• 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,  Cymbeline

    Cymbeline…Continues!

    by Nicholas E. Sheets, dramaturg Our run of Cymbeline has ended at Brigham Young University as of last month, but our show continues in other locations throughout Utah and Salt Lake Valleys. For more information about our upcoming schedule, please check the following information below. There is still time for your children to see this play if they are in the following schools. Also, there is a retirement home performance still on the schedule. Thurs. March 13      -9:00 and 10:00 shows, Academy Park Elementary, 4580 Westpoint Dr, West Valley City, 84120 Tues. March 18        -9:00 and 10:00 shows, Sandburg Elementary, 3900 S 5325 W, West Valley City,…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Cymbeline

    Cymbeline Characters Results

    by Nicholas E. Sheets, dramaturg Cymbeline is now in its second and final week of performances at BYU. For those who haven’t had a chance to come, now is the day: Carpe Diem! Previously I created a Character Quiz with Cymbeline characters. I thought it would be neat to share the results for that quiz. I loved the turnout and hope you enjoyed the questions and results!

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Cymbeline

    Cymbeline: Opening Week & Sneak Peek

    by Nicholas E. Sheets, dramaturg Lights, Actors, DRAMA! After months of research, rehearsals and a lot of candy, our show finally performs in front of a live audience. This is the moment. As the dramaturg my time with the audience is coming to a close and the show will now be experienced by YOU. You are the ultimate judge. Here are a few questions I would ask you to think about when you come see this performance: What is Teresa, the director, trying to show? Was she effective? What is the basic outline of Cymbeline? Did you understand the story? What ideas from the play made you wonder about something…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Cymbeline

    Cymbeline: Which Character Are YOU?

    by Nicholas E. Sheets, dramaturg Right now on social media threads there’s a lot of hype surrounding quizzes which serve to whet our appetites about who we would most likely resemble when it comes to some of our most beloved characters. For example, you might take a quiz which asks you questions to determine which Disney princess you are most aligned with, or which Harry Potter character most resembles you. In that spirit, I created a small quiz which could help you determine which Cymbeline character most befits your personality. Take the Cymbeline Character Quiz!  Feel free to share your results by posting a response! *Disclaimer-After February 5th, 2014 this…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Cymbeline

    Cymbeline: Theater for Children

    by Nicholas E. Sheets, dramaturg Now that winter break is over at BYU, the cast of Cymbeline has returned with vigor to the rehearsal room. On Saturday January 11th, director Teresa Love gave the cast a special treat: actual children. This addition made the cast adapt their focus to become very aware of how children will always be present throughout the show. For example, King Cymbeline, Cloten (the queen’s son), the two lost boys, and many others, will be played by children. The experience taught us all many important things as we prepare to take this production to both elementary schools and BYU’s own Margetts Theatre: the importance of interaction before…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Cymbeline

    “Behind-the-Scenes” with Cymbeline

    Nicholas E. Sheets, dramaturg Right before the Christmas break, the cast for Cymbeline met again for rehearsal. During this time I took pictures that will appear in the playbill so the children that attend a performance may approach the actors after the show for their autograph. I also took some pictures during the actual rehearsal. This was a particularly fun day as each cast, Noir & Fairy tale, performed simultaneously. Here are some pictures: Feel free to leave any comments or questions you might have about the production below!

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Cymbeline

    Cymbeline’s Italian Influence

    by Nick Sheets, dramaturg As part of the Noir concept behind Cymbeline we’re hitting up the Italian side of America: Jersey accents, Italian mannerisms, sly moves, etc. But, have you ever wondered why America is so fascinated with Italian families? From our American movies, the concept of an Italian family might make you think of the following: When I grew up I would visit my grandmother and great-grandmother often. We lived a block away from their home. Almost every day we would watch The Golden Girls, a sit-com based on an Italian immigrant family. Throughout my time I learned stereotypical tidbits about Italians, mostly from Sophia the mom, played by…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Cymbeline

    Lights Up on the Cymbeline Lighting Designer

    By Nick Sheets, Dramaturg For several months now our production team meets every Wednesday morning at 8 AM to collaborate ideas for Cymbeline. The production team includes: the director, stage managers, dramaturg and production crew (lighting, costumes, hair & make-up, and set design). Amelia Dunlap, a BYU student, is the lighting designer for Cymbeline. She presented a lot of information in this collaborative process, and I thought it would be neat to hear about her input and process. Here’s some information that I was able to gather: One reason Amelia chose to pursue lighting design was her desire to paint with light. She told me that lighting techniques may be…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Cymbeline

    Cymbeline & Fairy tales

    by Nicholas Sheets, Dramaturg In my last post I talked about the first theme for Cymbeline, which is film noir. The second theme for Cymbeline is a fairy tale world. So, when you come to see the show make sure you know what night is which theme. Here’s a link to the BYU Arts page that gives a description of each night. BYU Arts Cymbeline Production Information What do you think of when you hear the word “fairytale?” Damsels in distress? Castles? A quest of honor? Handsome princes? Oh yeah. All that. Here are some neat photos taken in 2007 by American photographer Annie Leibovitz of celebrities in Disney fairy…