"...And all the men and women merely players." We're quoting Shakespeare, so it must be that time of year again: Field's Student Production performances are here!
There are four large theater opportunities at Field: Winter Production—full-scale drama that rehearses all throught Winter Internship in February; Theater Company—the capstone, year-long theater studio class; Musical Theater—a full-scale musical produced during second semester by the musical theater class; and Student Production—a festival of one-act plays in the fall.
Unlike the other productions—which are chosen, directed, and managed by teachers—"Student Pro" is completely student-run. "Student Pro is very unique," explains Allie Heiman, one of the faculty advisors. "It allows students to really step into the roles of director, stage manager, and tech director as they would in the real world. It's great responsibility and an amazing experience."
STUDENT PRO'S LEADERS
Directors: Directors are in charge of selecting the script for a cast of two or three actors and tailoring the language and tone to Field’s audience. They run each rehearsal from top to bottom, ensuring that actors have memorized their lines and the play is translated to the stage in a way that does justice to the playwrite's intentions.
Stage Manager: The stage manager is the funnel for all information pertinant to each one-act show. Justine Bendickson '15, this year's stage manager, is in charge of scheduling rehearsals, keeping track of props, making sure each actor gets their costumes and scripts in on time, and more.
Tech Director: The tech director handles all aspects of the show relating to sets and scene changes, lighting, and sound. Along with the stage manager, the tech director, Taylor Hallmark '15, makes sure that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes.
This week, the four directors and stage manager of Student Pro sat down with Inside The Actors Studio to answer ten questions inspired by host, James Lipton's favorite questionnaire by Bernard Pivot. Check it out!
Beer Can Girl: Directed by Will Rossi '14
No relationship can thrive without love. How far will your heart and mind go when suffering from love-deprivation?
Please Take A Seat And Someone Will Be With Your Shortly: Directed by Yana Mazurkevich '14
David and Sue's eyes meet week after week in their shrinks' waiting room. Who says you should never talk to strangers?
Watermelon Boats: Directed by Madeline Neuberger '14
Two friends. Twenty years. One five-minute play. Time flies when you're having fun.
Department of Aspirations and Inclinations: Directed by Daniel Antebi '14
A young woman goes to a bureaucrat and says "I want to get lost." But perhaps the greatest part of getting lost isbeing found. NOTE: This play was also written by Daniel Antebi!
While there was no Shakespeare on the stage on Friday and Saturday, there was plenty of excitement, romance, and self-reflection.