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星空下的狂欢之夜:学生导演的制作联合了BB平台的社区,尽管流行病

Twelfth Night

当二年级学生奥利维亚·约翰逊和奥利维亚·达吉斯想到要上演莎士比亚的戏剧 Twelfth Night in the middle of an ongoing pandemic, they knew there would be hurdles. 但两位联合导演决定,他们将不惜一切代价实现这一目标——甚至还会添加一些转折. “每个人都渴望一些艺术的东西,让它成为现实真的很重要,” says Olivia J. “面对校园内外的压力,bb娱乐平台登录只是想给人们带来欢乐. We wanted people to have fun.”

And fun, they brought.

Olivia Johnson and Olivia Dargis
Olivia Johnson ’22 and Olivia Dargis ’22

On the twelfth night of November, despite “bone-chilling cold” and spitting rain, students, faculty, and administrators gathered from all corners of campus, 带着躺椅和毯子去享受80年代舞会主题版的 Twelfth Night,用所有的时尚和丰富多彩的效果标志着那个年代. “We wanted it to be upbeat and to bring some levity,” says Olivia D. For just one hour on one night only, 学生领导的制作给BB平台社区带来了一个充满魔力的暂缓最艰难的一年. 

但到了那个晚上,我学到很多BB平台耐心和毅力的东西.

Theater faculty director, Shannen Hofheimer, better known to students as “Hoffy,当她在8月份读到这两个女孩的电子邮件时表示,她们提议继续由学生导演的制作, 她的第一反应是,她非常为他们感到骄傲,因为他们想在如此有限的环境下接受如此雄心勃勃的项目. “With all of these obstacles, 这是向所有人展示戏剧和艺术可以坚持下去的重要时刻,” she says. But she also remembers worrying about the big hurdles to come, 包括学生是否会犹豫试镜,或者节目是否会因为可能的关闭而不得不切换到Zoom. 尽管未知,她已经准备好帮助女孩们实现她们的梦想. 

After gaining Hofheimer’s support, the two Olivias got to work right away, spending the next three months working through a plethora of details. 这部影片的制作比他们过去执导过的任何影片都要复杂, and the pandemic posed its own unique set of challenges. To start, 所有的演员都必须戴上面具,并且在舞台上保持六英尺的距离, 因此,导演需要思考,如果演员不能利用身体上的感情,如何传达角色之间的浪漫感情, as well as how to compensate for facial expressions, now hidden behind masks. 

They took the challenge head on. 姑娘们和演员一起工作,注意不同姿势的效果, certain gestures, and even tone of voice in bringing out what the masks were hiding. “我真的为所有的演员和所有参与其中的人感到骄傲,因为他们真的对这部剧投入了很多,让它成为现实,” says Olivia D. 

联合导演也开始接受挑战,如何将校园的一个新的户外帐篷变成一个表演区域. They spent off-time in the costume shop, sifting through bins for all the color and shimmer they could find, 还买了一串灯挂在帐篷的外围,以增加节日的气氛. 女孩们想要把观众带入这个欢乐的世界,就想要在舞台上放上一点闪亮的灯光.

当他们向BB平台的社区发出电话,让他们试零件, students from all grades showed up. “It really took a village to put on this production,” says Hofheimer. 尽管如此,还是有一些人因为生病而不得不退出的可能性. 联合导演和霍夫海默都知道,他们可能得随时准备好替演剧中的任何角色, 学生导演把排练之外的额外时间花在与演员一起分析文本和记忆台词上, both in-person and on Zoom. 

霍夫海默说,见证30多名学生的奉献和“纯粹的勇气”使这部作品发生,这是令人鼓舞的. Given social-distancing rules, 她看到他们学习如何充分体现角色,而不是依赖身体接触. They powered through mic troubles on the night of the event. And they carried on despite terrible weather and soaking wet equipment. “这次经历让bb娱乐平台登录明白,bb娱乐平台登录可以克服任何困难,”霍夫海默说. “这次大流行让我明白,bb娱乐平台登录的学生具有难以置信的适应力. 它帮助我放弃了完美的想法,并意识到学生们能够团结在一起才是真正的目标.” 

Masks created by Emma Paterson ’19

When the campus did come together, 这一夜的狂欢与BB平台的其他戏剧体验不同. A dance performance kicked off the evening, 迎宾员们分发了艾玛·帕特森(Emma Paterson)在19年制作的手制文堤安风格面具, 在她远程上大学期间,是谁提出把她的艺术技能借给她的作品. Ms. Helmin, 当女孩们从演出回来时,一位宿舍家长向她们打招呼, says it was a night to remember on campus. “They were all wet and shivering but completely energized.”

And while the directors chose Twelfth Night because it was a play they knew well, 在2020年中期重读这本书,让他们对莎士比亚的持久相关性有了新的认识. “bb娱乐平台登录发现剧本真的很适合这个时代,”Olivia J. “At the end, everything clicks into focus and it all ties up.” As we head into the new year with this promising message, bb娱乐平台登录的两位学生导演一致认为,如果今年的戏剧经历给他们带来了什么启示的话, it’s this: the arts are essential.

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