• 2013-2014 Season,  The Nightingale

    Journal from China (Part 2)

    by Scott Savage, cast member [Note from the dramaturg: As mentioned previously, the cast of The Nightingale had the unique opportunity to travel to China and train with the Peking Opera. While in China, they had the opportunity to learn theatre movement, costuming, makeup and vocal techniques while also experiencing the culture, so they could better understand the world of the play. The next couple of posts will be from cast members sharing their experiences. Enjoy!] June 14, 2013 Today was more busy and wow, I love the people with the Peking Opera. I don’t know if it can be said enough, but they’re just so great. We met the…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Nightingale

    Journal from China (Part 1)

    by Scott Savage, cast member [Note from the dramaturg: As mentioned previously, the cast of The Nightingale had the unique opportunity to travel to China and train with the Peking Opera. While in China, they had the opportunity to learn theatre movement, costuming, makeup and vocal techniques while also experiencing the culture, so they could better understand the world of the play. The next couple of posts will be from cast members sharing their experiences. Enjoy!] June 13, 2013 Today I’m not nearly as tired or jet lagged as I thought I might be, or at least I wasn’t for most of the day. We got up pretty early to…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Nightingale

    Pictures from China!

    by Cosette Hatch, cast member [Note from the dramaturg: As mentioned previously, the cast of The Nightingale had the unique opportunity to travel to China and train with the Peking Opera. While in China, they had the opportunity to learn theatre movement, costuming, makeup and vocal techniques while also experiencing the culture, so they could better understand the world of the play. The next couple of posts will be from cast members sharing their experiences. Enjoy!]          

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Nightingale

    Significance and Symbolism

    by Lola Danielson, dramaturg China is an ancient country built on ceremony and tradition. It is home to the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, and one of the oldest and largest imperial tombs with its army of Terracotta Warriors. It has been rocked by multiple wars and changes of power, beginning with the Xia dynasty around 2000 B.C. After World War II, the Japanese forces that occupied China were defeated, but civil war broke out among two political groups – the Kuomintang and Communist parties. In 1949, the Communist party had won control of China and the country became known as The People’s Republic of China – what…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Nightingale

    “Do not be deceived by glitter and show”

    by Lola Danielson, dramaturg As you can imagine, there are many adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories. There have been numerous plays, cartoons, storybooks, and movies about his stories and life. When it came to choosing a script for their production of The Nightingale, Brigham Young University’s Young Company wanted a unique experience that holds a special message for its audience. Timothy Mason’s adaptation had everything they were looking for. Timothy Mason adapted The Nightingale in partnership with Seattle Children’s Theatre and Children’s Theatre Company – Minneapolis for their 1975-76 season. Mason has produced plays across the United States and in London, but is best known for his musical adaptation…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Nightingale

    The Birth of “The Nightingale”

    by Lola Danielson, dramaturg Hans Christen Andersen, as I stated in my last post, based many of his stories on events and people from his own life. The Nightingale is no different. The Nightingale (Nattergalen in Danish) was first published in 1844 and tells the story of a Chinese emperor who trades his real nightingale for a mechanical one. The emperor begins to die and longs to hear the nightingale, but the mechanical bird has broken. As Death attempts to take the emperor, the real nightingale returns and sings to save the emperor from Death. The Chinese motif for the story came from Andersen’s time in the Tivioli Gardens that…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Nightingale

    The Man Behind the Fairytale

    by Lola Danielson, dramaturg Hans Christian Andersen is a name many are familiar with because of the many adaptations of his fairy tales. Most have heard of his stories, such as The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina, The Nightingale, or The Emperor’s New Clothes. But, how many know the man behind the stories? Born in Odense, Denmark on April 2, 1805, Hans Christian Andersen was the only child of a poor cobbler and his wife. At the age of eleven, his father passed away. To help support his mother, he began working in factories telling stories to his coworkers and making up songs to entertain them. At the age of fourteen,…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Nightingale

    The Journey Begins

    by Lola Danielson, dramaturg Welcome to the magical world of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nightingale. This fairytale is set in China during a time of emperors, generals and witches. It is a tale of friendship, overcoming pride and discovering what truly matters in life. My name is Lola Danielson, the dramaturg for The Nightingale, and I will be your guide as we navigate through the production process for the show. The directors for The Nightingale, Julia Ashworth and Kori Wakamatsu, wanted to create a unique experience for this Theatre for Young Audience production – a combination of East meets West. So, over the next few weeks, I will be sharing…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  A Man for All Seasons,  Cymbeline,  Light in the Piazza,  Pride and Prejudice,  The Nightingale,  The Selfish Giant

    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Season!

    Welcome back to the 4th WALL for BYU’s 2013-2014 theatre season.  The 4th WALL will be your one stop shop for all sorts of insider information about our upcoming productions, which include: Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nightingale, adapted for the stage by Timothy Mason The Light in the Piazza, by Craig Lucas (book) and Adam Guettel (music and lyrics) Cymbeline by William Shakespeare A Man for All Seasons, by Robert Bolt Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a NEW adaptation for the stage by Melissa Leilani Larson and Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant, adapted for the stage by Teresa Dayley Love Take a moment to meet our dramaturgs, and then check back regularly as they…