Nearing the End
So, as we get closer and closer to the end of the semester, I'm beginning to understand why everyone who went to college before me hates finals. Don't get me wrong, its honestly not that bad. I only have one true "final exam" and the rest are final papers or final projects, and I would much rather turn in a final paper or a final project then take an exam. In playwriting, our final is to finish the short play that we have been working on. My short play is entitled "Lovejunk" and its a satire of Action movies. Its about a junkyard owner whose junkyard is getting shut down, but he ends up falling in love with the very woman that is trying to shut him down. In Collaboration of Theatre, our final project is a staged reading of an original piece in an educational theatre style. Our goal was to create and workshop a piece of theatre that would be highly marketable to schools and museums, similar to a piece called Ellis Island Stories created by Amy Feinberg the head of the Directing, Playwriting, and Production program. In Costume and Prop tech, the final project was to create a prop for our own conceptualized version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream. I am creating a sword for Oberon, which so far has turned out to be pretty awesome. In First year writing, the final paper is due next week, and I am writing my paper on Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Survey of Theatre Arts is my only true final exam, and I am ready to tackle that monster.
In addition to all of the finals work, I am currently the Director of a production of A Christmas Carol being presented by Alpha Psi Omega (the theatre honor society, and the only greek organization UArts has on campus). That production goes up this weekend, and it has been an amazing process, to begin my career as a director here at UArts. The cast has been phenomenal to work with, especially the seniors, who I am sure will all go on to hugely successful careers. The atmosphere that we created as a part of that show, is something I haven't experienced before with any of my shows. We were able to go into every rehearsal, having an expectation of not only what we needed to get done, but that we were going to have fun along the way. A few of the younger actors in the cast said that they hadn't had this much fun working on a show in a long time.
I also had the privilege to work on a one act play as an Assistant Stage Manager. These were part of a night of 6 one act plays presented by the Junior Class directors. The show I worked on was "The Problem" by A.R. Gurney. That process was incredible, because not only was it the first time I had ever worked as a stage manager before, but I got to work hand in hand with some of the best upperclass talent this school has to offer, not only in the cast, but the crew as well.
The end of the semester is tough. It's a lot of work, and it can be long hours. I just downloaded a productivity/scheduling app on my laptop, just to create to do lists that I can keep referencing to make sure I am getting done what I need to get done. If you stay organized and on top of everything, you won't have a problem. If you let everything get the best of you, well, good luck with that then.
Time to go back to studying. Peace out! :)
David Fertik is a theatrical director, producer, administrator, and designer (specializing in Scenic and Puppetry Design). He currently serves as the Founding Artistic Director of Stage Left Theatre Company and the Co-Producing Artistic Director of Revolution Arts Workshop. Regional Credits include: Delware Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, International Opera Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Marian Anderson Award, French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, and Playhouse 22. David's senior thesis project entitled "The Circus Freak" featured various different types of puppetry. David is a proud member of the two largest organizations for puppeteers, UNIMA-USA and Puppeteers of America.