Theatre show goes regional

By Sean Goodwin

“Intimate Apparel,” the production the Department of Theatre and New Dance showcased last quarter, was chosen to compete in the eighth region of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

The play is directed by professor Linda Bisesti.

“It is one of six shows chosen out of 60 from the entire region, eight to go,” Bisesti said.

The festival will run Feb. 13 to Feb. 17 at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz.

Everyone involved in production last quarter has the opportunity to participate.

One of the goals is to bring as much of the play on the road in hopes of moving onto the national competition.

Mary Hill, a second-year theater student who plays Esther Hill in the play, talked about how she felt regarding the play being selected.

“This is so surreal. I can’t believe this,” Hill said. “This is great for us. This is great for Cal Poly. This is great for everyone.”

Although many of the actors did not expect to revive their roles, everyone still has the same passion as last quarter.

However, changes to the play were made to fit the format required for competition.

Fifth-year theater student Sarah Nyenke who plays Mrs. Dickson in the play, gave a few words regarding adjusting the play.

“We’re modifying it because there are some big rules we have to follow,” Nyenke said. “We have to be under a certain time now. It’s a bit constrained. It’s very challenging, but I know we’re going to conquer that.”

Other changes included having to change the set design and props to fit the competition’s standards. The intermission also had to be taken out due to the time constraint.

The play runs for about two hours without an intermission so deciding what scenes to take out, if any, was another challenge.

The biggest obstacle the actors faced has nothing to do with the play. For the upcoming competition, the actors and technicians need to show endurance.

Third-year theater student Roslynn Glasco who played Mayme, talked about the grueling pace the actors will be subjected to.

“We’re going to perform three times with only an hour gap in-between,” Glasco said. “It’s like we’re doing a 15-hour day.”

The cast of “Intimate Apparel” will be rehearsing 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Feb. 13, and performing Feb. 14. This is an opportunity for CPP to take the theater department national.

Last year third-year theatre student Jesse Alvarado played a shop owner named Mr. Marks alongside Hill

Courtesy of the Department of Theatre and New Dance/Christopher Bashaw

Last year third-year theatre student Jesse Alvarado played a shop owner named Mr. Marks alongside Hill

Intimate Apparel 2017 performance featuring fourth-year theatre students Harmond Mosquera and Mary Hill

Courtesy of the Department of Theatre and New Dance/Christopher Bashaw

Intimate Apparel 2017 performance featuring fourth-year theatre students Harmond Mosquera and Mary Hill

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