"Enchanted April" has successful opening weekend

This weekend marked the kick off of Whitworth Theatre’s spring production, “Enchanted April.” The play is a romantic comedy, centered around two housewives from London who vacation in Italy. As the story unfolds, the two of them get more out of the vacation than either could have anticipated. Performances were on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Friday showing was incorporated into Whitworth’s semi-annual Faculty Development Day. The faculty joined one another for dinner and were invited to see the show altogether Friday evening. Many of the faculty stayed to enjoy the show along with other members of the community, and Whitworth students.

Amongst the crowd was Stacy Keogh-George, assistant professor of sociology.

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“It was great, the set was beautiful, the students did an amazing job,” Keogh-George said.

The two main characters, Lottie Wilkins and Rose Arbuthnot, are played by juniors Michela Munoz and Alanna Hamilton.

“It was funny, there were parts that were really sad, the characters had really sad stories to tell, so it was fun to see them develop throughout the play,” George said. “I got really involved with a couple of the characters, they did a great job connecting with the audience.”

Many hours of design and practice have been put into the production. Typically, the cast has been rehearsing six days a week, for three to four hours a day, since the start of spring term. Aaron Dyszelski, a fifth year professor of theater design and tech, has been one of the many people putting a lot of time in to help bring the play to fruition. Dyszelski is heading up costume and set design for “Enchanted April.”

“I think it’s not a well known-script, so people aren’t sure what to expect, but it’s got a little bit of everything, it’s funny, there some serious moments, Dyszelski said. “All the characters are real people dealing with real problems.”

The production is guest directed by Jadd Davis, Artistic Director for Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre. This is his first production with Whitworth, but he has acted and directed on many other occasions for local theaters.

The show’s final weekend  is March 11 and 12. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. both evenings in Cowles Auditorium and runs about two hours. Whitworth students get in free with student I.D.

Kailee Carneau

Staff Writer

Contact Kailee at kcarneau17@my.whitworth.edu

Whitworth's Richard III steps away from tradition

Whitworth Theatre opened its doors for parent’s weekend to present a contemporary take on William Shakespeare’s “Richard III.” The Shakespearian tragedy is reimagined from its historical roots to take place in corporate America, stepping away from kings and queens to rooms full of executives and business partners, but still full of the play’s original corruption, power and betrayal. Directed by theatre professor Diana Trotter, the play opened in Cowles Auditorium on on Friday, Oct. 16, and was filled with students and their families to see the performance. The stage was set by dual screens in the back, which reflected the different modern settings for each scene, ranging from corporate headquarters, The Tower hotel bar and even a coffee shop.

The 7:30 p.m. performance drew many laughs and gasps as Richard navigates through political deals and shifting alliances. Senior Nathaniel Strain’s performance of Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, was captivating and energetic, freshman Megan Fox said.

“I thought that the acting was really good, and that the premise of the play set in the modern times was a really interesting take on it,” Fox said.

The story takes place in the midst of corporate culture, with a long standing dispute between the elite families of York and Lancaster. Despite the peace under the current CEO Edward IV of the York family, his younger brother, Richard, seeks to undermine Edward’s power. Driven by animosity from the happiness of those around him, power-hungry Richard strives to become the leader at any cost, including killing anyone it takes to become the head of the corporation.

The other performances will take place on Oct. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. The general admission is $10, while it costs $8 for students and seniors. Whitworth students are granted admission for free with a valid student I.D. at the door. Tickets can be bought online or before the performance.

 

Meghan Foulk

Staff Writer

Contact Meghan Foulk at 

meghanfoulk19@my.whitworth.edu