• 2019-2020 Season,  Wendy and Peter Pan

    The Evolution of Wendy Darling

    by Angela Moser, dramaturg Peter Pan might have refused to grow up, but Wendy Darling has certainly grown and changed since she made her appearance in J.M. Barrie’s novel. Set in the Victorian era, Wendy Darling was created to perfectly fit the values of that society. The “cult of the little child” became a true literary trend of the time, which mirrored the Victorian attitude toward life. Many writers of the time, including Barrie, were fascinated with the childish status and even envied the innocence and purity that belongs to the little ones. Books written through the eyes of children for an adult audience became a way to escape everyday…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  Little Shop of Horrors

    The Doomsday Clock

    by Cameron Cox, Dramaturg As director of BYU’s production of Little Shop of Horrors, George Nelson wanted to provide a sense of foreboding, encouraging the audience to recognize the “flaxen cord” that Audrey II is in Seymore’s life without him knowing. The ominous ticking clock towering above the set creates this atmosphere and comes from science fiction tropes almost as old as the genre itself. The idea of the clock ticking away to destruction originated in 1947 by the Chicago Atomic Scientists (a group of researchers who worked on the creation of the first nuclear bomb used in World War II). “The Doomsday Clock” represented the time until the actions…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  Little Shop of Horrors

    Little Shop of Horrors Through the Years

    by Cameron Cox, dramaturg An awkward florist, a budding relationship, a sociopathic dentist, a carnivorous plant with a craving for human flesh; these iconic characters bring one story to mind. Little Shop of Horrors has become one of the most popular musicals for high school and local community theatres. A lesser-known fact about this popular stage show was its source material, a 1961 dark comedy by the same name, directed by the “King of B Movies” Roger Corman. Beginning with this film and spanning 26 years, three notable adaptations were made, each with its own unique alterations to the material, offering insight to the cultural landscapes of the decade in…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  Hamlet

    Horatio’s YouTube Channel

    by Elise Osorio Haines, dramaturg   Hey skaters! Horatio here—I am glad you are interested in learning more about my best friend Hamlet. Here is the link to my YouTube Channel where you can watch all of our skating videos and learn more about the show! On the channel, you will find a playlist of videos that talk about Hamlet’s story, including 10 Fun Facts about the play Hamlet, themes and symbols in the play and lots of great information about this Shakespearean tragedy. (And of course, I’ve got some fun behind the scenes skating videos!) Hope you watch all of the videos and enjoy the show!

  • 2019-2020 Season

    Bonus Playlist! Additional Music Contest Winners

    Happy 2020! With Two Wings might have finished its Young Company Tour at BYU,  but it is still on our minds over in the Madsen House. Here are the themes for EVERYONE who submitted to the music contest, improvised on the spot by our composer, CJ. Consider it our gift of love to you. We hope this music and the story of With Two Wings can continue to inspire you to soar as you move into this new decade. Sincerely, CJ and Samm Madsen Composer and Dramaturg/ Husband and Wife Dream Team

  • 2019-2020 Season,  With Two Wings

    With Two Girls: Soaring Unsoured

    A critical analysis of With Two Wings by Samm Madsen, dramaturg At the end of Brigham Young University’s first-ever sensory-friendly performance, as the character Lyf finally gets to fly to the ocean, a little boy with autism in the audience yelled, “FLY! FLY!!” Which I feel perfectly sums up my experience as the dramaturg of With Two Wings. That soaring feeling, so beautifully expressed by that little boy in the sensory-friendly night, has been with me since I first read the script in January 2019. Although the little boy probably was just referring to the physical act of the character flying away, almost every person who came to see the show…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  With Two Wings

    With Two Wings, Original Score Sheet Music

    All good things come to those who wait, right? Well, we hope so, because here is the sheet music at last for the six major themes of With Two Wings. Please feel free to download them and learn them to your heart’s content (just don’t sell them on the black market). The themes for Lyf, Mom and Dad are geared towards beginning pianists and the other three songs are geared towards more experienced pianists. We hope that the beautiful story of With Two Wings is still impacting your home like it is ours. Cheers! CJ and Samm Madsen Composer and Dramaturg Duo Suite from With Two Wings, I. Mom’s Theme, Piano Solo Suite…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  Rump

    How the Years Change the Story

    by Samantha Baird, Dramaturg Fairy tales, as we know them today, are much like the children’s game of “telephone.” Over the years of being told orally, stories naturally will change and adapt to match the environment in which they are being told. However, something that is even more intriguing is when stories are intentionally changed to emphasize different elements. Below is a comparison of three retellings/adaptations of the classic tale Rumpelstiltskin. Title Rumpelstiltskin Rump Rump: The Musical Who Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm (The Brothers Grimm) Liesl Shurtliff Timothy Threlfall What When a young woman is taken by the king after her father promises that she can spin straw into gold,…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  Rump,  Uncategorized

    Telling This Story in a Whole “New” Way

    by Samantha Baird, Dramaturg Before stories were written down they were told in an oral tradition through song, dance, and performance, and that  is exactly what we are going back to with this year’s music/dance/theatre workshop production of Rump. Rump: The Musical is an adaptation of Liesl Shurtliff’s bestselling novel Rump. The script for this production was written by MDT’s own Tim Threlfall, who is also the director for the workshop. However, the music for the show is completely devised by the cast of 10 and music director Randy Boothe. So how do you tell a story on stage that hasn’t entirely been written yet? During the first week of…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  Rump

    Phase Two: The Workshop

    by Samantha Baird, Dramaturg Before a show can be fully produced there are a couple more steps to production that a playwright may want to take. These steps allow the playwright to see their work performed in different stages so that they can make any desired changes before having a fully mounted show produced. The three most basic steps are a public reading, a workshop production, and a fully mounted show. Rump: The Musical, is in its workshop stage for this production. A concert reading is when the cast of the show simply reads from the script on stage adding vocal acting and intonations, but not moving around the stage.…