THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Talk on the Steps by Jessica Burchett and Sophia Diaz

Student dramaturgs Jessica Burchett and Sophia Diaz teach audiences how to properly take tea like a Victorian lady in their Talk on the Steps for The Importance of Being Earnest, 7 April 2017, at the McCrary Theatre. They described the etiquette of Victorian tea parties and walked the audience through the correct ways to place a napkin, hold a saucer, and stir tea. In late Victorian England, taking tea strengthened social bonds and offered opportunities to meet potential suitors. We see Gwendolen Fairfax, Lady Bracknell, and Jack Worthing take tea at Algernon Moncrieff’s home in Act One of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Talks on the Steps

Join us this weekend for Talks on the Steps as the Department of Performing Arts presents Oscar Wilde’s celebrated comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. Ever wondered how those uptight Victorians went on dates? Do you know if you should curl your pinky finger while drinking tea? Would you like tips on how to mimic Oscar Wilde’s stylish fashions? Find out more from our team of student dramaturgs at our pre-performance Talks on the Steps!

Thursday April 6 at 7:00pm: Dramaturgs Hannah Dobrogosz and Jessica Burchett explain the complicated rules of Victorian dating and courtship etiquette.

Friday April 7 at 7:00pm: Dramaturgs Sophia Diaz and Jessica Burchett teach you how to take tea like a proper Victorian lady.

Saturday April 8 at 7:00pm: Dramaturgs CJ Porterfield and Katherine Francisco describe Oscar Wilde’s fashion and the role of the Dandy in late Victorian culture.

Talks on the Steps take place in the McCrary Theatre lobby and are free and open to the public.
Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is directed by Kirby Wahl. Performances are April 6-7 at 7:30pm and April 9 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $13 or free with Elon ID, available at the Center for the Arts Box Office.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST quiz: Could you survive a Victorian tea party?

Click the link below to find out if you would survive a Victorian tea party like the one in Act One of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest!

https://www.playbuzz.com/beingearnest10/would-you-survive-a-victorian-tea-party

This quiz was created by The Importance of Being Earnest dramaturgy team as part of their lobby display. Come see the performances April 6-9 in the McCrary Theatre. Tickets are now available at the Center for the Arts box office.

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A cartoon from PUNCH magazine mocking “aesthetics” like Wilde’s characters from THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.

 

DECENNIUM Dance Decoded

Join us this weekend for Decennium: Elon Dance Program Spring Dance Concert as we celebrate 10 years of the BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography! The concert features performances by Elon BFA Dance majors and choreography by guest artist Gaspard Louis and faculty members Jason Aryeh, Gerri Houlihan, Jen Guy Metcalf, Sara Tourek, and Lauren Kearns.

But wait, there’s more!

Love dance and searching for new ways to talk about it? Want to understand contemporary dance? Enjoy dance performance but want to learn more about what goes into it? Then come to Dance Decoded, the Department of Performing Arts’ pre-show talk and demonstration series for dance lovers and dance novices alike.

Friday March 19 at 7:00pm: Choreographer Gerri Houlihan explains how collaboration with lighting designers, musicians, and physicians resulted in her work Change of Heart.

Saturday March 11 at 7:00pm: Choreographer Jen Guy Metcalf discusses how choreographers and dancers collaborated with musicians in the creation of her piece Catalyst. Continue reading DECENNIUM Dance Decoded

CATS Talk on the Steps by Amanda Chunco

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Dr. Amanda Chunco discusses why humans love cats in her Talk on the Steps for CATS, 12 February 2017, at the McCrary Theatre. Photo by Devin Kiernan.

Dr. Amanda Chunco, who teaches in Elon’s Environmental Studies Department, discusses the impact of human fascination with cats in her Talk on the Steps for Cats, 12 February 2017 at the McCrary Theatre. She explained how ancient humans welcomed domesticated cats as a vital part of agriculture, and reminded the audience that many organic farms today still use cats for pest control. She then explained the impact of domestic cats on our environment, how they are responsible for the extinction of thirty-three species, and how they kill billions of rodents, birds, and other small animals every year. In fact, if your cat goes outdoors, statistics hold that it makes a kill every seventeen hours. Dr. Chunco, an avid cat lover and wildlife biologist, concluded her talk by reminding us that collar bells and leashes are great ways to allow cats outdoors and also lessen their impact on the environment.  Continue reading CATS Talk on the Steps by Amanda Chunco

CATS Talk on the Steps by Scott Proudfit

Dr. Scott Proudfit, who teaches in Elon’s English Department, discusses the poetry of T. S. Eliot in his Talk on the Steps for Cats, 10 February 2017, at the McCrary Theatre. He explained that while Eliot is remembered as a modernist master, his whimsical Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats was long a children’s favorite in England. The famous song “Memory,” however, is freely adapted by original director Trevor Nunn from Eliot’s poem “Rhapsody on a Windy Night.” Compare the first verse of Eliot’s poem with the song lyrics: Continue reading CATS Talk on the Steps by Scott Proudfit

CATS Talk on the Steps by Dan Callaway

Professor Dan Callaway, who teaches voice for Elon’s Department of Performing Arts, explains how composer Andrew Lloyd Webber uses rhythm in the song “Memory” as a musical hook to capture the audience’s attention in his Talk on the Steps for Cats, 9 February 2017 at the McCrary Theatre. He divided his Talk on the Steps audience into two rhythm sections, each providing a different beat, and then sang the famous melody to demonstrate how the combination of melody and rhythm creates a musically satisfying whole.

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Professor Dan Callaway explains the satisfying rhythm of “Memory” in his Talk on the Steps for CATS, 9 February 2017 at the McCrary Theatre.

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