A Play for Alaska, About Alaska

BY DYLYN PETERSON Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong “They Don’t Talk Back” endeared itself to me as soon as I stepped foot into Perseverance Theater. The set design was incredible. It more than accomplished its job of looking like a medium-sized house in a small Southeast Alaska village. The attention to detail impressed me; a small…

“The Vagina Monologues” at UAS

BY DYLYN PETERSON Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong On Feb. 10, UAS put on a production of Eve Ensler’s feminist play “The Vagina Monologues” as part of the V-Day movement, which seeks to end violence against women. V-Day was also created by Ensler, and started as a nationwide group of performances of “The Vagina Monologues” on…

Not Medea: Not Bad!

BY DYLYN PETERSON Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong I arrived at Perseverance Theatre a minute or two late. The lights were still on. There was a woman towards the front of the seating area with several bags, a Styrofoam container of food, and, what alerted me that she was part of the play, an umbrella. I…

Pirates of Penzance

BY ALEXA CHERRY For the UAS Whalesong I don’t remember when the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out, but I do remember that my “pirate phase” was well underway by my 12th birthday. That’s probably why my parents decided to bestow the soundtrack to Gilbert & Sullivan’s musical The Pirates of Penzance upon…

On Representation in Media

BY KAYLYN HASLUND For the UAS Whalesong Television, movies, and all other forms of mass media hold a tremendous amount of inspiration for people, as well as a template for some to see themselves in. This template is typically only for a specific type of person. It’s not often that all people of all backgrounds…

A Close Shave

BY ALEXA CHERRY For the UAS Whalesong I gained an interest in Sweeney Todd well before I came to college. It was around that time that my fascination with    angry men with dubious morals and homicidal tendencies was at its peak – I had seen the 2004 version of Phantom of the Opera (as well…

Within the Silence

BY KAYLYN HASLUND For the UAS Whalesong On October 8th “Within the Silence”: The story of the Japanese/American Interment during World War II performance came to our university’s Egan lecture hall. It was a multi-media performance that brought history back to life and showed the audience the horror for Japanese American citizens after Pearl Harbor…

Othello: The Experience

It seems to me like there are two kinds of plays – ones where the characters move around and do stuff in different settings, like Pirates of Penzance, and then there are ones where the characters mostly just stand around talking to each other and to the audience. Othello ominously promised to be one of the latter.