November 14, 2013
The Indiana State University theater department has opened an original production "I Am (not) a Fairy Tale."
This production, directed by Associate Professor Julie Dixon, began with a group of theater students and faculty and their shared interest of exploring the life of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen and two of his fairy tales -- The Snow Queen and The Ice Maiden.
Anderson is remembered as a sweet-natured and somewhat foolish entertainer-due largely to his portrayal by Danny Kaye in the movie musical "Hans Christian Andersen." In real life, Andersen led an exceedingly difficult life. While he never found real satisfaction with his ultimate success, he was able to channel his fears and disappointments into his fairy tales-tales that are still relevant today.
Members of the cast include Jessica Hall, Kennedy Lake, James Reed, Vershon Terry, Olivia Underwood and Zachary Van Meter.
Many other students and faculty members are also involved in this cutting-edge production, including Chris Berchild (media coordinator/designer), Michael Jackson (lighting/designer), Ann Warren (scenic coordinator/designer) Lauren Kreigh (costumes/designer), Bob Randolph and Kyle Guyton (sound/designer), Emery Becker and Nolan Engels (technology coordinators/assistant designers), and Hunter Arthur (props). Tabitha Wimsett, Santana Ross, Chrystal Johnson, Audra Cannon and Mary Bogutzski also have behind the scene roles in this production.
In addition to the dialogue between the actors onstage, Andersen's life will be brought to life using video and motion graphics animation.
In order to seamlessly integrate the new media into the production, the student designers have had to be present at all rehearsals. Berchild, who specializes in new media, estimates that he and the student designers spent an extra 20 hours a week training students on the software and integrating technology.
The show runs through Sunday, Nov. 17. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in Dreiser Theater, with the exception of the Nov. 17 performance, which begins at 2 p.m. This production is not suitable for children under the age of 15.
Tickets are $10 for the general public and free to any student with a student ID. Tickets will be on sale at the New Theater ticket office Nov. 11-16 from noon- 4:30 p.m. All tickets must be purchased and picked up prior to the show or at the door of Dreiser Theater. For additional information please call 812-237-3334.