Posts Tagged ‘theatre’

Improv Night!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

The English & Arts Club hosted an improv workshop with the help of Merry Vaughan and Sharon Dixon Obst. We started with some basics: never ask questions, don’t think too much, and never deny someone. The first warmup we did was to make sure we didn’t deny anyone. Someone would make a statement and the next person would say, “Yes and…”, to build off of their statement. This prevents us from saying, “No”, “but”, “although”, and other words that make it sound like we are saying the other person is wrong. This is important because the scene is NEVER going to go exactly the way you’d expect so you have to embrace other people’s ideas of where it’s going. Next, we tossed an invisible ball back and forth saying a word each time we caught it. This was to keep us from thinking too much. The goal is to pass the ball quickly so that you say the first word that comes to your mind instead of trying to think ahead. After this, we tried some games! We did a scene building game and played “Who’s coming to dinner?” Everyone was laughing and having a good time, even if we occasionally messed up by asking a question or disagreeing. To finish off the night, Merry and Sharon performed a game of “Triathalon” where Merry has to get Sharon to guess three very unusual scenarios without using any real words. One example was scuba diving in Maple Syrup with Justin Trudeau. It was a blast! They also mentioned a new improv club has started on campus and I might just have to check it out! 

Orestes: Blood and Light

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Yesterday the English & Arts Club attended Orestes: Blood and Light at the St. Scholastica theater. The stage setting was rather modern for a Greek tragedy, complete with working lamps and a couch that could be from ikea. It was a little confusing when some aspects were certainly modern, such as FBI like characters with guns, but other aspects were very Greek, such as the shrine to the God Apollo. I’ve seen several plays, typically Shakespeare, translated to more modern eras and I tend to prefer the classic route. Despite this personal preference, the actors put on a really great show of a story I was experiences for the first time. There were some classic Greek appearances I recognized, such as Helen of Troy, and new ones. If you’re a fan of drama and tragedy, definitely attend this show! I am thankful the theater continues to put on free showings for students.

Love is in the air

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Love is in the air at CSS! With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, the student union is decked out in pinks and reds. Several campus and student groups are making sure college students have access to some classic Valentines gifts such as roses, cookies, cupcakes, and glassware. While I don’t plan on getting my Valentine any roses this year, we will be participating in Duluth/Superior festivities. Tonight is the University of Minnesota Duluth Swing Dance and tomorrow my sweetheart and I will be spending the holiday dancing the night away at the University of Wisconsin Superior Valentine’s Day Swing Dance. If that wasn’t enough, we also attended the Underground theaters production of American Idiot and will probably find some time to cook dinner together. 

American Idiot

Friday, February 10th, 2017

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The Miss Firecracker Contest! 

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Tonight the English & Arts Club attended the free showing of “The Miss Firecracker Contest.” This Show was the freshman showcase which means all of the actors are freshman and, for several of them, it’s their first time performing in a college show. I thought the actors did very well developing their characters and keeping fairly consistent with their southern accents. I love supporting St. Scholastica’s theater department and look forward to the next show.