FGCU 360: Water Stories

FGCU 360: Water Stories


[Music] LANSDEN: I’m Gabrielle Lansden.
I am a Theatre major here at FGCU, and I am in the Creating New Theatre class
with our professor Gerritt VanderMeer. HENSLER: It’s a collaboration between
the Music department and the Theatre department. We have a theme around water.
That’s why it’s called Water Stories. And we’re composing the music and then
the theatre’s going to bring it to life on the stage. So we’re working together to make a story
that works for both of us. NEEDLE: When I heard about this class, I was very
interested in creating something from the ground up. Today we’ve been playing with different random objects,
using them to create creatures as sort of a way to maybe practice storytelling, practice
our improvisational skills, and we’re still in the beginning phases,
ideas are still starting to form. One of our first starting points is mythology,
taking those stories and possibly putting them on their feet
in a new way. Personally, I’ve been researching
the legend of the coy fish. And all these myths have stuff to do with water,
being Water Stories, and how water can heal, can damage, can inspire, can create and destroy,
and the different themes of water itself. LANSDEN: The piece that me, Amy and Peter
are working on is a hurricane piece., and it’s going to be an immersive
hurricane experience. When you find out, the preparation,
when it hits and the aftermath. NEEDLE: It’s not gonna be a standard play
where we’re just talking. We might be doing dances, shadow play,
we may do puppets. It could be anything. HENSLER: Today I’m gonna be showing my group members what I’ve been working on since our last project, and they’re gonna kinda
give me ideas for what they wanted to do on the stage and we’re gonna see how that matches up. Basically, it’s like this little baby bird
who takes its first flight, and a storm comes
at the same time. SANCHEZ-THURBER: We heard the composer Hailey writing it, and we heard, it was like, this is really pretty, and it kinda sparked a lot of ideas and we were
definitely on the same page the whole time. We had to start with some experimentation on different mediums we could use besides just dialogue. So today we’re basically presenting
what we have so far with the composers, just little sections of our piece along with the music
so we can kinda show what we have so far and see their music kinda
come to life a little bit. HENSLER: I’ve never composed anything before,
but I wanted to try it out, and it’s really fun. SANCHEZ-THURBER: It’s definitely very hard,
cause I’ve never done anything like it, making theatre from scratch, when we have the title and the poster before we even have the script of the show. So it’s like you’re working backwards, almost. But it’s been really fun because we’re all collaborators
and we’re all giving our input and our ideas on how we can make this better,
cause we all want the same result. We wanna make an amazing show
that speaks to people on different levels. LANSDEN: It’s really cool to collaborate
with a bunch of really creative people and getting to create
something of your own. [Applause]

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