3Ps Centennial

3Ps, or Pen, Paint, and Pretzels, is Tufts’ umbrella theater organization. It is the second largest campus organization and this past weekend celebrated its hundredth (!) anniversary! 100 years of drama, hundreds of alumni, all being remembered, reacquainted, and rejuvenated at the Arena Theater in Aidekman.

This weekend was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with older friends who have since left the Hill to pursue that ever elusive thing called “real life,” meet some new faces who used to haunt the backstage corridors of our theater in the round, and put the oh so strong talent of the Tufts performing arts student body on display. From rubbing elbows at a cocktail reception (and meeting a ’68 Jumbo who hails from Chicago and is now a theater critic there — sending that email tomorrow), to watching Joe Pikowski’s (A10) production of Eric Bogosian’s edgy yet touching drama, subUrbia (the 3Ps Spring 2010 Major — this means our 200th major production ever!) filled with six exceptional VARBs from the seniors (more on that in another post…), to a fabulous “Supershow” that showcased 9 of the different groups under the umbrella of 3Ps.

What a wonderful weekend and a fantastic way to break up the monotony (read: not) and calm (read: stress) of midterms! That being said, I think it’s fair to say a fun time was had by all. Here’s to another hundred years!

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And now we turn to culture…

This semester, I’m proud to be serving as the Musical Director for Torn Ticket II (Tufts’ Student Musical Theater Org.)’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s (!) Cinderella. The production is directed by Rebecca Baumwoll, A’10. We began auditioning last night and I’m really excited to cast this baby come Tuesday night.

More on how auditions work at Tufts in a future post (maybe after deliberations tonight), but keep a lookout for my chronicles of putting this show together throughout the semester.

For now:

Number of songs recently sung on Glee that were sung in auditions last night: 3

Number of times Glee was referenced in discussion, whether with actors or amongst those behind the casting table: 7

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If only there were some form of visual media…

to actually be able to portray the magic that is Punchdrunk‘s Sleep No More, currently playing at the American Repertory Theatre.

I need some time to formulate words to accurately express how much I loved this show.

More later —

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Tufts Supp

Happy (Almost) New Year, everyone! Everyone on the Admissions Blogs is taking a stab at the Tufts Supplement. Here is my answer to one of the questions (writing as my current, junior at Tufts self). For those of you still writing your college applications, let your heart, synapses, and fingers work in tandem. Be sure to write from your heart, not just from your mind. Really let your personal voice shine through…

Best of luck in your college applications – enjoy the holidays.

There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised—your family, home, neighborhood or community—and how it influenced the person you are today.

What makes a house a home? For the Sircus family, it is our dining room table. This eight-foot oval is the nexus of our house. Throughout the day, snail mail and the weeks’ copies of The New York Times accumulate to cover our just-funky-enough tablecloth. But when six o’clock hits, we clear away the papers and the four of us assume our regular places around the table to eat dinner together, a daily tradition that defines “family” to me. Over my dad’s cooking, we review everyone’s best part of the day, and laugh at Joel’s witty quips about my father’s bad jokes, always leading to collective chortling. Our conversations usually turn to serious topics – current events, big life questions, reality television (I did say usually). I’m sure that despite their best efforts to stifle them, our parents’ (former-) lawyer traits have manifested themselves in both my brother and me – my love of debate and questioning the norm without abandoning my “by the rules” philosophies were honed at this table amidst our lively discussions. The ever-changing topics made me the multifaceted, curious thinker I am today and developed my love of learning beyond the classroom from those around me.

Until 2010…

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The end is near…

Dear Blogosphere,

It has been too long. I apologize – three final papers due within two days will do that to you. But now, imagery in Macbeth, American family tragedy in the early twentieth century theater, and critiquing two modern adaptations of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya are all far behind me. I’m officially a second semester junior in college. WHAT? Where did the time go? Where did this semester go?! I leave London on Sunday. Isn’t it only supposed to be September 27th or something that is, well, not December 11th?

A quick mash-up of life in London for the past few weeks – an excellent visit from housemate wannabe Spaniard Jeewon, weekend trips to Berlin and Rome, BADA Thanksgiving dinner and subsequent frivolity with 60-some theater students roaming around London celebrating an American holiday, wonderful theater (as always), directing my first scene with professional actors (still can’t really get over that incredible opportunity), walks around Primrose Hill and Hampstead Heath, and, of course, writing final papers (not such a highlight, but with how much time it took away from me, it’s a worthy mention here).

Apparently blogging has me using long list form with short spurts. I know that this isn’t a full update and I sorely apologize. I hope you’ll forgive me and the papers and the bandwidth restrictions. Pictures will go up as soon as I can get a good internet connection (which may be in January when I return to the US).

I suppose it’s time to address the end: this is (hopefully) not the last post of this abroad blog. I’m going to write entries about Berlin and Rome, as well as my trip to Spain next week and then travels with my parents and brother who are coming to meet me in just over a week (and who I could not be more excited to see!). What’s that I hear? A question? “What will happen to this blog after that?” Good question.

This blog will become a chronicle of the Arts at Tufts come January. I’ll cover all of the theater events in Aidekman, as well as the musical goingson in Granoff, along with the dance performances and some of the visual arts programming on campus (and off). It’s already shaping up to be an exciting semester, so keep an eye out.

For now, Happy Holidays! Do yourself a favor and go watch Love Actually for some good old London holiday cheer.

Cheers,

Kyle

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Praise for the Panto!

A quick entry before I head off to sleep. Tonight, BADA took us to see our final group show – Aladdin at the Hackney Empire. This was a traditional English Pantomime, a British Christmastime tradition, featuring the Pantomime Dame and lots of general frivolity, drinking, and merriment. What an evening it was (complete with a “Single Ladies” spoof sung by some very wildly dressed performers)! We all had a lot of fun as a group and were thrilled by how entertaining this show was. We were by far the oldest “kids” in the audience, but we were very proud of it!

Off to sleep…before getting up tomorrow to spend an epic Saturday in London (and, of course, work on my finals). Good night!

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Some interesting things…

I’m currently watching the 2001 RSC production of Macbeth starring Antony Sher. It is, quite simply, amazing. Very modern and cinematic. I’m glad that I’m writing a paper on it!

And in true blogging fashion, I’m avoiding writing my final papers by posting some things up here. I still have a bunch of stuff to update on (Jeewon – here is shoutout number 1, number 2 will be coming with the entry about your visit. Happy Birthday to fellow Jumbo ESE!!), those will have to wait for a little while. But for now…

My thematic focus for my ILVS major is Jewish History/Holocaust in World Literature and Drama. Last night, I saw a production of a new Holocaust play called Our Class at the National. It was simply incredible. A very powerful story about an elementary school class in a small town in Poland that chronicles each of the classmates (some Jewish, most Catholic) throughout World War II and the rest of their lives (the last one lived until 2002). The sheer epic scale of the time frame of the story is what astonished me most. In terms of other Holocaust drama, not many plays venture beyond the war period and talk about the survivors in such a way that the play illuminates the fact that some of the last survivors (thankfully) still live among us today. It was very simply staged but beautifully executed.

— And now for something completely different —

Last summer, I had the pleasure of seeing Barbara Cook perform with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. (I should mention that two Admissions Officers [and fellow bloggers] Jen and Danielle were seated right in front of me that night.) “Who is Barbara Cook?” you may be asking yourself – read this excellent article by Charles Isherwood of The New York Times who talks about her fame compared to the popularity of Glee. She’s 80. Go figure! It’s a very interesting article.

That’s all for now, sadly. Off to pay attention to Macbeth. Hard to believe I only have 10 days left in London!

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