“The Blizzard”

Posted on 13. Sep, 2014 by in Academics

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If you were lucky enough to catch Butler Theater’s first production the Blizzard between the dates September 11-13, then you more than likely witnessed something of the likes you had never seen before. If you missed the production, you may never have the chance to see something like it again. “The Blizzard” was a short story written by acclaimed Russian author and poet Alexander Pushkin, and published in 1830 along with four other short stories in the collection The Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin. “The Blizzard” follows a young Russian woman and her lover, a lieutenant in the army, but takes quite a few twists and turns along the way. Butler’s own Dr. Elaina Artemiev – who also served as director of the show – adapted the short story for the stage.

One of the aspects that truly made this play original was that it was put on in a Black Box Theater — the actors were not towering above the audience on a stage, rather they were on the same floor as the seats in which the audience sat. This allowed for some interaction with the audience – the actors at one point in the production, burst through the fourth wall to hand out food to the spectators. “It’s the pinnacle of Butler Theater,” said Freshman Corbin Fritz who served as the Had Sound Designer, Head Technician, and Assistant Stage Manager. Fritz came into the project three nights into rehearsals and started the day he was asked to do so.

The idea to do “The Blizzard” came to Dr. Artemiev over the summer and she had originally planned to do the entire show with alumni of Butler Theater; this however, did not pan out, yet still a few Butler alumni did participate in the cast along with current Butler Theater students. With only six rehearsals, the cast and crew of “The Blizzard” had very little time to prepare. “It was difficult, but it fueled a sense of urgency… there was no lazy time,” said Fritz. If it truly was difficult, this author could not tell, as it was a great way to kick off the 2014-2015 season of Butler Theater. Look out for coming plays and productions all throughout this academic year!

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About Allison Troutman

Allie Troutman is currently a junior marketing major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is an active member of Pi Beta Phi and Editor- in -Chief of Dawg Dish. Allie is passionate about Butler Basketball, a lover of all food, and a coffee enthusiast. She loves to travel, watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and most importantly live everyday to the fullest.

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