“This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing:” From the Eyes of an Ensemble Member

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing By Finegan Kruckemeyer is a story about three triplet sisters who get left in the woods; one girl goes west, one girl goes east and one stays. It is an intricate piece made up of three main characters, the sisters, and a cast of ensembles that portray multiple characters that play into the story line. Sophomore Phoebe Thompson is part of this ensemble and she explained how she viewed the storyline of the show. Thompson saw the significance of the show as how even though every person in a family has different experiences they are always connected. In the end the three sisters meet again and it shows the resilience of family.

The show is directed by guest director, Jen Rowe, who has worked in both live theatre and television on shows. Thomspon said it is interesting working with a director that isn’t part of the Western Oregon staff. The staff tend to approach things with the same methods just using different angles. The guest director is taking a completely different approach and it gives more of a sense of what could be found in the varying environment of professional acting. As something that is new to Thompson, one of their warm-up exercises requires them to familiarize the actors to the space each day of rehearsal. While this process may seem a bit redundant, Thompson explains that it helps you get connected with the rest of the cast and allows you to utilize the space you are in with efficiency.

Along with having a guest director, the department also has a guest costume designer, DeMara Cabrera, for this show. The costumes have a general base clothing for the ensemble with a singular garment that makes each character played. This is a feat for any costume designer. Cabrera will also be staying for the summer performance of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, directed by David Janoviak. Thompson described the costumes as incredibly brilliant and is excited to see what she has in store for summer.

Through this experience Thompson found that she learned a lot. One of the quotes she said would stick with her was something Rowe said, “Acting is an athletic event.” This is something that isn’t often taken into consideration, when you are on stage your body is a moving art piece. If something changes you have to be on your toes and ready to go with the flow. During this piece the student actors were allowed to block three scenes themselves. This allowed for creativity and movement between the characters, but it presents a problem of it isn’t just one person’s view on the scene so there is a give and take that needs to be there as well as the ability to change.

This is sure to be an adventure, the story of the unlikely female heroines trying to find what is important to them. The cast of ensembles that play all the characters that help them along their way. It is a great way to wrap up the year and you can catch this show, tonight, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. as well as June 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee June 1 and 3 at 2:00 p.m. in Rice Auditorium. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission, $8 for students with student ID, and $10 for seniors. See you there!

 

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