Behind the Scenes

The Servant of Two Masters — Third Look

We invite you to take a look at what is happening behind the scenes during rehearsals for our next show.

McKenzie Riley, Assistant Stage Manager: “We just integrated Josafat (guitar) and Charis (flamenco dancer) into our dinner scene and it is so much fun. The actors loved rehearsing this and really enjoy showing off their “wonderful” dancing skills. We are a week and a half away from opening night and it is definitely looking like we are ready to open! The actors can’t wait to have an audience!

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The Servant of Two Masters

A Farcical comedy from eighteenth century
classic Italian commedia dell’arte

Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni. The Servant of Two Masters is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, February 24 through March 4.

Audiences get served with a smile as physical comedy, clowning and general hilarity are heaped on the table through mistaken identity, double-booked events, and lovers who don’t quite know who to fall for. In this Carlo Goldoni commedia dell’arte masterpiece, the wily—and chronically hungry—servant, Truffaldino, hatches a zany scheme to double his wages (and his meals) by serving two masters at once. The Washington Post says, “The laughs may drive you into a state of goofy euphoria. It’s as delightful and delicious a farce as you’re likely to see.”

The show’s director and Theatre Department Chair, Susan K. Berkompas, is extremely pleased with how the rehearsal process is going, “It was wonderful to have Physical Theatre and Clowning specialist, Gale McNeeley, come in to work with the students on this style. Mask work and commedia dell’arte are rarely produced in this country, and I am thrilled to bring it to our Orange County audience. It is broad comedy at its best!”

Performance dates and times are February 24, 25, March 1, 2, and 3 at 8:00 pm; and February 26, March 3 and 4 at 2:00 pm.

All shows are presented on the campus of Vanguard University, in the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors and college students. Tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145. Season subscriptions and group rates are available.

Behind the Scenes

The Servant of Two Masters — Second Look

We invite you to take a look at what is happening behind the scenes during rehearsals for our next show.

Katelyn Spurgin, Stage Manager: “In our last two weeks before tech week, we are now running and working scenes and getting all of the specifics down; and putting in bits of business as things are refined. With most shows, there is a danger of things getting stale and staying the same, however, because this show incorporates so much improv, its stays pretty fresh everyday. The actors are really in the rhythms of their characters now, and each day they find something new to further develop them. It’s a really fun process as they find things that work and don’t work, and as little accidents become good ideas. It’s a bit like the deep breath before the plunge because we are just around the corner from tech week and everything has to come together for that.”

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Behind the Scenes

The Servant of Two Masters — First Look

We invite you to take a look at what is happening behind the scenes during rehearsals for our next show.

Katelyn Spurgin, Stage Manager – “This rehearsal process has been a learning process for everyone. Commedia is rarely done, so the cast had to learn it in very little time. It is very physical, so the actors warm up everyday vocally and physically. We cover acrobatics and fights, and each person must stay in character the entire time. They all have specific walks and vocal intonations, and have to be able to improv on a dime. Add that to what a regular rehearsal would look like with blocking and memorizing, and you see that the actors (and crew!) have a lot of things to remember at one time. Each rehearsal is different because of the style, and the actors come up with new things every day. An extra week was added to the rehearsal block of time for this very purpose. They have all come very far from breaking away from the realism that is taught in both Acting 1 and 2.”

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