Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Amateur theater group to present farce in Ferg By Dylan Walker | Staff Reporter
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Four couples at an upscale New York dinner party hardly makes for an interesting evening. WHAT: “Rumors: A Farce” Add a bullet wound, missing hostess, suicide WHEN: April 11-12 at 7 p.m. conspiracy, police and a slew of other complicaWHERE: Ferguson Center Theater tions, though, and you have “Rumors: A Farce,” a play by Neil Simon. The College of Engineering Does Amateur “The group started about five or six years Radical Theater will bring this intricate play to the Ferguson Theater stage this weekend. ago as a very small group of people who wantJaclyn Schillinger, a freshman majoring in ed to get together and do plays,” Morris said. physics and a cast member in the show, said “After Get on Board Day in 2012 and our show the play is a lighthearted comedy. Based on the the following spring, more and more people got theme of rumors and deception, the play takes involved.” CDA is open to all majors, giving anyone an a comedic, rather than educational, approach. “It’s primarily a farce, so it’s not really about opportunity to perform. CDA treasurer Connor learning a lesson,” Schillinger said. “It’s a Smith said the founders were all engineering majors, so the group is housed under the College comedy.” Jackson Morris, a sophomore majoring in of Engineering and advised by Kevin Whitaker, aerospace engineering and CDA president, said associate dean for academic programs. “The original mission of the group was to this play marks new territory for the 10 performers in “Rumors: A Farce.” The show will be provide theatrical opportunities to engineers and STEM majors,” Smith said. CDA’s first time performing in “The school supports us by prothe Ferguson Theater, whereas viding H.M. Comer 126, where all previous productions have we practice and performed all been held in a classroom in H.M. of our shows leading up to this Comer Hall. one.” “This time we wanted to step The Ferguson Theater will it up and do something a little open “Rumors: A Farce” to bigger. This is the biggest cast a larger audience and give I think the group’s ever done in CDA actors a raised stage for their history,” Morris said. “We — Connor Smith performance. Schillinger said have returners from our last this excites the cast, instead of show and three or four more intimidating it. people who were in the group “I personally have quite a to perform with us for the first good deal of theater experience time.” Current CDA members were drawn to the from back in high school, so I’m more used to organization for its atmosphere and the theat- performing on a raised stage,” Schillinger said. rical opportunities it provides for non-theater “This will be more comfortable for me.” In the future, CDA wants to continue expandmajors. Jessie Swift, a sophomore majoring in accounting and finance and CDA vice presi- ing membership and attendance. Morris said he wants to perform more shows while serving dent, joined the group her freshman year. “It was Get on Board Day my freshman as president to give more performers their time year, and I saw everyone having so much fun. on stage. “More shows can get lots more people I thought, ‘This is so cool,’” Swift said. “I did theater in high school, and I didn’t think I could involved and active in the group,” Smith said. do anything theater related again, and now I get “It’s a good experience for lots of people. Theater is a very good mental stimulant; we all my opportunity.” The same Get on Board Day that attracted want to be here.” CDA will perform “Rumors: A Farce” April Swift brought in 20 other interested students to auditions, including Morris and current CDA 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. in the Ferguson Theater. Tickets are $7. cast members.
More shows can get lots more people involved.
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CW | Lindsey Leonard Engineering students perform at a dress rehersal their rendition of “Rumors: A Farce.”