Spring Awakening (Rough Draft) I believe that the central theme of Spring Awakening was teenage students finding themselves both sexually and spiritually in a time where the rules dictated your lifestyle. A great example of this is Melchior Gabor. He is not afraid to think outside of the box, unlike some of his peers. He knows that there 's more information than is being shared with the young men and women, so he doesn’t hesitate to challenge the beliefs.
I had high expectations when I walked into the Studio Theatre of Regent University to watch the story of Brownie Points come alive before me. I had neither heard of the story before nor had I ever read the script. The little I did know about the play I had heard from one of the actresses who discussed the play with passion. So with what little knowledge I had of the play, I walked in with high hopes, but I am conflicted to whether or not they were met.
Cyrano de Bergerac Qu 'est-ce un bon jeu. Which also means “what a good play” in french. I mean why wouldn’t you want to speak french after seeing this play. The play was very heartwarming and hilarious in many ways more than one. Being Cyrano is hard when you 're part of the french army.
When thinking about the production The Long Christmas Ride Home, I can say that I have very mixed feelings. On one hand, I don’t really like watching theatre productions that aren’t musicals. When a production is not a musical, I find myself drifting off into boredom at times. However, The Long Christmas Ride Home definitely kept me hooked and was unlike any production that I have ever seen. While watching the Long Christmas Ride Home, that biggest idea that I could take away from it was that I really liked the plot of the production.
The scenes from the play A Raisin in The Sun was incredibly natural and realistic. All the actors really committed to their characters and added amazing choices to them. Having two different scenes was a clever idea, getting to compare the two scenes based on acting and concept was benefitting for me because I got to see what the actors that played the same character did differently in their choices and how they approached the character. Jonelle had great focus and was going in the right direction with her character but could have raised the stakes in the moments when her character was getting fed up or confronting someone. Having variety in her voice and movements could have added more depth to her character and raised her overall energy.
On the other hand, St. Clement’s School presented; A Brewed Awaking. This production revolves around thirteen young women featuring the struggles of teenage girls and the relationships they have with peers, family members, and, of course, boys. In comparison to The Canterbury Tales: Las Vegas Edition and Flatline I found that A Brewed Awaking was simply just lacking everything that I was hoping would be present in the production, and unfortunately I did not like the story, in fact I felt as if there was no story line at all, or even a plot for that matter. To further that comment, I believe I did not feel any sense of the production seeming relatable. I mean everyone can relate to having a relationship with someone, although I just could
On March 7th, I had the privilege of attending a performance called “The Castle” written and performed by four wonderful and talented people – Rory Anderson, Ervin Hunt, Victor Rojas, and Vilma Oritz Donovan. As I traveled all the way to the Engleman Recital Hall at Baruch College, I was excited because I have never ever heard of a performance where ex- convicts come in to tell their stories. After more than an hour, I came to the conclusion that this performance was absolutely astonishing and exceeded my expectations. In “The Castle,” the four performers each beautifully told their story of how they ended up on dark path, leading up to their incarceration.
On Thursday, November 5th, I went to go see the musical Into the Woods put on by the Shawnee Mission Northwest theatre department. Into the Woods is a play about several characters from different fairy tales that interact with each other throughout the plot. Some of the characters include: Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack(from Jack and the Beanstalk), the witch, and the baker and his wife(these two characters do not actually belong to a fairy tale, but have a major role in the plot). There are many other characters from different fairy tales as well, but these are some of the characters that I found most important. The plot mainly revolves around the baker and his wife.
The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman is about a homosexual teenager is Wisconsin who was brutally murdered after a late night in a bar. This play makes a bold statement about how gays are treated in some in some communities and how it is a huge violation of basic human rights. Marge Murry states that "Even if they did, I’d just say no thank you. And that’s the attitude of most of the Laramie population. They might poke one, if they were in a bar situation, you know, they have been drinking, they might actually smack on in the mouth, but then they’d just walk away," (page ?!)