Department of Performing Arts

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  Renaissance Re-Creation

The Cast

Acting Ensemble
Kat Bacon
Bridget Duggan
Jaclynn Hart
Adam Herb
Scott Kegler
Kristen Kenney
Mathew Long
Mathew Mello
Tonya Pellegrino
Gabriel Stalnaker
Heidi Stearns
with
Eric Ouellette, keyboard accompanist

Production Staff
Director of Theatre - Ellen Faith Brodie
Production Manager - Bob Ritz
Technical Director - F. Chase Rozelle III
Director of Show - Ellen Faith Brodie
Musical Director - David Belles
Choreographer - Patricia Smith
Lighting Designer - F. Chase Rozelle III
Costume Designer - Stephanie Hawks
Musician - Eric Ouellette
Stage Manager - Josh Gilbert
Costume Assistant - Jessica Donofrio
Lighting and Sound Assistant - Bruce Farver
Company Manager - Jessica Donofrio
Poster Design - Julie Motolo
Graphic Design Supervisor - David Pellegrini
Arts Management Assistant - James Lincoln
Performing Arts Assistant - Thayer Kitchen

Excerpts from Shakespeare
From the following:

All's Well That Ends Well
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Comedy of Errors
Henry IV, Part II
King Henry VIII
Measure For Measure
Much Ado About Nothing
Romeo and Juliet
Sonnets XXIX, CXVI,CXXXVIII,CLIV
Taming of The Shrew
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Tempest
Two Gentlemen of Verona

Director's Note
I am delighted to have been able to devise a production - originally "The Renaissance Re-Creation 2003" and now adapted and excerpted as "Bits of the Bard 2004" - which so clearly features our Performing Arts Department's interdisciplinary teaming of Theatre, Music and Dance. This original collaborative show was inspired by a brainstorming session between Musical Director, David Belles; Production Manager, Bob Ritz; Pianist, Eric Ouellette; and I. It led to my including Dance in the mix with Choreographer Patty Smith coming on board. My job was to come up with an original script and their work was to provide the Renaissance music and movement components.

David Belles and Patty Smith continued to collaborate on music while I spent the summer re-reading all of Shakespeare's works to find the textual thread to make this a tapestry of sensory delights. I came up with the concept and conceit of a party - at the Capulet's - in honor of the King's upcoming marriage -with many of Shakespeare's characters in the midst of the audience meeting, greeting, courting and generally carrying on - as one might at such a gathering. Of course, we've taken these scenes and sonnets totally out of context. The text remains virtually intact but the scenarios provide a lighter note than often found in the original plays. In fact, each actor in our show remains the same newly invented character throughout although playing in scenes which might have called for many characters to emerge. Each actor came up with an original autobiography to make these transitions and interactions work.

This has been a delightful challenge as we present these in an even lighter vein for the CSU Off-Broadway Showcase of Student Talent. We hope the audience sees the fun spirit in which we present these interludes of text. Enjoy the music and dance entertainments as you eavesdrop on the costumed guests flirting and flitting about. We offer this as a look back to the Renaissance period as we continue to move forward in our Millennium Milestones In Theatre Series. -E.F.B.

Student Biographies
Kat Bacon (Acting Ensemble) - of Gales Ferry, CT; a Junior double-major in Communication and Performing Arts/Theatre; at Eastern acted in "America Hurrah: Motel" (directed by guest artist Larry Hunt) for which she was chosen as an ACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Candidate; , "The Renaissance Re-Creation 2003," "The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Chris Ettridge), for which she was chosen as an ACTF - Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Alternate; "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons); and "Spoon River" (presented at Eastern and at the Sargent Theatre in NYC). Kat co-directed "Short Stuff 2003" (presented at Eastern and the Sargent Theatre) and was Asst. Stage Manager for "The Sand Castle." She was also involved in the Music program at Ledyard H.S. Kat was awarded the John Del Monte 2004 Theatre Scholarship and an Eastern Excellence 2004 Award. She is President of Drama Society.

Bridget Duggan (Acting Ensemble) - of Mansfield, CT; a Junior Performing Arts/Theatre major; has acted in summer Gilbert and Sullivan productions of "H.M.S. Pinafore," "The Mikado," "Pirates of Penzance," and "The Gondoliers;" and musicals such as "Guys and Dolls;" "Anything Goes;" and "Into the Woods." At Eastern she has performed in "America Hurrah: The Interview" (directed by guest artist Nora Cole); "The Renaissance Re-Creation 2003,""Short Stuff 2003" (also presented at the Sargent Theatre in NYC); "The Vagina Monologues;" "The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Christopher Ettridge); "A Dream Play;" "The Murder of Maria Marten" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons); "Chekhov Shorts/The Wedding;" and "Spoon River" (at Eastern and the Sargent Theatre). Bridget has studied voice for nine years. She will be participating in the Eastern International Summer School in London 2004 program.

Joshua Gilbert (Stage Manager) - of Danbury, CT; a Senior Computer Science major/Theatre minor; Josh was Stage Manager for "The Sand Castle" and for "The Renaissance Re-Creation 2003," Assistant Stage Manager for "The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Chris Ettridge). He managed the Harry Hope Box Office and continues to assist as needed and designed many show programs.

Jaclynn Hart (Acting Ensemble) - of Hampton, CT; a Sophomore Performing Arts/Theatre major; acted in "America Hurrah: The Interview" (directed by guest artist Nora Cole) for which she was chosen as an ACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Candidate; "The Renaissance Re-Creation 2003," "Short Stuff 2003" (at Eastern and the Sargent Theatre in NYC); "The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Christopher Ettridge), and "A Dream Play." Prior to Eastern, she acted in "One O'Clock From the House;" sang in a select choir for four years; and performed in a band for three years.

Adam Herb (Acting Ensemble) - of Randolph, NJ; a Senior Studio Arts major; acted in "Bye, Bye, Birdie," "Cinderella," "Fiddler on the Roof," and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Brundage Park Playhouse; and in "The Crucible" and "You Can't Take it With You" in high school. At Eastern, Adam acted in "The Renaissance Re-Creation 2003." He will be participating in the Eastern International Summer School in London 2004 program.

Scott Kegler (Acting Ensemble) - of Mansfield, CT; a Sophomore Performing Arts/Theatre major; acted in "America Hurrah: The Interview" (directed by guest artist Nora Cole); "The Renaissance Re-Creation," "The Sand Castle," for which he was chosen as an ACTF - Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Alternate; "The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Chris Ettridge); and "Short Stuff 2003" (presented at Eastern and the Sargent Theatre in NYC). He is also a member of the Eastern Concert Chorale. Prior to Eastern, Scott performed in such plays as "You Can't Take It With You;" "Cyrano de Bergerac;" and "The Crucible." Scott has been elected as Vice-President of Drama Society.

Kristin Kenney (Acting Ensemble) - of Guilford, CT; a Senior Performing Arts/Theatre major; acted in "The Renaissance Re-Creation." "The Sand Castle;" "The Vagina Monologues," "Spoon River" (presented at Eastern and the Sargent Theatre in NYC); "The Visit" (directed by British guest artist Chris Ettridge), for which she was chosen as an ACTF - Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Candidate; "A Dream Play;""Chances" (part of "Short Stuff 2000," at Eastern and in NYC); "Lifelogues" (directed by guest Nora Cole at Eastern and in NYC); "The Mysteries: The Nativity" (directed by British guest artist James Simmons); and "Macbeth" (as part of the Eastern Tour de Force of England guest residency). Kristen co-directed "Short Stuff 2003" (presented at Eastern and the Sargent Theatre in NYC). She was a partner in the ACTF 2002 Irene Ryan Acting Competition and performed in the ACTF Five-by-Tens of original one-acts. At Trinity College (Vermont), she acted in "Binky Rudich and the Two Speed Clock." Kristen participated in Eastern's International Summer School in London 2002 program. She is presently directing a show for Windham Technical High School as her Theatre Senior Project.

Matthew J. Long (Acting Ensemble) - of Sparks, NV; on staff at Yale University; brings training and acting experience from Sonoma State University, where he acted in "Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches." He also performed in "The Romeo and Juliet Project" at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma, CA; and "A Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" at Santa Rosa Junior College. When working at eCSU he acted in "The Renaissance RE-Creation 2003" and in "Short Stuff 2003" (performed at Eastern and the Sargent Theatre in NYC).

Matthew Mello (Acting Ensemble) - of Bristol, RI; a Sophomore Communication major/Theatre minor; performed in "Romeo and Juliet;" "Bye, Bye Birdie;" "Really Rosie;" and "The Birds" in high school. He also designed the lighting for "Once Upon a Mattress" and "David and Lisa;" and designed the programs for other shows. At Eastern, Matt acted in "The Renaissance RE-Creation 2003" and "America Hurrah: The Interview" (directed by guest artist Nora Cole) for which he was chosen as an ACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Alternate. He is Secretary of Drama Society. Matt will be participating in the Eastern International Summer School in London 2004 program..

Tonya Pellegrino (Acting Ensemble) - of Chaplin, CT; a Senior Psychology major/ Theatre minor; acted in "The Renaissance Re-Creation 2003," "The Vagina Monologues," "Sophisticated Nuts and Dried Fruit" (by Hollywood playwright Maggie Brown); "Macbeth" (with Tour de Force of England) and "Spoon River" (presented at Eastern and at the Sargent Theatre in NYC). She was a co-Director of "Short Stuff 2003" (presented at Eastern and the Sargent Theatre in NYC). At Lyman High School she acted in "Into the Woods," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Beauty and the Beast;" and also performed with Second Step Players at the Eugene O'Neill Center in Waterford, CT.

Gabriel Stalnaker (Acting Ensemble) - of Storrs, CT; a Senior Performing Arts/Theatre major; was a co-director of "Short Stuff 2003" (presented at Eastern and the Sargent Theatre in NYC); performed in a 2-man rap show at open mic nights; was the Costume Design Assistant for "Life Is A Dream;" and acted in "The Renaissance Re-Creation 2003," "Chekhov Shorts/The Wedding;" and "Spoon River" (presented at Eastern and the Sargent Theatre in NYC). Gabe was Assistant Stage Manager for "America Hurrah" in the Harry Hope Theatre Fall 2004.

Heidi Stearns (Acting Ensemble) - of Storrs, CT; a Senior Communication/Theatre major; performed in "Footloose, The Musical" at the Windham Theatre Guild last summer. At Eastern, she acted in "The Renaissance Re-Creation 2003" and "The Vagina Monologues." Heidi will be participating in the Eastern International Summer School in London 2004 program.

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