“Moliere’s Sganarelle by the SUNY Theater Program is UnAdulterated Stunning Fun”

November 18th, 2017 /  By: Jennifer Smith-Jamieson

Sganarelle Cast

The cast from left to right: Amelia Foreman, Will Hennessey, Brandon Cepeda, Olena Hyrnovets, Andrew Guido, Celeste Reyes, Stephanie Larsson, Dwaine Brannon

SUNY Theater Department’s production of Sganarelle is scandalously good fun.  From the fantastic costuming by Aletta Vett, blending over-the-top French elements with vivid 1980’ish florescent leggings and sneakers, to the little comic lagniappes (that’s French for “a little something extra”)scattered throughout .

Gorgibus Rebecca Rich          Celia

Rebecca Rich as Gorgibus and the be-birded Olena Hyrnovets as Celia.

This troupe has got a lot going for them.  Every single actor has a great sense of physical comic timing.  Having a female play Gorgibus, the blustering father intent on bending his daughter’s will to marry, gave it a new dimension of irony.  Rebecca Rich, who plays him, does so with such over-the-top gusto and maybe even some improvised karate moves (that’s what Moliere needs, a bit of karate).  Dwaine Brannon plays a hilariously saucy Celia’s Maid.  Olena Hyrnovets as Celia has got fainting with a mile-high Marie Antoinette-inspired be-birded wig on down to a science (Seriously, it’s incredible!). Amelia Foreman as Sganarelle’s Wife is a high-energy edgy delight.  Will Hennessey and Andrew Guido as Sganarelle and Lelio have great antagonistic chemistry.  Both have a stage presence and comic timing that brings this story of jealousy and mistrust to life.

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Lelio riding his “trusty steed” Gros-Rene.

Throughout the show, there are comedic asides and little winks to the audience which make it almost interactive without going full Rocky Horror. The final bows are great and set to the perfect music, I won’t give it away.  See it live for yourself.

Sganarelle's Wife rescuing Lelio

Sganarelle’s Wife “rescuing” Lelio

There are two more shows with this Fall 2017 troupe,

do yourself a favor and check it out:

Saturday night at 7PM & Sunday at 2PM.

Check out SUNY Ulster Theater Department’s Facebook here

 

 

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MySpace- Not My Space; You Kids Get Offa My Lawn!

What Myspace looks like now. Gulp, I'm a scared.
What Myspace looks like now. I’m a scared! Gulp!

I had to go into “search for your account” since it has literally been years since I made my MySpace page.  I had it all Gothy and tricked out. It was great.  I picked out the perfect background and curated my mostly comedy and music clips.  The funeral of Graham Chapman, a lot of Tim Minchin stuff, and whatever depressing music I was into back then.  Now I come to think of it, it’s possibly a decade. I really expected it not to have me in their system at all.  Holey moley, I’m still there, sort of.

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Four hours later, this is as far as I’ve got. You kids might have an easier time with this, but my old brain is not geared towards this much techno-speak. I may come back to this at a later date when my brain swelling goes down. It’s kinda zen right now. Hmmm.

I was kind of excited at the prospect of szushing my profile page and customizing it again.  The creative expression it allowed was one of my favorite  aspects of it. It is now a customizeable media stream. If you ever wanted to have complete control of your Facebook feed, this is for you.  Well, I’m going to start clicking on stuff and see what happens.  Aha! Eureka. The way to access your profile is on the deck on the bottom of the page.  Exactly the opposite of every app ever made.  I have been looking on the left-hand-side’s index and the top for it.  Alright, this is getting better. Profile pic and background later, I’ve added the Toccata and Fugue in D minor as my background music, alright.  Okay, the page is customized but how do you actually get media clips to show up on it?  Time to Google “how to make media show up on MySpace personal page”.  Ah, there’s a MySpace Help  site which I cannot see any way to access from my actual page.  So, what is it I’m looking for “embedding and sharing”, “making a post”, am I making a post, am I “managing your video”? No, the video I’ve searched for is “Graham Chapman’s Funeral” and I found it. It’s now in a Queue but no matter what I click on it never shows up on my page. It’s also not technically “mine”.  This used to be a lot easier.

MySpace "help"
MySpace “help”

MySpace used to be a quick way to have a personal bulletin board to share what you love with your friends.  It may work now as a Portfolio of one’s own work but Facebook is way easier to navigate, way more intuitive, is more social, and uses less technical jargon than MySpace.  I may go back and try and figure MySpace out when I have unlimited time and patience to look through every single entry in their “help” site.  Right now, it’s finals time and life is short. Enjoy!

I found this on Youtube and pasted it into WordPress in roughly .09 th of a second. Maybe some day I’ll love it and it’ll make a big comeback, but for right now MySpace can bite me.

The Political Poster Show at SUNY Ulster- A Study in Controlled Anarchy

The Graphic Art and Design students’ “We The People” Pop-Up Political Poster Show in Vanderlyn hall is definitely turning some heads. Some of them will be nods of agreement and others a vociferous “nope”, depending upon one’s view of the candidates and subjects in question. Its main goal is to get the student body fired-up to vote this Tuesday. It has certainly done that and more. What struck me as wonderful is that next to the display is a pedestal with a supply of Post-It notes for the student body to use: to write their approval or outrage on and place next to or on the poster responsible.  This is not Professor Sean Nixon’s first time at the rodeo, as they say.  The professor of Graphic Design understands that with controversial content there is also that urgent need to get the other side of the story out when one’s core values feel threatened.  Realistically, this would probably otherwise be expressed in vandalism. An Example:

SUNY Ulster Graphic Design "We the People" exhibit courtesy of Stepanie Ferrarro
SUNY Ulster Graphic Design “We the People” exhibit courtesy of Stepanie Ferrarro

All of the posters were controversial, however, one had more Post-Its than the others. One poster “Secular Government Now” shows Jesus in front of the Presidential seal holding a stack of money.  Powerful imagery, no doubt, but its message can be interpreted by each person so differently. One Post-It says, “Organized religion is a plague 10/10 poster”; that person really dug the message they received from it. Another Post-It says, “It’s not about Religion but a relationship with Jesus Christ. This is offensive.”; this person took an entirely different message from the same poster. My favorite Post-It on this poster just says, “White Jesus?”. Well, it was an image of a white Jesus, which, him being Middle-Eastern is a keen observation. My interpretation of it? When politics (the Presidential Seal) combines with Religion (Jesus), it corrupts (the money) and uses its faithful to their own ends (back to the Presidential Seal). Your ideas about it may be completely different.

Go check all of the posters out, eighteen in all. They’re being displayed in Vanderlyn hall, and are thought-provoking and insightful. You may or may not agree with them but will definitely have an opinion on them. Check out SUNY Ulster Design Program Real World Classroom on Facebook.

Oh yeah, and on Tuesday, November 8th, Get out and VOTE!