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    Helping Students to See the People, Not Just the Dance 

    by Emma Rollins, dramaturg As dramaturgs, we had the opportunity to run workshops with the dancers. We played games from their dances’ countries of origin and we also quizzed them on their knowledge of advent and the same countries as mentioned before. This helped them to see the humanity and reality of the people they’re representing when they dance, hopefully helping them to feel a better understanding and connection to them.  Here are the links to the different Kahoots we quizzed them on.  Try them out and see if you know the answers! Advent: Click HERE!  9 o’clock Click HERE! 10 o’clock Click HERE! 2 o’clock Click HERE! Tier 2…

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    Dramaturgs’ Note: Celebrating Christmas Around the World

    By Emma Rollins, dramaturg Rejoice, we’re back in person. Rejoice, the semester is almost over. Rejoice, that your family member is coming back to health. Rejoice, Jesus wins in the end. Whatever it is, rejoice. The theme of Christmas Around the World this year is Rejoice. But rejoicing isn’t always joyful. Just as Adam and Eve had to learn joy from pain, good and bad often go hand in hand. So while we celebrate this Christmas season, let’s reflect back on what we’ve had to experience to help us rejoice. In this modern day and age, the pain and hardship we see with the Covid-19 pandemic have affected us all.…

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    The Many Days of Christmas

    By Jessie Pew, dramaturg In America, if you ask someone what day Christmas is, you’re likely going to get a very baffled look before they respond, “December 25th?” in that tone (you know the one) that clearly says “What planet did you come from?” in only two words. Here, our worldview is very centered on evangelical traditions. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,  falling on the 24th and 25th of December respectively, are generally the two days of Christmas that we take into consideration, especially from a work perspective. Businesses are often open for at least a few hours on Christmas Eve, so in America really Christmas Day is the only…

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    REJOICE! Finding Joy in Every Circumstance

    By Jessie Pew, dramaturg Christmas Around the World is a well-established tradition at Brigham Young University, with this year’s production marking its 60th appearance in the BYUarts season. While primarily a cultural celebration, there is always a theme arching over the production and informing the text and music performed in between the dance numbers. Previous years have seen themes, most recently, “A Light in the Window” (2019), which highlighted the importance of cultural roots being maintained despite immigration, and promoted empathy and compassion for those who have had to leave their ancestral homes against their will. With such a lofty preceding theme, the 2021 theme, “Rejoice” can seem rather simple in…

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    The Power of Connection

    by Laynie Calderwood, dramaturg Disconnect is a play about grief and grief can be an interesting thing, when you really look at it. The characters in this play are really doing everything BUT properly dealing with their grief and yet, somehow, that is more relatable for us as an audience than if they WERE properly dealing with their grief. Playwright, Rob Ackerman, wrote, “While Patty and Steve clash and fail to communicate, they manage to tidy an unkempt room, set a lavish table, and perform a whole domestic ballet” (Author’s Note, Disconnect). That’s why this show is so engaging, because it’s relatable. Everyone can see themselves up on the stage…

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    Virtual Program Guide for Talking With

    by Lillian Bills and Spencer Fields, dramaturgs This student theatre lab (mask club) production of Talking With… by Jane Martin was directed by Sarah McDonald, with dramaturgy by Lillian Bills and Spencer Fields. Below you can scroll through the virtual program for this production, or download the PDF version if you prefer. Thanks for watching!         Download the PDF here: Talking With Program  

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    WDA Concert Readings Go Virtual

    by Shelley Graham, dramaturgy supervisor Each fall semester we offer a course called “Writers Dramaturgs Actors Workshop.” Throughout the semester, students in the class will workshop, develop, and offer feedback on select plays by fellow student writers. The plays are carefully selected for this opportunity from among numerous student entries so that each week in class we get to improve our skills as dramaturgs while we help playwrights improve their skills as writers. At the end of the semester, we get to work on our acting skills, when we offer public concert readings of the plays we’ve been working on all semester. New eyes and ears on these drafts are…