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THEATRE INSTRUCTOR FRANCESCA MINTOWT-CZYZ REFLECTS ON TWO YEARS AT WNCC

Olivia Wieseler, Star Herald 

"Now, as she finishes her time in western Nebraska, Mintowt-Czyz gets to go out working alongside a few of her students as colleagues through Theatre West. She has been performing in “39 Steps” alongside her students Lemuel Grady and Garrett Doremus. Both had nothing but good things to say about her.

For Mintowt-Czyz, it was an interesting dynamic to go from a student/teacher relationship to fellow professionals, but she couldn’t have asked for a better final experience in the Panhandle.

“I just feel very privileged to work opposite two of my students, and to perform in this theater for the first time is really exciting,” she said. “I stand in awe of not just how far they’ve come in the two years that I’ve been privileged enough to work with them, but in how much they’ve grown in two weeks of intense rehearsal… I can’t think of a better way to leave.”"

FULL ARTICLE HERE

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WNCC THEATRE, AVIATION PARTNER FOR NEXT PERFORMANCE

Olivia Wieseler, Star Herald

"A small Europa plane rolled in from backstage of the Platte Valley Companies Performing Arts Center on Tuesday afternoon. It was just another day in the WNCC theater program.

 

The plane is part of the set design for the theater program’s next production, “Night Witches,” a play based on a true story about women in Russia training to be pilots, mechanics and navigators during WWII.

 

“I kept thinking about how we would build one and it just seemed like such a monumental task, and you need something that’s structurally sound, that looks good and serves the story,” WNCC theater instructor Francesca Mintowt-Czyz said. “This is so functional, and I just think it’s gonna really help the actors. We play make believe and make believe is really hard when you’re pretending that some wood platforms are the wings of a plane. So now that they actually have something to play with, I think they’ll be really thrilled.””

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NEW THEATRE INSTRUCTOR BRINGS WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE

Mark McCarthy

"One of her early class projects will be for students to perform historical political speeches.

 

“The students will be choosing their own political speeches, memorizing them and presenting them,” Mintowt-Czyz said. “That will give them a chance to look at the impact of those speeches. They can see how performative politics can be and how theatrical politicians truly can be.”

 

The idea for the project came from a class Mintowt-Czyz was in along with other students from England, France, Germany, Singapore and Brazil. She was the only American in the class. Each student presented a speech in their own native language, and Mintowt-Czyz found it interesting how similar so many of the speeches were across different languages and cultures.

 

The project, she said, also encourages the students to pay attention to the political atmosphere and the world around them.”

FULL ARTICLE HERE

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MARY POPPINS IS “PRACTICALLY PERFECT”

Marcee Ludlow, Utah Theatre Bloggers 

 

"The scene that still sparkles in my memory is when Bert, Mary Poppins, Jane, and Michael visit the mysterious and magical Mrs. Corry’s “talking shop.” The ensemble was incredibly strong during this scene, and the song “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” was spectacular.

 

The small movements and reactions to the action upped the energy and humor of the scene exponentially. Judith A. Ryerson’s costumes were so vibrant, creative, and fun. Mrs. Correy, played by Francesca Mintowt-Czyz, led the fun. Mrs. Correy’s voice was a delightfully quirky and silly, her enthusiasm contagious, and her interactions with the principals fresh.”

FULL ARTICLE HERE

SOMETHING'S COMING, SOMETHING GOOD

Elisabeth Spencer, Front Row Reviewers

 

"Other Jet standouts include Ty Koeller as the hot-headed Action and Francesca Mintowt-Czyz as the outcast Anybodys."

 

FULL ARTICLE HERE

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DESERT STAR'S 'HOW THE GROUCH STOLE CHRISTMAS' IN MURRAY IS WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, AND WHY YOU'LL BE LAUGHING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Jennifer Mustoe, Front Row Reviewers

 

"Madison Bartell (Cindy Lou Who, also played by Samantha Isom), Hillary Akin Carey (Sam What, also played by Jamie Haderlie), and Francesca Mintowt-Czyz (Becky Sue When) are delightful as the sisters."

"Mintowt-Czyz shines brightest with impeccable timing and an intellectual child character that is loveable and a joy onstage."

FULL ARTICLE HERE