Students to perform fall play

McNicholas will perform their fall play, Is He Dead?, written by Mark Twain and adapted by David Ives, on November 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jeanne Spurlock Theatre. Student tickets are $8 and adult tickets are $10.    

“I love rehearsing and watching a show come to life,” said Theater Director and Producer Teresa De Zarn, who is making her McNicholas debut.     

Auditions for the fall play were held the last week in August, and they have been rehearsing since the beginning of September. De Zarn thinks the students have grown into their characters well.

Starring students include senior Matt Gabbard, junior Scott Frenzel, and senior Mark Boehm. However, De Zarn said that all of the characters play an important role in the play because it is an ensemble show. Other members of the cast include seniors Matt Ketchum and Courtney Dunne, juniors Sarah Emig, Adam Dill, and Jenna Zicka, sophomore Max Bartell, and freshmen Drue Glaser, Christopher Wells, Nicholas Emig, and Michael Pincumbe.

Gabbard plays Jean Francois-Millet, a French painter who cannot sell any of his works and is facing debtors’ prison. His friends convince him to fake his death, and then get rich from his paintings. According to De Zarn, “it gets very silly and funny.”

Frenzel said, “This play has been a big commitment, because the play takes place in 1846, when hair styles were a lot different. None of the guys are allowed to cut their hair, which has given me quite the hair and some ‘bold’ sideburns. It’s commitments like this that really make the show that much better.”

Frenzel also mentioned that he was excited for the audience to hear the jokes. De Zarn said that she thinks the cast will enjoy hearing someone laugh other than her. “I can’t wait for them to have a real audience,” De Zarn said.

See New Theater Director brings Broadway experience to McNicholas by Hayley Coldiron to learn more about De Zarn.

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