Behind the Scenes: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Behind the Scenes: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike


>>MICKENZI: “Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike”
is about three siblings. Vanya, the brother, Masha, our older sister,
and then Sonia. They are a family who doesn’t get along
very well, and this story is how their relationship grows, and you see that through their interactions
with not only each other, but outsiders as well.>>CASEY: It’s a comedic interpretation
of a Chekhov play called “Uncle Vanya.” It’s written by Christopher Durang, and
it’s really interesting to see Chekhovian plays, which are normally thought-provoking,
to be turned into a comedy. Anton Chekhov was a Russian writer, and he
wrote plays about the human experience, and he thought that the most divine drama that
comes about is normal people living their normal lives. He thought that the best way for people to
enjoy and experience theatre was through watching things that they go through themselves.>>MICKENZI: I’ve really enjoyed working
on the show, because for the first week, we took time just to learn the blocking, and
it was nice because we repeated small scenes over and over and over again. Doing that, it’s been a lot easier to memorize.>>CASEY: There are moments in rehearsal where
we’ll run lines or we’ll do that huge section that we’re dreading doing, and then
we get through it and everyone’s cheering and clapping for each other. It’s really nice to be in that environment
that’s so encouraging.>>MICKENZI: We’re finally ready to really
dive in and polish things up. It’s going to be really fun and I’m really
excited.>>CASEY: When you’re working on a comedy,
the most that you have to spend a lot of time on is timing. If you don’t get a joke in right when you
need to, it won’t land the way it needs to, so that’s one other element that you
have to work on besides everything else, like blocking and memorization.>>MICKENZI: You can overdo it, you can under
do it, the pacing has to be there. You’ve got to understand the joke, you’ve
got to make everybody else understand the joke.>>CASEY: When you’re working in dramas,
sometimes you deal with serious topics and you can leave rehearsal and you’re like,
wow, that was heavy, but with comedies it’s always a really fun experience, and everyone’s
laughing and working their way through it.>>MICKENZI: It’s the reactions with each
other have been really fun.>>CASEY: The audience as a factor in comedy:
it’s fun and immediately rewarding and instant gratification. Especially when you’ve been working for
so long and everything, and you want people to like it. When you do get those laughs, it’s one of
those things where, when you work on a show for so long, and you do dissect through all
the jokes because you have to, you kind of invest yourself in a joke, and then when it
goes well, you’re like, yes, score, I did it!>>MICKENZI: The timing of how things are
spaced out, and where you pause for laughter and stuff is really different every night
that comes in, and the energy that you get back from the audience is always different,
so it’s really interesting to see what audiences pick up on each night.>>CASEY: You almost invest yourself more
in a comedy than a drama, just because you’re like, I like these, so I hope they do! I love working here at CSC as a theatre student.>>MICKENZI: Everyone is so supportive of
you, and everyone really works to make sure that we have a good product and we all have
fun with each other. It is such a small department and that’s
beneficial, because we get to everything. We get to build the set, we get to work with
lighting design.>>CASEY: Scott and Roger really take the
time to work with everyone. Scott’s really good about taking the time
to figure out what you want out of your experience here at CSC
>>MICKENZI: Scott really works with us on creating classes. I know he’s created a 3D design class for
us to understand how to do a 3D rendering. He just brought in a costuming class that’s
brand new here. The opportunities we get to customize our
learning here is incredible, and we really do get hands-on experience with every part
that we can here at CSC.>>CASEY: Roger and Scott are also really
big proponents of finding job opportunities. That’s really great to have that personalized
outlook on your education.

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