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World Enough and Time: A Vintage Verse Rhapsody

The University of Tampa College of Arts and Letters
Department of Speech, Theatre and Dance presents
World Enough and Time
A Vintage Verse Rhapsody
Performed Live in the Shimberg Playhouse
at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa Florida

Rhapsodes

John Millsap
Kelsey Rudder
Noah Oakley
Jessica Stone
Griffin Guinta
Alexandra Moffitt
Jake Scozzaro
Melanie McGuffie

 

Conceived and Directed by Bob Gonzalez

Stage Manager & Choreographer ……………………………………………………………. Erin Knowles

Sound Design ………………………………………………………………………………… Bob Gonzalez

Technical Director ……………………………………………………………………..……..….. Alex Amyot

Assistant Stage manager/Sound Operator ……………………………………………….… Mikaela Bracken

Light Operator ……………………………………………………………………….…………. Lauren Nielsen

Costume Coordinator ……………………………………………………………………… LaQuetta White

Videography ………………………………………………………….………… Eric Langhoff , L4 Creative LLC

Poets

William Shakespeare • John Keats • Emily Dickinson • Walt Whitman • Percy Bysshe Shelley • Andrew Marvell • Robert Herrick •  Ernest Dowson • Omar Khayyam • Edward Fitzgerald • William Oldys • Edna St. Vincent Millay • Samuel Daniel • A. E. Housman • Algernon Charles Swinburne • John Milton • Sir Walter Raleigh • Rupert Brooke • Edmund Spenser • Thomas Campbell

On Rhapsodes and Rhapsodies

Rhapsodes, “stitchers of song,” were performers in ancient Greece of memorized sections of the poems of Homer and Hesiod. Modern day rhapsodes, as I see them, perform the classic poetry of their culture. These eight rhapsodes you will see and hear tonight bring the skills they develop as actors to the performance of these fittingly timeless classics. The ancient rhapsode and the actor emerged at essentially the same period in ancient Greece: the advent of literacy.

Rhapsodies are common in classical music (Hungarian Rhapsody by Franz Liszt, for example). A verse rhapsody is a pastiche of poetry, arranged at the creative impulse of rhapsodes. This evening’s rhapsody gathers a selection of timeless verse classics on a most central poetic theme: Time and its antithesis, Eternity, how they influence love, life, and nature (themselves recurrent poetic themes).

While the marriage of verse and drama is no new idea, the two have been separated for a long while, at least since the time of T.S. Eliot, a 20th century advocate and author of verse drama. Performers and audiences of Shakespeare know that verse comes alive in the bodies and voices of great actors. As Walt Whitman has written, “To have great poets, there must be great audiences.” So, with help from rhapsodes in productions like World Enough and Time, employing the sensitivities and skills of our actors tonight, I hope to play a part in reviving the art of the rhapsode and help it find audiences.

— Bob Gonzalez

Rhapsode Bios

KelseyRudder_lr

Kelsey Rudder is a junior Musical Theatre major. Previous UT theatre credits include: Les Miserables (Madame Thenardier), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Stage Manager), Temptation (Lorencova), and Company (Joanne). She would like to thank Bob for all the help on this fantastic collection of poetry made into a wonderful show. She would also like to thank her SAI & APO family, her actual family, her buddies, and caffeine for all the love and support.

AlexMoffitt_lr

Alex Moffitt is a Junior Theatre Major. She last made an appearance in Six Characters in Search of an Author and is more than excited to be performing in this poetic piece. She would like to thank Bob for all the time and effort he has put into this piece as well as her family and friends for supporting her throughout her endeavors.

JohnMillsap_lr

 

John Millsap is a senior theatre major at the University of Tampa. He is very thrilled to be a part this production, his last with Bob Gonzalez. He has learned so much from him, from Hippolytus, to Temptation, to most recently Six Characters in Search of an Author. He would like to thank Bob, his cast, his roommates, and his family for all their support and love. He hopes you enjoy the show, and thanks you for your time.

GriffGuinta_lr

Griffin Guinta is a junior who quite honestly just wants to be a renaissance man. His University of Tampa credits include Six Characters in Search of an Author (Alex), Measure for Measure (Provost), A Holiday Cabaret, and A World to Win Cabaret. Aside from that, he is a proud member of both OPUS and Chamber Singers, as well as an active columnist for the Minaret. He would like to thank God, Dr. Bob, his family, and friends for making his life filled with awesome.

JakeScozzaro_lr

Jake Scozzaro is a junior theatre major at the University Of Tampa he has previously been in Six Characters In Search Of An Author also directed by Bob Gonzalez. Jake has previously received an Irene Nomination for his role as Launce in Two Gentleman Of Verona. Jake is extremely excited to work with Mr. Gonzalez and is grateful for the adventure.

MelanieMcGuffie_lr

Melanie McGuffie is a junior Musical Theatre and Advertising/Public Relations double major. Her past college credits include Measure for Measure (Juliet), The Studio Theatre Student Directed Production, True Stories We Made Up (Bessie), Temptation (Petrushka),and Hippolytus (Phaedra’s Handmaiden). She is a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Alpha Psi Omega, and UT’s Chamber Singers. She would like to thank Bob for this wonderful opportunity to explore poetry in a new and exciting way. And she thanks the rest of the cast for embarking on this adventure with her. She would also like to thank her friends and family for their constant support and love.

JessicaStone_lr

Jessica Stone is currently a Junior pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre. Her college credits include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Helena Landless), Company (Marta), Harold Pinter’s “The Applicant” (Miss Piffs). Rocky Horror Shadow Cast (Janet), The UT Studio Theatre Student Directed Production, True Stories We Made Up (Actor), and most recently Luigi Pirandello’ Six Characters in Search of an Author (Step Daughter). She is also a proud sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, the International Music Fraternity for women. This is her fourth time being able to work with Bob and she couldn’t be more thrilled! She would like to thank her family for always encouraging her to follow her dreams, her boyfriend Josh for all his love and support, her SAI sisters for putting up with her shenanigans, her wonderful director and amazing cast for this awesome opportunity, and last of all, caffeine for keeping her awake and motivated. Enjoy the show!

NoahOakley_lr

Noah Oakley is a freshman musical theatre major. He previously made his first appearance on the UT stage in Six Characters in Search of an Author (Juvenile Lead). He wants to extend his thanks to all the directors at UT for the support and opportunities he has been given in his first semester, especially Bob for all he has taught him thus far. He would also like to thank his family and friends for all the love he receives everyday.

ErinKnowles_lr

Erin Knowles (Stage Manager & Choreographer) is a sophomore musical theater major at UT. She is so grateful to be stage managing this beautiful production. Her past credits include Six Characters in Search of an Author (Child), All Shook Up (Natalie) and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey). She thanks Bob for allowing her this opportunity and everything that he has taught her in her first semester here.

eric_langhoff_profile

L4 Creative LLC is a video production company based in Southwest Florida serving the needs of businesses and individuals in a variety of formats. Videos include: commercials, short films, corporate videos, music videos, documentaries, infomercials and more. L4 Creative is owned and operated by Eric Langhoff. Eric has over seven years experience working in the media industry with roles ranging from live audio and event videography to broadcast television and freelance production. Eric spent three years working with PowerPoint Media in Dallas, Texas as a camera operator, assistant director and technical director for weekly broadcasts and special events. During that time, he also worked in freelance video production producing commercials, short films, and documentaries in addition to event videography. Eric has experience in many positions including: directing, cinematography, editing, lighting, audio recording, writing and producing.

Special thanks to:

Jeanne Piazza, Program Coordinator, Straz Center for the Performing Arts
David Jenkins, Artistic Director, Jobsite Theater
Eric Langhoff, Owner and Operator, L4 Creative LLC
Bobby Ann Loper, Costume Technician, University of Tampa

 

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