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THE IMPRACTICALITY OF MODERN-DAY MASTODONS

By Rachel Teagle

Directed by 
Jennifer A. Kokai

 November 12-13 & 17-20, 2021

Presented by Weber State Theatre
Eccles Theatre at the Val A Browning Center for the Performing Arts, Weber State University

 

 

 

 

 

Dramaturg's Note:

What do you want to be when you grow up? What did you want to be when you grew up? It’s a question we’re asked over and over as children, and our answer doesn’t always stay the same. It changes from age five to ten, and even more in our teenage years. By the time adulthood comes around, we’re expected to answer the question for good, but it doesn’t take much to see how many adults are unsatisfied with what they do. What if you woke up one day, and suddenly you were what you had wanted to be as a child?

In a world where dreams become reality, one would assume that the whole world would be satisfied with their new position. But is a world with a million ballerinas and no accountants really sustainable? As a child, I wanted to be either a stingray or Strega Nona. Both options still sound fun, but I can’t say how long I could last before getting bored or exhausted.

Rachel Teagel’s The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons explores a reality where wishes do come true for everyone. Where you wake up, and you’re what you always wanted to be. For some, it’s literally a dream come true. For others, not so much. Maybe your dream job isn’t as fun as you imagined. Maybe a secure, not-as-fun job lets you be consistently happy outside of work. As you enjoy our show, take a moment to think about what your life would look like post-Shift, and how it would compare to those we see on stage.


--Sam Rust, Dramaturg

 

Cast

(in order of appearance)

JESS: Natalie Lichfield
CHORUS 1: Lily Hilden
CHORUS 2: Robert Moschetti III
CHORUS 3: Chloe Ryan Painter
CHORUS 4: Madison Grissom
CHORUS 5: Nikolas Justice
PUPPETEERS: Jacob Coates, Nora Waldrop, Jessica Smith-Deboer

Understudies

MEN: Jacob Coates
WOMEN: Nora Waldrop

 

Pictured: Delores

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured: Clint in pliƩ wearing a tutu

 

Creative Team

DIRECTOR: Jennifer A. Kokai
MASTODON DREAM BALLET CHOREOGRAPHER: Tara Lemons
SCENIC DESIGNER: Jo Winiarski
COSTUME DESIGNER: Edward Snow
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Marley Keith
PROJECTION DESIGNER: Jacob Watts
SOUND DESIGNER: Jessica Greenberg
HAIR & MAKE-UP DESIGNER: Kylee Hoffman 
PROPERTIES DESIGNERS: Mary Abbott
DRAMATURG: Sam Rust 

 

Production Team

STAGE MANAGER: Adam Hellewell
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS: Jessica Smith-DeBoer, Caleb Campbell
ASSISTANT SOUND DESIGNER: Ella Deichman
ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGNER: Citlali Urquiza
ASSISTANT SCENIC DESIGNER: Madison Schulz
MASTER ELECTRICIAN: Marley Porter
LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR: Tichelle Blaylock
PROJECTION TECHNICIAN: Tabi LeDuc
PROJECTION BOARD OPERATOR: Tallyn Grossaint
FOLLOW SPOT OPERATOR: Chelsea Chapman
SOUND BOARD OPERATOR: Madeline Iverson 
SOUND CREW: Grace Heinz
RUN CREW: Jacob Maurice
WARDROBE HEAD: Julie Porter
WARDROBE CREW: Chris Sykes, Ja'Reese Barber 
COSTUME STUDIO STAFF: Madison Grissom, Tabitha Sublette, Citlali Urquiza
COSTUME CONSTRUCTION: Heavenlie Colin, Ja’Reese Barber, Julie Porter,  Madeline Iverson, Caleb Warren, Rebecca Cope
PAINTER: Emeline Mackey 
SCENERY CONSTRUCTION CREW: Brayden Seamen, Porter Lance
ELECTRICS CREW: Annabelle Durham
PROPERTIES CONSTRUCTION: Abrielle Hambleton, Madeline Iverson, Cambrie Taylor, Spencer Sanders
SCENE SHOP STAFF: Brayden Seamen, Porter Lance & Caleb Warren 
HOUSE MANAGER: Val A. Browning Center Staff

 

Professional Staff

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Jared Porter
COSTUME STUDIO MANAGER: Jean-Louise England
ASSISTANT COSTUME STUDIO MANAGER: Amber Smith
ELECTRICS ASSISTANT: Christopher Philion 
SCENE SHOP MANAGER: Mauri Smith
MARKETING & PR: Cassie Smith

 

Faculty & Staff Mentors

SET & PROPS: Cully Long
LIGHTS & SOUND: Jessica Greenberg
COSTUMES: Catherine Zublin
HAIR & MAKE-UP: Jean-Louise England
DRAMATURGY: Jennifer A. Kokai

 

A special thank you to those who made this production possible:

Sam Bryson & JT Womack
The Ogden Dinosaur Park
Mariana Villareal
The Val A. Browning Center Staff


 


Thank you to Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities donors for their generous contributions.
 

VISIONARIES

Alan E. and Jeanne N. Hall
George E. and Mary C. Hall
Dean W. and Carol W.^ Hurst
Ray L. Kimber
Kimber Kable
John A. and Telitha E. Lindquist Foundation
Stewart Education Foundation
Val A. Browning Foundation
Weber County RAMP

LUMINARIES

Anonymous
Charles J. and Inez Cortez Truscott Foundation
Community Foundation of Utah Erika and Lowell R.^ Daines Thomas D., III and Candace C. Dee Donna and Ralph Friz Family Foundation Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund
Donna B. and Ralph E. Friz
R. Robert and Marcia P. Harris Harris Family Foundation
The Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation
Junior E. and Blanche B. Rich Foundation
Jewel Lee and Ed A.^ Kenley Lawrence T. Dee and Janet T. Dee Foundation
Suzanne M. Lindquist
Vicki Lee Martin
Willard Z. and Rona Lee Maughan
Kathryn Lindquist and James R. Moore Nebeker Family Foundation Ralph Nye Charitable Foundation The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation
Jack D. and Bonnie R. Wahlen

PRESIDENT’S SOCIETY - Platinum Level

Helen S. and Bill J. Brookens
Yaeko K. and Dale W.^ Bryner
Kent J.^ and Tracy Budge
Jeffry R. and Linda G. Burton
David Adler and Cole M. Crittenden Douglas and Shelley Felt Family Foundation
Paul L. Droubay
Edwin B. and Mildred S. Jones Foundation
Richard F., II and Karen W. Fairbanks
Patsy and Marwan Fawaz
Douglas P. and Shelley L. Felt
Doug and Susan Hancock
Heinrich Property Management Susie G.^ and Elliot J. Hulet
Rebecca L. and Brent E. Johns Sheree J. Josephson and Ron Hendricks
Julian T. and Helen Cortez Stafford Charitable Trust
Margaret A. Hillyard-Lazenby and David W. Lazenby
Peter N. and Carol A. Lindquist
MSL Family Foundation
J. David Malone, Jr.
Jennifer A. Kokai and Eric Means Madonne M. Miner
Jonathan A. Morrell
Jo-Anne W. Morritt
Brett D. and Louise R. Moulding Robert H. and Sally J. Neill
Cynthia A. and Michael A. Palumbo Richard M. and Kathy G. Peterson
C. Martin and Carolyn R. Rasmussen
Dennis R. and Kristine B. Read Renaissance Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Eloise M. Runolfson
Kenneth M. and Pamela W. Sessions Sandra S. and Melvin R.^ Sowerby Spencer F. and Mary Stokes
The Presser Foundation
Aaron and Heidi E. Thornock
David C. and Ruth A. Toller
The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust
Ralph P. and Judith H. Vander Heide E. Kurt ^ and Grace Ann H. Walling Kimberly J. Webb Gloria Z. Wurst

 

 

PRESIDENT’S SOCIETY - Gold Level

Jeffrey J. and Shannon K. Butler Camille T. and A. Steven Cain Cathay N. and J. Kirk^ Christiansen Martha M. and Fred E.^ Clayson Michael F. Collett
John J. Bizzell and Suzan Crawford Michael L. Droubay
Muriel M. and John M.^ Elzey
Shane D. Farver
Robert S. Fudge and Sylvia Newman Allison Barlow and Howard V. Hess Mark S. and Georgette LeTourneau Debra D. and Thomas A. Murphy Diana S. and Paul Smith
Jeffery D. and Jill L. Stokes
The Benevity Community Impact Fund
Scott T. Rogers and Shelley L. Thomas
Catherine A. Zublin and Edward Spangler

PRESIDENT’S SOCIETY - Silver Level

Tracy L. Callahan
Evan J. and Geraldine O. Christensen
Jean-Louise England
Carol A. and Donald J. Goldman Robert K. and Tina R. Herman Allison B. and Howard V. Hess Anthony J. Justman and Laudan Rassi
John L. and Brenda M. Kowalewski Sylvia Newman and Robert S. Fudge Powder Mountain Inc.
Carolyn Rich-Denson, MD
Schwab Charitable
John E. and Ann J. Schwiebert
Susan Smith
Brent Weil and Mikelle Barberi-Weil

PRESIDENT’S SOCIETY -Bronze Level

Thomas Arnold
Brandi J. and Daniel^ Bosworth Katherine and Stephen Bruce
Sarah K. Chaplin
Chevron YourCause Matching Gift Program
Anna M. Cich
Donna Cornell
Diana S. Ellis Foundation
John N. and Karen Gailey
Yulia K. Goff
Jessica M. Greenberg
Suzanne M. Harley
Michael F. and Lori V. Jacobazzi Taylor N.D. Knuth and Sean E. Bishop
Guy R. and Colleen Letendre Dianna M. Lindquist-Whitaker Elizabeth M. Lopez and O.C. Budge Microsoft Corporation
Ruzena Novak
Brent G. and Georgiann Parkin Thomas L. and Diana Priest
Susan P. and William K.^ Skordos Sony Interactive Entertainment, LLC
Amanda L. and Marc J. Sowerby
Erik A. and Diane N. Stern Mahalingam and Sheela Subbiah
J. Keith and Cammie L. Titus
L. Mikel and Janis B. Vause
Brent and Kathie Warnock
Leroy G. and Eva M. Weber
Amy Williams
Michael D. Wutz and Marilee Rohan Tonya Zeeman

DEAN’S CLUB

Gordon T.^ and Sharon W. Allred William C. and Shelley A. Hart DonorConnect
J. Eric and Becky Jacobson
Sharon E. and William L. Larkin Rodney M. and Becky J. Marchant Heidi J. Parker
RBH Sound, Inc.
Salt Lake City ISFL
Salt Lake City ISFL
Marc J. and Amanda Sowerby
Julia B. and Jack Stephens

^ Deceased

 


 

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, is generously funded by David M. Rubenstein.

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Additional support is provided by The Honorable Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E. Bernstein; and the Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation.

Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

This production is entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The aims of this national theater education program are to identify and promote quality in college-level theater production. To this end, each production entered is eligible for a response by a regional KCACTF representative, and selected students and faculty are invited to participate in KCACTF programs involving scholarships, internships, grants and awards for actors, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, designers, stage managers and critics at both the regional and national levels.

Productions entered on the Participating level are eligible for invitation to the KCACTF regional festival and may also be considered for national awards recognizing outstanding achievement in production, design, direction and performance.

Last year more than 1,500 productions were entered in the KCACTF involving more than 200,000 students nationwide. By entering this production, our theater department is sharing in the KCACTF goals to recognize, reward, and celebrate the exemplary work produced in college and university theaters across the nation.


Weber State University and the Department of Performing Arts took every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while producing this production.
Safety is always top priority for Weber State productions. For information on WSU and COVID-19, please visit weber.edu/coronavirus.