A Thirst for Theatre

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Austin Bouchard had no clue about a major or a career path when he auditioned for a University of Mary Washington theatre production before stepping foot on the Fredericksburg campus his freshman year. Now four years later, not only has the senior theatre major found direction as an actor, he’s directing his first full-length theatre production. It all began with that first audition. Bouchard had acted in high school and, on a whim, decided to submit an online audition for a production of Rent. He learned that he landed a lead role in the play shortly after he arrived at UMW. “I’d been in class for all of one day, and all of a sudden I’m in this huge production,” said Bouchard. Despite a successful performance, he put theatre on the backburner. He wanted to get a well-rounded experience at UMW, so he took a computer science class and soon declared it as his major. Then, an art class rekindled a love for oil painting, so he added a major in studio art. “The more you … [Read more...]

A Class Act

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On a mild Friday night in early October, Professor of Theatre Gregg Stull watched with keen eyes as a group of students worked through a scene of Steven Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” which opened in Klein Theatre Thursday, Nov. 1. The musical is a coming-of-age story featuring the fairytale characters most anyone will remember from childhood: Cinderella, the Baker and the Baker’s wife, Jack who traded his cow for some magic beans. But life is not a fairytale; a vengeful giant is on the loose and has already claimed a number of victims. Stull, the chair of the department and the director of the play, rose from his seat during a particularly poignant scene between a widowed Baker and Cinderella. But Stull wasn’t sure the pair was quite conveying that. He posed a couple of questions, told them to try again. He returned to his seat. “Good, good, good,” Stull said. It is a historic theater season at the University of Mary Washington. One hundred years ago, on Dec. 16, 1912, … [Read more...]