On Sept. 29, 1929, a friendly game of bridge ended with murder.
Part of Sarah Hartmann’s job as artistic associate for the Chautauqua Theater Company is to make sure that the company lives on after each season. Luckily, she’s managed to find a way to preserve live theater.
With the end of Chautauqua Theater Company’s 30th anniversary season, the 14 conservatory students and five fellows packed up their gear and left the grounds. With three professional productions under their belts — and faced with challenges such as designing on top of a circus set or wearing a gorilla suit — the students-turned-professionals are ready for their next ventures.
Although they have already performed in drag (convincingly) and played instruments onstage this season, the Chautauqua Theater Company Conservatory is taking one more opportunity to unleash their talent.
Sadly, even for the most devout theater and film lovers, authentic props are usually unattainable.
Renowned literary critic Harold Bloom has a deep appreciation of William Shakespeare, identifying the playwright as the inventor of human personality in his book, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human.
While gearing up for the recently closed Broadway play Lucky Guy, actor Deirdre Lovejoy sat in the house during technical rehearsals writing a script for her new one-woman show.
Part of the excitement of hosting the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet is that after the performance, all of the kids in the audience try their hardest to relevé and pirouette. Holding tight onto a parent’s hand for support — each hoping, even if just for one night, to be the next prima ballerina.
Closing this season’s Family Entertainment Series, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet from Jamestown, N.Y., will perform at 7 p.m. tonight in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. This marks the ballet company’s eighth performance at Chautauqua Institution.
“I just think it’s a beautiful art form — dance, ballet,” said Monika Alch, CRYB artistic director. “I think that everybody can enjoy it if they understand ballet, or [if] they don’t.”
Chautauqua Theater Company’s version of The Comedy of Errors is not a run-of-the-mill Shakespearean production, especially with a mermaid and bearded lady strolling from stage left to stage right.
The problem in making a mermaid costume is making sure that the actor is able to walk across the stage fluidly, or “fish-like.”