• 2012-2013 Season,  Phantom of the Opera

    The Study Guide Process at BYU, à la Phantom

    by Nicholas Sheets, dramaturg Here at BYU we produce playbills for each of the shows. When you arrive, one of the ushers hands you a playbill so you may learn a little bit about the actors and the world of the play. Here are some examples of previous performances’ study guide covers.                                As dramaturgs we are responsable for the study guide found in each of the playbills for our shows.There’s a lot of work that goes into each of these study guides. As an example, I would love to illustrate our process for Phantom of the Opera. Each year advertisers buy ad space to help pay for the costs…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Phantom of the Opera

    Phantastic Phantom Progress

    by Nicholas Sheets, dramaturg The other week we sat down in production meeting to discuss our visual projections for the show. Pretty much the entire meeting was devoted to hashing out the process of filming certain scenes in order to project them later in stills and in videos during the show. Since Phantom of the Opera is set in the 1880’s, the director desired to have more of a flicker book feel to the videos, since the “motion picture” was still a new invention at the turn of the 19th century. I am super excited to see this collaboration between the media arts and the theater department. Having both of…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Phantom of the Opera

    He’s Here….at BYU!

    by Nicholas Sheets, dramaturg I just want to say hello to everyone who is taking their time to visit the 4th WALL and to hear about news concerning our upcoming production of The Phantom of the Opera. Expect to see many sneak-peaks into our production at this website. Each week you’ll get a neat insight into the creation of the University Premiere of The Phantom of the Opera in the U.S.A. I hope you’re as excited as I am for this production! To start out with, I’m going to give you all a preview of our working scenic design for our stage. This design is from the hard work of…