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Candid Photos: JMC Theatre Students (Sears Eldredge)


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4 files, last one added on Feb 16, 2010
Album viewed 584 times

Mask Characterization Class (Sears Eldredge)


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Photos from a class in mask characterization - conducted by Sears Eldredge at least twice.

10 files, last one added on Feb 16, 2010
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JMC Theatre: Masked Drama Workshop (1972)


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Students researched various historical / cultural groups, sculpted their own masks based on traditional models, and employed them in three plays.

19 files, last one added on Feb 19, 2010
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JMC Theatre: Labyrinth II (1973)


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Labyrinth II - An experiment in environmental theatre, 1973.

14 files, last one added on Feb 16, 2010
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JMC Theatre: Balm in Gilead (1974)


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JMC Experimental Theatre’s first production in McDonel Kiva. A large ensemble cast in a show with multiple plots and lots of overlapping dialogue. Very difficult for the actors, but they did splendidly.

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JMC Theatre: In the Bright Existence (1974 and 1976)


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In The Bright Existence (1974: McDonel Kiva; 1976: on tour) - an original adaptation of the Quiche Maya Book of Counsel as translated by Munro S. Edmundson (Tulane) and the Mesoamerican Institute. A huge undertaking with a very large ensemble of students. The second production two years later was JMC’s contribution to the University’s Bi-centennial Celebration.

25 files, last one added on Feb 16, 2010
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JMC Theatre: Two Japanese Noh Dramas (1975)


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Two Noh plays produced in 1975 - Birds of Sorrow and Birdcatchers in Hades. The JMC troupe performed these plays in the sanctuary of Edgewood Church in East Lansing.

6 files, last one added on Feb 16, 2010
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JMC Theatre: Megan Terry's Home (1976)


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Megan Terry’s Home, or Future Soap — a multimedia production — McDonel Kiva. Megan Terry’s science-fiction meditation on the possible future effects of over population.

15 files, last one added on Feb 19, 2010
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JMC Theatre: The Bacchae (1977)


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The Bacchae — Euripides — McDonel Kiva (1977)

As I think the pictures illustrate, a very powerfully acted show.

12 files, last one added on Feb 19, 2010
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JMC Theatre: Chautauqua (1977)


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Chautauqua: Rediscovering the American Land — tour show for the Kellogg Center for Continuing Education, created by former JMC Dean, Gordon Rohman. Student actors from JMC mixed with several faculty from other MSU units to create this traveling Chautauqua show. We toured to five (I think it was) cities in Michigan.

5 files, last one added on Feb 16, 2010
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JMC Theatre: Rivalry Potlatch (1977)


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The Rivalry Potlatch: Anthropology & Drama II — McDonel Kiva -- Pam Holcomb, an anthropologist, and I team-taught this course.

This took place in the second term of the two-term course investigating the possible roots of drama around the globe.

6 files, last one added on Feb 19, 2010
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JMC Theatre: Architect & Emperor of Assyria (1978)


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The Architect and The Emperor of Assyria —by Fernando Arrabal — McDonel Kiva
This outrageous three-hour two person play (cut down from four hours!) was performed by two very gifted actors who had to keep transforming into various fantasy characters.

10 files, last one added on Feb 19, 2010
Album viewed 527 times

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Random files - JMC EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE
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Fiesta Celebration (Ending)842 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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White on White - 1806 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.


White on White - a Mask-Movement Piece - white robed figures with a male figure that appears through a white doorway — they danced to music - perhaps Vaughan Williams Job: A Masque for Dancing????? — Performed in one of the emptied classrooms.
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Backstage - Masked Drama Workshop879 viewsBackstage: Masked Drama Workshop: June 1972
This group photo was sent in by former JMC theatre instructor Sears Eldredge in March 2004. It shows a group of JMC students along with Sears himself (on the far right). This photo was taken 'backstage' at the Masked Drama Workshop, which was presented in early June 1972.

Thanks, Sears!

LEFT TO RIGHT:
Erika Walton, David Hoyle, Nancy Sableski, Lynn Medow, Sears Eldredge

Additional info available at:

http://www.enolagaia.com/BackstageMDW1972.html
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Young Turtle Asymmetries839 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge. Sears writes:

"Young Turtle Asymmetries - Jackson Mac Low’s found poem for 5 simultaneous speakers — which my wife, Pat, directed — Performed in one of the emptied classrooms."
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Chautauqua: Setting Up752 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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Labyrinth II (1973)822 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge. Sears describes it thus:

Labyrinth II (April 18-20, 1973) — 7 Events — Lower Level, Baker Hall.

An experiment in environmental theatre which took place in the lower level halls and classrooms of Baker Hall, the Psychology Bldg. We could only take 60 audience members a night. The last night there were 150 people trying to get in to the show. They tried to sneak in via the elevator and through windows!
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The Story of 7 Parrot821 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
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The Bacchae: Programme Back Cover 794 viewsListing of JMC Experimental Theatre productions as of that time.

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