On December 14, theater teacher Mr. Robert Ringuette ’04 brought students enrolled in Theater Arts to see a performance of the musical Runaways at Boston University’s Booth Theater.
"With book, lyrics, and music by Elizabeth Swados, Runaways at Booth is directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue with music direction by Matthew Stern. This production of BU College of Fine Arts School of Theatre is sponsored in part by the Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Musical Theatre Fund."
"The musical is a unique tapestry of songs, dances, and spoken-word pieces performed by youth who have run away from their homes. Initially created from interviews with homeless children and those in orphanages, Swados weaves together songs about personal struggle and the world at large through the eyes of youth in New York City in the 1970s. The show blends different musical styles, including pop, hip-hop, jazz, and reggae. Runaways was nominated for five Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards when first produced in 1978."
About An Introduction to Theater Arts
This one-semester course introduces students to basic performance techniques through exercises in improvisation, 10-minute plays, and voice and diction. Students will also analyze dramatic structure, comedy versus tragedy, and theater history through textbook reading, examples from popular plays, musical, sitcoms, and movies, and a hands-on application of the performance techniques. Through a broad study of theater, students have the opportunity to develop skills in ensemble building, trust, self-confidence, focus, imagination and creativity.
Thank you to Mr. Robert Ringuette ’04, the Fine & Performing Arts Department, and all of our faculty and staff for making these types of learning experiences possible and continuing to challenge students and enhance coursework by going beyond the classroom to offer additional perspectives and insights.