• 2014-2015 Season,  A Midsummer Night's Dream

    The Puppet Behind the Face: Part 2

    by Eric Stroud, dramaturg Hello, hello! Let us continue on our journey to discover more about the puppet stars of this show. This is Snout the Tinkerer. He is kind and well, kind. I wasn’t sure if he was sad because of the interview or just sad. Eric: What is your name? Snout: …….Snout…the tinkerer. Eric: What do you like most about yourself? Snout: ………I like to make stuff out of wood. I’m kind of quiet. People say that I’m a downer, but I think I’m just more practical. I like to also think of myself as a good actor, because I have a bold stage persona. I guess that’s…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Midsummer Night's Dream

    The Puppet Behind the Face: Part 1

    by Eric Stroud, dramaturg Welcome Back! I hope you enjoyed last week’s look inside of the puppeteers for this show. Now, to dig a little deeper as I promised. Meet the all male stars of this show. Each with his own face and personality. This is Peter Quince. As leader of the mechanical’s acting troupe, he has a rather bossy-bossiness to him. From the pronunciation of Ninus’ Tomb to the lover’s kiss, he would have everything perfect for the play he is putting on… He’s a bit prideful… Eric: What is your name? Peter Quince: Peter Quince Eric: What do you like most about yourself? Peter Quince: The fact that I am…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Midsummer Night's Dream

    The Face Behind the Puppet (Part 2)

    by Eric Stroud, dramaturg Welcome back! On this post we will continue delving into the opinions, lives and feelings of our puppeteers. Pay attention to what each says about the effects of the puppets on the production and after you’ve seen it, let us know if you agree, disagree or just your opinion in general. We would love to hear your feedback! (And if you missed the first half of our cast, check them out here.) This is Aaron Fisher. Playing the part of Lysander the lover seems to have come so naturally to him. However, it has been no different for his operation of the puppet Snout (who we…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Midsummer Night's Dream

    The Face Behind the Puppet (Part 1)

    By: Eric Stroud, dramaturg Hello All! I am so glad to have you back. Last week Kasey gave us an exciting look inside of the renderings and costume design that was so wonderfully created for this show. This week however, we will be harking back to the puppetry. Operating a puppet is no joke. Many people see it as a childish hobby or an awkward talent, but as one of my previous posts proclaimed, puppetry is an art form. For all of the TYA shows that we do here at BYU there is a requirement that each actor must meet, in order to take part in the performance. It comes in…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Costuming Kings, Queens, Fairies, and Puppets!

    by Kasey Kopp, dramaturg As we move towards opening night, many elements of the production are taking shape and coming together splendidly. One of the fantastic elements of this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the beautiful costuming that has been done by Deanne DeWitt and her assistant Shannon McCurdy. This week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Deanne for a few minutes and learn about her process in creating and designing the lavish costumes for people and puppets in this production. Deanne talked to me about her inspiration and research and showed me the progress on the costumes thus far during a mini tour of the…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Puppets! Puppets! Puppets! (Part 2)

    By: Eric Stroud Hello faithful followers! Welcome back. I do hope that each of you had a wonderful holiday, full of magic, fattening foods and family. Kasey and I are so excited to be jumping back into our posts for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and hope that each of you will find them wonderfully entertaining and insightful. As promised, here is part two of the puppet insight to this play, an interview with the director Nat Reed. (Read Part 1 here!) This is Nat Reed. He has worked with puppets for over 15 years and they have become an integral part of his life. In honing his skills throughout the years,…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Puppets! Puppets! Puppets! (Part 1)

    By: Eric Stroud, dramaturg Hello you wonderful followers you! I am pleased to have this opportunity to write to you for the first time and most especially, to let you in on some unique aspects of our play! As Kasey mentioned a couple posts back, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written by William Shakespeare. It has been done countless times and in countless ways. So, when our director, Nat Reed agreed to direct the play, he was determined to make it special. Now, some of you reading this know A Midsummer Night’s Dream quite well, so some of the unique choices I am going to discuss will be even more…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Shaking it Up With Shakespeare: An Introduction to the Bard

    by Kasey Kopp, dramaturg This week we’d like to give you a little introduction to the man that is deemed one of the greatest playwright’s of all time, the one and only William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is the author of our Young Company show A Midsummer Night’s Dream and although we’ve had to make some edits for the sake of time (we only get 50 minutes!), our director, Nat Reed, has stayed true to his script and story. Writing and performing in London in the late 1500’s and early 1600’s, Shakespeare made a very significant impact on drama, literature and the English language as a whole. No doubt you’re familiar with…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Dream Come True: Bringing Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream to BYU

    by Kasey Kopp, dramaturg William Shakespeare’s works are among the most performed in the western theatre world. And since its first performance in 16th century England, literally hundreds of productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream have graced stages around the world—enchanting and entertaining audiences of all ages. We are so excited to see this beloved story come to life here at BYU and consider it such a privilege to be able to perform this show as part of the 40th anniversary of Young Company and to share it with elementary schools throughout Utah in February and March as it goes on tour! A Midsummer’s Night Dream is the classic Shakespeare…