Theatre Studies Production
- Rachauffe - 2014
One of the most anticipated events of the academic year 2014-15 was Rechauffe, the play produced by the first year Theatre Studies students, directed by NinadSamaddar. A play entirely created by the students, Rechauffe was scripted as a story consisting of various characters from different story lines in Disney, namely Jaffar played by Abbas Khaleeli, The Evil Queen by MaliniMalaviya, Jedidiah Arul And RishviPragasan as Hansel & Gretel respectively followed by characters such as Prince Charming, Timon&Pumba, so on. It was the result of nearly 4 months of hard work and effort by the students, and it turned out to be quite an exuberant one indeed. It was met by positive reviews, yearning the lead roles critical acclaim in particular.
The act was in a simple format of 10 scenes in one singular act, with German characters Hansel & Gretel portrayed to be running away from the Evil Queen as she tries to capture them and the ring that Gretel finds along the way. The ring is later revealed to have mysterious powers and saves the duo from a host of troublesome situations. It revolves around their encounters with an array of different characters as mentioned above, with a few musical elements such as Baloo The Bear singing then a song, and so on. Their encounter with the very flamboyant Prince Charming at the Ball was quite flashy, where the Queen disguises herself as Cinderella and earns their friendship. Towards the end there's a final battle between the duo and the Evil Queen &Jaffar, when Gretel accidentally casts a spell which makes the Queen and her accomplice dance their feet off before banishing them to a land far away. It all ends with Timon&Pumba lightening the mood and bringing it to the perfect end with their most well known phrase, HakunaMatata. Apart from the acting that appealed to me was the use of Sets and Properties done with a lot of detail for each scene by Shreya Shyamsundar along with her team. And no play on stage can be performed with right lighting or music. The lights done by AishwaryaAshaok also the Assistant Director were apt for every scene. Furthermore, the music was mostly pre-recored but had a great impact on how the mood of the play had to be set credits for which go to their Music head Daphne who brilliant job in selecting the write music pieces. Also, the costumes of each and every character on stage were done with a lot of detail which I highly appreciated.
It was an interesting and surprisingly detailed start for these students; a step closer in the professional world of this art. A feel-good play on the whole, it was seen as a perfect start for the aspiring first years of Theatre Studies and hope to put on such interesting plays in the future. None of these efforts would have followed through without the guidance of the second years and the supervision of the Head pf Department, Madam Esther Yates.
- As You Like It - 2014 by William Shekespeare
After Savre, the pioneering students of the department of Theatre Studies produced their second production - ‘As You Like It’ by William Shakespeare. Abridged, performed and directed by the second year students only, the production, is revolutionary and at times, radical. The text is completely Shakespearean; the costumes belong to the 20th century; and just twenty-three students – the pioneering batch of the Theatre Studies department of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) and of the country was colossal – pulled it all off in a manner which was spectacular and brilliant. Mr. Jagdish Raja , Founder Director of Jagriti Theatre ,was the Chief Guest.
All the way from directing to acting to sets to music was created by the students along with constant guidance of the HOD of Theatre Studies, Professor Esther Yates. Arjun Pathni directed the entire production with the help of Aparna Bharathan and Niriksha Segu who were the assistant directors and also in charge of costumes.
The interpretation of each character in the play was an amalgamation of the director’s vision and each actor’s imagination. The entire set was conceptualized by Rini Joseph and Subhiksha Sahay. Rini was also the stage manager. Most of the sets were made by the students themselves. Likewise, the music: there were just three songs whose lyrics and music were written and composed respectively and exclusively by NamyaNaresh and Ann Tissa of the Theatre Studies department. The students of Theatre Studies did CHRIST (Deemed to be University) proud and succeeded in change the pre conceived notions of the greatest playwright of all times.
- Savre 2013
A musical revue by the students of the Theatre Studies Department (TCE) titled Savre premiered on the 21st of September, 2013. The production was part of the Theatre Studies curriculum. The songs performed belong to the musicals of the latter part of the 20th century.
The event turned out to be just that much special because of the gracious presence of Dr. Thomas Chandy (Founder of HOSMAT hospital) along with an appreciative audience of over 500 CHRIST (Deemed to be University) students and faculty.
Savre was reprised exclusively for Dr. John Bernett (Principal Lecturer of the Liverpool Hope University).