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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   March 5, 2007, Vol. 96, No. 18   prev   next   current

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By the numbers

Princeton’s world premiere of “Boris Godunov”


From left, McCarter Theatre technical director Chris Nelson tests the tubing with freshman Becca Foresman and senior Rory Weisbord. (photo: Denise Applewhite)

Princeton’s world premiere of “Boris Godunov” on April 12-14 will be the culmination of a multifaceted project that involves dozens of faculty, students and staff and numerous departments and campus offices.

• In addition to the production, the “Godunov” project includes five classes for undergraduates, graduate students and alumni, an international symposium and an exhibition at Firestone Library.

• The project is sponsored by the University Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, Department of Music, Council of the Humanities, Office of the Dean of the Faculty, School of Architecture, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Friends of the Princeton University Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, and Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies.

• Eight faculty members from four departments and programs — music, Slavic languages and literatures, theater and dance, and architecture — are members of the project team.

• The acting company includes 13 students, who will play some 60 parts. The performance also will include two singers with speaking parts, a chorus with 24 members of the University Glee Club, 35 musicians from the University Orchestra and 12 dancers.

• Some 50 costumes will be made for the play by a staff of eight to 10 full-time, part-time and student workers in the theater and dance costume shop; other costumes will be rented.

• The play includes 25 scenes all set in different locations in Russia and Poland.

• Twenty-five undergraduates are enrolled in two spring courses accompanying the production in the Program in Theater and Dance and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Four graduate students are taking a spring seminar on “Godunov.” A six-week alumni studies course related to the production will begin March 5.

• Fifteen graduate students participated in a fall architecture seminar in which they designed the set for the “Godunov” production. Five of those students are involved in building the set this spring. The set includes 150 pieces of surgical tubing attached to 10 rows of tracks running across the stage, as well as scaffolding that runs along the back wall of the stage.

See two related articles in this issue:
‘Godunov’ project driven by scholarly, artistic collaborations
From dissertations to collaborations


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