/ilice, a publisher and Cathrine, a poet, drinks in
a scene from one of UH Drama Department's Fall
production ''Standing On My Knees." Photo courtesy of the Drama Dept.
I liller Outdoor Theater provides a form of
relaxation from the everyday stresses of college
life with various forms of entertainment. Photo by
irine and Robert, two of the main characters from "Standing On My Knees," have a
meaningful conversation. Photo courtesy of the Drama Dept.
In a scene from Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible" two characters accused of being witches
plead their case to members of the community.
Photo courtesy of the Drama Dept.
wo drama students treat audience members to
one of the several excellent scenes from John
Olive's play "Standing On My Knees".Photo court-
sy of the Drama Dept.
¥ M /brks by Arthur Miller and
y |f John Olive highlighted the
fall semester of play productions at
the UH Drama department. Members of the cast and crew of both
plays said the productions sailed
smoothly with nothing more than
the 'normal' cases of opening night
Olive's "Standing on my Knees"
opened the season. This is a powerful work about a gifted young
poet struggling to come to terms
with the schizophrenia that is undermining her art and life.
"This piece opened the actors
minds to the life of what an artist
has to endure. They (the actors)
know how this character interacts
with her schizophrenia," said Beth
Sanford, the play's director.
Behind the scenes work consisted
of set, costume, lighting, and sound
designers. The set consisted mainly
of a loft apartment with only one
wall, leaving the rest of the space
open to mthe audience's view. The
costuming contained contemporary
clothing and furnishings.
"It's a little tricky backstage because we work with a combination
of students," said John Middents,
production manager for both plays
Only a freshman, Yira Huizinga
said, "I have always been willing to
do any job. When I came here, I
talked to people and expressed an
interest in this area."
Miller's tale, "The Crucible," set
during the witch trials of Salem, is
an American classic. The plot in-
^tudents from UH's Drama Department contributed to this powerful, riveting scene from
Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible".Photo courtesy of the Drama Dept.
volves an entire town of devout, pious, and responsible people who are
swayed by the lies of school girls.
Believing the girls caused them to
condemn their own neighbors to
"We didn't have any problems except for a scare with one of the
actresses who showed up 10 minutes
before curtain," said Properties
Master Cynthia Merillat.
Without knowing any of the char-
acter's dialogue, Paige Witte,
(Catherine in SOMK) a member of
the costume crew, was recruited to
fill in. She pasted small cues to the
back of all the hand props that were
to be used so she would remember
the lines, Merillat said.
"It was really stressful, but things
usually run much more smoothly,"
Even though the opportunities
for stage fright, a costume mishap,
or a backstage accident are numerous, as the saying goes, "the show
must go on".
But Huizinga can appreciate even
the worst-case scenario because she
says, "Being involved with shows is
great because we become a real
Sanford added, "There is a theater saying which is "astonish me".
Well, they did. I was astonished at
the level of performance."-Terrie
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