The Winter’s Tale

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NYIT’s theater class is putting on a show that you certainly do not want to miss! The Winter’s Tale is a great Shakespeare piece and NYIT is absolutely doing it justice. Save the dates: May second, third and fourth! Tickets are only available at the door on nights of the performance and it fits about one hundred and twenty people per night. The play takes place in the theater room in Salten Hall.

So why should NYIT students come see the play? “Multiple reasons!” says Adjunct English Professor Scott E. Jarvis, who is the director of the play. “First, it’s a student production; they may know members of the company. Next, it’s a great way to participate in the cultural life of the school. Finally, it’s a great night out for the same price as a movie, but it’s LIVE!” This year there is an extremely dedicated cast that deserves recognition. “We have spent so much time into being the characters, when they take the stage you’ll love it,” says Chan Bavishi, one of the leading actors.

The Winter’s Tale is about King Leontes, played by Chan Bavishi, who begs his childhood friend, King Polixenes, played by Dennis Gilham, to come visit him. Leontes pregnant wife Hermione, played by Brittany Vessio, pleads with him and he relents and agrees to stay a little longer. Leontes becomes infused with jealousy and claims that Polixenes and Hermione are lovers. Wondering what happens next? Be sure to check out the play! What makes this play unique compared to the previous plays at NYIT? “It’s Shakespeare and not one that most American audiences are familiar with. The play deals with most of the universal themes of human experience; life, birth, death, love, friendship, jealousy, loyalty, betrayal, justice, guilt, loss suffering, forgiveness, and redemption. Parts of the play are tragically sad and others are extremely funny. And there’s a bear!” says Professor Jarvis.

“I really hope NYIT students come and support the play, the effort and preparation that has gone into it truly is remarkable,” says Rachel Udkow, the stage manager. “My job as director is 4-fold.  I help them to understand the text, so they can help the audience follow it. I stage the characters movements throughout each scene. I help them understand characterization, and what motivates each character to say or do those things she or he says and does, so that the audience can follow the story, and relate and react as if these were actually people. Lastly, I get out of their way, so they can make choices and discoveries on their own, and bring that character to life the way they want to,” says Jarvis. WOW!  NYIT students certainly have added their own special touch to this play. By allowing the students to use their own creativity, Jarvis has created a fantastic atmosphere and canvas for the students to truly express themselves through Shakespeare.

 

The Winter’s Tale is not a play to miss out on! Be sure to attend either the May 2nd, 3rd or 4th performances! The NYIT student cast and Professor Scott E. Jarvis should all be highly commended for their effort and dedication to this Shakespeare play.

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