Lewis University’s Theatre Department alumni, students, faculty and staff are preparing for another night of original theatre. The ‘BYOB’ stands for “Bring Your Own Blocking” two nights of performances that will feature students and alumni. Blocking is the process of planning where, when, and how actors will move about the stage during a performance. A termcoined in the 1870s by W.S. Gilbert, who used small wooden blocks to represent actors and he moved them about on a 3-D model of a set design.
The concept and title of “BYOB” came from the creative mind of fourth year theatre major, Jessie Richey of McHenry, who was inspired by her directing class. With the new studio space, Richey wanted to re-experience the creativity, freedom and excitement of directing, writing and performing her original work. “BYOB” continues to follow the creative energy from other Heritage Theatre Company(HTC) events including “AlumNights” and the “24-Hour Theatre Festival a.k.a. Black Box Blowout.”
“I’m just so excited to see this happening. It’s a dream come true to see this actually here, and to see all the ideas and concepts take shape,” said Richey. “BYOB” will feature over 30 students and alumni participating in the production: acting, directing, writing and working on the technical aspects of the show.
“It’s been a dream come true to see students and alumni working together producing original live theatre. Supporting the creative and artistic expression of original work is part of the HTC mission,” said Philip Lynch Theatre Manager and HTC President, Jo Slowik. “With our new Studio Theatre the dream is becoming a reality. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.”
The show is recommended for patrons 13 and above and will have performances on Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lewis University Studio Theatre. This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be general admission, first-come-first-serve. For more information, patrons can check out the PLT Website at www.lewisu.edu/plt, or call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-430 p.m. Patrons can also email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Studio Theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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