No Boring Summers!
Hi! I'm Dr. Lloyd Arnett and I'm hosting a blog this summer for anyone who wants to know something more about the university and its faculty.
Some people think that university professors don't have anything to do in the summer. Let me tell you a little about my summers and you can decide for yourself.
Last summer I worked on a documentary television show in Israel. I began my current summer by attending the opening of the Pacific Theatre/ TWU Theatre co-production of Kaufman and Hart's classic comedy, You Can't Take It With You in Vancouver, featuring no less than 11 current and former TWU theatre students and directed by TWU professor and Pacific Theatre artistic director, Ron Reed.
This morning I wrote a letter to a New York play publisher to accompany a new anthology of plays I've developed with TWU students in recent years and recently edited. Tomorrow I resume directing a new production of the musical, Cotton Patch Gospel, starring former TWU student and Gallery 7 Theatre artistic director, Ken Hildebrandt. I'll continue working on the show until it opens on June 13.
My stage manager for the production is current TWU theatre student, Nicola Prigge, who has just completed her first year at TWU. Nicola was one of the stars of last term's Theatre-at-TWU production of Scotland Road, a play for which the backdrop was the sinking of the H.M.S. Titanic.
I am also preparing to direct Molière's Tartuffe, a sparkling comedy from the French 17th century. The show was cast at the end of last term and the students are chomping-at-the-bit to get started when September rolls around. On Tuesday I meet with the set-designer to talk about staging the play in our space, which is being renovated as you read this.
This morning I prayed about what other projects it might please God to have me undertake over the summer. Like most TWU professors, I don't plan to be bored!
Lloyd Arnett, Theatre at TWU