For their senior BFA project, Performance Production’s John Tyndall ’18 and Becca Pauza ’18 decided to stage the Seattle premiere of The Victorian Hotel by Angus Oblong.
The audience experienced terrors and laughs as Lady Claudia Frothington and Winston Frothington III ventured into The Victorian Hotel in February at Cornish. Like all of illustrator Angus Oblong’s work (Adult Swim’s The Oblongs), the humor was decidedly adult and dark. Puppets and actors combined to tell the ghoulish story.
John Tyndall ‘18 and Becca Pauza ‘18 decided to set their production in Cornish’s oldest building, the 1915 Raisbeck Hall. Originally built as a Sons of Norway lodge, and once used for a Twin Peaks location, the theater served as the perfect place for a haunted night out in February.
Tyndall sent an email to Oblong after discovering his play as an unpublished work (the play was produced by the Rogue Artists Ensemble at Santa Monica’s Powerhouse Theatre in 2006). Oblong responded with phone call and was delighted that Tyndall wanted to do The Victorian Hotel as his senior project. He worked with Tyndall, granting him the rights and traveling up from LA to help workshop script adjustments as well as lending his aesthetic to the designers.
Cornish students from Theater, Dance, and Performance Production were involved in the show. “We also had the pleasure of working with professionals in puppeteering, acting, and designers from outside our Cornish network,” said Tyndall.
“We stretched our skills and knowledge as we learned how to make art with a limited budget, interpersonal communication, and sharing,” said Pauza.
For both of them, sharing meant more than designing the production – “it is thoughts, concerns, hopes, fears, and who we are as people. The Victorian Hotel wasn’t just a place to stay for the night. The Hotel was a place to meet in the lobby and work together to make art,” said Pauza.