Monday, September 30, 2013

Readers Theatre: The Thurber Carnival

The NKA Readers Theatre group chose selections from "The Thurber Carnival" for this season's first performance. Four pieces from James Thurber's collection of humorous stories were converted into scripts to provide roles for 17 of the Readers.
First up was "The Night the Bed Fell," with Readers Theatre newcomer, Grant Thomas, as the narrator.
Grant Thomas and Karen Behning
The second selection was "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," with director Ron Gill in the title role.
Ron Gill, Jean Lazusky, and Jane Riley
 Virginia Kelly, Linda Lindley, and Ron Gill
"The Unicorn in the Garden" was the third selection, and the afternoon's performance was topped off by "The Macbeth Murder Mystery," read by Carol Nelson and Cheryl Lyda.
Rosa Mena worked her FX magic and provided sound effects for the readings.
Jean Lazusky, Jane Riley, Carol Nelson, 
Dawn Keller, and Cheryl Lyda

The next performance on October 24 will be a twin bill of vintage episodes of "The Lone Ranger" and "I Love Lucy."  All NKA members and friends are invited to attend!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Speakers Luncheon: ISU's School of Performing Arts

Idaho State University's School of Performing Arts Theatre/Dance recently hosted New Knowledge Adventures at a speaker's luncheon in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Guest speakers included Dr. Norm Schroder, director of The Philadelphia Story, Trent Clegg, former masters student who wrote his thesis on Edward Stevenson, and Tara Young, head of the costume design for the Department for ISU School of Performing Arts. NKA's own Jane Riley was the hostess for the event.
Left to right: Trent Clegg, Tara Young, Jane Riley, and Dr. Norm Schroder
NKA members enjoyed a delightful meal and listened to presentations regarding the upcoming performance of The Philadelphia Story. They also learned about Edward Stevenson, a costume designer in Hollywood who was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. Stevenson’s costume designs will be featured in the upcoming play.
Stevenson, along with Edith Head, received an Oscar in 1960 for The Facts of Life. He also designed costumes for many famous actresses including Lucille Ball, Susan Hayward, and Maureen O’Hara. ISU's Oboler Library is now the home of a special collection of Stevenson’s work, along with sketches of costumes and many famous actresses. 
Stevenson was born in 1906 and grew up on Garfield Avenue, in the same block with the Kasiska house and the Minnie Howard house. Stevenson is buried here in Pocatello in Mountain View Cemetery, close to the Brady Chapel.
Other guests included Dr. Thom Hasenpflug (pictured above, in the yellow shirt), who is the department chair for the School of Performing Arts, along with Michael Helman, Brett Harwood, Vanessa Ballam, Chad and Jamie Gross, Gabby Kane and Luis Rodriquez. 
Kathy Stevens, Linda McDonald and Wendy Hall were among the 62 NKA members at the event.