• 2016-2017 Season,  Chariots of Fire

    Social Class in the 1920s

    By Shelley Graham, Dramaturg Chariots of Fire takes place in Britain from roughly 1920 to 1924, a time period in which established social mores were changing rapidly. Throughout the play we see the various social classes represented. As Britain emerged from the ravages of World War I (or The Great War, as it was termed then,) there was a major rift in those social classes. Throughout the twenties, the working class would see poverty growing at an alarming rate, while the middle and upper classes fought for cultural prominence. Early in the play we see wealthy young men arriving for their first day of school at Cambridge University. They are…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice


    By Anne Flinders, dramaturg Brigham Young University’s production of Pride and Prejudice opens this coming Friday, March 21st, which means the week leading up to those final dress rehearsals and opening night is dedicated to technical rehearsals, a.k.a. tech week. This is the week the cast begins rehearsing on the set in the Pardoe Theatre; the lights are hung, focused and finalized by the light designer and crew; the sound is equipped and cued by the sound designer; the set dressings and props are labeled and placed, and the costumes are “paraded” (or worn by the actors onstage) for one last, long, decisive look by the costume designer and staff. This…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    Animals Backstage at Pride and Prejudice Rehearsal

    Excerpts from an article by Marvin Payne (appearing as Mr Bennet in BYU’s production of Pride and Prejudice) I’m in rehearsals for a production of Pride and Prejudice “down to the BY,” as my wife’s grandfather would have said. I’m Mr Bennet (the British don’t punctuate “Mr”). For rehearsals involving only the Bennet family, I’ve typically been the only guy in the room—totally female family, female director, female production staff, and two female dramaturgs. A word about dramaturgs: Good luck defining what the heck one is, besides brainy and nice and one of them has a dog that acts (in this very show!). I think the definition of “dramaturg” is…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice


    By Anne Flinders, dramaturg The cast of BYU’s Pride and Prejudice has been in rehearsals for over a month, working together four nights a week and Saturdays. With that much time together, friendships are developing on social media as well as on the rehearsal floor. Here is a sampling of Facebook posts from the cast, staff and fans. [Names in bold are the names of the people who made the posts.]   Laurie Koralewski Payne: Tra-la!! Marvin Payne will be playing Mr. Bennett in the fabulous Melissa Leilani Larson’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice directed by the also fabulous Barta Lee Heiner at BYU this season! What could possibly be…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle in Time Trailer

    by Patrick Hayes, dramaturg BYU’s marketing office has just released the first trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, offering a sneak peek at the soon to open show. Check it out here. In the coming days I will post articles written by our wonderful cast and crew–its a chance for the readers to get to know the cast and their experiences with the show. Make sure you check back soon.

  • 2012-2013 Season,  A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle in Time – Photos from Rehearsal

    by Patrick Hayes, dramaturg  With a little over two weeks till opening night, members of the company gather at rehearsal to work scenes and try on costumes. The following photos were taken over two days comprising an in-costume run of the show and a normal rehearsal of Act 1. From these photos you can really see how the production is coming together. The following three photos are from the costume run.  (Photos by Adam White.) Jenna Hawkins – The Man with Red Eyes Members of the Company – The Beasts Allyson Thaxton Dressed as Aunt Beast These three photos were taken during a rehearsal of Act 1. Director Rodger Sorensen gives advise on reworking…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Henry 5

    “All things are ready, if our mind be so.” Henry 5 Act 4, Scene 3

    By Anne Flinders, dramaturg January 27th through February 2nd was final dress rehearsal week for Brigham Young University’s production of Henry 5. Last Tuesday was what is called a designers’ rehearsal, when the designers come to watch the play and make notes for their final tweaks and preparations for opening night. The costume, sound, and prop designers were in attendance and will make sure in the next few days that their work is ready to accompany the cast into performances, which begin February 5th on tour and February 6th in the Nelke Theatre. Lighting will be added when the production moves from its rehearsal space to the Nelke. Unique to…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Henry 5

    “Winding up days with toil and nights with sleep.” Henry 5 Act 4, Scene 1

    by Anne Flinders, dramaturg Last week the Henry 5 cast held three more rehearsals. Rehearsal days are exhausting; a typical rehearsal for this play begins at 8:00 a.m. with a physical warm-up and an overview of the day’s work.  This is followed by dance and fight choreography, blocking more of the stage action, and some scene polishing. The cast is generally allowed a half-hour break for lunch, after which they return to the rehearsal space to run and polish scenes until 2:00 p.m. Six hours is a long rehearsal for a student, particularly when many in the cast go to classes immediately after, but this week’s Thursday rehearsal was especially…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Henry 5

    “Let us…on your imaginary forces work.” Henry 5 Prologue, Act I

    By Anne Flinders, dramaturg The second week of rehearsals for BYU’s Henry 5 is completed, and the show is taking shape with an exciting look and sound that is unlike most Shakespeare plays. The cast, directed by Megan Sanborn Jones, worked this week on incorporating movement from last semester’s Contemporary Performance Studies class into the play. The opening scene was developed on Thursday using viewpointing for blocking the cast’s interactions with each other and the audience as they present the prologue of the first act.  It will be a highly theatrical opening Shakespeare scene! Another major element of the play is the sparseness of the set and props. This play…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Gone Missing/Cleverest Thief

    Making the Media: “Stars”

    by Ariel Mitchell, dramaturg The last song in Gone Missing, “Stars,” discusses how when you lose something all that you have left is the memory of what once was, like that thing never existed. Last semester, our media team broke down the script, choosing moments to mediate in both Gone Missing and The Cleverest Thief. “Stars” is one of these chosen moments. As a group, they decided to project a video in the background of a table crowded with objects. As the song, progressed the objects would disappear, leaving only the memory behind. Simple right? It would seem so, but it is incredible how much work goes into one little…