• 2014-2015 Season,  Princess Academy

    Come Chat with the “Princess Academy” Cast

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg One of the traditions in the BYU Theatre and Media Arts Department is the Thursday post show. Each Thursday night, immediately following the performance, the cast and members of the production team join the dramaturg on stage to chat with the audience. This is a great opportunity for the audience to ask questions about what they saw on stage, learn more about the process that we went through, and to discuss the different topics of the show. For Princess Academy, we will be holding our traditional post shows on Thursday June 4th and Thursday June 11th. We invite you to join us in the Pardoe Theatre…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Princess Academy

    Tech Week!

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg Tech week is one of the most exciting moments in any show. It’s the time when we get to leave our rehearsal room, move onto stage, and add all of the production elements. To help the actors adapt to all the changes we usually make a gradual transition. Pre-tech: While still in the rehearsal room, actors are given certain rehearsal props and costumes to help them in the creation of their characters. In the case of Princess Academy, all the girls were given rehearsal skirts and all the characters were given rehearsal books and and other items (such as the miri flower). We also added all…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Princess Academy

    Backstage at the “Princess Academy” Photo Shoot

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg One fun moment in every show is when you get to take the publicity photos. Usually it is the first time that members of the cast get into full costume, make-up, and hair and fully create their characters for others. It is also a chance for the director to find that one image that effectively conveys the mood, message, and style of the show to the audience. For Princess Academy, director Megan Sanborn Jones wanted to concentrate on 3 things: 1. The Academy girls 2. The books 3. The mountain As Shannon Hale has stated that one of her major influences in creating Mt. Eskel was…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Princess Academy

    Announcing the PRINCESS ACADEMY Book Drive!

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg Throughout her adventures at the academy, one of the most important lessons that Miri learns is the power and joy of reading. As the words and books come alive around her, she encounters stories and knowledge that have the ability to change her life. In order to celebrate the message of Princess Academy, the cast and crew want to share the gift of reading with those who – like Miri – have little opportunity to have a book of their own.  To help us with our goal, we are creating a mountain of books in the Harris Fine Arts Center (HFAC). We invite you to help…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Princess Academy

    The Journey of Books

    by Heather Oberlander and Janine Sobeck, dramaturgs Do you love to read? Is your home or office full of books? In a world where books can be delivered instantly to your e-reader, it’s hard to imagine a time when reading a book was a rare privilege. And yet, throughout the history of time, the wondrous stories and important information contained within the pages of books have not been always available to everyone. To see how far we have come, check out our brief look into the journey of books. 1200 B.C. It is around this time that the Phoenicians created the first known alphabet. The first known use of writing…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Princess Academy

    Shannon Hale on Books, Writing, and Seeing Her Stories Adapted

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg Shannon Hale is a native Utah writer who has taken the YA fiction world by storm. From her debut novel Goose Girl, to her popular Ever After High series, to her graphic novels, and more (including her popular adult adult fiction book Austenland – now a major motion picture), Shannon has entertained millions of readers with her wonderful characters and fascinating worlds. Her books have also garnered critical acclaim, landing her on the New York Times best-selling author list and winning many awards (including the prestigious Newbery Honor for Princess Academy). In honor of BYU’s theatrical adaptation of Princess Academy, I reached out to Shannon to hear…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Princess Academy

    Welcome to Our “Princess Academy”

    By Janine Sobeck, dramaturg Welcome to Princess Academy. My name is Janine Sobeck and I am the dramaturg on this exciting new adaption of Shannon Hale’s popular book. As we prepare for our May 29th opening, I will be posting the journey our cast and creative team have taken to transform this story from the page to stage. Stay tuned for insights into the adaption process, sneak peeks into the rehearsal room, a look at the work of our designers, and even an interview with award winning author Shannon Hale. I hope that you will follow along before joining us in the Pardoe Theatre. A fan of the book? Let…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Uncategorized

    Synergy – alla Commedia

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg I love it when you are working on a show and you discover a great moment of synergy.  As our production of The Servant of Two Masters starts its closing week, BYU’s department of Spanish and Portuguese is having its own celebration of commedia dell’arte with a Master Class provided by the actors of the Compania de Teatro Espanola “Reymala.” The class is tomorrow (Tuesday, April 2) from 1-2:30 on campus in B-092 JFSB. To see what our own actors went through in order to learn the basics of commedia, check out our Commedia Bootcamp.

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    Meeting the Audience

    By Janine Sobeck, dramaturg Now that our opening weekend for The Servant of Two Masters is over, the fun really begins. Not only do the cast and crew really get to settle into their roles, we also get to start hearing feedback from our audience members. Some will be formal in the terms of reviews, while others will be informal discussions with friends, family, and strangers who attended the show. The ability to talk to our audience really is one of the most fulfilling parts of doing theatre. Not only do we love to hear your thoughts on the show, we love to discover what questions you have about the…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    Serving Up a Trailer

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg If you are an avid BYU theatre fan, you probably have noticed that the department releases trailers for all the shows.  Just like a movie trailer, these trailers are a great way to get an instantaneous understanding of the overall feel of the show you are about to see. The trailer for The Servant of Two Masters is no exception. As tomorrow (Friday) is opening night, it seemed like the right moment to share. Hopefully it brings a little joy to your day.