The Seagull – Bennington College

Bob and I saw an outstanding production of The Seagull by Anton Chekov at Bennington College. Like many college productions, it had a brief run and we did not get to interview anyone before it opened. However, Jean Randich, the play’s director, suggested a post production interview. We have rarely done one, but much can be learned by listening to the reflections of those who have created the drama we enjoyed.  We found it enlightening to talk with Jean, Michael Rancourt the technical director,  the costume designer Atalaya Botner who is a student, and Teddy O’Mara, the sound designer, also a student. We gained a great deal of insight talking with them and are happy to share it with you.

Click below to listen to these four talented people share their experiences.

The Seagull Interview

We are always eager to find new ways for people to experience theatre that is affordable. Colleges with theatre programs provide an opportunity to do this. Bennington College does not charge admission and Williams College charges between three and five dollars.  People in the Bennington area are fortunate to have such resources available. Whereever you are, check for the nearest college and follow the events calendar so that you don’t miss out on some of the fine work that is done at colleges.

Moon Over Buffalo- MAUHS

The Career Development Center at Mt Anthony Union High School offers a program in Theatre Arts. Each spring they produce a play which gives students an opportunity to act in one of the many plays they learn about. This year, the play is Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig, a delightful farce   It will be playing  from Wednesday to Saturday, starting on May 10 at 7 pm. Tickets are $6 at the CDC office or at the door. After seeing the end of a rehearsal, Bob and I enjoyed interviewing three of the students in the play. We not only talked about the play and their work in it, but about what theatre means  to them. After you listen to them, you will want to see them perform in the play. Click on the links below and then get your tickets.

Moon Over Buffalo Cast Part 1

Moon Over Buffalo Cast Part 2

Moon Over Buffalo Cast Part 3

Moon Over Buffalo Cast Part 4

 

Bennington College: A Festival of Original Work- 2017

       New Play Festival

Drama at Bennington College is a community resource which more people should attend. Bob and I have enjoyed diverse, exciting  and engaging productions over the years. Whether it is a faculty or a student production, the work is of high quality. We had the pleasure of talking with a  student playwright, Julia Lorello, two student directors, Emma Plotkin  and Jamie Catana, and faculty member, Kirk Jackson.  They discussed the purpose and the process of these productions. Click on the links below to hear their ideas and experiences.

Bennington College Festival of Original Plays Part 1

Bennington College Festival of Original Plays Part 2

Bennington College Festival of Original Plays Part 3

Bennington College Festival of Original Plays Part 4

Tickets are free. One only has to  call (802) 442-5401 Ext 4572 or e-mail  tickets@bennington.edu to reserve up to two seats per person per show.  They ask that you include the specific title of the show and the date you wish to see it on in your email

Here is the schedule of the plays

Eyes They Close – May 5th, 6th, and 7th at 7pm
When the Sun Falls – May 5th, 6th, and 7th at 9pm
La Vie En Rose – May 12th, 13th, and14th at 7pm
The Nicosia Sisters – May 12th, 13th, and 14th at 9pm

They are performed at the Margot Tenney Theatre. Since this is a flexible theatre space, one is always surprised about  how the stage is set up. One picks up the tickets at the Visual Arts Performing Arts (VAPA) building.

 

                 Margot Tenney Theatre
                        VAPA