Gearing up for TheatreFEST 2018 requires so many things to happen, so many… steps.
This year University Theatre’s TheatreFEST continues its mission to bring professional Raleigh artists and students together as we mount our 2018 season. With the generous support of the Raleigh Arts Commission and the John McIlwee Endowment, University Theatre is not only tapping the talent of Raleigh’s performers but also its designers, choreographers, and artisans. Over the next four weeks we’ll look at those who have joined the TheatreFEST backstage family.
This week we take a look at Heather Strickland, Fight Choreographer for Deathtrap and The 39 Steps. Both of these productions are fast paced and full of stage violence, I mean come on…Deathtrap? With Heather’s direction we are renting weapons from Preferred Arms out of Virginia to “arm” the actors and she’ll be in rehearsals for the next month ensuring our actors safely and realistically… die.
Fight Choreographer - Heather Strickland
Every fight choreographer knows DEATHTRAP — mostly for the extensive list of weapons, some unusual, that are required for the show. While this is my first time working with University Theatre, I know this team of talent well and am very excited to work with them in this capacity.
And really, who could say no to crossbows, knives, and garrotes for DEATHTRAP?! And then a wild train chase for THE 39 STEPS?!
TheatreFest 2018 is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission.