Taking the Spring Play to New Heights

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Zach Peltonen, Staff Writer

There is good news out there for those Marian students who are still harboring childhood dreams of becoming famous Hollywood actors. The spring play offered by the Marian University English Department is coming back this year with a bang.

For the last two years, the English Department has offered students the chance to be part of a spring play. It is a one credit course that allows students to act, produce or help out with the production of a play. Last year, the play, Almost Maine, written by John Cariani, was deemed a success by many people who watched or were involved with it.

Professor Christina Kubasta, one of the directors of the play, agrees, saying, “More than 120 people came to see the one-time performance. For our second year of the new spring play tradition at Marian, we had much more interest and involvement from the campus community, and a large turnout for the show. I hope people enjoyed it. “

Although the play was a success this past year, that was not always the case. In its first year, the play suffered from lack of interest and no budget. This year, directors Keith Fairchild and Christina Kubasta will have two years’ experience and an inflow of cash from Marian’s Student Senate under their belt. Hopefully, this will enable them to take the spring play to new heights. The money will come from using Student Senate sponsorship funds that are available to all Marian students. According to Marian University’s website, in order to use the sponsorship funds, the event being sponsored must be open to all Marian students and follow Marian’s core values.

This influx of extra funding will allow the play to purchase much needed props and costume items. These will greatly improve the quality of the performance.

Kubasta thinks it could also help with choosing a venue. “For the last two years, the play was performed in the HSC on the stage in the cafeteria. We are hoping this year to have a small budget, and we are looking into other spaces to rehearse and perform. Last year, we used the HSC stage and there were some logistical difficulties with using that space –we are open to ideas!”

The stage works well enough for small amateur performances, but is inadequate for larger productions. One other option is the Fond du Lac High School Performing Arts Center, which could be a perfect fit for this year’s performance.

Besides a change of venue, there are other things that Fairchild wants to improve on. “This year we want to work out some more of the logistical issues we ran into, with sound, lights, and things like that, so we want to get that more organized, and we want to have students filling those roles. We are also working with a script that the students are writing instead of a purchased script. So we are looking forward to more student involvement and a more student directed type of production.”

English students involved with last year’s production will be doing a version of Shakespeare Abridged, a play by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield that parodies all of William Shakespeare’s works in one performance (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised], n.d.). Last year, Fairchild and Kubasta had to purchase the rights to the play, Almost Maine. Now, those funds that were used to purchase the rights last year can be used elsewhere for a new venue, props or refreshments. While Marian students will have to wait and see whether this next performance lives up to the hype, they can help make it a success by emailing Kubasta or Fairchild about joining or helping out.  Hopefully, whatever happens, this year’s play can be taken to new heights.

 

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References

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. (n.d.). Retrieved from Reduced Shakespeare Company: http://www.reducedshakespeare.com/productions/the-complete-works-of-william-shakespeare-abridged/

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