Posts Tagged ‘theater’
There’s a ton of original student theater across campus this spring—NOMADS, Latenite, the Varsity Show, just to name a few. So, we sat down with a few of Columbia’s many playwrights to talk about their productions and the writing process. Here’s what they had to say.
Responses were edited for clarity and length.
Eric Donahue, CC ’15 and Rae Binstock, CC ’15 (writers of the 120th Annual Varsity Show)
What’s your favorite part of the show?
E: My favorite part is going through a read-through or seeing it performed in front of people and having laughter and good feedback. Like seeing the West End preview last week, of course some jokes didn’t land, but when a joke landed, everyone was laughing. To me, that’s my favorite part of the whole process.
EB: Very much agreed.
What can you get done in 24 hours? For KCST’s Egg and Peacock, a team of writers, directors, and actors work to put on seven plays by Saturday night.
Writers will get to work around midnight in the Broadway sky lounge and write until about 6:30 a.m., when the directors show up ahead of casting at 8 a.m. Twelve hours later, the curtain goes up on the first show, with another at 10:30 p.m.
Ahead of her sleepless saturday, one of the event producers, Emily Snedeker, CC ’16, said that she and co-producer Emi Lirman, CC ’16, were excited about the prospects for this year’s show—their second, after directing for it last year. More »
Bored in Butler? Wondering what to do tonight? Worried that this weekend may in fact be the last time you see another human outside the library? Spectrum has your agenda for this fine evening, but first, take a look at Rebecca Black’s latest foray into days of the week songs. Keep in mind that she’s still 16 years old.
1. At 9 p.m., FeelGood and Beta are hosting a benefit concert at the Beta Theta Pi house. For $5, you can check out student bands like Phonoscenes and Standard Delivery—and, of course, amazing grilled cheese. All proceeds will go to FeelGood CU‘s annual contribution to The Hunger Project for the Sustainable End of World Hunger. Tickets can be purchased here or at the door. More »
‘Tis the season for Q&As with XMAS!8. For the second part of Spectrum’s conversation with them, we interviewed Sophie Solomon O’Connell, director, and Renée Kraiem, co-producer. You can find the first part of the interview here. Read below for the history of XMAS! and what’s different this year.
What is the concept/theme behind this year’s XMAS!?
Renée: One of the things that I don’t know if they told you, but would help toward answering, is that we have the largest cast ever for an XMAS!. We have 17 cast members and three dancers which puts us at 20. Which, as you might think, suggest that we are looking at a plot that involves a lot of people, a lot of union, and a lot of banding together of people.
Sophie: The second I start to answer I’m giving away everything. More »
Spectrum recently caught up with the creative team behind this year’s “XMAS!” show. The show’s plot remains under wraps, but they revealed one possible clue (“flirty”), talked about their favorite parts of the experience, and shared an upcoming collaboration with the Columbia Hillel. It may or may not involve Chinese food.
Varsity Show alumna Rebekah Lowin, CC ’14, became the very first champion of musical theater competition The Callback at 54 Below on June 24. In an interview with Spectator’s theater editor, Emily Neil, Lowin describes the process of The Callback and reflects on winning her own cabaret engagement this fall at the famous establishment as well as an appearance on Seth Rudetsky’s Sirius XM radio show.
Emily Neil: How did you first hear about The Callback competition?
Rebekah Lowin: I first heard about it in the winter from different musical theater blogs. I thought, I’ll submit a video audition, and I found out my video had been accepted a month after I submitted it. I found out on a Wednesday, and had to perform the next Monday, which wasn’t too bad because I’ve been singing and performing at Columbia and in the city for a while now and am used to having to prepare material to perform. But 54 below is a big Broadway venue, so I was freaking out.
The semi-finals were decided by audience vote. It was finals week at Columbia then, so that made it hard for my friends to come, but luckily I gave it all and I was able to get the audience’s votes and advance to the final Callback.
EN: What was the most exciting part of the competition?
After reaching its fundraising goal on Monday, “Lydia & Tom: A New Musical” will be going from the Columbia stage to the international theater world this August at the New York International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America.
The student-run show was sponsored by the Columbia Performing Arts League after having debuted on campus last fall. Lydia & Tom will continue to feature predominantly Columbia performers at FringeNYC, with four students performing in the production itself and a cast and crew composed of 90 percent current CU students and recent graduates.
“It’s really exciting to move something out of the Columbia network and be able to do a real professional production,” said Allie Carieri, CC ’15, co-marketing coordinator, and member of the producing team for Lydia & Tom. “We get to show the New York indie theater community what Columbia students can do.” More »
Get ready, everybody, because this weekend is the weekend for campus events.
Columbia Ballet Collaborative Spring Performances
Featuring professional and student choreography and dancers (including students who are former professional dancers), CBC’s spring performances will bring ballet to Miller Theatre on May 4 at 8 p.m. and May 5 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $10 with a CUID and can be bought online or at the box office.
The 119th Annual Varsity Show
One of Columbia’s oldest traditions, this year’s student-directed, acted, scored, written, and choreographed Varsity Show will make you feel part of a tradition—and probably make you laugh. (In case you missed it, meet the cast and Creative Team behind V119.) More »
In anticipation of this weekend’s premiere of the 119th Annual Varsity Show, Spec sat down with V-Show Director Chris Silverberg, CC ’13, to hear about the show, his past experience, and why you should come see it.
Zoë Miller: What has it been like directing the Varsity Show?
Chris Silverberg: It’s been very hectic and not a lot of sleep, but incredibly rewarding. We have a really great cast and a great group of people to work with—people who have graciously let me poke and prod at their work. I’ve discovered a lot of great things in the process of creating a musical.
ZM: You’ve been part of the Varsity Show before. What was your role then?
CS: Two years ago I was in the Varsity Show, but I really only got into directing last year. I directed my first show last semester, which was another original musical [CUPAL's "Lydia & Tom"]—it was good preparation.
ZM: Would you say that being in the Varsity Show has affected the way you direct, your directing style? You have an insider’s perspective.
CS: Absolutely. I don’t think that I could have done the show if I hadn’t done a Varsity Show before. More »
As the year winds down, A&E would like to introduce a weekly Spectrum series. We’ve compiled our Weekend Nugget, where you can get our recommendations and reviews for how to make the most of a weekend in the city—in a quick, digestible form.
Art editor Sarah Roth lets ’90s kids relive (arguably) some of the best years–the late ’80s and early ’90s—through the “I You We” exhibit at the Whitney Art Museum.
In the spirit of “I You We,” Brendan Donley tells us the best ways to unwind before finals, whether you want to be alone, to people-watch, or to spend time with a friend.
It’s also an exciting weekend for live performances. “Pippin” returns to Broadway, and Rebecca Pottash says it’s worth the trip. If you’re more of an opera lover, check out Spectator opera critic Chris Browner’s review of “Giulio Cesare in Egitto.” Plus, film fans can now see the adaptation of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” at Lincoln Plaza Cinema.
Lastly, two of our columns are wrapping up for the semester. David Ecker tells us why Twitter’s new #Music project is a bad idea, and Stefan and Chris are back for the very last installment of “Drunken Spectator.”