By:Brittany Ann Meister
On Tuesday, anyone in the Whitewater area can catch some of the "Hamlet" crew as well as some of our board at the Irving L. Young Library. Claire Tidwell is an actor and our Community Liaison.
What is your position at the library?
I'm the the Makerspace and Programming Librarian at the Irvin L Young Memorial Library and as part of my job I bring in people who's talents and interests match those of the community members. Naturally I thought that VFR would be a great fit since it benefits all involved and the Whitewater Library gets to show off some amazing talent
What is this program about?
To See or Not to See" is a chance for Voices Found to branch out and show different communites what they are all about. Whitewater is a wonderfully art friendly community where several VFR members graduated from the university there. It's a way to bring them "home" and show off what they have been doing.
I have my BA in Theater with a double major in english Lit. I am currently attending UW Madison to obtain my Masters in Library and Information Sciences,
I am hoping the community of Whitewater will learn a little more about young theater life in Milwaukee and that VFR will get some exposure as well as interest.
By: Brittany Ann Meister
We are one week into Hamlet rehearsals!
This week, I wanted to ask our VFR family about their thoughts on VFR. I wanted to know what they thought set us apart. Here's what some of them had to say:
Kira Renkas (Actor): I do have a real soft spot for this theater company. I’ve performed in two of their shows now, and everyone is so young and optimistic that it is a lovely breath of fresh air. For a group containing many young folk in their early twenties, they are exceptionally bright and smart, so I can’t help but admire them. They had a vision, saw something they were truly passionate about and believed in, and they ran with it full speed ahead. They already display a good sense of “the business”, so it’s quite inspiring.
Claire Tidwell (Community Liaison and Actor))We are young people. We are a place for young people made by young people.
Alexis Furseth (Social Media Master, Actor):The people. The generous, caring, inclusive, brilliant people.
Sarah Zapiain (Board Member, Actor, and Director): What I love about VFR, and what separates us from other companies is that we're not doing this for any other reason other than we can't live without it. Why do we spend our precious little free time in a rehearsal room in the basement of a mall? Because
not only are we young, hard working, passionate millenials, but we are artists. A mentor of mine once told the founders of VFR and myself 2 years ago,"We put on clothes that aren't ours and shout into the dark. That's what we do." Why do we need theatre? Because it's what we do.
Alec Lachman (HR, Actor, Director): The people. Doing theatre for no other reason than to do it and doing it our way. Dusting shakespeare off and making it relevant to modern audiences. Giving artists, young and old opportunities that they wouldn't normally get
Brittany Meister (Blogger, Actor): I like VFR because it's a group of people that has certain rituals and procedures just like any theatre company, but they are very open to other ideas and interpretations. It's truly an open playing space fueled by the passion of the artists who occupy it.
Keep your eyes peeled for more info on Hamlet coming up, as well as some exciting new projects from VFR!
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