It’s a fitting theme, as its actors have been participating in a program also exploring their own change and evolution. Theatre B.E.A.T. (Theatre B Emerging Artist Program), an intensive, six-week program giving 15 high school students an immersive experience in theatre training, culminates in the performances continuing through the weekend.
Theatre B.E.A.T. faculty member Brad Delzer describes the program’s experience as a way to “honor the actor as a conduit for something magical and more than human.” To do this, the program utilized a number of methods that break down actors’ physical movements and asked them to look for the simplest actions that would completely tell a story. Further, the program broke down traditional hierarchies that arise in a more standard theatrical production by casting all 15 members as an ensemble. For Metamorphoses, most of the roles were self cast.
On top of the training, Theatre B.E.A.T. participants also worked on exposing the process of working as an ensemble. Parents were invited to observe throughout the development of the production. The ensemble created a number of self-made rules and goals on sticky notes and displayed them in the theatre for the audience to see. And, the ensemble blogged throughout the process, sharing photos, video, and reactions of their experience online.
The effect, according to Delzer, has allowed participants to grow as artists and know more about themselves as actors and as people. It has also offered a glimpse of the theatre as a place “where magic can happen at any moment:”
Brad Delzer on Theatre B.E.A.T. (audio)
Metamorphoses concludes its run this weekend with shows tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets here.
Top photo via Theatre B by Michael Benedict.