All of us in the Theatre/Dance department have to take classes that force us to step out of our comfort zone. For some it might be Acting One and for others it may be Contemporary Dance, for Kylee Flister (BFA Theatre Management and Promotions major with a Dance minor) it’s Directing. During this class students are asked to pick a short, roughly ten minute, scene to direct. Then the class holds two nights of open auditions in order to cast his/her scene. This semester the scenes will be presented December 4th and 6th at 7:00pm. Here is a look into Kylee’s scene.
What is your show and what is it about?
My show is called the Unwanted by Walter Wykes and is about a man who is trying to enter the dating world again after loosing his wife to suicide. It starts off with the male character, Dan approaching his date, Emma in his home. Things are going well before they get to the house but it changes because Dan cannot get his wife’s crude comments out of his head.
Why did you pick it?
I picked this play because, being a “new director” I wanted a play that embodied a full beginning, middle and end that would intrigue the audience and leave them questioning the motive of the main character. This is very present in this play because there is a constant question of “should I have sympathy for Dan or not”. Also, it touches on a very serious issue in today’s society, yet does so in a dark, humorous way.
What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge has been executing my ideas to the actors, mainly because I have never directed before and taking a vision and your head and putting it onstage is one thing, but putting it onstage well is where the challenge comes from.
What has been your directing process so far?
My directing process started out with a more lack-there-of, not intentionally but because I found it easier to let the actors play the character and move naturally during the scene, rather than try to explain what I want in my head. This worked well for the first few rehearsals when the actors were just becoming comfortable with the lines and the characters. Now that our scene is blocked and lines are memorized, I feel I can give more of a direction on where I want the play to go in the end. So I guess I gave more freedom in the beginning am now giving much more direction.
What have you learned about directing?
I have learned that I am not a director, nor do I intend to be but that its not an impossible thing to do. The key is having people that are willing to help and work with you to create a final product that we are all proud of.
Come support the student directors (and actors) December 4th and 6th! Admission is free so bring your friends!