• 2012-2013 Season,  Phantom of the Opera

    The Study Guide Process at BYU, à la Phantom

    by Nicholas Sheets, dramaturg Here at BYU we produce playbills for each of the shows. When you arrive, one of the ushers hands you a playbill so you may learn a little bit about the actors and the world of the play. Here are some examples of previous performances’ study guide covers.                                As dramaturgs we are responsable for the study guide found in each of the playbills for our shows.There’s a lot of work that goes into each of these study guides. As an example, I would love to illustrate our process for Phantom of the Opera. Each year advertisers buy ad space to help pay for the costs…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Holiday

    Charity for the Rich? (Dramaturg’s Note Continuted)

    by Bianca Dillard, dramaturg Holiday was produced in 1928, just 9 months before the stock market crash. In a play that explores the effect of money on families and individuals, this detail seems particularly important. What could have happened to Edward Seton, big bank capitalist, after the stock market crash of 1929?  (For more info on this question as it relates to the characters of Edward as well as Johnny check out my dramaturg’s note page 11.) “Any charity work I do from now on is going to be for the rich, they need it more.” – Linda Seton, Holiday. While Linda’s comment may have been in jest, there was a…