Acting – The Langara Voice News, entertainment and sports from Langara College journalism students Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:36:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Acting – The Langara Voice 32 32 Studio 58’s Cabaret gets a gender twist Thu, 07 Feb 2019 01:09:57 +0000 actor Paige Fraser as Emcee in Studio 58's CabaretThe casting of a woman in a role traditionally played by a man sets Studio 58’s production of Cabaret apart from its numerous incarnations over the past 53 years.]]> actor Paige Fraser as Emcee in Studio 58's Cabaret

Reported by Tierney Grattan

The casting of a woman in a role traditionally played by a man sets Studio 58’s production of Cabaret apart from its numerous incarnations over the past 53 years.

Studio 58 decided to add the twist to their first production of this classic, celebrated play with a long history on Broadway and in London, which has even made the leap onto film.

The character Emcee, one of the main roles, is played by Paige Fraser. In the play, Emcee is the master of ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub in Weimar-era Berlin, during the early 1930s.

Fraser said her role as Emcee gives the show a lot of room for interpretation.

“There are no facts about that character and none in the script that indicate what that character necessarily has to be,” Fraser said.

Bucket list role checked off for Fraser

Fraser said she’s seen Cabaret about four different times and it’s been “a bucket list” show for her to perform.

“It’s fun to be in one that is taking its own spin on it,” she said.

And she’s a star, said Erin Palm, who plays the lead role of Sally Bowles.

“Paige Fraser is a huge reason why the show is special. A female Emcee is rare and really exciting,” Palm said.

Studio 58 alum Josh Epstein, who is making his directorial debut with the show, is basing his iteration of Cabaret on Sam Mendes’s London production of the musical. However, he has kept the set design simple to provide a canvas for the actors.

“It’s going to be really intimate, really in-your-face. It’s just stripped down and vulnerable and youthful,” Epstein said.

Langara grad Travis Turner starring in new YTV show Thu, 30 Jan 2014 05:26:41 +0000 04-travisturner-travis3
Former Langara student Travis Turner is starring on YTV’s new show Some Assembly Required

A graduate of Langara’s department of film arts is starring in YTV’s new show, Some Assembly Required.

Travis Turner, 26, plays 16-year-old Aster who works for his friend’s toy company. He designs the overall look of the toys while managing to critique everyone around him.

The ‘King of Swag’

“If you have bad style, he’s gonna tell you, or he’s gonna leave the room. He’s super into fashion,” said Turner. “He calls himself ‘The King of Swag.'”

He said he tries to find ways to relate to his characters, but finding swag wasn’t difficult because of his budding rap career.

In August 2012 Turner released the album Back to Basics under the name Little T.

Filming for the show began in the summer, but Turner started auditioning at the beginning of last year. After multiple auditions, he made the final cut.

A true professional

The soon-to-be head of the department, Garwin Sanford, had nothing but praise for Turner’s acting ability and professionalism.

“He always got better the whole time he was here,” said Sanford. “You don’t get that with every actor. You don’t get that with every student.”

During a taping of the show, Turner earned laughs from the audience during his scenes. But between takes he continued to work hard and practice his lines.

Turner at Langara

Turner enjoyed his time at Langara, thanking the program for allowing writers, directors and actors to collaborate on films.

“The writers, the directors and the actors all work together on producing your film,” said Turner. “A lot of places will have them all separate, when in actuality, you wanna be working with those people.”

Alyson Drysdale, a teacher in the department, remembers Turner as being a upbeat student.

“He never complained. Just an incredibly positive person,” she said.

Turner’s advice to students?

“Persistence overcomes resistance.”

Reported by Lauren Collins

Review: Studio 58’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Tue, 01 Oct 2013 22:30:23 +0000 Oberon and Puck 3
Dominic Duchesne (Oberon) and Lili Beaudoin (Puck)
Photo: Tammy English

Chances are you read this one in high school.

Even if you didn’t, you probably know the gist. It’s the one with woodland nymphs, a play-within-a-play, and a manipulative sprite named Puck who messes with the romantic lives of humans at the bidding of Oberon, the fairy king.

Or maybe for you, it’s “the one with the donkey.”

In this adaptation, director Scott Bellis sets the play in Romania, traditional home of Dracula.

The fairies are vampires, Oberon is king of the undead, and the rustics are a traveling Roma community.

A spooky adaptation 

The makeup is sharp, with white-on-white costumes and blood-drained complexions, the vampire fairies are effectively creepy, to say nothing of their staging and movement.

The cast is almost uniformly strong. Lili Beaudoin’s physicality as Puck is perfect.

Lauren Jackson, as Hermia, speaks the text as naturally as though she may order breakfast in iambic pentameter.

Maxamillian Wallace, as Quince, the long-suffering leader of his troupe makes a hilarious straight man to Bottom, a needy show-off who in Erik Gow’s hands becomes an endearing charmer.

A director’s note in the program warns, “Purists take note: I have adapted some scenes for our darker purposes.”

The bulk of the adaptation works well but some of it is distracting. The zombies (you knew there had to be) are superfluous, serving only to move set pieces and to be pummeled – however crowd-pleasingly so – in a scene of ticked-off girl power.

And the darker tone of the middle acts, set in a woodland beset with the undead and vampiric spirits, makes the finale – a truly delightful, laugh-riot of intentionally bad acting – a bit jarring.

But unless you’re a purist, and a hard-core one at that, you’ll have fun.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream plays at Langara till Oct. 20.

Reported by Tammy English