• 2014-2015 Season,  See How They Run

    10 Best See How They Run Moments

    by Abram Yarbro, dramaturg It is hard to believe that nine months ago I sat down for my first See How They Run production meeting. Saying goodbye to any show is difficult but I find it especially hard with a show that is so hilarious. I know Philip King’s show inside and out but tonight when I watched the show again, I laughed. I laugh at the clever actors, the roaring audience, and the memories of all the inside jokes we’ve made since starting this project. Before the cast says “and that’s how it all began!” for the last time on Saturday night, here are my top 10 favorite See…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  See How They Run

    See How They Run Character Quiz

    by Abram Yarbro, dramaturg Buzzfeed quizzes are all the rage so with the help of the cast, I created one for See How They Run! Take the quiz and find out which character you are. Share with your friends (and let us know in the comments below!) and don’t forget to use our hashtag: #seebyurun Take the See How They Run Character Quiz! Happy Quizzing!

  • 2014-2015 Season,  See How They Run

    Meet the Cast, Part 3

    by Abram Yarbro, dramaturg See How They Run opened on Friday, November 7. Before one of our final rehearsals, I sat down with each member of the cast and asked them to introduce themselves, talk about their character, the show, and if they had any fun bloopers they wanted to share. To meet the other members of the cast, check out Part One and Part Two. Interview with Canute Peterson Abram Yarbro: Tell me about yourself. Canute Peterson: I’m from Blue Springs, Missouri which is just about an hour east of Kansas City and I am the eighth of ten children. My older siblings did theatre in high school and when…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  See How They Run

    Meet the Cast, Part 2

    by Abram Yarbro, dramaturg See How They Run opened on Friday, November 7. Before one of our final rehearsals, I sat down with each member of the cast and asked them to introduce themselves, talk about their character, the show, and if they had any fun bloopers they wanted to share. You can read part 1 of the “Meet the Cast” series here. Interview with Ann Lopez Abram Yarbro: Tell me about yourself. Ann Lopez: I’m from Harriman, Utah. I just got back from my mission in El Salvador, Santa Ana mission. I’m a pre- acting major and this is my second year at BYU. AY: Tell me about Miss Skillon.…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  See How They Run

    Meet the Cast, Part 1

    by Abram Yarbro, dramaturg See How They Run opens TONIGHT (Friday, November 7). Before one of our final rehearsals, I sat down with each member of the cast and asked them to introduce themselves, talk about their character, the show, and if they had any fun bloopers they wanted to share. Interview with Noelle Houston Abram Yarbro: Tell me about yourself. Noelle Houston: I’m in the BFA Acting program. I’m a senior and this is my senior project actually. I’m from New York City, born and raised in Manhattan because my Dad was a professional Ballet dancer. I’ve actually never been in a farce and my mom and dad love…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  See How They Run

    Welcome to the Margetts Theatre

    by Abram Yarbro, dramaturg It’s a week until opening night and last night’s rehearsal was the first on set in the Margetts Arena Theatre. The designers, set shop, and builders have worked tirelessly to whip the performance space into shape and we couldn’t be more excited (to see an interview with a set designer, click here). See How They Run will be performed in the Harris Fine Arts Center on BYU campus. This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the HFAC; built in 1965 by architect William Periera and named after BYU’s 5th President (read the HFAC’s Dedication News Release from 1965 here). It houses the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  See How They Run

    Everyone Pick an Animal!

    by Abram Yarbro, dramaturg This week included a curiously fun rehearsal. We’ve gotten to what I think is the funnest part of the rehearsal process. The cast has their lines memorized, which frees them to explore more of their characters. Last week our director asked each actor to associate their character with an animal and research that animal. Tuesday night, everyone acted like their animal while exploring each other and their environment. This exercise is meant to find the different energies of the characters in See How They Run. With everyone calm and relaxed on the floor, Director Barta Heiner gently asked them to imagine their chosen animal and impersonate…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  See How They Run

    Interview with the Set Designer

    By Abram Yarbro, dramaturg For the interview, See How They Run set designer Logan Hayden agreed to take me to the Margetts Theatre where some of the set has been constructed. We were both very excited at seeing the performance space finally take shape, but he could hardly contain it when he saw the latest construction: Logan Hayden: “I’ve been waiting for these pieces to come together for so long so I could actually look at them. And… Wah Lah. And now I can stand up here instead of imaging what it would be like!” Abram Yarbro: Why did you want to be a Set Designer? Logan Hayden: I did…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  See How They Run

    See How They Run: The Costumes

    by Abram Yarbro, dramaturg The costume designer’s first step when contracted for a show is analysis of the script. They look for time period, setting, social class, theme and more for inspiration. They collaborate with the director and other designers in the hope of achieving continuity throughout all the design elements. Next comes research. Our designer, Marissa Pack, needed to know how women, men, vicars, bishops, maids, soldiers, and convicts dress in 1940s England. She researched colors, patterns, material, weight, and cut before sitting down to design. In one of our first Production Meetings, our set designer pulled a YouTube video of a bird feeding frenzy that exemplified the “whirlwind…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  See How They Run

    See How They RAN- A Historical Timeline

    by Abram Yarbro, dramaturg See How They Run was initially written and produced in England during World War Two. At that time British audiences wanted fun, easy humor to counteract the difficulties they faced as a nation at war. Phillip King’s hilarious script caused riotous laughter and gained soaring popularity when it opened in London in 1944 but the play had been garnishing laughs years before it made it to the West End. Take a look at the See How They Run timeline: 1904 – Actor and Playwright Philip King is born in Yorkshire, England. 1942 – King’s one-act farce, Moon Madness is staged at Peterborough Rep. Theatre. 1944 – Moon Madness…