• 2016-2017 Season,  Macbeth

    Macbeth’s Lobby Display

    by Jessa Cunningham, dramaturg If you came and saw our production of Macbeth here at BYU last week or the week before, you would have seen this outside in the lobby:  If you looked closely, you would see that the sign reads: “Beware Macbeth’s Story! Do you have something (a fear, worry, etc.) that takes up time in your life? Write it down and throw it into the cauldron to get rid of it. Don’t let it consume your life like some of the characters in the play!” This was an interesting exercise in which many audience members participated. The things written on the little bits of paper ranged from the silly…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Macbeth

    Drums and Puppetry in Macbeth

    by Jessa Cunningham, dramaturg This production of Macbeth is unique in and of itself. However, something that certainly sets it apart from other productions is our director, Teresa Love, and her decision to make drumming and puppetry and integral element in the show. Many members of the cast will take turns drumming during the show, so Teresa brought in drum consultant Nes Andersen to do some workshops. During his time with the group, he gave them the opportunity to get comfortable with the drums and do some fun exercises. It looks like everyone had a great time! Our wonderful stage manager, MK, took some videos of the workshop, of which you can see…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Macbeth

    Macbeth vs. Macbeth

    by Jessa Cunningham, dramaturg William Shakespeare based the titular character of his–some might say spookiest– play on an actual figure from Scottish history. However, he took some creative license in his portrayal of the king, changing some facts and traits to make the story more compelling to his audience. Let’s take a look at some of the similarities and differences between Mac Bethad mac Findlaich (the real Macbeth) and Shakespeare’s character:

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Macbeth

    What is BYU Young Company?

    by Jessa Cunningham, dramaturg One of the coolest things about this production of Macbeth is that after the show closes at BYU, it will play other places for a while. That’s right, the cast of this show will go on tour, and visit many different elementary schools in the area over the course of a couple months! That way, more children are reached and get to see these famous Shakespeare characters come to life! That’s all thanks to the BYU Young Company. What is Young Company? It’s a training ground for both actors and training artists that want to work in theatre for young audiences. They facilitate interaction with children of all…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Macbeth

    All Hail Macbeth!

    by Jessa Cunningham, dramaturg Do you hear the beating of the drums off in the distance? Macbeth and his troops are approaching. Brace yourself for his arrival! Prepare yourself for the danger that Macbeth brings! You’re in for a real treat this February here at BYU; Young Company is producing one of Shakespeare’s most famous play: Macbeth. It’ll be a play full of fighting, witchcraft, paranoia, ghosts, and so much more. You won’t want to miss this show– the cast is working hard on making sure this production is engaging for audiences of all ages! Here on this blog, I will keep you updated on important things that relate to the show.…