent in the film: Florence MacKenzie, the Canadian woman who proposed the solution for Eric Liddell’s dilemma at the Paris Olympics, and who became Liddell’s wife. Dramaturg Shelley Graham found connections with BYU’s 1948 Olympic participant Clarence Robison, whose Olympic Jersey was part of the dramaturgy display. Kudos to cast, crew, designers, and all those who contributed to this outstanding and inspiring production.
This week, BFA faulty member, Adam Houghton, is performing in a production of A Number at the Coleman Theatre in the St. Benedicta Arts Center, which is part of the College of St. Benedicta in St. Joseph, MN. From the St Benedicta College/St. Joseph’s University website, “A Number tackles profound questions of identity and notions of ‘self’ as it unknots the tangled story between a father and son. Forty years ago Salter’s life hits rock bottom. He needed to change the way he lived and the way he was raising his son, Bernard. But Bernard had been so neglected that he was out of control and no longer the beautiful baby Salter remembered. Salter’s solution was to have the boy cloned and give the original son to the state. Salter raised the clone in idyllic conditions. Fast forward to the present day and Salter’s clone is a grown man. Disturbing hospital records reveal that not only is he a clone but he is just one among ‘a number’ of clones that were secretly made. Now the son confronts his father about the truth of his past and his identity. Tom Darnall plays the father, Salter; Adam Houghton plays the son and clones, Bernard 1, Bernard 2, and Michael Black.” Break a leg, Adam!