• 2014-2015 Season,  Fisherman and His Wife

    Reeling it all In: Scrapbooking My Favorite “Fisherman” Moments

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg (While the BYU production is closed, The Fisherman and His Wife is still busy touring at local elementary schools. There will also 1 FREE performances at the Orem library, 11/10 at 7 pm. Monday night was the Provo library performance. Here’s me and the cast at the end of an incredible performance to a packed house in the library ballroom.) As my last blog post, I would like to commemorate some of my favorite moments from the show by displaying a few fabulous production photos from a September performance at BYU, accompanied by some of my thoughts. Enjoy!

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Fisherman and His Wife

    From Preview to Performance: Actor Images and Interviews

    by Haley Flanders, Dramaturg     (While the BYU production is closed, The Fisherman and His Wife is still busy touring at local elementary schools. There will also be two FREE performances at the Provo and Orem libraries. Details below.) I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of the actors of The Fisherman and His Wife over the past 7+ months by looking back at the beginning through images, and showcasing their experiences through recent interviews. Here are pictures from the show’s first preview in April. This is from the beginning of the play, where everyone recited the play’s title together. (Note: the role of kokken 2 was played by Stacy Wilk originally, but was…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Fisherman and His Wife

    Scenery in Motion: Production Design Elements

    By Haley Flanders, dramaturg (While the BYU production is closed, The Fisherman and His Wife is still busy touring at local elementary schools. There will also be two FREE performances at the Provo and Orem libraries. Details below) One of the most captivating elements of this production of The Fisherman and His Wife is the brilliant way the fairytale characters come to life onstage through movement, costume, and masks. While the play’s plot is quite simple and repetitive, the hour-long performance remains engaging due to the physical elements, both in the actors’ movement and their appearance. On Sept. 29, the production team presented their work to the TMA 160 (Theatre Production 1) class. Here are some highlights:…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Fisherman and His Wife

    “Waves of Wishes” Lobby Display

    By Haley Flanders, dramaturg On October 11, The Fisherman and His Wife completed their final performance at BYU (don’t worry – they will continue to perform at libraries and elementary schools throughout the semester). I was in attendance at this show, and was excited to see an almost sold-out crowd! The audience was enthusiastic and loved taking part in the narrative through sound and action. Since the play contains fun elements of audience participation, I decided to make a lobby display that also encouraged the audience to interact with the story. The display had a table with markers and notepads shaped like fish. On the ground was a small pool, which I called “Waves…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Fisherman and His Wife

    An Interview with Guest Director Néstor Bravo Goldsmith

    By Haley Flanders, dramaturg Néstor Bravo Goldsmith is the guest director for The Fisherman and His Wife. He is an accomplished Chilean theater director, performer and theater professor. He earned a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance of the Americas from Arizona State University, and received his M.A. in theatre and media arts from Brigham Young University. He also has an MFA in Directing at the Universidad de Chile. To understand more about his vision for this production, I asked him the following questions: Haley Flanders: What are your special areas of training?  Nestor Bravo Goldsmith: As a performer I have been trained in a variety of methodologies and techniques, from…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Fisherman and His Wife

    Meet the Cast of “The Fisherman and His Wife”: Storyteller and the Kokken

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Fisherman and His Wife is currently up and running on BYU’s Nelke stage. To celebrate our production, we wanted to give you the chance to get to know the cast that is bringing this story to life. You can meet the Fisherman and his wife, Isabel, here. You can also meet the Flounder and the Seahorse here. Today, we finish up our introductions with the Storyteller and the Kokken. Name: Mariah Bowles Character: Storyteller If you could have a supernatural helper, what would you have? I would definitely want a fairy godmother. A genie in a lamp limits your number of wishes, and the last time I caught…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Fisherman and His Wife

    Meet the Cast of “The Fisherman and His Wife”: Flounder and Seahorse

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Fisherman and His Wife is currently up and running on BYU’s Nelke stage. To celebrate our production, we wanted to give you the chance to get to know the cast that is bringing this story to life. You can meet the Fisherman and his wife, Isabel, here. Check back tomorrow for the rest of the cast! Name: Ross Wilcox Character: Flounder If you could have a supernatural helper, what would you have? After learning from this show that you have to be careful what you wish for, I would be hesitant to have a supernatural helper that offered me any wishes. I think I would rather have some kind…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Fisherman and His Wife

    Meet the Cast of “The Fisherman and His Wife”: Fisherman and Isabel

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Fisherman and His Wife is currently up and running on BYU’s Nelke stage. To celebrate our production, we wanted to give you the chance to get to know the cast that is bringing this story to life. Check back over the next few days to meet the rest of these talented students. Name:  Brandon Luke Bringhurst Character: The Fisherman If you could have a supernatural helper, what would you have? I’ve always thought the Blue Fairy from Disney’s Pinocchio would be awesome! What would you wish for? The ability to be in several places at once. What is the overall message of this play? True happiness…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Fisherman and His Wife

    Games and Activities Inspired by the Fishy, Wishful Tale (Part 2)

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg REMINDER: THE PLAY OPENS THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 AT 7 PM IN THE NELKE THEATRE! Over the past couple weeks, the cast of The Fisherman and His Wife has been participating in workshops with Teresa Love, an adjunct professor at BYU who teaches theatre for the elementary classroom, storytelling, and adapts many of the TYA plays performed on the BYU stage. (Fun fact: She wrote the script to BYU’s most recent mainstage play, The Selfish Giant.) Through games and exercises, she helped the actors construct a post-show interactive workshop for the 3rd graders. The workshops will take place after the students have seen the show performed at their elementary…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  Fisherman and His Wife

    Games and Activities Inspired by this Fishy, Wishful Tale (Part 1)

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Welcome! One of the unique privileges of dramaturging a Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) production is the chance to create a teacher’s packet for the elementary teachers who plan on bringing their class to the show when it tours to their school. I therefore had the challenging, yet rewarding opportunity to present the history, themes, structure, and enticing staging elements of The Fisherman and His Wife in a way that would equally excite and educate Kindergarten through 4th grade students. I would like to share some of the games and activity ideas I chose – ones you can play after taking your youngsters to the show. After all, theatre can be entertaining AND…