• 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    “Taste of Sunrise” Take-Aways from Cast Members (Part 2)

    by Haley Flanders As promised, here is the second and final installment of the take-aways from the cast. The previous blog post featured six of the cast members, and this post will feature another six! During the final post-show discussion, an audience member asked the cast to share the things they have learned and felt by creating and performing this piece of theatre together. Since only a few could share, luckily we have this blog to give you more insight int the individual experiences of various cast members. Enjoy! Katie Hyatt plays the role of Emma Flynn. “I would like to be a drama therapist using plays, such as The Taste…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    “Taste of Sunrise” Take-aways from Cast Members (Part 1)

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Welcome! The performance and attendance for The Taste of Sunrise has been wonderful! I hope you have had a chance to see it! If not, there are still a few more shows left. The last performance is this Saturday, March 26. As we wrap up this unique and inspiring play, I invite you now to read what some of the cast members have to say regarding their experience being in the production. This is the first of two blogs containing these interviews. The next blog will have other members of the cast answering the same questions, so stay tuned! First, let me introduce you to the remarkable…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    Local Members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Share Their Stories and Inspiring Messages in the Lobby Display

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Hello! Our show is up and running in the Margetts Black Box Theater on the first floor of the Harris Fine Arts Center on campus. Tickets are going fast! We will be having a post-show discussion on Thursday, March 24 around 9:50 pm in the theater, so even if you are not attending that performance, we encourage you to come and stay for that unique opportunity to ask questions to the cast and production team about the creation and performance of this fabulous show. EXTRA! EXTRA! Did you know that BYU’s production of “The Taste of Sunrise” was in the local news? Click here to read an article…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    Welcome to Ware, Illinois! Learning about the Lobby Display

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg We are excited for you to come and see The Taste of Sunrise in the Margetts Black Box Theatre in the BYU Harris Fine Arts Center! The show opens TONIGHT (Friday March 11) and we are selling out, so get yours tickets as soon as possible! This show is amazing! When you come to see the play, I invite you to visit the lobby display in front of the theatre entrance. As the dramaturg, I create a display that welcomes you to the show and envelopes you in the world of the play, even before entering the performance space. Creating and assembling the lobby display is one of…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    Signing Away in Film and Plays: ASL In Other Performances

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Welcome! Our play opens in less than 2 weeks! Thursday, March 10 is the final dress rehearsal, and patrons are invited to purchase tickets for this performance. Then we officially open on Friday, March 11! We look forward to seeing you there. As preparation for attending this performance, this blog post includes a list of American Sign Language (ASL) featured in other examples of theatre and film. This will give you some history of ASL in performance and provides many resources if you become interested in learning more about ASL after experiencing The Taste of Sunrise at BYU. The bulk of this text came from the Educator’s Resource Packet for…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    Trying Our Hands at American Sign Language

    by Haley Flanders dramaturg (Psst! Throughout this blog, see if you can learn the signs to these key words mentioned in the play. Now you will recognize them when you come and watch the show!) Hello! The Taste of Sunrise cast members have been challenged and encouraged to do research and take part in some American Sign Language (ASL) activities by immersing themselves more in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing culture. Director Julia Ashworth and Ben Featherstone, the actor playing the main character of Tuc, emphasized to the cast that to tell this story right, the cast needs to have a better understanding of the culture they are representing.…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    What to Expect When Watching this Dual-Language Show (ASL and English)

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg The Taste of Sunrise is so unique because it is bilingual; it is performed in American Sign Language and spoken English at the same time. This might seem confusing to produce and to watch. This is how it is done: If characters (not the actors, but the characters in the play) are Deaf, then they sign their lines while someone (usually another actor who looks like them) stands near them and speaks their lines. This is so that the Hearing audience can understand what is being signed. These characters are called “voice” characters, like “Tuc’s Voice”, played by Sean Worsley. If a Hearing character is speaking, then another performer…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    Part 3 of the Ware Trilogy: “The Edge of Peace”

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Hello! To continue my trend from my last blog post, where I summarized the first play in the Ware trilogy, Mother Hicks, this blog is about the last play in the trilogy, The Edge of Peace. This was Zeder’s final play as a college professor and was workshopped at the Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) like the first two plays in the trilogy. In the play, the setting is Ware in 1945, near the end of WWII. Characters from the previous plays such as Tuc, Mother Hicks, Clovis P. Eudy, Ricky Ricks, Girl, and Maizie (known as Margaret) appear in this play! Here is a short summary from…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    Part 1 of the Ware Trilogy: “Mother Hicks” at UVU

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Hello! Recently, many of the cast and crew for The Taste of Sunrise went to Utah Valley University in Orem to see their production of Mother Hicks. No, it’s not a coincidence they were doing this play! Here is Professor John Newman’s director’s note in the program: “Mother Hicks is one of three plays written by Suzan Zeder that are known collectively as The Ware Trilogy. All three plays were commissioned and premiered by the Seattle Children’s Theatre. As they were published, each won the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). The Ware Trilogy is a landmark in children’s dramatic literature. Mother…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  The Taste of Sunrise

    Introduction: Wake Up and Savor “The Taste of Sunrise”!

    by Haley Flanders, dramaturg Welcome to the blog for BYU’s upcoming production of The Taste of Sunrise. I am excited to be the dramaturg for this unique and powerful production, written by renown playwright Suzan L. Zeder and directed by Julia Ashworth, head of the BYU Theatre Education program. The show runs March 11-26 in the Margetts Black Box Theater in the Harris Fine Arts Center on campus. A bit about me: I graduated with my MA in theatre from BYU in December and am an elementary school drama specialist. I was the dramaturg for The Fisherman and His Wife in the fall of 2014. The Taste of Sunrise is a…