February 07, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Department of Theatre and Dance will present a weekend of senior projects ranging from classical Shakespeare to a Bucknell version of Chicago's Second City revue Feb. 11 through 14.

Bucknell seniors Eddie Pailet and Stephanie Walters have devised "lessons," a selection of monologues and scenes focusing on the idea of family. In a performance that culminates all aspects of their theatrical education, "lessons" brings together dramatic and comedic moments from some of the most notable plays in Western literature, ranging from classical Shakespeare to Modern Absurdism.

"lessons" will be performed Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. in Tustin Studio Theatre.

'Really Trying Here'
Bucknell senior Sam Nelson used the same long-form improv techniques made famous by comedians on The Second City main stage in Chicago for his project, "Really Trying Here: A Second City Style Revue."

"Really Trying Here" will be performed Saturday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 13, and Monday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. in Tustin Studio Theatre.

Bucknell students who worked with Jet Eveleth and Norm Holly, two of Chicago's finest comedians and comedy instructors, learned sketch-writing skills, how to develop characters, and how to create work that reveals truth on stage.

Tickets for each performance are $8, $6 for Bucknell students, senior citizens and youth under 18. Advance tickets are available through the Bucknell box office or by phone at 570-577-1000. Tickets also are available in person an hour before each performance.

The senior performances represent the creative work within the Department of Theatre and Dance's THEA 319 "Individual Studies" course, which provides advanced-level studies in a particular theater discipline for theater majors in their senior year. Guided by one or more faculty members from theater and dance, the course entails a very close working relationship between the primary mentor and his or her student.

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