Pros offer advice to Theatre students

By Caitlin Chciuk
Copy Editor

October 25, 2012

LHU’s Theatre Department is currently putting the finishing touches on their fall 2012 main stage show, “The Good Woman of Setzuan”.

The play tells the story of Shen Te, a poor woman who is incredibly helpful and kind to those in need. The gods see Shen Teh’s goodness and she is rewarded. However, as the play continues, Shen Te is eventually overwhelmed by the promises she made in order to take care of people, and she falters under the pressure. In the end a question is posed: how can a person live a truly “good” life?

In preparation for the show, the theatre department has brought in multiple theatre specialists to assist with the production.

Kyle Schwandt, a dancer for over 25 years, will be the guest choreographer for “The Good Woman of Setzuan.” Schwandt hails from Lancaster, and co-directs and choreographs with the Rev9 Dance Company. Schwandt was on campus for the past two weekends to help with various scenes in the production that require choreography. Sophomore Kailyn Mayshock, a theatre major and dance captain for the show, was very pleased with Schwandt’s work within the show.

“Even though we only got to meet with him twice, I could tell he really cared about giving us a great dance and about how we were progressing,” Mayshock said

Dito van Reigersberg came to LHU on October 22 to conduct a characterization and physicalization workshop with the cast of the main stage show. Van Reigersberg is a co-artistic director and co-founder of the world renowned Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

“His method is unorthodox because he used animals to relate to the actors’ roles, but it was eye opening because you saw the actors really find their characters,” stage manager Patrick Weeber, a junior business administration major, said.

Outside of the show, the theatre department will be sponsoring a couple of different speakers later in the semester. On November 8, at 6:30 PM in Greenburg Auditorium, LGBT supporter and advocate Tina Stimely will be coming to LHU to discuss her experience coming out. Her speech is titled “Closets are for Clothes.” This event will also be sponsored by the HOPE Center.

Finally, in December, Teresa K. Pond, Artistic Director of Millbrook Playhouse, will be conducting an audition workshop. Millbrook Playhouse is a professional theatre company located in Mill Hall.

“The Good Woman of Setzuan” will take place on November 8, 9, 10, 15, and 16 at 7:30 PM and on November 10 and 17 at 3 PM. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and high school students, and free with a LHU student ID.

To reserve tickets, call (570) 484-3983 or email boxoffice@lhup.edu. For more information about the LHU theatre department and University Players, check them out on Facebook (LHU University Players).

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