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VLOG: A Wayward Theatre Major in Italy - Part II

Posted by Verity Pryor-Harden '15

December 3, 2013

Category: Student Blogs




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Ciao, y'all! My name is Verity Pryor-Harden and I'm a Junior BFA Musical Theatre Major. This Fall, I was blessed with the opportunity to study Physical Theatre at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. The main focus of the Physical Theatre program is the study of Commedia dell'Arte, an ancient style of improvisational mask theatre.

I know, I know, it sounds old and boring, but I've never had more fun in my life. What I have discovered about commedia is that while the style seems very dated and specific, the characters have never become obsolete. If you pay enough attention, you will discover, as I have, that the influence of the stock characters and plot lines of commedia resonate in modern theatre, comedic television and film. The training I have received thus far in movement and acrobatics, vocal techniques, the specificity of physicality of a character, the unity of a   chorus, will undoubtedly make me a stronger performer in the long run. The applicability of the skills I am acquiring is astounding and I hope to jump right back on to the Catawba stage and demonstrate for you things that I didn't even know I was capable of. arte01.jpg

Whether it be hand stands, head stands, making odd animal noises, or lifting a fellow actor who exceeds six feet in height, I can't wait to be back in my theatre home encouraging the growth of my peers. Even if they don't travel halfway across the globe, Catawba is a great place to explore the big world of theatre and discover skills and desires you didn't know you had. Until I return, I hope you'll join me on my journey by watching my Vlog series, "Vivere il Sogno!" The phrase more or less translates into "living the dream," a common phrase we use in the Theatre Department at Catawba.

So share in my experience as I follow my dream and along the way discover new ones. It is my hope that you might follow your dreams as well.

 A presto!

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