Behind the scenes of DU’s Theatre Department

Anna Walsh

Savannah Christie

 

For 8 weeks, the University of Denver Theater department has worked tirelessly to prefect their production of the musical, The Little Shop of Horrors. The show consists of over 50 cast and crewmembers, the majority of which are DU students.

“We spend about four hours at night a rehearsal,” says Thomas Lynch, a junior at DU and the lovesick lead, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. “It’s hard to balance school work with the show, especially as it gets closer to opening night.”

The Little Shop of Horrors will be held at The Newman Center for Performing Arts. The show celebrated its opening night on Feb 25, 2106 and will be running until March 6.

Aside from acting, there are many ways in which students can be apart of DU theater productions. Students can direct, write and compose the lighting and sound design of the show. DU productiosavannans welcome all students’ help and participation, regardless of their major.

“I love students because they like to learn and are curious,” says Director, Sarah Crockarell. “Students have a lot of feelings. They don’t have hard hearts like older people sometimes do.”

Every show is time consuming and difficult to put on, but musicals often pose the most challenges and are the most expensive.

“Just technically speaking, there is so much more going on in a musical than in any other kind of production,” says junior Garrett Biggs, the Assistant Director. “But it pays off.”

The Little Shop of Horrors follows the story of a young man named Seymour who finds an exotic plant to put in the window of the failing botany shop that he works at. As soon as the plant hits the display, people from all over the world flock to the shop. Much to Seymour’s horror, the plant can only survive on human blood. When the plant thrives, so does Seymour, and so he must choose: kill people to feed the insatiable appetite of the insidious plant and become rich and successful, or spare the lives of those around him and continue to live in poverty.

savanna2“It is very nerve-racking and exciting to perform,” says Nikki Seefried, a junior and the show’s female lead, Audrey. “It’s the best kind of nerve-racking. Like, finally! I get to do it.”

“The feeling is very exciting,” agrees Lynch. “We’re so prepared that it’s not necessarily scary. I only feel nervous when I don’t know what I am doing, but usually that is not the case.”

At curtain opening, the nerves and the excitement are high, but at curtain close, a different mood surrounds the stage.

“It’s a good feeling when we finish a show,” says Lynch. “The cast and crew are really close, and we’re all good friends. It’s such a group effort, so that makes it really fun.”

Crockarell agrees with Lynch on feeling accomplished after a show ends, but she also admits to quickly becoming nostalgic.

“It’s good, but it’s sad,” says Crockarell. “You spend so much time only thinking about that and then all of a sudden it’s not in your life anymore; it’s like a gaping hole. Although it is really nice to have other people see what you have been working on.”

In addition to the Little Shop of Horrors, the DU Theater Department puts on two shows during winter quarter and two shows during fall quarter, as well as senior Capstone Festivals and staged readings throughout the academic year.

To get tickets to a show or to find out more information on the DU Theater Department, log on to du.edu.

 

 

4 Responses to Behind the scenes of DU’s Theatre Department

  • Hayley Posner
    Hayley Posner says:

    I really loved how you shot your interviews with so many colors in the background and had the two leads of the show together in the interview. I do think that it was a bit dark and I had some trouble seeing Thomas Lynch during the interview because of that. The jump cuts during the other interview were a bit distracting at times but I didn’t mind it too much to be honest. The shots of the actual performance were really well done in terms of framing and angle. Overall, really great job!

  • Jordan Greenwall
    Jordan Greenwall says:

    Anna & Savannah- Nice topic! I like the behind the scenes aspect of your story. Your angles and shots are really captivating as well. I also enjoyed that you interviewed some of the cast members together and made it feel like more of a conversation. Some of the lighting was a little dark, but overall, great job! It made me want to see the show all over again!

  • Shannon O'Mara says:

    Anna and Savannah —
    I was so excited to watch your video after hearing snippets of it in class while you were editing. Like Jordan, I loved being able to feel behind the scenes in such an amazing production! I think you did an excellent job during your interviews and Savannah you did a great job introducing your topic! The clips of the show added great b-roll! Great job ladies!

  • Chloe Barrett
    Chloe Barrett says:

    Savannah & Anna– Your B Roll was really cool–I like that you included footage of the actual show, the only critique I have is that that particular B-Roll stayed on screen for too long and overall more variety would have really taken it to the next level. Savannah your intro was so engaging and professional—I hope you’re considering a career in broadcast journalism. Great job shining more light on such an interesting facet of DU!

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