This year’s Clown production features a whole lot of new: new stage, a new sound and lighting booth and of course, a new building tucked below the Student Learning Centre. The production is an annual tradition for third-year students in performance. This year’s bunch brings an endless array of props, audience interaction and costume changes to the stage.
The Ryersonian got a back-stage look before the dress rehearsal on Wednesday night. Here’s a look at those colourful clowns in action.
The show premiered Thursday at 7:30 with shows to follow on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29.
All photos by Catherine Machado.
Third-year acting student Anastasia Pioro before the dress rehearsal.
Performers get stage-ready for the show.
Stage manager Alex Doody makes last minute touch-ups to the set.
- Behind-the-scenes Acting student Dylan Worth shares the news of his last-minute solo.
In the booth
From left to right: Sound technician Nicholas Lau, lighting designer Aaron Tam and stage manager Alex Doody run over tech cues in the new sound and light booth.
Just moments before show time
Director Helen Donnelly stares out into the audience before the show.
And so it begins...the first of many window entrances from the clowns.
Third-year actress Anastasia Pioro squishes the face of a fellow clown.
- Pads and high-fives Clowns high-five over pads.
Third-year acting student Dana Carabon rips off his shirt in the middle of a dance-off with himself.
"You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains..."
This clown flexes in a moment of pride at the audience's reaction to his Josh Groban impersonation.
Just popping in
A clown enters the stage through that window.
Third-year acting student Dylan Worth makes it to the other side of the ribbon in his skit.
All the clowns send off the audience in dance and song.
- A happy crowd The show receives a standing ovation from the crowd.