• 2018-2019 Season,  Radium Girls

    Discover Elements of the Radium Girls in Your Life

    Elements by Pollyanna Eyler, BYU Radium Girls dramaturg   Last year, when I began reading about and researching the plight of the Radium Girls this scripture came to mind, “And now behold, I … do not desire to harrow up the souls of men in casting before them such an awful scene of blood and carnage as was laid before mine eyes … ” (Mormon 5:8). I wondered what a dramaturg could do to counteract such circumstances? The rest of the verse answered my question, “… but I, knowing that these things must surely be made known, and that all things which are hid must be revealed upon the house-tops—” (Mormon 5:8). So, I’m shouting what I learned about U.S.…

  • 2018-2019 Season,  Radium Girls

    Discover Solutions to Radium Girls Study Guide

    Answers by Pollyanna Eyler, BYU Radium Girls dramaturg Page 10 – Radium Shopping List The discovery of Radium in 1898 soon led to scientific advances in medicine. Radium was proven to reduce cancerous tumors and therefore considered not only safe, but healthy! Industry ingeniously jumped on the bandwagon promoting products across the spectrum, such as “Radium Hand Cleaner – takes off everything but the skin.” If you guessed that all of the products on the Radium Shopping List could be found with added radium, you’re correct! Products with added radium.  Bottled Water, “Radithor” Radium Brand Creamy Butter Schokolade, Radium German Chocolate Degnen’s Radio-Active Heating Pad Doramad Radioactive Toothpaste Crème Activa Face Cream…

  • 2017-2018 Season,  The Glorious Story Emporium,  Uncategorized

    Actress, Katie Jarvis: Answers Some of Life’s Toughest Questions

    By Pollyanna Eyler, dramaturg LAST CHANCE TO SEE – BYU Young Company’s  The Glorious Story Emporium in public: Orem Library on Monday, Nov 13th   I was so impressed with last year’s BYU main stage production of Travesties, I had to see it again. … Okay, I admit I also didn’t truly appreciate and catch every reference to The Importance of Being Earnest, to James Joyce, to the birth of Dadaism, nor to Lenin and his political agenda, and of course the cost of a pair of trousers. … So after much research, I saw it once again and I’m glad I did. It was in Travesties where I first saw the performance…

  • 2017-2018 Season,  The Glorious Story Emporium

    To Serve or Not to Serve, That Is the Question

    by Pollyanna Eyler, Dramaturg    BYU’s Motto, “Enter to Learn Go Forth to Serve” is a standard I try to attain in all aspects of my study at BYU, including theatre. I am proud to support Young Company as they have already begun to showcase The Glorious Story Emporium in public schools through Young Company tours.    My first foray into making a conscious effort to serve came during elementary school. Our school offered free lunch, school supplies, dentistry and even a Santa Claus for those in need. We dutifully lined up with our empty lunch trays, smiling teeth, or desires to sit on Santa’s lap. I knew that my…

  • 2017-2018 Season,  The Glorious Story Emporium,  Uncategorized

    Actor, Paige Fletcher: Slightly Suspicious … and Squirrelly

    by Pollyanna Eyler, Dramaturg. “It’s a bird, it’s a leaf, it’s a … wait, wait, it’s a flying squirrel?!?!”     Costumes play a big part in most plays, including The Glorious Story Emporium, where costumes fit hand in glove with the art of deception. Read how Paige Fletcher’s theatrical career also made a flying-squirrel-sized leap from “great singing voice” to “Les Mis” ingenue actress via the art of deception, then jumped in with both feet as a costumed “Squirrel.” Of course, as Lord Byron wrote in Don Juan, “After all, what is a lie? ‘Tis but The truth in masquerade.” (Canto XI Stanza 37, 1823)

  • 2017-2018 Season,  The Glorious Story Emporium,  Uncategorized

    Join The Glorious Story Emporium … Go Green!

    by Pollyanna Eyler, Dramaturg          The costumes improvised during the show The Glorious Story Emporium are a mix of old, new, and recycled items. Want to make your friends “Green” with envy … or at least make your costume “Green” and planet friendly? Costumes are fun to wear and to create, especially when made out of something you already have on hand. Halloween is just around the corner, so here are my top picks for recycling items into DIY costumes:

  • 2017-2018 Season,  The Glorious Story Emporium,  Uncategorized

    Traveling Time & Space with Improv & Vaudeville

    by Pollyanna Eyler, dramaturg               From the 1880’s to the 1930’s and beyond, Vaudeville sprawled across the vast North American continent and reached beyond to other parts of the world, such as England, Germany, and Australia. Yet entertainment through variety shows and improvisation and variety acts that showcased talent that was traveling through town began long ago.

  • 2017-2018 Season,  The Glorious Story Emporium

    Stage Manager, Jake Fullmer: Bags Packed, Will Travel!

    by Pollyanna Eyler, Dramaturg    Jake Fullmer is not only an experienced world-wide Stage Manager, for The Glorious Story Emporium, he will also be a traveling showman for Young Company’s traveling improv, set in the Vaudeville Era. As a stage manager, Jake is quick with compliments and accommodating requests. But don’t let his easy smile and flexible nature fool you, you’ve got to act fast to keep pace with him in his travels as of late. As a typical “Traveling Showman” Jake has traveled locally with Young Company, and nationally, and internationally with International Folk Dance. So where can you spot this rare breed of labor and laughs? I caught up with him…

  • 2017-2018 Season,  The Glorious Story Emporium,  Uncategorized

    A Word Sung on BYU’s Vaudeville Would Smell As Sweet …

    by Pollyanna Eyler, dramaturg Can you match these “WORDS” about “WORDS” on the left, with the famous musicals (as shown at BYU) on the right? __________________________________ Then one day, I learned a word that saved my aching nose, The biggest word you ever heard and this is how it goes.               ___________________________________ I’d like to say a word in her behalf, Maria makes me laugh.             __________________________________ Words, Words, Words, I’m so Sick of Words, I get words all day through, first from him, now from you Is that all you blaggards can do? … Never do I ever…