Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009 12:04 am by M. in , , , ,    No comments
Several alerts for the following days:
1. In Canada, a student production of Wuthering Heights (we don't know which version exactly, probably Robert Johanson's?):
Wuthering Heights
Strathmore High School
Strathmore, Alberta, Canada

The Drama 20/30/35A class presents:
Wuthering Heights
November 22nd, 23rd, 25th and 26th.
7:00 pm
Picture source: Richard Saad photo - Strathmore High School drama students, Megan Bradley and Henrik Trien, rehearse a scene from Emily Bronte s Wuthering Heights.

The Strathmore Standard has more information:
Wuthering Heights, the classic novel by Emily Bronte, is all about contrasting the Earnshaw family and the Linton family as well as students' appreciation for classic literature.
For Paula Richardson, the drama and music teacher at Strathmore High School, it is the contrast both on and off the stage that appeals to her.
Like the stage, which is divided into two areas and contrasts the two families, Richardson has created a production with two goals in mind, to stretch her actors and to make them appreciate classic literature.
Richardson has given the actors, most of whom have never taken on a complicated play like this one, substantial material they can use to develop their skills as actors.
"They are a little nervous about it and it's a great deal of work for them," said Richardson. She wants students to understand the role of classic literature and the importance of analyzing and critically deconstructing Emily Bronte seminal work.
"I feel it gives the actors good characters to work with," said Richardson, who wants to challenge the actors to stretch themselves.
"Basically, I'm just trying to bring a strong sense of characterizations."
Rather than giving students fluffy roles to play with, she hopes to provide them an opportunity to critically look at the play and to study the characters.
"I think it makes them dig a little deeper into themselves in order to bring the characters to life," said Richardson.
Richardson said the audience will get a chance to see two families in contrast on the stage, which will make Bronte's themes visually represented.
Casey Tucker, a Grade 12 student and first time stage manager of the show is excited about the potential of the play.
"It's an interesting play, and complicated, but I think we all like it for that," said Tucker.
Tucker said the best part of the play is the attraction between the two main characters, Catherine and Heathcliff. She hopes audiences don't go into the play pre-judging the characters, but instead trying to understand their backgrounds and motivations.
The play, which is two hours long, deals with the whole concept of being honest with yourself and being true.
Richardson hopes she can instill that sense of honesty into the actors. Having flawed characters makes good drama, explained Richardson, adding she wants the students to explore human frailty.
The actors are made up of Grade 11 and Grade 12 students and this adaptation of Wuthering Heights is their first big stage play of the year.
"It's a tough play," said Richardson. "There are a lot of monologues."
Of course, the actors are a bit apprehensive about performing, but Richardson feels they have the acting chops to pull off a successful show. The actors have been rehearsing since the second week of September.
Richardson picked Wuthering Heights as the opening production this year because she wanted a production that could showoff the strengths of the cast.
"It's a big show, so it's exciting," said Richardson, who is directing Wuthering Heights for the first time. Last year, she directed Footloose and Little Women.
All the sets for the show are designed by Richardson but the sets are built by all the drama students, with help from other volunteers.
Richardson has been the drama and dance teacher at Strathmore High School since 2000. She is a graduate of Mount Royal College's theatre arts program and has worked for Theatre Calgary and One Yellow Rabbit, among others.
There are 18 students in the drama class but only 12 students are acting in the play. The others take on behind-the-scenes roles, including stage managing, lights, and sound. (
Richard Saad)
2. In Santa Monica, California, a new chance to enjoy in a movie theatre Jane Eyre 1944:
American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents
Orson Welles Revisited
Sunday, November 22 - 7:30 PM

JANE EYRE, 1944, 20th Century Fox, 97 min. Dir. Robert Stevenson. Plain Jane Eyre (Joan Fontaine) goes to work as a governess for the bright and charismatic Edward Rochester (Orson Welles) and quickly falls for her boss. Before long, family secrets emerge in this adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel. Co-stars include Agnes Moorehead, Margaret O'Brien and, in an early role, Elizabeth Taylor.
3. In Holland, Michigan:
The Women's Chamber Choir of Hope College will perform with Luminescence and 12th Street Harmony on Monday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

The program will include poetry by Emily Bronte and Leonora Speyer, accompanied on piano by Lannette Zylman-TenHave. (...)
The Women's Chamber Choir is directed by Jennifer Wolfe, who is an adjunct assistant professor of music at Hope. She holds master's degrees in choral conducting and piano performance from Michigan State University and the University of Illinois.
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church is located at 195 W. 13th St., on the corner of 13th Street and Maple Avenue.
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