Classic play by Tennessee Williams, “The Glass Menagerie,” comes to the Lees-McRae stage

的Lees-McRae 戏剧艺术 department’s latest production, “The Glass Menagerie,” will 运行 周三,11月. 9−周六,11月. 12在Hayes礼堂. There will be four showings of the play, with three 7:30 p.m. 11月制作. 911月. 10, 和11月. 11个,一个2便士.m. 11月11日星期六上映. 12.

This classic play─commonly taught in script-analysis and other theatre courses─is a semi-autobiographical account of the playwright Tennessee William’s life. The narrator and protagonist, 汤姆·温菲尔德, recounts his memories of being the sole provider for and living in a small apartment with his mother and sister.

“给汤姆,他是个诗人, 一个艺术家, 和一个流浪者的心, his whole existence in that apartment was pretty tough to put up with. He’s in a position where he has to care for people, 但在内心深处, he’s falling apart because he’s not able to follow his dreams,” Director and Assistant Professor of Theatre 艺术Josh Yoder说. “The plot of the story involves Tom trying to grapple with the responsibilities he has to his family, but also the responsibilities he has to himself.”

In contrast with the department’s first production of the season, “线索,” “The Glass Menagerie” has a very small cast只有四个字符简单明了的情节, and a relatively sparse set design, but that does not mean that this play will be simple for the student cast and crew bringing it to life.

Yoder said because of the exploration of memory in the play, there is a lot of room for creativity in lighting design, 定位球, and how actors choose to tell the story. Senior Abby Paulson and junior Charlie Scales are two students who will be diving head-first into this play as they take on roles as lighting designer and sound designer respectively.

这些角色, which are usually reserved for 教师, give Paulson and Scales a large amount of creative freedom to decide in which direction they want to steer the production, and how to reach their end goals. While Yoder said that placing students at the helm of these theatrical departments is not common, both Paulson and Scales have undertaken similar responsibilities in numerous other productions that have prepared them for this role.

Yoder said that this level of freedom is something he and the other 教师 who are mentoring these student leaders have sought to afford to the cast as well.

“One of our goals in educational theatre is for actors to hone their own instincts, and one of the ways we do that is by giving them more say about what happens in the rehearsal hall,约德说. “There are fewer people in the rehearsal hall, and there’s more time to explore as a result. I’m really pushing the idea of encouraging the actors to come in with ideas of how they want to move, and how they want to say things a certain way, and what each scene means to them in particular.”

根据约德的说法, what makes “The Glass Menagerie” such a great play for actors is the strong points 每个人物的观点, allowing each actor to develop their motivations, 欲望, 和观点. He said that in educational theatre settings it is important to pick productions that will challenge the students working on the show and teach them something about their craft. In many instances these kinds of productions also challenge and teach something to the audience.

“This show is a great example of how the ideas of protagonist and antagonist don’t always mean ‘good guy, 坏家伙.’ It’s a complex and emotionally true show that resonates with a lot of people,约德说. “We hope that there will be moments where the struggles that these characters are going through, their joys and their sorrows, will stick with audience members for a long time to come.”

学生, 教师, 工作人员, and community members are encouraged to come out and enjoy this classic memory play on the Lees-McRae stage. General admission tickets are $15 per person 对于成年人来说 and $10 per person for children. Tickets are free for Lees-McRae students, 教师, and 工作人员.

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