SENIOR COMPANY SPRING PLAY 2019
BLUE STOCKINGS by Jessica Swale
Directed by Hallie Flower
Ages 13-19 Tuition $450
A moving, comical and eye-opening story of four young women fighting for education and self-determination against the larger backdrop of women’s suffrage – and the young men beside them.
1896. Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a 'blue stocking' - an unnatural, educated woman. They are denied degrees and go home unqualified and unmarriageable.
In Jessica Swale's debut play, Blue Stockings, Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education.
FIRST READ-THRU Sunday, February 17th 2-5pm
Regular REHEARSALS Begin February 25th
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 3:45-6:45pm
Tuesday, March 5th 10-4pm (as-called/Town Meeting Day)
Saturdays (as-called) March 23rd, 30th 10-4pm
Tech week rehearsals: Sunday, March 31st 12-5pm
T, W, Th April 2nd, 3rd, 4th 3:45-7pm
DIALECT WORKSHOP: additional weekend hours with visiting artist to learn the UK dialects used in the play TBA.
Friday, April 5th 7pm
Saturday, April 6th 2pm & 7pm
Friday, April 12th 7pm
Saturday, April13th 2pm & 7pm
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The senior spring project has become a time when we focus on modern or contemporary drama. The rehearsal process is focused on grounded human behavior and the tools actors can use to create specific, engaging performances. This program provides opportunity for young people to develop a deeper understanding of craft through a rigorous rehearsal process. We often work with modern or contemporary scripts and seek material with a strong ensemble feel. By audition.