• 2015-2016 Season,  Twelfth Night

    Snake Oil: Rehearsals Part II

    by Christian Riboldi, dramaturg Welcome back to the 4th wall! We are in our second week of our tour of Twelfth Night. Last time we were able to learn a little bit more about how we have used rehearsals to overcome the challenge of deeply understanding the language and story of Twelfth Night. Today I’d like to share how we’ve used that knowledge from rehearsal to tell the story in a way that makes everyone else feel like they understand the story just as well as we do. First lets start with the mediums that we as theater practitioners have to tell stories. We have body language, vocal intonation, music, costumes, set, sound effects…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Twelfth Night

    Snake Oil: Rehearsals Part I

    by Christian Riboldi, dramaturg Last week we closed our doors to the BYU audiences and this week we began our traveling tour. Recently on our blog we were able to learn a little bit about each of our cast members in order to learn how each on is a little different from the other. This show has been an adventure from the start. For those of you unaware of how long Young Company productions have to be rehearsed it’s only about 4 weeks total. That’s not a lot of time to put together an entire show let alone a piece of Shakespeare. For everything to work we needed efficient rehearsals that…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Twelfth Night

    Who’s the Troupe!?: Part II

    by Christian Riboldi, dramaturg Well we have officially opened! The show is going great and we were happy to see many of you come out and support us. For those of you who are still planning on making it, we are excited to see you soon! Last post we were able to get to know half of our cast members a little bit better than the programs allow you to. Today we’d like to get to know the rest of the cast as well. I feel like the more you get to know about a person the more you get to know them as an individual. I hope that as…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Twelfth Night

    Who’s the Troupe!?: Part I

    by Christian Riboldi, dramaturg Welcome back to the 4th Wall! Tonight is opening night for our production! It’s going to be such a blast we can’t wait for you to come see the show! Make sure to come a few minutes early to make your very own fake mustache that you can wear into the play! As you’ve seen in our past posts, we’ve been putting a lot of work into this show behind the scenes. Today, in preparation for you coming to see the show, I’d like for you to get to know the casts just a little bit more. In your program you’re going to be able to…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Twelfth Night

    The Ballad of the West

    by Christian Riboldi, dramaturg As we discussed last time, Shakespeare has been changed and adapted over time for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s in order to be true to Shakespeare, and other times it’s purpose is to appeal to a different audience. In our version of Twelfth Night we have set the stage in the Wild West. Sebastian and Viola were separated in tornado and now Viola finds herself in a town called Illyria. But this isn’t your regular western Shakespearean town. It’s a town where everyone can sing and dance…well almost everyone. As you can imagine, cutting Twelfth Night down from 140 minutes to 50 minutes is a major feat.…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Twelfth Night

    The many Phaces of the Moon

    by Christian Riboldi, dramaturg Last time we had a brief overview of the play Twelfth Night. Today we’ll be talking about a few for the versions of Twelfth Night that are currently out there today. One of the great things about Shakespeare is it’s timelessness. These are stories that will be told and retold over and over again, because of how they speak each of us. Over the years Shakespeare has been performed in a multitude of genres. The most well known Shakespearean style is perform it as accurate to Shakespeare’s time as possible. The Globe Theater has recently put together one such performance. It’s not only accurate in how…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Twelfth Night

    What in the blazin’ is a Twelfth Night?

    by Christian Riboldi, dramaturg Welcome back to the 4th Wall. Today we’re going to cover the basic overview of the plot for Twelfth Night. Unlike Romeo and Juliet, the plot for Twelfth Night might not be as widely known to most of you. I know I had to brush up my Shakespeare in order to remember. First let’s cover our basic characters. Orsino: He’s a…you guessed it, duke, who is in love with Olivia. Olivia: A wealthy maid who is the fairest of them all. Viola: Twin to Sebastian and main heroine of the story. When dressed as a boy she goes by the name Cesario. Sebastian: Twin to Viola. Get’s lost…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Twelfth Night

    Tippin’ the hat to the Ol’ Taleteller

    by Christian Riboldi, dramaturg Welcome back to the 4th wall. The purpose of these blog posts is provide our audiences with inside information about these productions to enhance their experience with the show. This may include information about rehearsals, background research, and even sneak peaks into what the show will look like. As you know, recently we were able to begin our rehearsals for Twelfth Night. This week I’d like to share some little known facts about Shakespeare and his life. I hope that in preparation for Twelfth Night, getting to know Shakespeare a little better will help all of us appreciate his masterful work more. So let’s take a moment and get…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night: Wild and Wooly

    by Christian Riboldi, Dramaturg Today is the start of an exciting adventure. We, as the BYU Young Company, our gearing up for our production of Twelfth Night. So far, it’s been great to get to know each other and the show that we’ll be performing for elementary schools throughout Utah. My name is Christian Riboldi and I’m the dramaturg for the BYU Young Company’s production of Twelfth Night. I just over a month from today we will be opening in the Nelke Theater. Unlike other BYU main stage productions, Young Company shows run for just over two months straight! During the first two weeks of the play we will hold 9 performances at BYU for…