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Theatre Etiquette: Concerning Costumes

Homestead Theatre:

I know all my actors follow these rules with Costumes….

Originally posted on Kerry Hishon:

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“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”  
~ Mark Twain

One of the most fun things about working on a show is trying on your costume for the first time.  You’ve rehearsed your blocking and practiced your lines and sung your songs, but once you step into your character’s clothes… it just makes everything seem a bit more real!

As an actor, your costume is so important.  It tells the audience the story of your character.  It adds to the mood of the piece.  It contributes to the overall look of the show.  As such, there are some important rules that you must respect when it comes to your costume.

1.  Once your measurements are taken, you need to stay the same size.

There’s nothing worse for a costume designer than to spend hours sewing a costume, and then come back to rehearsal and…

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What Kills Student Motivation? We Asked Them.

What Kills Student Motivation? We Asked Them..

The Art of Theatre By: Miranda Grisa


Main Stage production of “Alice in Wonderland”

I always wondered why people questioned whether or not theatre is truly a form of art.

I remember on the first day of exploratory art class this trimester, the teacher told us to write down if we thought we personally viewed ourselves as artists. Sometime after the bell signaling the end of class had rung, I was talking to a fellow thespian about their answer.

My friend had answered no, claiming an ineptitude with a pencil and art brush blocked the images in their head from transferring onto paper, therefore they could not be artists.

Alex Gieske as Eurydice in "Eurydice"

Black Box production of “Eurydice”

When I reminded them of their skills in theatre, they looked at me as if my hair was on fire. Clearly there was something wrong with my inclusion of theatre as a form of art.

According to Merriam Webster, however, the definition of art is: “something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings.” In light of that revelation, I challenge society to reform their views of traditional ‘art’ to include theatre.

This past year the Theatre Department created ten shows (four main stage productions and six black box shows): we had the imagination to build worlds and the skill to bring them to life in such a way that they told stories, connecting with the audience and passing along important concepts,  ideals, and emotions.

Main Stage production of "Arabian Nights"

Main Stage production of “Arabian Nights”

Yet humanity consistently brushes off the importance and magnitude of the theatre. When someone says ‘artist’, people think of Picasso or Monet, not Tom Cruise or Audrey Hepburn. Granted, their mediums vary, but beyond the differences in expression, are there really so many differences between artists and actors/actresses?

Both unite personal imagination and skill to reach other humans, teaching one heart at a time to dance at a slightly different rhythm, allowing others to view the world with a slightly different perspective, the audience walking away a little different than they entered.

So to those who say that “theatre isn’t a real art” -including my friend-  I would have to respectfully disagree. Theatre not only meets but also contributes greatly to every possible boundary people attempt to place on the various forms of art.

So, in response to my friend’s claim that “acting doesn’t count as a real art,” I now have an answer. How could theatre be anything but a form of art?

By Miranda Grisa
3rd Trimester 2015
Theatre Production Seminar

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Robin-Hood-Series-2-e1369129320395-800x450In the Digital Age, much of what adults once considered commonplace has vanished from the experience of youth—telephones with dials with numbers on them, cassette tapes that record music, and clocks with arms that spin around seem as quaint to many middle and high school students today as steam locomotives and biplanes seemed to their grandparents. How is it, then, that a literary figure conceived in 14th century ballads and popularized in the 19th century still resonates in popular culture? The outlaw Robin Hood is an underdog, a figure not uncommon in current media. Just as Rocky defeated Apollo Creed or Daniel-san defeated the bullies from Cobra Kai in The Karate Kid, Robin battles and triumphs against political and social systems that profit from injustice and reward the already-powerful.

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Similarly, Robin Hood removes himself from an oppressive society— and what adolescent has not dreamed of doing much the same thing, casting off the bands of academic servitude, and escaping to the woods to live a merry life of permanent summer with his best friends in tow? Perhaps part of the legend’s allure rests in Robin’s assembling his band of remarkable compatriots; his champions are not unlike the characters who comprise the Avengers or X-men of comic book lore. While they lack the ability to fly or harness the power of advanced technology, Robin’s Merry Men are exceptional compared to their peers, and they can outshoot, outfight, outwit, and out-sing any who comes against them. Finally, Robin Hood is an appealing figure because he is imminently accessible; his modest beginnings, his charisma, his wiliness, his sense of humor, and his overall sense of morality and decency combine to cast him as a man not terribly unlike typical men. Perhaps it is this accessibility that allows readers to glimpse a bit of themselves in the hero from Sherwood Forest.

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Happy Birthday Richard Rodgers!

Happy Birthday Richard Rodgers!

Legendary composer Richard Rodgers was born on June 28. Find out more about the composer of such classics as Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, The King and I, Carousel, Babes in Arms and Pal Joey at PlaybillVault.com.

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