I just realized what an idiot I am–how long have I had this blog, and I haven’t actually put up links to my book so you all can buy a million copies! What am I thinking?
Get many and enjoy! ~Jenn
I’ve been playing my favorite game, Thief (when I haven’t been grading finals, that is), and came across this news blip from comcast. This is weirdly cool–just like that one level in the game, with the spooky ghost that makes you find stuff in the abandoned insane asylum, and the nightmare music is playing, and you get trapped… I wonder what was going on with this guy. Maybe it’s the adrenaline of burgling. Maybe it has something to do with the brightest full moon in 15 years. ~Jenn
Odd News – Malaysia burglar stuck for 3 days in haunted house
Check out this story MSCD colleague Christy found and sent along to me:
Another random drawing from the Unbeatable Bonzuko movement image archives. Drumroll please:
Ah! Another aerial picture from Jenn’s past. This is me rehearsing for Theatre of the Vampires (I think–it might be just a class, but I see one of the death-skull masks from one of the dance pieces on the floor behind me). Year: probably 1997. The low-flying trapeze is one of my favorite movement arts I’ve ever been involved with. It takes a lot of strength but also centeredness and flexibility, especially to be able to smoothly travel from floor to feet to air to ropes and back again, which is really the magic of the low-flying trapeze. I danced with these folks for almost four years, and then got into grad school and had to drop it. Jas also danced with them for a little while. Cynthia probably took this picture, so thanks to her!
Nate after his performance on 12/9/08. We put the “fun” in “Fundamentals of Stage Combat.” ~Jenn
Haven’t you always wanted your own theme music? Well ThinkGeek.com, the other most awesome geek-themed T-shirt mecca besides J!inx.com, has finally made one! Check out their blog post about it here. Ain’t technology so much fun?
This past semester, a group of 12 MSCD students took a class called Performance Ensemble. Their sole task in said class was to put together a play called “Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast” under the guidance of Dr. Marilyn “Cookie” Hetzel, professor extraordinaire and head of MSCD’s Theatre Department.
The result of their semester of hard work was a lovely example of my favorite kind of theatre: what I call “coffee house” theatre or “storytelling” theatre. With only variously colored T-shirts, scarves, and a couple blocks and ladders, this group of talented young actors created the world of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I went to see them on Saturday and was wholly impressed. So much so, it made me jones for the Seuss show again…:)
Highlights from Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast:
- The use of scarves: totally going to steal that idea
- 9 actors forming the Caterpillar, 1 forming the hookah; all breathing and bubbling together
- Kris (with Brian’s arms) as Humpty Dumpty; the whole wall tilts as he extends his hand to Alice (“It is most provoking…”)
- Amazing transitions between scenes; actors forming not only all the characters but the backdrops with their bodies. Stage Movement students, take note!
- Bonzuko’s own Jas as the Hero, peering around the “tulgey wood” as behind him, 10 students swirl and form into a giant Jabberwock, which he then defeats with a “snicker-snack.” Melissa as its head dies with much Jurassic-Park-esque screaming. The children (and Loren beside me) in the audience are in awe
- Brilliant tea party scene with Melissa doing a Disney-like dormouse hilariously; Erica as a cross-eyed paranoid Mad Hatter; and the brilliant Brian as the March Hare. Brian’s use of his scarf to form ears, which then express what’s happening in the scene, was stellar
- Talking about falls? The Red and White Knights both had some fabulous falls, as well as a hilarious fight scene. Their “horses” are precious. Jas as the White Knight does more break falling than anyone ever should on that hard stage floor. “Plenty of practice…”
- Jas finds the perfect balance of being a narrator on stage: not upstaging the action, but making his voice clearly heard, also tackling the complex Carrollian language very well
- Kudos to Brian, who, in the midst of personal loss, put on a great performance using his immense physical comedy talents
Really good job, kids. Know that that group of five little boys in the audience were not only mesmerized, but were reproducing the Tweedledum/Tweedledee dances in the hallway afterwards. You have done your work well. ~Jenn
See November 22nd’s post for details and a map to the “funnest final exam on campus!” to see the flyer details, click on the image. ~Jenn
The 2008 Directing Projects at MSCD always astonish with the array and high caliber of talent that students can possess. I attended one of the two-night event, and I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed. I’m not just saying that to be nice and supportive of my current and former students (and my husband). I mean it–I laughed. Really!
Highlights of the 2008 MSCD Directing Projects Part One of Two (The “Director’s Dozen”):
- Packed audience with much joyful loving energy–the ideal audience for a theatre actor
- “Getting it Back”–big red bags symbolizing love hauled onstage
- Lovely tango dancing between two of my former movement students
- “Downtown”–Jose, Katie O., and Brady were brilliant as snooty literati with a twist ending so fantastically orchestrated I can’t write about it in this blog
- Some great naturalistic comedy by former student Rob and another student named Dan whom I was very impressed by: it’s hard to not finish sentences when you’re acting. It’s also hard to really listen
- “18 Holes”–current student Andreas directed, current student Scott and Bonzuko’s own Jas acted in a 10-minute play that went through 18 holes of golf. Great freeze-frames and fantastic physical comedy timing as well as tender moments
Good job, guys! ~Jenn
December 2nd was our last MSCD Stage Combat club meeting of the semester, so anyone who is or wants to be a member, stop by this blog for news etc. about its doings and future plans until we meet again in the Spring.
The November meetings mainly have consisted of Nate and Jason Braddock rehearsing for their final fight for the class (see a couple posts below for that event’s details), and Ken had some fun “adjudicating” them. We also had some more discussion about the Algorithm March and upcoming RMTA event in February. Jenn (and MSCD colleague Jay Louden) will be teaching two Stage Combat classes at the RMTA this year on Friday Feb 6th, so keep your ears peeled about that. The RMTA is up in Durango this year, and should be a pretty fun trip!
So we’ll see you in January, everyone! Check your school schedules and look at Tuesday afternoon possibilities for meetings.
The MSCD Stage Combat club were: Jason Braddock, Nate, Nick B., Ken, and we welcomed new member Nick W. of UCD into our fun. BTW, I found out that it’s totally kosher to include any students from all three schools on Auraria campus into our club, Metro-sanctioned though it is. We look forward to Spring semester. Happy break!
P.S. Special shout-out to Ken for manning the last-minute RMTA application wrangle. You rock!