• 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    Meeting the Audience

    By Janine Sobeck, dramaturg Now that our opening weekend for The Servant of Two Masters is over, the fun really begins. Not only do the cast and crew really get to settle into their roles, we also get to start hearing feedback from our audience members. Some will be formal in the terms of reviews, while others will be informal discussions with friends, family, and strangers who attended the show. The ability to talk to our audience really is one of the most fulfilling parts of doing theatre. Not only do we love to hear your thoughts on the show, we love to discover what questions you have about the…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    Serving Up a Trailer

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg If you are an avid BYU theatre fan, you probably have noticed that the department releases trailers for all the shows.  Just like a movie trailer, these trailers are a great way to get an instantaneous understanding of the overall feel of the show you are about to see. The trailer for The Servant of Two Masters is no exception. As tomorrow (Friday) is opening night, it seemed like the right moment to share. Hopefully it brings a little joy to your day.

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    A Designer’s Mind

    by Lyndi Sue Mecham, Costume Designer and Janine Sobeck, dramaturg As so many of the design elements for a show need to work together in harmony, designers often collaborate with one another, sharing ideas, thoughts, and inspirations.  In the case of The Servant of Two Masters, one collaboration was between Costume Designer Lyndi Sue Mecham and BYU’s Hair and Make-up Supervisor Janell Turley.  Turley was creating the wigs for a few characters and came to Mecham to discuss how the wig could enhance the design of the costumes.  Here is a look at what inspirations and ideas Mecham shared in order to help Turley create the perfect wig for the…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    In the Midst of Tech

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg Friday night, The Servant of Two Masters entered the newest phase of rehearsal: tech.  Technical Rehearsals (most commonly known as “tech”) is when we leave the classroom we’ve been rehearsing in and move on stage.  One by one, the technical elements of costume, make-up, lights, sound, and props are added, and every night we get a little closer to having the full show on stage. For this show, the first order of business was spacing.  With the nature of the set, the cast needed time to see how blocking they’ve been practicing worked with the backdrop (with its door and shutters), the fountain, the ropes, and…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    Happy Commedia Dell’Arte Day!

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg The cast and crew of The Servant of Two Masters would like to wish you a happy commedia dell’arte day!  Celebrated every February 25th, commedia dell’arte day is an international celebration hosted by the Italian cultural association SAT.  SAT has held this annual celebration since 2005, in a effort to help Italy and the United Nations (UNESCO) honor commedia as an official piece of “Intangible Cultural Heritage“. This year, the largest part of the commedia dell’arte day celebration is being held in Istanbul. Running from the 17th to the 28th of February, the commedia dell’arte celebration features a long list of commedia performances, presentations, workshops, and…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    Adventures in LA

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg For the last week, a majority of the cast and production team for The Servant of Two Masters traveled with a group from the BYU theatre department to Los Angeles for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Though out the year, colleges and universities from around the country are judged on the different shows they produce – everything from the acting to the design to the dramaturgy to the stage management.  Students have the possibility to be nominated for different awards and then every year they come together at KCACTF to compete.  KCACTF starts as a regional competition (Utah is in Region 8, along…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    Design Insights: The Servant Set

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg In our production meetings, we’ve had the privilege of seeing the evolution of the scenic design for The Servant of Two Masters. Designer Eric Fielding and his assistant Logan Hayden have been hard at work at creating a set that reflects director Stephanie Breinholt’s concept for the show. The design accentuates Stephanie’s vision of a production where all the visual elements have a timeless feel, with no specific time period. Located in a traditional Italian piazza, the set combines different period from the forced perspective of historical design to the “Laugh-in” style of doors and windows.  The combination of these different elements, design styles and periods,…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    A Run for the Designers

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg For The Servant of Two Masters, the first two weeks back in school have been focused creating the foundation of the show.  Lines have been memorized, characters have started to develop, the overall blocking (movement of the actors) has been set, and the beginning ideas for all the lazzi moments in the show have begun to sprout.  So much creation has been done, that the next step was to do a Designer Run. A Designer Run is the first moment that the cast performs the show all the way through for the designers.  While still very much in the beginning stages, it gives the designer’s the…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    Commedia Bootcamp

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg Before we headed off for the Thanksgiving holiday, Director Stephanie Breinholt and myself put our Servant of Two Masters’ cast through a “commedia bootcamp” – a day dedicated to learning the history, characters, physicality and movement styles of commedia dell’arte.  This bootcamp will serve as the foundation for the style and physical world of our eventual production. It was a hilarious day. Here are some of our favorite moments:  

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Servant of Two Masters

    Meet the Playwright: Carlo Goldoni

    by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg At the end of commedia dell’arte’s 200 year reign in Italy, there came a man name Carlo Goldoni.  Born in 1707, Goldoni had a love of theatre from his childhood. However, though Goldoni had made his theatrical start writing typical commedia scenarios, with little or no alteration from the accepted traditions, he was concerned that commedia did not fully represent the Italian way of life and manners.  So he decided to make a change. Building off of the works of the Greeks as well as more contemporary playwrights such as Moliere, Goldoni set out to reform the Italian theatre.  Believeing that reform happened through providing strong…