• 2012-2013 Season,  Phantom of the Opera

    Behind-the-Scenes with the Phantom Choreographers and Dancers

    by Nicholas Sheets, dramaturg This week I slipped into rehearsal to see what was going on with the dancers for Phantom. What I found was super neat. Just like the costume department, the dancing routines are divided as well. In other words, the dancing in this show is so intense that there are two faculty members at BYU heading up this show. Let me give you a breakdown. First, we have Lisa Stoddard in charge of the Masquerade section. I spoke with her and asked her what it felt like to be choreographing a very important scene in Phantom. She mentioned it was kind of scary to take on this…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Gone Missing/Cleverest Thief

    Putting Ideas into action

    by Ariel Mitchell, dramaturg So far in the process we have been focusing on finding stories and putting them together into interesting theatrical moments that will engage the audience member and will explore how we deal with loss as Provoans. One of the moments was created out of the idea of retracing steps, one of the first tactics we use once we realize something is lost. This moment called for a stylized dance to an original song in which actors search for something they can’t find over and over again in the same way every time. However, we are actors, writers, and designers, not dancers so we invited choreographers to help…