The Adventures of Frederick and Jalaina…. and so we begin!

Greetings from the 6th Floor Production Office! This is Frederick and my first blog post, and we are very excited to keep you up-to-date on the ins and outs of Emerson Stage. Classes have begun and we are officially finishing up the third week! Auditions ran smoothly and the cast lists have been posted. Rachel even let Frederick post the Into the Woods cast list. Paint began rehearsals this week, which are going very well. There will be six actors working on Dan DeNicola’s Newfest win, and then an additional group of actors that will be working on the Newfest Readings. More details to follow as we get closer.

Other than that, next door, in the Greene Theater, the marley dance floor is down, and X Dance 2010 goes into tech this weekend. There are 25 dancers who have been working since November to bring the work of five student choreographers to life. It is a show you won’t want to miss, but make sure you get your tickets quickly, as it will sell out!

Well, that’s all for now! More from Frederick and me soon!



And the winners are…a report back from KCACTF

From Rafael Jaen:

Emerson students received various awards last week at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region 1 held at the University of New Hampshire, in Durham. The Region 1 includes colleges from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northeast New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The students who received awards are:
National LMDA/KCACTF Award for Dramaturgy Initiative, First Place
Jessica Baxter – Show: Incorruptible -Emerson College
(This student has been awarded a scholarship to participate at the National Festival, April 12 – 17, 2010)
National Barbizon Award for Excellence in Costume Design, First Place
Sydney Robinson – Show: Six Characters’ in Search of an Author – Emerson College
(This student has been awarded a scholarship to participate at the National Festival, April 12 – 17, 2010)
National Barbizon Award For Excellence in Lighting Design, First Place
Tracy Wertheimer – Show: Esperanza Rising – Emerson College
(This student has been awarded a scholarship to participate at the National Festival, April 12 – 17, 2010)
National KCACTF Award For Excellence in Sound Design, Second Place
Brendan Doyle – Show: Esperanza Rising – Emerson College
Regional Merit Certificate for Scenic Design
Megan Kinneen – Show: Illyria – Emerson College
Regional Merit Certificate for Props Design
Joanna Stenning -Show: Incorruptible -Emerson College
In addition two Emerson faculty members participated; Rafael Jaen served as Co-Chair for the Design, Technology and Management area and Debra Acquavella participated as workshop leader and Stage Management interview coordinator.

Congratulations Emersonians! Jessie, Sydney and Tracy–break a leg at the Nationals!

DT KCACTF.JPGPicture by Kirk Miller. Left to right: Brendan Doyle, Megan Kinneen, Rafael Jaen, Deb Acquavella, Tracy Werthiemer, Sydney Robinson

Gearing Up for KCACTF

Emerson Students gearing up to go to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of College Theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents. Region I of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival has traditionally involved institutions from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, but now includes Eastern New York. The festival is an exciting time for student technicians and designers. Last year there were sessions that explored state of the art lighting of technology, career opportunities in technical theatre, the use of color, and tips for creating the ideal portfolio. Some of the many other sessions had topics such as how to get into grad school, lighting design techniques and tools, and an introduction to free software.
A major element of this annual festival is the Design & Technologies Exhibition which provides opportunities for students to share work from all areas of theater; some realized projects and some ‘paper’ projects. Design displays are presented at the festival to a panel of respondents who are professional not affiliated with the region. Design awards in Region I are given at both the national and regional levels. At the national level, one student from each design discipline is invited to bring their exhibit to the National Festival in Washington, DC in the spring.

The region’s festival this year is held at University of New Hampshire, from Tuesday 1/26 to Saturday 1/30/10. The design students participating these year include: Megan Kinneen for Set Design (Illyria), Sydney Robinson for Costumes (6 Characters), Tracy Wertheimer for Lighting (Esperanza Rising) and Brendan Doyle for Sound (Esperanza Rising). The students were recommended by the KCACTF Respondents that attended our shows and vetted by the Design-Tech Faculty. This year Design Faculty Rafael Jaen will serve as Co-Chair for Design, Technology and Management. Stage Management Faculty Debra Acquavella will serve as Stage Manager Coordinator and Workshop Leader.

Below, Tracy Wertheimer’s display boards:
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End of the Semester

Our last production meeting of the semester was this morning. A post production meeting about ILLYRIA, and a concept meeting about PAINT, this year’s NewFest winner. PAINT will be produced at the end of March, but auditions are the week we get back and designs are due a week later.

The Costume Shop hosts an annual end of the semester/holiday party. Here are a couple of photos from today’s fete, where a good time was had by all, even if the chocolate fountain broke. Note the makeup/craft project which adorns most of them.

goodmoustache1.jpgAnd here’s a photo of the wonderful shop staff:

shopstaff2.jpgTop: Rafael Jaen, Richelle Devereaux-Murray
Bottom: Jennifer Guadagno, Debra Krasa

ILLYRIA Costume Designer Courtney Irizarry

Emerson Stage benefits from the hard work of students both on and off stage. Our recent production of ILLYRIA had student set, costume and lighting designers.

Here’s a great piece on Courtney Irizarry, the Costume Designer of ILLYRIA. Interested in the process of designing costumes for a musical? Get some insight here.


Emerson Stage is in process

A mid-November check in for Emerson Stage. Our third show, ESPERANZA RISING, is open. ILLYRIA is in rehearsal, ready to open mid-December. X-DANCE is in rehearsal. THREE SHORT PLAYS BY WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS is being cast as we speak. NEWFEST scripts are in, and in the hands of the readers. And our first INTO THE WOODS meeting (concept) is in a couple of weeks.

And we’re planning the 10-11 Season.

Are you interested in learning more about process? Each production has a dramaturg, and each production has a blog. Check them out, they are a great source of information and inspiration!