WHITPAIN – The theater arts students and faculty at Montgomery County Community College brought their collective creativity together this semester to present two productions online this month.
For the first production, MCCC Theater Arts and the Drama Club will present “Alice in Wonderland” from the Manhattan Project under the direction of Andre Gregory from November 12 to 15. Tickets cost $ 5 for students and $ 10 for general admission. To order tickets, visit https://bit.ly/34fOrMm. Members of the public can watch the taped production at their convenience from November 12 to 15.
“Alice in Wonderland” promises to be fun for all ages.
“This is Andre Gregory’s adaptation of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll,” said Haley Simmonds, a theater arts student, who plays Alice in the performance. “There’s a lot of energy with the characters, and I think kids and adults alike will appreciate it.”
For the second production, MCCC Theater Arts and West End Student Theater will present Lynda Radley’s “The Interference” live on November 19, 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m. and November 22 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $ 5 for students and $ 10 for general admission. To order tickets, visit https://bit.ly/34fOrMm.
The setting of “The Interference” is a college campus where a star athlete sexually assaulted a student, and the “noise” interference makes it difficult to hear the victim’s voice. Warning Trigger: While the play does not include any acts of aggression, it does address the topic of sexual violence.
Theater Arts Major Jackie Watkins, who plays the reporter in “The Interference,” is excited about the performance. At first, however, she was reluctant to audition.
“I was a victim myself, so I had to think long and hard about doing this,” she said. “However, it was therapeutic for me. I’m becoming Karen’s voice, and she needs that voice to be heard.
Although students selected these productions on March 8 when they expected to be on campus this fall, students and faculty were able to adapt the performances to the online environment with a little imagination and hours of rehearsal. The hearings took place in mid-September.
“We had a waiting room for the auditioning students, subcommittee rooms, and then recall auditions – throughout Zoom,” said Tim Gallagher, assistant theater professor, describing the process.
“We rehearse evenings and weekends on Zoom in the safety of our own homes,” said Gallagher. “I can’t believe the membership. I sometimes wondered if they would show up after a long day on Zoom, but they always did.
Even though online rehearsals were difficult, they also had their advantages.
“The students were able to audition from either campus for the productions, and they didn’t have the commute,” Simmonds said. “I was able to work a lot more with students from Pottstown.
“Usually, during a rehearsal, the students are silent while the other actors are talking. With Zoom, the chat box was exploding with their comments, congratulating each other and saying how wonderful a particular moment was – it’s really neat to see, ”said Gallagher.
Working with the actors and researching the plays, the students of the production and design team created the costumes, props, lighting and sets, often using items they had to. home or found in thrift stores.
“I was in the theatrical production workshop and in the cast so I got to see both sides of the production,” said Simmonds, who is president of the Drama Club and recipient of an arts award. theater. “We would meet in Zoom class every Friday and talk about ideas. “
It was also a challenge, she said, to get the actors’ measurements and hope the costumes would fit. They delivered the costumes, props and sets to the actors during the scheduled drop-off / pick-up days.
“We had two drop-off / pick-up days, one at the Pottstown campus and one at Blue Bell when the production and design students dropped off the items in the parking lot,” Gallagher said. “We would disinfect and put the items in plastic bags, and an hour later the actors would pick them up.”
To complement the productions, students in the Sound Recording and Music Technology course with instructor Jen Mitlas created and recorded sound effects for “Alice”. For “The Interference”, they will interpret the sounds live with the indications of the managers.
Rehearsing and playing online through Zoom is a unique learning experience for everyone involved.
“I have learned that nothing can stop acting,” said Watkins, a theater arts scholarship recipient. “We can make it work no matter what. It is an amazing and powerful game. I learned not to be afraid, to use my voice and my talent, and to be strong.
“We have learned to overcome obstacles and understand them by working together,” said Simmonds.
The cast of “Alice in Wonderland” includes Sophie Colon, Loue Repsik, Haley Simmonds, Wesley Owens, Maya Davis-Goodstein, Sunny Funkhouser, Angelina Reilly, Eric Habermehl, Yuki Paul, Misulay Spraus, Maddie Hogeland, Jack Difiore, Philip Heid, Bo Flannery, Allison Munsey, Alaysha Gladden, Georgie Terrizzi and Min Kim.
The production and design team includes Nathan Schwarz, Georgie Terrizzi, Jackie Watkins, Elijah Best, Xin Wang, Abby Rosenthal, Adriana Cruz, Alex Toth, John Griffith, Gary Logoleo-Taylor, Haley Simmonds, Carley Harrison, Maddie Hogeland, Min Kim, Bo Flannery, Courtney Stallings, Sophia Colon, Clarena Wilson, Nathan Schwarz, Eric Habermehl, Jordan Hamim, Nisa Elshalom, Lee Berman, Namjoon Yoo, Trevor Ferry, Tyler Long and Wanda Scott-Sanders.
Jessica DalCanton, MCCC Theater Instructor, directs “Alice” with musical direction from Matthew Mastronardi, MCCC Theater Instructor.
The cast of “The Interference” includes Shelby Lenhart, Mersha Wambua, Jackie Watkins, Cam Parker, Jack DiFiore, Carly Benfield, Amanda Ackerman, Alaysha Gladden, Allison Munsey, Philip Heid, Jacob Grando, Kystyna Ursta, Jordan Hamim, John Griffith, Yuki Paul and Sunny Funkhouser.
The production and design team includes Carly Benfield, Patrick McCann, Cameron Parker, Amanda Ackerman, Allison Munsey, Yuki Paul, Shane Frederick and Jacob Grando.
Tim Gallagher, Assistant Professor of MCCC Theater, and Dyana Kimball, MCCC Theater Instructor, direct the show.
Proceeds from both productions go to the Performing Arts Merit Scholarship Fund. For more information on the MCCC Theater Arts Program, visit https://www.mc3.edu/degrees-and-programs/programs/creative-arts/theatre-arts.