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      eNews: Phoenix BackstagePASS

Ever wonder what about the energy and stamina it takes to get ready for 
Opening night? Our student actors commit to 24 hours of rehearsals each 
week for over 6 weeks. And that's on top of their other studies. In this 
BackstagePASS, go behind the scenes with the story of one student's 
first rehearsal process.

      Behind the Scenes: Firsts:
      A first-hand account of my first Phoenix production

*Written by Asia Wolfe*
/Second-year theatre student Asia Wolfe was cast for our November 
production of Yerma. This has been her first experience in the rehearsal 
process at the Phoenix and during the past 6 weeks, she has not only 
learned all her lines and stage directions, but she has also learned to 
sing in Spanish and become competent in basic flamenco dance steps and 
hand movements! All this, and she still get her got her theatre history 
essay in on time. However, as you'll read, the journey was also an 
emotional one./

It's ten thirty on a Thursday night. My feet hurt and I'm chowing down 
on a banana and some left over cornbread because it is quick and easy, 
appreciating the comfort of my bed more than I can say. However, while I 
am exhausted, I can safely say that along with the weariness and anxiety 
that is running through my veins, there is also joy pulsing beside it. 
Because like so many actors and actresses before me, I am now less than 
a week away from opening night, and it's all becoming sharply real.

Oh, boy.

The past month and a half has been a frenzied scramble to juggle class, 
homework, a job and rehearsal, but to be entirely honest, despite the 
fact that I have the least free time I've ever had in my life, I am at 
my happiest. Granted, I complain about my lack of a life outside the 
theatre, but I really only do it because it seems the thing to do. I 
can't bring myself to mean it.

As I take stock of the last year, I find myself thinking of the hours I 
put in ushering for the Phoenix's production of */Romeo and Juliet/ 
last November. I know these roles are important to the functioning of a 
theatre, but, as I drove home after one of the productions, it felt as 
though I, the lowly concession usher whose hands still smarted from the 
coffee I'd spilled on them that evening, would, could never work my way 
up to being onstage.

But here I am, just a year later, preparing to open in a show. The past 
month has been so surreal for me, being a part of this beautiful, 
staggering collective project that has progressed from a group of people 
sitting around a table reading lines into a thriving, soaring creation 
that no matter how many times we rehearse it, I just can't seem to get 
over my awe. I am humbled by the dedication, passion and talent I find 
myself surrounded by. Every day with my cast is a revelation, both in 
terms of the play itself and indeed, in myself.

A month and a half ago I knew practically none of the people in my cast. 
I lived at home for my first year and continue to do so, and am ashamed 
to admit that I was a bit of a social recluse last year. I can only 
speak for myself, but I feel as though these six or so weeks spent in 
each other's company more often than not have forged bonds. I can 
confidently say that this, my first show with the Phoenix, has been the 
most positive and enlightening theatrical experience of my life. The 
cast meshes like we were made to work together, we have a fantastic 
director and production team who have done more than I though humanly 
possible to make this show exceptional. Every single person in this show 
has gone above and beyond any call of duty, and the commitment that I 
have seen during the creation of this show is intensely moving.

It's a terrifying thing to stand up in front of strangers -- you the 
audience -- and bare oneself and one's work to their appraising eyes. 
But I find that beneath the customary butterflies, I have no fear of 
failure. Because when you know you're there to catch the other people if 
they stumble, how can you doubt that they'd be there to stop your fall too?


      Upcoming Events: November

9 & 10, 2010:
* *$6 Public Preview* <http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/box-office/> 
*Performances of */*Yerma 
/Tickets are available to the public after 5pm on day of performance, by 
phone or in person.

* N**ovember 11-- 27, 2010:**

P/resented by//logo <http://www.iaplife.com/>//


By Federico García Lorca
Directed by Warwick Dobson

Evening Performances @ 8pm
Matinee November 27 @ 2pm

*/Yerma/* tells the passionate and poetic tale of a young married woman 
as she struggles to become a mother in rural pre-revolutionary Spain. 
Trapped within the confines of an increasingly loveless marriage and 
judged by a repressive community, her escalating desperation leads her 
to an unconventional and reckless course of action. The play was written 
by Lorca, the controversial Spanish poet, playwright and director as a 
critique of his country's strict moral code.

*Friday, November 12 @ 7pm:
/Yerma/ Preshow Lecture:
us for a free lecture on the first Friday of each production. This 
Friday, Dr. Marina Bettaglio will lecture on /Yerma, or the Tragedy of 
Sterility/: Set within the political context of the short-lived Spanish 
Second Republic (1931-1939), /Yerma /stages the conflicts of unfulfilled 
desire. This lecture is FREE to everyone. It will also be recorded and 
the audio file posted on the Phoenix website next week. Stay tuned!

*Monday, November 29, 2010
Deadline for <../images/AlumniCall11-12.pdf>**Submissions for 2011/12 
"Spotlight on Alumni"* <../images/AlumniCall11-12.pdf>*
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/pdf/AlumniCall10-11.pdf>*LAST CALL! 
Final reminder to submit your alumni theatre projects to your old alma 
mater! The Department of Theatre invites our alumni to submit a proposal 
for the department's October 2011 "Spotlight on Alumni" show in the 
Phoenix Theatre's 2011/12 season. Click here for details. 

*February 24 -- March 5, 2011: **Twelfth Night* 
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Linda Hardy

*March 17 -- 26, 2011: **Inside
* <http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/season/>WORLD PREMIERE!!* *By Daniel 
MacIvor <http://www.danielmacivor.com/>
Guest Director David Ferry 


      Phoenix Phacts:
      News on Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students

It's a Phact! The University of Victoria was officially ranked one of 
the top 200 universities in the world. Recently lauded in an article in 
the Globe and Mail, 
was ranked 130 against other university institutions in the Times Higher 
Education World Ranking 
<http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/>. **

*Dr. Monica Prendergast* (Adjunct Assistant Professor / PhD ' 06)), and 
*Juliana Saxton* (Professor Emeritus) with the Department of Theatre 
were awarded the American Alliance for Theatre and Education 
<http://www.aate.com> (AATE) Distinguished Book of the Year award for 
their edited volume /Applied Theatre: International Case Studies and 
Challenges for Practice 
Books, 2009). This is Juliana's second AATE DBA, the first was for /Into 
the Story: Language in Action through Drama /(2004) co-authored with 
Prof. Carole Miller, whose late husband, Dr. Harvey Miller, was a 
faculty member here in the department in the directing specialization.

*Timothy O'Gorman, *Technical Director and staff instructor at the 
Phoenix was involved in the making of David Suzuki's new film, /Force of 
Nature <http://legacy.davidsuzuki.org/>. /The film weaves together the 
esteemed Canadian environmentalist's life and career with segments of an 
impactful lecture given at the UBC Chan Centre last December. It was 
favorably reviewed by the Globe and Mail 
last month as "the most convincing and fascinating argument yet heard on 
every person's right to a clean Earth." O'Gorman was the onsite 
Technical Director for the lecture portion of the film.

*Victor Dolhai* (BFA'07) will be joining ten other young actors from 
across Canada to study under Martha Henry at the Birmingham Conservatory 
for Classical Theatre 
at the Stratford Theatre Festival. Birmingham is the only conservatory 
program in North America which concentrates exclusively on training for 
the classical actor and which actually takes place within a classical 
repertory theatre. All members of the Conservatory will be offered 
contracts for the 2011 Stratford Season. 
Victor made his Stratford debut 
<http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/about/company.aspx?id=6377>this year 
appearing in */As You Like It/* 
/*and */The Winter's Tale 
We look forward to hearing about his future appearances on the Stratford 

*Charles Ross * (BFA '98) is home, but not for a break! He recently 
brought his globetrotting shows, /One Man Star Wars/ 
<http://intrepidtheatre.wordpress.com/>and /One Man Lord Of The / 
<http://intrepidtheatre.wordpress.com/>/Rings/ back to Victoria for 
fundraising performances for Intrepid Theatre. He sat down for a Q&A 
with Intrepid about his shows and possible new works. Really? Pride and 
Predjudice? Click here to read on! 

This past summer, The Other Guys Theatre Company 
<http://www.otherguystheatre.ca/company>, including theatre alumni *Kelt 
Eccleston* (BFA) and *Ross Desprez* (BFA '92) produced their show /Good 
Timber: Songs and Stories of the Western Logger 
with the Royal BC Museum's BC History. 
<http://www.otherguystheatre.ca/company>The project, inspired by a 
collection of poems entitled /Rhymes of a Western Logger /by Robert E. 
Swanson, also included actor/musicians John Gogo and other UVic alumni 
Colleen Eccleston, Sarah Donald and Mark Hellman. The creative team 
included musical director Tobin Stokes (BMus) and theatre alumni *Keith 
Houghton *(lighting designer) (BFA '01) and *Erin Macklem *(costume 
designer) (BFA '98).


      Email Perks & Interesting Links:

*Still time! *
Attend the three remaining plays in the 2010/11 season at the Phoenix 
for only $33! That's up to 50% of the single ticket price! Click here to 
see our season on our website <http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/season/>, 
download the subscription order form (PDF) 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/pdf/Season-Flyer2010-11.pdf> or call 
the Phoenix Box Office at 250-721-8000.


      Sponsor Kudos:

The Phoenix Theatre would like to thank our individual donors 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/donations/> and community sponsors for 
their support of our programs and talented students! Thank you!

* Community Partner: Cadboro Bay Village 
<http://www.cadborobayvillage.com/> * Cadboro Bay Village Merchants 
Including: Cadboro Bay Book Company, For Good Measure 
<http://www.forgoodmeasure.ca>, People's Compounding Pharmacy, 
Pepper's Foods <http://www.peppers-foods.com>and Smugglers Cove 

Contact Adrienne Holierhoek <mailto:aholierh at uvic.ca> for information 
about how your company can support emerging theatre artists at UVic.


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