IN-PERSON: The Elderwise classroom at the Vineyard Church
A playwright writes a script. A director loves that script and decides to direct it. What steps are entailed in this play's journey from lines and stage directions on a page to a living work of art in front of an audience? In this class we will learn the answers to that question. After an initial overview, we will explore whatever aspects of play production that interest the group the most. Come prepared to put your creativity and collaborative skills to use. Participants, should they wish to, will be able to try their hands at creating some theater magic. Laura Bird is a retired theater educator, director, and designer. She earned her doctorate in Theatre History from Michigan State University in 1999. Laura was Associate Professor and Director of Theater at Concordia University, and taught at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor. She is currently on the Board of PTD Productions in Ypsilanti, and often works on their shows in one or more of a dozen or so capacities; however, she enjoys directing and scene design the most.
Instructor(s): Laura Bird
Dates: 5/22/2024 - 5/22/2024
Times: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Building: Vineyard Church
Room: Classroom at the Vineyard Church
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IN-PERSON Pre-Play Class: Friday, April 12, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Vineyard Church
IN-PERSON LIVE Performance: Sunday, April 14, 2:00 p.m., Legacy Theatre, EMU Campus
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Theatre: Cyrano de Bergerac
Original play by Edmond Rostand
Adapted version by Martin Crimp
Directed by John Seibert
Pre-Play Class Presenter: John Seibert
Members $22; Nonmembers $27
Includes one ticket to the performance.
Emeritus Faculty: Members $10; Nonmembers $15
Includes two tickets to the performance.
Please contact the Elderwise office to purchase these discounted Emeritus Faculty tickets.
Extra Tickets are $12 each.
Please contact the Elderwise office to purchase extra tickets. This cannot be done online.
Driving directions and parking instructions will be emailed to class registrants a few days before the performance.
In this radical and freely adapted version of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (first produced in 1897), British playwright Martin Crimp imagines Cyrano seducing in modern raps and rhymes, using his linguistic brilliance to help another man win the heart of his one true love. John Seibert is a Senior Lecturer at Eastern Michigan University and a professional actor and director based in Ann Arbor. Directing credits at EMU include productions of Noises Off, Hotel Paradiso, One Man Two Guvnors, Harvey, and A Comedy of Errors. Professionally, he has staged works off-Broadway and for North Coast Repertory Theatre in San Diego, and locally for The Purple Rose, JET Theatre, and Williamston Theatre. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA, and has numerous stage and several on-camera credits.
Instructor(s): John Siebert
Dates: 4/12/2024 - 4/12/2024