April 01, 2011
Photo by JMPCreations
The Rollins Department of Theatre & Dance and the Rollins Players presented the student-produced, final production of the Fred Stone Theatre Second Stage Series, titled Mary’s Wedding from March 23 through 27. This was the directorial debut of Kaitlin Elizabeth Baxter (Class of 2011). Her two-person cast of Shannon Lynch (Class of 2012) and Chris Sutter (Class of 2013) created a surreal performance that was both humorous and tragic.
“This show would not have been successful without the talent and dedication of my cast and crew,” said Baxter following the March 24 performance. “Bringing this modern play to life was a great challenge.” Baxter mentioned the difficulty she experienced interpreting the vague and surreal stage directions in the script.
Set in rural Canada and the French front lines of WWI, the play written by Stephen Massicotte takes place as a young lover’s dream the night before her wedding. With a contemporary style, the dream tells the story of the relationship between Mary and Charlie, played by Lynch and Sutter, and how it lasts even as Charlie enlists in the cavalry and dies an untimely death. The performers had to play a variety of different characters throughout the play as it moved disjointedly through time.
Lynch, who was making her Fred Stone debut, commented that she was a little nervous about the intimacy of the theatre, small cast size and amount of lines spoken by her characters. However, it was clear that the actors fed off of their intimacy with the audience. “It was a major challenge, but I feel that everyone involved rose to the occasion and I am very proud of the production,” Lynch stated.
The next presentation by the Department of Theatre & Dance is the production of It’s All Greek To Me!, created and directed by David Charles, associate professor of theatre. Opening on the Annie Russell Theatre stage on April 15 and running through April 23, this improvisational comedy guarantees no two performances will be alike so audience members should plan on seeing it more than once. For information on the upcoming performance, please contact the Annie Russell Box Office at 407-646-2145.
By Justin Braun (Class of 2011MBA)
Office of Public Relations & Community Affairs
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