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A scent of flowers : a record and analysis of a production Freiman, Judith Ann

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A Scent of Flowers by James Saunders was produced and directed by Judith Freiman, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for a Master of Arts degree in the Department of Theatre of the University of British Columbia, at the Frederic Wood Studio Theatre from Wednesday, January 31 to Saturday, February 3, 1968. The following is a detailed record of that production along with the director's analysis and interpretation of the script. A Scent of Flowers was produced on a budget of $300.00 with a three and a half week rehearsal period and had a run of five performances in a theatre seating one hundred three people. The cast was composed of five students and three non-Equity performers. The set was designed by Brian Arnott; costumes, by Susan Gibson. This record is divided into three main sections. The first is an essay which begins with brief biographical information about James Saunders and a short discussion of his recurring basic themes and his style. This is followed by a detailed examination of A Scent of Flowers with particular emphasis on the structure of the play as the basis of the directorial concept. The essay concludes with re-emphasis on the play as an image. The second section is made up of the actual script including inserts and cuts, blocking, significant division into beats, and indicating light, sound, and scenery cues. For each major unit or beat there is a brief analysis which indicates the directorial approach taken in terms of purpose, action, dominant emotions, character dominance, and any difficulties involved. The third section is made up of various tables, records, and illustrations relating directly to the production. Included are the insertions for the mass in Act II and lists of light cues, music cues, properties, costumes, cost lists, and box office reports. Also included are a sample of the program and copies of the press reviews. The illustrations include colour photographs of the production, costume drawings, and finally, blueprints of the floor plan and working drawings.

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