• 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    Collaboration with the Provo Library

    By Tara Nicole Haas Hello Everyone! The Selfish Giant is now underway and is being very well received from our audiences. Did you know that there is a reason we chose The Selfish Giant to be produced this time of year? Every year for the spring show, the BYU Theatre and Media Arts department teams up with the Provo Library to produce a children’s story derived from a book. After a story is picked, the library distributes little bookmarks throughout the library and in nearby schools. The bookmarks list information about the performances and include an offer for two free tickets to the show if a student reads the chosen…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    Opening Week is Here!

    By Tara Nicole Haas In honor of opening night last Friday, I wanted to share this sneak peek video clip and some photos to inform and hopefully excite everyone to come see this remarkable show! Although there have been various adaptations of “The Selfish Giant” throughout the years since it was published in 1888, there have been no notable theatre adaptations. We are confidant that this adaptation will impress. With the use of puppetry, stilt walking, projections, and the stunning design elements that are incorporated, there is plenty for everyone of all ages to enjoy. “The Selfish Giant” is much more than spectacle though- it is a touching story with…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    Working with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company

    By Tara Nicole Haas A few weeks ago, our cast and crew were able to have the amazing opportunity to work with the renowned Bristol Old Vic Theatre company from England. The Bristol Old Vic recently mounted a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in association with Handspring Puppet Company. The two companies collaborated to create a phenomenal production that strongly utilized puppets. View these clips for a glimpse into their production and puppetry: We were lucky enough to have The Bristol Old Vic visit BYU, and they held workshops where they specifically worked with The Selfish Giant cast and puppeteers. Of course everyone was very receptive, and jumped…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    Insight into the Inspiration for our Puppets (Part 2)

    By Tara Nicole Haas In my last post, I talked about some of the puppet companies that have inspired our puppet making for The Selfish Giant.  Here are a few more who we would like to share! Blind Summit: “17 years ago Blind Summit started with two guys, one puppet and one story. There was no adult puppetry scene in the UK. There was no Lion King, Avenue Q or War Horse… no one wanted to do puppetry, or to watch it! Since then we have created 30 productions, trained 100 artists and even directed the puppetry in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Last year our puppets were seen…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    Insight into the Inspiration for our Puppets (Part One)

    By Tara Nicole Haas In our production of The Selfish Giant, we are using many puppets, including a carnival sized puppet for our main character, the giant. Developing the giant has been a fascinating process, and our directors have pulled inspiration from many different professional companies from all around the world. Below are two of the most notable and influential puppet companies researched for our production. Look for a blog post next week for two more professional companies. Bread and Puppet Theater: • A politically radical puppet theater active since the 1960s and is currently based in Glover, Vermont. The name Bread & Puppet is derived from the theater’s practice…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    Original Story: The Selfish Giant

    by Oscar Wilde [Editor’s Note: For those of you unfamiliar with the original story of The Selfish Giant, please enjoy the following tale before coming to see the show!] Every afternoon, as they were coming from school, the children used to go and play in the Giant’s garden. It was a large lovely garden, with soft green grass. Here and there over the grass stood beautiful flowers like stars, and there were twelve peach-trees that in the spring-time broke out into delicate blossoms of pink and pearl, and in the autumn bore rich fruit. The birds sat on the trees and sang so sweetly that the children used to stop…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    Meet Teresa Love – The Adapter of THE SELFISH GIANT

    by Tara Haas, dramaturg Playwright/Adapter Teresa Love graciously agreed to let me conduct an interview with her for our readers. Take a look to find out more about her, as well as her insight into the project. Tara: The Selfish Giant is not your first adaptation for BYU. What others have you done? Teresa: I’ve adapted Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, and Cymbeline for BYU’s Young Company. I also directed my adaptation of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for Young Company. I was one of the adapters of A Wrinkle in Time which premiered here at BYU last spring. Over the years I’ve…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  The Selfish Giant

    An Introduction to THE SELFISH GIANT

    by Tara Haas, dramaturg Welcome all and thanks for joining me on the 4th WALL. I will be your dramaturg for The Selfish Giant, and will be updating this blog weekly with all kinds of behind the scenes information. The Selfish Giant, an original story by Oscar Wilde, has been adapted for the stage by BYU’s own Teresa Love. As an endearing family show, this production will incorporate many fun and exciting elements, with a large emphasis on puppetry. The designers and production team have been hard at work creating and constructing in their specific areas, and the cast begins rehearsals next week. I am very excited to move into…

  • 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…