• 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    Audience Dramaturgy: Your Turn to Ask Questions about PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

    By Anne Flinders One of the traditions at BYU theatre productions is the weekly Thursday night post-show discussion. The post-show discussion is always a great way to get a behind-the-scenes peak at how a play is put together. Any audience members who choose to do so are invited to remain after a play to visit with the cast members and designers and ask them questions about their work. Last week the first post-show discussion was held for PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, and there was a great turnout. The event was moderated by the production dramaturg, Anne Flinders. Members of the audience asked the cast questions about things like acting choices, their…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice,  Uncategorized

    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Meeting Members of the Cast & Crew, Part 4

    By Anne Flinders “It’s a distinct pleasure to make your acquaintance.” Brigham Young University’s world premiere production of Melissa Leilani Larson’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice opens this week. Coinciding with opening weekend, we want to introduce you to some of the people behind the scenes and on the stage of this exciting new play. Following is the fourth and final part in a series of interviews with cast members and designers whose work you will see when you see the show. TED BUSHMAN, MR. DARCY, BYU STUDENT “Mr. Darcy is a man of whom very little wrong can be said.”  Ted is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he grew up with one brother…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Meeting Members of the Cast & Crew, Part 3

    By Anne Flinders “It’s a distinct pleasure to make your acquaintance.” Brigham Young University’s world premiere production of Melissa Leilani Larson’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice opens this week. Coinciding with opening weekend, we want to introduce you to some of the people behind the scenes and on the stage of this exciting new play. Following is the third part in a series of interviews with cast members and designers whose work you will see when you see the show. REBEKAH SILVER JACKSON, ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGNER, BYU STUDENT “Oh, Miss Bennet. That is such a lovely color on you.” Rebekah is from Mapleton, Utah where she spent much of her…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Meeting Members of the Cast & Crew, Part 2

    By Anne Flinders, dramaturg “It’s a distinct pleasure to make your acquaintance.” Brigham Young University’s world premiere production of Melissa Leilani Larson’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice opens this week. Coinciding with opening weekend, we want to introduce you to some of the people behind the scenes and on the stage of this exciting new play. Following is the second part in a series of interviews with cast members and designers whose work you will see when you see the show. SHANNON HENSLEY, HAIR AND MAKEUP DESIGNER, BYU STUDENT “You are and always will be the loveliest woman in the room.” Shannon is from Spring, Texas; a town just north…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Meet Members of the Cast & Crew, Part 1

    By Anne Flinders, dramaturg “It’s a distinct pleasure to make your acquaintance.” Brigham Young University’s world premiere production of Melissa Leilani Larson’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice opens tonight! Coinciding with opening weekend, we want to introduce you to some of the people behind the scenes and on the stage of this exciting new play. Following are excerpts from interviews with cast members and designers whose work you will see when you come to the show. Over the next few days we will introduce you to more of the cast and staff. RORY SCANLON, SCENIC DESIGNER, BYU FACULTY MEMBER “When you build your house, I wish it might be half as…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    TECH HAPPENS

    By Anne Flinders, dramaturg Brigham Young University’s production of Pride and Prejudice opens this coming Friday, March 21st, which means the week leading up to those final dress rehearsals and opening night is dedicated to technical rehearsals, a.k.a. tech week. This is the week the cast begins rehearsing on the set in the Pardoe Theatre; the lights are hung, focused and finalized by the light designer and crew; the sound is equipped and cued by the sound designer; the set dressings and props are labeled and placed, and the costumes are “paraded” (or worn by the actors onstage) for one last, long, decisive look by the costume designer and staff. This…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    Who Was Jane Austen?

    By Anne Flinders, dramaturg Who was Jane Austen? Where and how did she live? With whom did she associate? How did she become a writer? And what is her legacy? Biographical information concerning Jane Austen is “famously scarce”, but we’ll try to answer at least a few of these questions. Where did Jane Austen’s begin her life? “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” – Jane Austen Jane Austen was born on the 16th of December, 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, England. She was the second daughter of a clergyman and his wife, George and Cassandra Austen, and the fifth of seven children. Jane and her sister Cassandra…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    Animals Backstage at Pride and Prejudice Rehearsal

    Excerpts from an article by Marvin Payne (appearing as Mr Bennet in BYU’s production of Pride and Prejudice) I’m in rehearsals for a production of Pride and Prejudice “down to the BY,” as my wife’s grandfather would have said. I’m Mr Bennet (the British don’t punctuate “Mr”). For rehearsals involving only the Bennet family, I’ve typically been the only guy in the room—totally female family, female director, female production staff, and two female dramaturgs. A word about dramaturgs: Good luck defining what the heck one is, besides brainy and nice and one of them has a dog that acts (in this very show!). I think the definition of “dramaturg” is…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    BYU’S PRIDE and PREJUDICE goes #BYUPandP

    By Anne Flinders, dramaturg The cast of BYU’s Pride and Prejudice has been in rehearsals for over a month, working together four nights a week and Saturdays. With that much time together, friendships are developing on social media as well as on the rehearsal floor. Here is a sampling of Facebook posts from the cast, staff and fans. [Names in bold are the names of the people who made the posts.]   Laurie Koralewski Payne: Tra-la!! Marvin Payne will be playing Mr. Bennett in the fabulous Melissa Leilani Larson’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice directed by the also fabulous Barta Lee Heiner at BYU this season! What could possibly be…

  • 2013-2014 Season,  Pride and Prejudice

    Melissa Leilani Larson: Getting to Know the Playwright, Part II

    By Anne Flinders, dramaturg Melissa Leilani Larson is the playwright of BYU’s 2014 production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. This is the second part of a two-part interview with Mel. We’ll learn about what goes into writing a new play, about the process by which this new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice came from the pen of the playwright. For you, what has the journey of this play entailed so far? First thing, I went back to the novel. It had been a while since I had read Pride and Prejudice. So the first thing was to re-read the novel, and just read it. I didn’t take notes, I…