Jul 10 2012

Costuming Urinetown: The Musical

By Jade Bettin, Costume Designer This is my fourth time costuming for the Summer Youth Conservatory and while I am proud of each of the others, I find myself incredibly excited to see the costumes for Urinetown: The Musical onstage. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have such a great team ‑ talented… Read more »

Jul 10 2012

Costuming Inspiration for Urinetown

This year’s summer youth conservatory production, Urinetown: The Musical, is a classic tale of the haves and the have-nots. Costumes have a Depression Era feel to them with added Brechtian comedy and caricature. When preparing for design meetings, co-director Jeff Stanley pulled these images to illustrate the look he and co-director Julie Fishell were hoping… Read more »

Jul 9 2012

SYC Is an Important Experience

So here we are a week away from tech for Urinetown: The Musical, and the young people who are part of this year’s SYC are doing a FANTASTIC job. Watching them intersect with our professional company of artists, artisans and stage managers has been incredible, and I am thrilled for the experience they are having…. Read more »

Jul 5 2012

SYC’s Urinetown: The Musical is an NBC 17 “Hot Pick”

Our 2012 Summer Youth Conservatory’s production of Urinetown: The Musical has been chosen as a “Hot Pick” for July. Fun for the whole family! Stay tuned to the blog for upcoming posts from PlayMakers Producing Artistic Director Joseph Haj, Costume Designers Jade Bettin and Adam Dill,  and Urinetown surprise guest bloggers! Tickets for Urinetown: The… Read more »

Apr 11 2012

Tweet Seats at “Noises Off”

Earlier this week we hosted a Tweet Seats event at a Community Night production of Noises Off. It was a lot of fun, and we’ve shared some of our favorite tweets below. For those of you that are new to Tweet Seats, at this one performance we invite a handful of audience members (discreetly placed… Read more »

Apr 6 2012

Production photos of “Noises Off”

Noises Off is on stage! Check out these fun photos we took at the final dress rehearsal this past week. It’s a hilarious show! (Click on the photo for a full size version.)  The cast of Noises Off  Susan Cella, Matthew Schneck, Katie Paxton & Kelsey Didion  The cast of Noises Off… Read more »

Mar 30 2012

New Season Announced!

We’re thrilled to announce the plays (and musical!) of our upcoming 2012/13 season! Who better to give you the inside scoop than Producing Artistic Director Joseph Haj, right? Watch this video to hear more about the plays and why you won’t want to miss them. If you just want to skip ahead and just read… Read more »

Mar 5 2012

“Closing the Henries” by Kelsey Didion

 Kelsey Didion “…and so ends my catechism.” I type this entry in limbo. Henry IV has just closed with a final matinee, and this evening will be the second-to-last performance of Henry V. It seems somewhat surreal that this massive journey is coming to an end. After 5 weeks of rehearsal, 6 weeks of… Read more »

Feb 16 2012

“The Making of a King” Reading List

by Connie Mahan, Marketing Director A select, eclectic and accessible pop culture film-bibliography: or, a raft of film, TV and books in connection with our topic. (Lord help me, I’ve read and watched all these and many more.) Film: The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933/Charles Laughton as a rollicking monarch, plus a flock of… Read more »

Feb 13 2012

“Behind the Grime” by Rachel Pollock

by Rachel Pollock, Crafts Artisan My favorite project on Henry IV is far and away the aging process for Falstaff’s fiddleback leather coat, which was custom made for actor Michael Winters in the role. We brought on board tailor Kara Monroe (also a UNC alum from our costume production MFA program) to pattern and construct… Read more »