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Oct. 26, 2011
Students in Amanda Petefish-Schrag’s theater appreciation course gained an understanding of the Elizabethan period this week to reflect theatre design process and honed their problem-solving techniques in preparation for a unique fashion show.
Petefish-Schrag, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, Theatre and Languages, asked students to design a costume influenced by the Elizabethan period, but there was a catch: They could use only recycled and “found objects.” The goal of the project, she said, was to effectively collaborate with other students, incorporate problem-solving skills and be innovative.
Students in the course were divided into groups of five or six, and 17 designs were produced out of the assignment. The students modeled their costumes Monday, Oct. 24, during a runway show in Northwest’s Studio Theater. The costumes featured newspaper-lined shoes, a tin foil top hat, dried corn stalks, skirts of layered trash bags and pants covered with bark, leaves and pine needles.
The show was followed by a class discussion of the project and a vote on the most effective designs.
Theater appreciation is a general education course offered at Northwest that surveys the aesthetic process by which plays are translated into theatrical terms and projected from a stage to an audience. Students study topics including play analysis, acting, directing, scene design, costume, makeup and stage lighting.
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