• 2017-2018 Season,  The Glorious Story Emporium,  Uncategorized

    Actress, Katie Jarvis: Answers Some of Life’s Toughest Questions

    By Pollyanna Eyler, dramaturg LAST CHANCE TO SEE – BYU Young Company’s  The Glorious Story Emporium in public: Orem Library on Monday, Nov 13th   I was so impressed with last year’s BYU main stage production of Travesties, I had to see it again. … Okay, I admit I also didn’t truly appreciate and catch every reference to The Importance of Being Earnest, to James Joyce, to the birth of Dadaism, nor to Lenin and his political agenda, and of course the cost of a pair of trousers. … So after much research, I saw it once again and I’m glad I did. It was in Travesties where I first saw the performance…

  • 2017-2018 Season,  Into the Woods

    The Uses of Enchantment

    by Amelia Johnson, dramaturg In 1976 Austrian-born psychoanalyst Bruno Bettelheim published The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. In this book, Bettelheim applied Frued’s theories to fairy tales and argued that they are psychologically beneficial to children. Though each tale offers individual benefits, there are many themes used generally.

  • 2017-2018 Season,  The Mill on the Floss,  Uncategorized

    A “Quid Pro Quo”

    by Richelle Sutton, dramaturg You may have heard this phrase before (if you’ve ever listened to Hamilton.) “Quid pro quo” is still commonly used today, though it is a Latin phrase meaning “this for that” and is most common in political circles. Ironically, “Quid” is also a well-known nickname for the pound, and so the phrase has also become a play on words, when used in common speech. What does this have to do with Mill on the Floss? Why, it’s money, of course!

  • 2017-2018 Season,  The Mill on the Floss

    A Special Interview with Helen Edmundson

    By Richelle Sutton, Dramaturg While I was in London over the summer, I had an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity. I was able to contact Helen Edmundson, the playwright for Mill on the Floss, months before. She listened to my requests and agreed to meet with me for a personal interview about the production. In a quaint little café, we met together and conversed about the play. I was pleasantly surprised by the many insights Mrs. Edmundson shared. I am very grateful to her for taking the time to meet with one small dramaturg and enlarge her world and understanding of this beautiful play. Following is a transcript of…

  • 2017-2018 Season,  Into the Woods

    Welcome Into the Woods

    by Amelia Johnson, Dramaturg When I mention Into the Woods, there are those who love it and those who don’t. For those who aren’t fans of the show, the main comment I hear is that the show does not end like the typical fairytale. It breaks the idea of happily ever after that we grew up with as children. Though the show certainly does not have a typical fairytale ending, I feel that this is a great part of where the value of the show lies.

  • 2017-2018 Season,  The Glorious Story Emporium

    To Serve or Not to Serve, That Is the Question

    by Pollyanna Eyler, Dramaturg    BYU’s Motto, “Enter to Learn Go Forth to Serve” is a standard I try to attain in all aspects of my study at BYU, including theatre. I am proud to support Young Company as they have already begun to showcase The Glorious Story Emporium in public schools through Young Company tours.    My first foray into making a conscious effort to serve came during elementary school. Our school offered free lunch, school supplies, dentistry and even a Santa Claus for those in need. We dutifully lined up with our empty lunch trays, smiling teeth, or desires to sit on Santa’s lap. I knew that my…