“Sometimes I want to be up there dancing! But I’m very happy to be on this side of the table,” proclaims junior theatre major Maggie Cramer.
You may recognize Cramer from her star turn as the titular character in last semester’s Second Stage show Eurydice, as well as her role as Christine Linde in the recent main stage production of A Doll’s House. However, for the upcoming main stage musical She Loves Me, Cramer views the show from a completely different perspective, taking a step behind the curtain as Assistant Director.
“Going into it, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Cramer admits. “This was my first time in an Assistant Director position, and my first time working with [theatre faculty member] Sarah [Gabel]. I wanted to come into the process and learn a lot, and that’s definitely what’s happening!”
As a part of that learning, a portion of Cramer’s job as Assistant Director is to conduct dramaturgical research about the musical. Starting with the plot, Cramer explains that She Loves Me “follows the clerks’ and customers’ lives in Mr. Maraczek’s parfumerie, which is similar to a department store. In particular, it follows two clerks, Georg and Amalia.”
Not wanting to give away too many details, Cramer hints at the unique nature of Georg and Amalia’s fiery relationship. “At first, they cannot stand each other, but as the show progresses, you learn that they have more in common than they think!” And of course you’ll have to see the show to find out exactly what those similarities are!
I hope your week has been off to a good start. Over at columbinus, we just moved into our space in the Underground Theatre and are about to enter technical rehearsals on Thursday where we will begin to incorporate lights, sound, projections, and other design elements of the show. We couldn’t be more excited to build this world even more!
This week, I wanted to focus on the vast net that Columbine has cast, specifically in two areas – the internet’s obsession with Dylan and Eric, or the “Columbiners”, and the copycats. Our show does a great job of painting a picture of the immediate Littleton, but one thing that gets lost is the chain of events that have followed Columbine on a national level.
First and foremost with Columbine, we must remember that Dylan and Eric wanted two things – death and glory. They wanted to be remembered like Gods in their homicide and suicide. They were two kids from Colorado who wanted to top the Oklahoma City bombing and if it weren’t for some faulty wiring, they would have succeeded. The propane tank bombs they built would have blown up the school and most likely claimed the lives of hundreds of people. When that failed, they switched to shooting, and our narrative continues from there; thirteen dead and twenty-four injured. They would dream of Quentin Tarentino and Steven Spielberg fighting over who would direct the movie based on their lives. They were obsessed with the media and production that went into creating the persona that were Rebel (Eric) and voDKa (Dylan). They knew they would have an audience following these events and they milked that for everything it was worth.
Do you know that giddy, smiley feeling that you get when you’re in love? Where just the thought of them makes your heart flutter and stomach flip? Where you start to dream about their existence and your next encounter, hoping that they share the same feelings for you? I have been lucky enough to feel this feeling every day, with a source that will never let me down – good food. Although my love story isn’t as romantic as Georg and Amalia’s in She Loves Me (playing in the Newhart Family Theatre from April 15 – 24), I’d like to share my favorite restaurants with you in the hopes that you will find your true food love too.
Rub’s Backcountry Smokehouse, located at 6954 N Western Ave, has a perfect assortment of barbecue flavors that is sure to please anyone. If you’re looking for the feeling of a home cooked meal, this is definitely the place to go! All sandwiches and meals are cooked using wood burning smokers – this is the real deal guys. Did I forget to mention their house-made sides that are made fresh daily? Beat that dining hall food every single time. It was love at first bite for me and the Truffled Mac N Cheese (it’s only $4!) and we’ve been going strong ever since. And if I haven’t convinced you yet, try the Smoked BBQ Nachos and you’ll be in it for the long haul. Check out out the full menu here!
If you’re the kind of person who needs to explore their options before seriously committing, then Twisted Tapas is the place for you. Located just a few blocks away from Loyola’s campus at 1146 W Pratt Blvd, this place specializes in traditional and international fusion tapas and even has a brunch menu. My personal favorite dishes are the Black Bean Cakes (avocados are so good to me), the Chicken Meatballs and the Cucumber Salad. Each plate ranges from an affordable $5 to $12 and is the perfect spot to grab a bite with a few friends before seeing the show! Click here to see the wide variety of hot and cold tapas.