If it is not the university career, education and social life that some people are focusing on when it comes to the overall college experience – chances are it might be about their love life.
If that’s truly the case, then the Department of Theatre and New Dance’s final spring quarter production entitled, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” that debuted last Friday at the University Theatre might be something that the university attendees would relate to.
Professor and Department Chair Bernardo Solano directed the musical comedy, which showcases the audience multiple scenarios of different characters and stories that revolve around one theme.
“The show is about relationships and how they change over time,” said Solano. “So, it follows couples, young people when they are first dating – through courtship and marriage and children and old age.
So, it looks at relationships from a bunch of different angles – the good, the bad and the ugly as well as hopefully some fun along the way.”
The non-linear musical consists of an 11 ensemble casts that do not have a single role or a set group of characters as they spotlight the theatre production’s overall theme with specific topics per scenario.
The musical is accompanied by live performances of Music Director and Pianist Corey Hirsch and Violinist and Cal Poly Pomona alumni Sarah Wallin Huff.
The ensemble cast portrays these multiple, independent scenarios with different atmospheres and actions that coincide with the dialogue to set the scene as well as the singing performances that coincides with the show.
The pattern of dreams, wishes, fears and insecurities follow throughout the play as a single set of a scene seemingly performs and merges with the next distinguishable act with the 11-ensemble cast.
The obstacles presented in the play’s scenarios have representations of people and ideas that helps provide intimacy to specific groups of audiences.
These include people who have no relationship experience, lying partners, lack of single bachelors, the socially inept, different affiliations, age, divorce, parenting – ultimately anything that revolves the topic of love life – which what this musical is all about.
The setting, stage and props of the musical is specialized to be a warehouse filled with many gear, stacked furniture and appliance to replicate a form of workplace as well as the seemingly elusive environment through the series of separate events.
The good, the bad and the ugly behind the theme of the play overlaps one another with some of the scenes addresses one side as the victor compared to the other options.
One scenario includes a girl extremely happy that a boy that she likes actually called her, and performs her heart out to the audience.
Another scenario includes a boy who is acting funny toward a girl he is in a relationship with, because he didn’t want to mess up and mistakenly brought himself up as a loser.
The second half of the musical continues that acknowledged formula from the first act, but the later part of the topic – technically the adulthood side of love rather than the casual dating tropes.
“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” overall still grasps the audience with the one consistent theme despite the lack of a single narrative for the series of narratives.
Director Solano gives a statement when it comes to the musical’s title’s meaning.
“’I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,’ the title is about what relationships sometimes boil down to,” said Solano. “You meet somebody, you fall in love with them, but you still want to them to be what you want them to be, so it’s a little bit of an ironic comment.”
The final spring quarter university theater production “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” has shows on May 17, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. as well as a matinee show at 2 p.m. on May 20.
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