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The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television
Largest Number of University of Arizona Theatre Students to Appear Onstage in Arizona Theatre Company's Production of Romeo & Juliet
TUCSON, AZ — The ongoing internship program that the University of Arizona's School of Theatre. Film & Television has with the professional theatre company, Arizona Theatre Company, has been part of a mutually beneficial partnership enjoyed for several years, but this year's production of Romeo & Juliet boasts nine UA Theatre students — the largest number of students in an ATC production to date. Five ensemble members (Sterling Boyns, Hunter Hnat, Paul Thomson. Silvia Vannoy & Brenna Welsh) are getting the greatest. broadest exposure that the UA is able to offer a group of theatre students. according to Theatre Professor, Kevin Black. who is also in the production as Juliet's father, Capulet. (UA Theatre students Bryn Booth, Abigail Harms. David Hentz & Brian Klimowski are understudies for the ensemble members.)
UA Theatre senior, Silvia Vannoy, is the understudy for Lady Capulet & Juliet. Plus, she will sing (as will other
ensemble members) and she will be playing instruments during the production.
As if that wasn't enough, a couple UA Theatre alumni are working behind-the-scenes, too.
"This is just one example of what's possible between our School & this regional theatre in the state of Arizona." Black said. "For the students to be able to create roles, action & to be part of the company is a
tremendous educational benefit." he said. "And the students get credit, too."
Black said that he couldn't be more overjoyed to be part of the production himself. as he's able to watch the students not only meet, but exceed the expectations of the professionals surrounding them. "The students are admired a geat deal by the rest of the company," Black said. "They're doing stellar work, which confirms that the standards they have & that they were taught at the University of Arizona are working." Black believes their talent stems from a program that's been tested. refused & designed for each student to grow & obtain their Actors' Equity membership. The production, along with its student ensemble, will also be traveling to Phoenix at the end of March since Arizona Theatre Company extends into the capital of Arizona.
Additionally, Black said that Professor Brent Gibbs, Artistic Director for UA Arizona Repertory Theatre & certified teacher & Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors, will also be the fight
choreographer for Romeo & Juliet. Actor & Professor David Morden. a longtime ATC member, has also been hired to fulfill the role of Voice & Speech Coach behind the scenes for Romeo & Juliet.
"There are major contributions coming from the University of Arizona to this production," Black said. This is a prime example of a great collaboration."
Romeo & Juliet previews the weekend of February 28. 2015, & will run through March 21, 2015 in Tucson. For tickets, visit arizonatheatre.org or call (520) 622-2823 in Tucson. In Phoenix. call (602) 256-6995.
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