Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont
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April 2-6, 2013
Written by Donald Marguiles
Directed by Anna Rebmann
The play is directed Anna Rebmann, a senior theatre major, and is based on the true story of Louis de Rougemont. He is a self-proclaimed explorer who became famous for the story of his adventures in the islands of the South Pacific published in the World Wide Magazine at the turn of the century. After his story is called into question, the magazine quipped, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but De Rougemont is stranger than both.” Rebmann said, “Remember when you where a child, when the world seemed huge and everything seemed new. As a grown up, the world can feel much smaller, but this story is a return to that sense of exploration and mystery in creation.“Shipwrecked! will feature four students from the Belhaven Theatre Department who will play 50 different characters, from Queen Victoria to native tribesmen. Craig Fairbanks, Zak Leatche, Morgan Robertson and Melissa Ray make up the cast. Rebmann adds, “The fun thing about this show is that I have actors who are very creative and willing to try different things with each of the 50 characters.”
Theatre is about story. If we take away the lights, music, technical equipment, costumes, and props, but still have a story--we have theatre. The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont, as told by himself, is a gem among tales. It reminds us that the world is bigger, more varied, and more complicated than we realize.
I had two goals for this rehearsal process: to maintain a sense of wonder and to give the performers freedom to tell the story. One way we kept our wonder alive was by sharing a nightly amazing fact. Our favorite discoveries included mini-countries in Australia, slugs that date ninja-style, and the sleeping habits of dolphins.
Freedom is a beautiful, but frightening, decision. Giving it means that brilliant mistakes will happen. Accepting it requires full commitment and trusting the director’s honesty. I think I can answer for all of us: this story forced us off the paved road into the place where adventures occur. I hope you enjoy the show as much as I have.
Anna is a graduating Theatre major with a Performance emphasis and a minor in Creative Writing. Her previous directing credits include Treed, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Adventures of Deadshot Doodler. In the fall, Anna will be attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts for a semester-long acting program. Her post-graduate goals include being a professional performer, exploring Ireland on foot, and owning a large dog. In the meantime, she is thankful for her Belhaven family, this opportunity to direct, and God’s grace in her life.
|Directed by||Anna Rebmann|
|Technical Director||Rebekah Bert|
|Costume Designer||Jennie Barney|
|Stage Manager||Rachel L. Anderson|
|Assistant State Manager||Nikki Lee|
|Scenic Designer||Alex Fortin|
|Lighting Designer||Dixie Lee Trimm|
|Louis de Rougemont||Zak Blatche|
|Player 1||Craig Fairbanks|
|Player 2||Melissa Rey|
|Player 3||Morgan Robertson|
|Featuring Musician||Grace MacMaster|