Bill Pullmen, the name sounds familiar? Besides his theatre credits, he appeared in several movies including, “Spaceballs”. Not a movie fan? Maybe you had heard his name as a punchline of a joke on the TV show “American Dad” or “The Simpsons”.
The entire festival was excited to hear that actor, Bill Pullmen, was going to be our keynote speaker. Not only was he speaking to us, but he was to be teaching us as well. Mr. Pullmen made appearances in workshops, and to our fellow Oswego Theatre Majors surprise, he responded to the directing scenes as well. To have a professional actor give advice and feedback to budding artists was truly an amazing opportunity.
The SDC Competition was a new addition on the festival this year. We had two students from Oswego who participated in the Stage Directors and Choreographers Competition. Keegan Bushey and Kevin Hollenbeck, along with Oswego actors (6 in total) presented their scenes to professional directors (and Bill Pullman). Once the actors heard that Bill Pullman was going to be watching their scenes, nerves set in knowing they were to perform for a professional actor. All of that aside, Bill Pullman did indeed like their scenes, and our students learned a lot during the competition.
Stage Directors & Choreographers
Festivities started right after registration with a Cold Reading Workshop where actors worked together to fine tune their cold reading audition skills. The opening ceremony closed out our long day of traveling and running around the IUP campus.
I’ll let the videos tell the story.
The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is an annual event that celebrates excellence in college theatre. This past week students in our theatre department took part in festival 42 (that’s right, 42 years!). Over the next few weeks I will be posting video blogs giving you all a glimpse into what goes on at the festival. This year, we had students competing in Directing, Design, and Dramaturgy, while attending workshops, and participating in side projects. OSU was not only represented by the students, but the staff as well. Judy McCabe, our costume shop supervisor, ran a workshop attended by students from other schools. Last year we brought Honor And The River to the festival to be performed for the entire region. This year was a different experience, but an overall great one!
Here is the first video,
The run of Blood Relationshas come and gone, and I would like to spend the next few weeks sharing with you, how it all came together!
The space, before the set was brought in.
Within a few days, the risers, floor, and staricase were put into place!
Dress Rehearsal (a look at what goes on back stage before a show!)
Before the set can be brought in, Lighting Designer Chris VerSchneider needed to focus each and every light instrument on the grid. Chris, the Master Electrician Beca Schretzlmeir, and the light crew spent countless hours Friday night making sure that each instrument was focused where it needed to be in the space.
Chris gives direction as to where the beam of light needs to be
Mike makes communicates with the Master Electrician Below
Chris makes sure that the shutter on the instrument block the light that is past the red and green line.
Dramaturgy recently had student Olivia Zeis come into rehearsal to teach Jessica Quindlen (who plays the Actress) a jig that appears in the play. Olivia has been dancing and competing in the genre of Irish Dance for 10 years.
The following are some videos of the lesson.
Jessica Learns the Steps
The Try Running It With Music…
This past weekend our actors had a make-up workshop with our costume and make-up designer, Kitty Macey. This is a chance for the actors to learn how to put on their specific make-up so that the task of getting ready runs smoothly. It also gives the designer and director a chance to see what the make-up will look like so both can decide on the right look for the actor. Since the actors will be extremely close to the audience, the actors will need to use the technique of shading to show age.
Kitty Macey gives instruction to Knate Roy, who plays Andrew Borden
Kim, who is playing Emma Borden
Director, Keegan gives some tips…
This past Halloween was rewarding in more ways than one with the Blackfriars Theatre Organization, here on campus. Blackfriars is an organization that brings together not only Theatre Majors, but all of those across campus who are interested in theatre.
Members of Blackfriars participated in trick-or-treat for UNICEF
We raised enough money to to provide school supplies for 40 children, and water for dozens more.
Blackfriars also held a costume contest earlier that day, the following are a few favorites;
Sam Austin, and his very hairy costume
Rosie the Riveter!
Melanie as a Strawberry Beverage
Due to our crew hanging lights this week in the lab theatre, the director has moved rehearsals to a classroom in Tyler Hall. I am pleased to announce that as of last night, all skeleton blocking is complete! Tonight we will begin running each act, the director will make any necessaryadjustments to blocking, and the actors will continue to shape and develop their characters.
Knate Roy (Andrew Borden), looks over his script
Sarah Sterling (Abby Borden), listening carefully to her fellow actors
SM, Aaron, and ASM, Todd focus on adjusting blocking notes
Director Keegan leads a discussion, Knate and Danny thinking about the upcomming scene
The Theatre Department recently hosted the annual “Department Tea” at Fallbrook here in Oswego. The Tea is a chance to socialize with faculty and peers outside of class. Each member of the faculty and staff brings goodies (fruit, cookies, cheesecake, etc.), tea and coffee are served, and anecdotes are shared.
Dr. Jessica Hester’s story grabs the attention of majors Logan, Todd, and Courtney
Erik and Olivia in discussion while Stephanie enjoys her cookie.
Jessica and Craig in deep thought while Aaron is in deep thought.