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2015-2016 Season

The UAA Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce our upcoming 2015-2016 season! Please visit our Productions page for descriptions, show dates, and more. To be added to our mailing list for the season subscriber brochure, please contact our Box Office Manager, Jessica Pervier-Brown at pervierbrown@uaa.alaska.edu or call 786-4849. Season brochures will be mailed out in September.

 

 

Bring Out Your Dead! by Robert Foran III

UAA's new play "Land Of The Dead" comes to life

with Director Tom Skore, and students Alex Albrecht and Malcolm Kuntz

Story by Robert W. Foran III - rwforaniii@alaska.edu

Zombies are coming to UAA! For the first time, a Shakespeare-themed play engulfed with historical figures and the living dead is knocking down the doors of UAA's main stage theater.

Director Tom Skore describes the whole thing as "a roller coaster ride of a play!" Skore has extensive experience in theatre, mentioning that Alaska is possibly the fifteenth state he has worked in. Land of the Dead will be his last directorial effort at UAA before his retirement as Professor and Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department. With this play, he took a chance with something new to him, and let it unfold without assumption. When asked how this production will represent him as his farewell play, he honestly replied "I don't think about it. Nothing ever happens as you expect it to, and change is inevitable". But there was a look in his eye, knowing that this was going to be unique, and more importantly, one to remember.

Shakespeare's Land of the Dead | Rehearsal 2015 | Jessica Pervier-Brown/UAA

The way this particular play was brought forth was from student Alex Albrecht who portrays William Shakespeare in the play. When visiting family in Los Angeles two years ago, he came across a theatre-themed book store. Knowing he may not have an opportunity to visit a store quite like that back home in Alaska, he eagerly entered discovering many shelves of books to explore. After rummaging through them, looking for great titles that jumped out at him, he eventually left the bookstore with $100 worth of books and scripts, Land of the Dead being among them. Alex then read the script a number of times trying to interpret it;he recalls thinking, "There were people from history fighting each other, and zombies... it just had a lot of wit." He then wanted to see it acted out, so he presented it to faculty where Tom Skore eventually agreed to look at it, and proceeded to include it into the Shakespearean-themed productions UAA is currently carrying out this season.

Something unforeseen in premiering Land of the Dead is what junior Malcolm Kuntz found.In researching more information, he came upon information that this is not the first time this play was performed in Alaska. It once opened at West Valley High School in Fairbanks. When Alex

Albrecht heard that, he laughed and said, "That's funny, that's my old school."

Shakespeare's Land of the Dead | Rehearsal 2015 | Jessica Pervier-Brown/UAA

Malcolm Kuntz studies in the music program with a concentration on voice. He plays "Richard Burbage," Shakespeare's close friend who helps keep things together during the play. Coming from a history of musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar and Rocky Horror Picture Show, this is Kuntz's first non-musical role and he is excited to experience something different in the realm of theater. He has a passion for being on stage and went through a transition from being in bands into acting. He auditioned for a production of Jesus Christ Superstar and instantly developed a new respect and passion for theater. He specified that it was a great way to relieve his restless spirit saying, "Acting takes a lot of focus, I have a lot of energy so acting is a great vehicle for that." Kuntz gives honorable mention to Tome Skore's acting classes and operatic practice to get the most out of his voice when singing and acting.

Reminiscing at that moment in our conversation, Skore interjects to say how plays and songs used now are still the same as when he was in college and that nothing has changed much. He reflects, "When I was in college over forty years ago, I was listening to Jesus Christ Superstar and could probably sing any one of those roles. If someone now needed an understudy for a night, I could probably go in there in short order and remember all those songs." He then points out, "It's like The Beatles, everyone still knows those songs." Albrecht then jokingly comes back with, "Yeah, it's like that Shakespeare guy", indicating the playwright's timelessness.

Tom, Malcolm, and Alex are excited and prepared for their parts. There is anticipation about how students will embrace Land of the Dead, but due to the awareness of a certain zombie craze that is alive and well with shows like The Walking Dead, the feeling is that they will eat it up! (no pun intended). In addition to being involved with other organizations at UAA, Alex mentions that the Theatre and Dance department helps him "flesh out a personality to be a creative voice", giving him a chance to spread the word across campus about what is embarking in the Fine Arts Building. He shares that students are going to appreciate it, predicting, "History majors, Theatre majors obviously, and people who like to see fighting will love it." He adds, "It's structured like an action movie with reoccurring fights followed by character development." Albrecht then extends his thoughts even further by stating that the audience "grows to relate to the characters so much that you connect with them". This is one of those plays where each character really shines in their moment. Alex lastly reveals the fate of favored characters, hinting that once the second half of the play gets rolling . . . audience members might find themselves saying, "Nooooo, I really liked that person!"

William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead: A True and Accurate Account of the 1599 Zombie Plague opens April 10th and lasts through the 26th. It will feature a large cast portraying interesting historical figures not usually associated with Shakespeare. There are going to be laughs, gasps, bloody sword fights, and a wide range of hungry zombies . . . enjoy the ride!

What:"William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead: A True and Accurate Account of the 1599 Zombie Plague"

Where: 3211 Providence Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508, UAA Mainstage Theatre (Fine Arts Building, Room 220)

When: April 10 –26, 2015

Showtimes:Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 p.m. and Sundays @ 3 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for general admission, $13 for non-UAA students/seniors/military and $11 for UAA students. Buy yours today at UAATix.com or by calling (907) 786-4TIX.

 

 

Backstage with Rosencrantz & Guildenstern

UAA Fine Arts has the pleasure of welcoming Journalism major Robert Foran III to our ranks. This week he went backstage for a behind-the-scenes peek at Rosecrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead which opens tonight!

The show runs February 20 - March 8, Friday/Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Get your tickets at UAATix.com

 

Casting and Auditions

 

Shakespeare's Land of the Dead: Cast List

It goes without saying that there were some great readings at these auditions and that several difficult decisions had to be made. I appreciate everyone who came out to read. For those who auditioned but whose names do not appear below, I was uncertain as to whether you would still want to participate as a soldier/player/afflicted person, however, if you are still interested please contact me and we can talk. These roles are extremely important to the success of the show and should be a lot of fun.

Kate…………………………………………………Emily Pratt 

Kemp……………………………………………......Matt Fernandez

Shakespeare…………………………………………Alex Albrecht

Burbage……………………………………………Malcolm Kuntz

Rice……………………………………………….Guthrie Worthington

Sinklo………………………………………………Jeremiah Gaunt

Queen Elizabeth.……………………………………Chloe Akers

Bacon…………………………………………………Jake Beauvais

Cecil…………………………………………………Kirby Hutchings

Dr. Dee…………………………………………………Harry Russo

Soldier 1………………………………………………….Jordan Crenshaw

Soldier 2……………………………………………….Zack Smith

Afflicted (aka Zombies), Players, Soldiers:

Grace Hawkins

Matthew Meyer

Lisa-Marie Castro

Caitlyn Martin

Andrew Crawford

Jenson Seifert

Jalita Roberts

Savanna Wilson

 

Please note that others in the cast will also be doing extra duty as zombies, soldiers and the like. For instance soldiers 1 &2 and Cecil do not show up until page 32 and would be available at the beginning of the play for Henry V.

 - Tom (ttskore@uaa.alaska.edu, 907.786.1740)

 
 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: Cast List

Announcing the cast for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead!

Rosencrantz - Morgan Mitchell
Guildenstern - Jacob Mayforth
The Player - Justin Oller
Alfred - Hunter Woofter
Tragedians
1.     Zachary Smith
2.     Jordan Crenshaw
3.     Kevin Lee
4.     Ray Stewart
Hamlet - Chris Evans
Ophelia - Emily Pratt
Claudius - Jeremy Gaunt
Gertrude - Michelle Snyder
Polonius - Michael Hidalgo
Soldier - Kevin Lee
Horatio - Zachary Smith

A note from the Director, David Edgecome

My sincere thanks to all who auditioned. The Read-through Rehearsal will be next Monday (December 1st, 2014) at 6:30PM in the Mainstage Theatre. You can pick up scripts from Andrea at the Arts Office after 1:00PM today. Again, many thanks to all. Please contact us if there is any change to you availability or if you have questions.

 

Twelfth Night, Or, What You Will: Cast List

Duke Orsino of Illyria - Mr. Chris Evans            
Sebastian - Mr. Alder Fletcher
Antonio - Ms. Emily Pratt            
Sir Toby Belch - Mr. Scott Cantrell
Sir Andrew Aguecheek - Mr. Alex Albrecht
Malvolio - Mr. Jeremy Gaunt
Fabian - Ms. Andrea Staats
Feste - Mr. Jacob Mayforth
Olivia - Ms. Megan McIlmail
Viola - Ms. Alexandra McCall
Maria - Ms. Adi Davis
Valentine/ 1st Officer - Mr. Kevin Lee
Curio/2nd Officer - Mr. Raymond Stewart
Sailor/Olivia’s attendant/musician - Mr. Zachary Smith
Sailor/Olivia’s attendant/musician -  Mr. Shawn Eby
Sailor/Olivia’s servant/musician - Mr. Matthew Meyer
Sea Captain/Orsino’s attendant/musician - Ms. Kirsten Swanson
Orsino’s attendant/musician - Ms. Grace Denney
Priest/Orsino’s attendant/musician - Ms. Teanna Hutchinson
Orsino’s attendant/musician - Ms. Samantha Sexton

Thank you to everyone who auditioned!

 

The Fantastics - Cast List

Announcing the cast list for The Fantasticks. Thank you for all that auditioned! 

El Gallo - Edward Washington II
Matt - Justin Oller
Luisa - Amanda Boger
Hucklebee - Mark Bautista
Bellomy - Kyle Lindsey
Henry (old actor) - C. David Williamson
Mortimer- Kevin Lee
The Mute - Dayoung Yoo

See you in the Fall!

 

SPAMALOT Cast List

My thanks to everyone who auditioned. As is typical when casting there were many difficult choices to make and I wish I could have cast everyone. On the list below I have only indicated the predominate roles people will play. We will also be assigning roles to the Ensemble. While a lot of the role distribution will remain as it is listed in the script, a few of the roles/numbers will be performed by Ensemble members where it makes sense to do so and where it is logistically possible. So stay tuned as we figure out what will work and what will not. Rest assured, everyone will be very busy! In the meantime, please indicate your acceptance by initialing this sheet or confirming by phone. Keep watching the board, Facebook, etc., for scheduling of dance rehearsals. We will schedule dance rehearsals for the days and times people have indicated on their audition forms that they would be available. We will also do our best to provide 24 hour notice. Because of other shows things will be a little sporadic in the beginning, but that will change once we get rolling into October. Congratulations! I look forward to working with you all. We have a ton of work ahead of us, so pick up a script ASAP.

-Director Tom Skore

Arthur:  Adam Lincoln

Robin:   Justin Stewart

Lancelot:  Alex Albrecht

Patsy:  Charlotte Kopp

Galahad:  Anthony Lounsbury

Bedevere:  Nathan Huey

Lady of the Lake:  Paige Langit

Prince Herbert:  Scott Heverling

Ensemble:  Lauren Smith

Ensemble:  Jenni Mills

Ensemble:  Sari Phillips

Ensemble:  Malie Delgado

Ensemble:  Becky Sheridan

Ensemble:  Sara Shipp

Ensemble:  Chloe Akers

Ensemble:  Devin Frey

Ensemble:  Kevin Lee

Ensemble:  Ross Alexander

Ensemble:  Taran Haynes

Ensemble:  Jaron Carlson

Ensemble:  Erik Miller

CONGRATS!

 

Broadway World Review

UAA Theatre and Dance featured in the January edition of BroadwayWorld.com See the Article Here! 

 

Secretos Bajo La Piel (Secrets Under the Skin)

Two dance faculty, Jill Flanders-Crosby and Brian Jeffery, have collaborated with artists from the US and Cuba to create Secretos Bajo La Piel. Secretos Bajo La Piel (Secrets Under the Skin) is a collaborative, contemporary art installation comprised of performance-based videos, large-scale photographs, large-scale paintings on canvas, contemporary illuminated manuscripts, media, and live performance.Over a period of eight years seven collaborating artists from the US and Cuba have worked conjointly with traditional communities in Cuba, Ghana, and Togo on this artist's investigation It has been exhibited in various forms in Cuba, Ghana, Alaska, and San Francisco.The complete installation will be exhibited at the Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission Street, SF, May 14- June 27, with an artist's reception on May 14, 6-8 PM.

Find out more by visiting the  webpage and viewing the press release.