Department of Performing Arts
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The Youth Action Theatre of England Summer 1996
Eastern Connecticut State University's Summer Arts '96 sponsors a two-week residency of The Youth Action Theatre of England. Last summer's one-week residency of YAT Juno and the Paycockat ECSU included the popular production of James Roose-Evans' CIDER WITH ROSIE. This summer the troupe of 25 returns to the Harry Hope Theatre to present Sean O'Casey's JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, Tuesday, August 13 through Saturday, August 17 at 8 pm. Eric Yardley, founder of the troupe 26 years ago, will direct the play considered to be one of O'Casey's most universal in appeal, Mr. Yardley considers directing this play to be "fulfilling one of his life-long ambitions" as he considers it to be a great challenge and opportunity as it so masterfully blends the comic and tragic aspects of life. Mr. Yardley has directed the troupe in more than 50 productions and has won numerous awards for his remarkable work. As a recent recipient of the prestigious Richmond Arts Council Accolade, the following speech was made which states Mr. Yardley's convictions in regard to YAT and its mission:
"The 'Articles of Faith' that he imparts to YAT members are really a reflection of the man himself and I think they are sentiments which we older actors and actresses could do well to aspire to and they are: that theatre is not only conducive to the development of personal character and emotional balance, but it develops self-confidence, provides a constructive purpose and imparts a sense of discipline, dedication and the awareness of the needs of others to all its participants."
A full array of theatre staff will accompany the director and actors including Lighting Designer Simon Roose, Technical Director Dennis Baker, Costumer Eileen Baker and Stage Manager Chris Ivey (who will perform as well this summer) who were part of last summer's technical team. Although YAT's homebase is the famous Hampton Court Theatre of the Henry VIII Palace, they have made numerous international tours which have included performances in Hamburg; Vienna; Berlin; Leipzig; and in Kiev in the Palace of Culture in which an audience of 2000 gave YAT a standing ovation. In addition to performances, YAT will offer Theatre workshops in which young actors and drama coaches may work alongside YAT performers during the first week of the residency from 10:00 am - 12 Noon, Tuesday, August 6 through Saturday, August 10. For more information and to register for workshops, please call Ellen Brodie at 465-5122 or the Fine Arts Department at 465-5325. JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK will run Tuesday, August 13 through Saturday, August 17 at 8 pm in the Harry Hope Theatre located in the lower level of Shafer Hall at High and Valley Streets in Willimantic. Tickets are $5 for Students and Senior Citizens; $10 for the General Public. Reservations may be made by calling the Box Office at 465-5123.
Contact: Ellen Faith Brodie