• 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    Collaboration with the Provo Library

    By Tara Nicole Haas Hello Everyone! The Selfish Giant is now underway and is being very well received from our audiences. Did you know that there is a reason we chose The Selfish Giant to be produced this time of year? Every year for the spring show, the BYU Theatre and Media Arts department teams up with the Provo Library to produce a children’s story derived from a book. After a story is picked, the library distributes little bookmarks throughout the library and in nearby schools. The bookmarks list information about the performances and include an offer for two free tickets to the show if a student reads the chosen…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    Opening Week is Here!

    By Tara Nicole Haas In honor of opening night last Friday, I wanted to share this sneak peek video clip and some photos to inform and hopefully excite everyone to come see this remarkable show! Although there have been various adaptations of “The Selfish Giant” throughout the years since it was published in 1888, there have been no notable theatre adaptations. We are confidant that this adaptation will impress. With the use of puppetry, stilt walking, projections, and the stunning design elements that are incorporated, there is plenty for everyone of all ages to enjoy. “The Selfish Giant” is much more than spectacle though- it is a touching story with…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    Working with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company

    By Tara Nicole Haas A few weeks ago, our cast and crew were able to have the amazing opportunity to work with the renowned Bristol Old Vic Theatre company from England. The Bristol Old Vic recently mounted a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in association with Handspring Puppet Company. The two companies collaborated to create a phenomenal production that strongly utilized puppets. View these clips for a glimpse into their production and puppetry: We were lucky enough to have The Bristol Old Vic visit BYU, and they held workshops where they specifically worked with The Selfish Giant cast and puppeteers. Of course everyone was very receptive, and jumped…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    Insight into the Inspiration for our Puppets (Part 2)

    By Tara Nicole Haas In my last post, I talked about some of the puppet companies that have inspired our puppet making for The Selfish Giant.  Here are a few more who we would like to share! Blind Summit: “17 years ago Blind Summit started with two guys, one puppet and one story. There was no adult puppetry scene in the UK. There was no Lion King, Avenue Q or War Horse… no one wanted to do puppetry, or to watch it! Since then we have created 30 productions, trained 100 artists and even directed the puppetry in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Last year our puppets were seen…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    Insight into the Inspiration for our Puppets (Part One)

    By Tara Nicole Haas In our production of The Selfish Giant, we are using many puppets, including a carnival sized puppet for our main character, the giant. Developing the giant has been a fascinating process, and our directors have pulled inspiration from many different professional companies from all around the world. Below are two of the most notable and influential puppet companies researched for our production. Look for a blog post next week for two more professional companies. Bread and Puppet Theater: • A politically radical puppet theater active since the 1960s and is currently based in Glover, Vermont. The name Bread & Puppet is derived from the theater’s practice…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    Original Story: The Selfish Giant

    by Oscar Wilde [Editor’s Note: For those of you unfamiliar with the original story of The Selfish Giant, please enjoy the following tale before coming to see the show!] Every afternoon, as they were coming from school, the children used to go and play in the Giant’s garden. It was a large lovely garden, with soft green grass. Here and there over the grass stood beautiful flowers like stars, and there were twelve peach-trees that in the spring-time broke out into delicate blossoms of pink and pearl, and in the autumn bore rich fruit. The birds sat on the trees and sang so sweetly that the children used to stop…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Cymbeline

    Cymbeline Post-Mortem

    by Nicholas E. Sheets, dramaturg Now that the production crew held their post-mortem, Cymbeline is officially over. What a fun ride this has been, especially as you have interacted with the show via the 4thWALL, in schools, at BYU and the many other locations we took this show. I hope you see how committed we are to bringing quality theater to our community and I personally hope you felt that we tried hard to help your voice be heard through blog postings, interacting with the actors and all the wonderful feedback we’ve received. In our post-mortems at BYU we discuss the several aspects we felt were challenging and engaging, and then…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    Meet Teresa Love – The Adapter of THE SELFISH GIANT

    by Tara Haas, dramaturg Playwright/Adapter Teresa Love graciously agreed to let me conduct an interview with her for our readers. Take a look to find out more about her, as well as her insight into the project. Tara: The Selfish Giant is not your first adaptation for BYU. What others have you done? Teresa: I’ve adapted Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, and Cymbeline for BYU’s Young Company. I also directed my adaptation of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for Young Company. I was one of the adapters of A Wrinkle in Time which premiered here at BYU last spring. Over the years I’ve…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  A Man for All Seasons

    Final Thoughts from ‘A Man for All Seasons’

    by Adam White, dramaturg Well, the show is closed, the stage is packed up, and our production crew and actors are off to their next projects; A Man for All Seasons has officially concluded. It has been a pleasure being the dramaturg for this production. I’ve learned quite a bit about dramaturgy, the life and times of Sir Thomas More, and, well, I couldn’t quite get a way without learning some life lessons too. I learned that simple truly is best and that you have to ‘meet people where they are at,’ to teach and communicate ideas effectively. Overall, it’s been an educational and challenging experience for me, and I feel…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    Audience Dramaturgy: Your Turn to Ask Questions about PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

    By Anne Flinders One of the traditions at BYU theatre productions is the weekly Thursday night post-show discussion. The post-show discussion is always a great way to get a behind-the-scenes peak at how a play is put together. Any audience members who choose to do so are invited to remain after a play to visit with the cast members and designers and ask them questions about their work. Last week the first post-show discussion was held for PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, and there was a great turnout. The event was moderated by the production dramaturg, Anne Flinders. Members of the audience asked the cast questions about things like acting choices, their…