COME AND have One Mad Night with Centennial Christian drama students for lots of laughs, twists and turns.
“They can expect laughter and intrigue and some mistaken identities,” says drama teacher Jo Anne Voogd,
“It’s a good farce so there’s overdoing of everything,” she said.
Kenton Veldman is Don Cutter, a young playwright who, along with his proverb-quoting valet Wing, played by Joshua Sexton, goes to a deserted and haunted Cutter Mansion to finish writing his play in peace and quiet.
However, he finds the house inhabited by a number of strange people: Mr. Hyde (Nathan Struyk), a couple who sailed on the Mayflower John and Priscilla Alden (Cole Nutma and Hanna Veldman), Lady Macbeth (Krystal Behnke), a damsel in distress, a crooked lawyer and a “hit man” among others, who create chaos for him in this mystery farce thriller.
It’s quite a departure from the students’ play last year Les Miserables or the first play the drama club did in 2002, the Hobbit.
Voogd said she picked it after reading through 11 plays.
“It made me laugh out loud,” she said about why she chose it, adding that she likes to have change up the types of plays from year to year.
The play is part of the course, Acting 10, 11, 12, and from year to year, students may take on different roles, acting one year and then choosing a crew job the next year, for example.
“I really encourage students who are serious about fine arts to try to do different aspects of the production so they get a well-rounded experience,” said Voogd.
This year, two alumni from the program have returned to help: Peter Ramsay, who played Peter Pan a couple of years ago, is back to build the set and Voogd’s daughter, Krista, is assistant director.
For more details on the production, including dates and where to buy tickets, see City Scene on page 13.