The Theater III and IV classes will be performing “Thrill of the Kill,” a play written by senior Mark Boehm, for their showcase on Dec. 13 and 14. On both nights, the play will be held at 7 p.m. in the Jeanne Spurlock Theater.
A showcase of Theater III and IV students is performed every year at the end of first semester, and this year the one-act comedy will be directed by senior Rachele DeLuca. Boehm said they chose to do a student written play because they wanted a cast that could include all of the students.
“We have an incredibly female dominated class,” Boehm said. “We were struggling to find a play with the appropriate male-to-female ratio we needed to make sure ever class member had a role, so I wrote the play with specific actors in mind to play each person.”
After much brainstorming with Theatre teacher Teresa De Zarn, Boehm decided to make the setting of the play a women’s penitentiary, and focus on four women who are in prison for murder. Throughout the play, the women tell each other about their stories, and find they have more in common than they think. Boehm said the plot line has many unexpected twists, and even some surprising romance.
“This play gives an inside look at how hard it is for women to get along when they’re forced to live together in tight quarters,” Boehm said. “It’s full of drama and laughter, and maybe one or two cat fights. There’s a lot of physical combat to keep you awake.”
Boehm, who will also act in the play, said he’s looking forward to seeing his work come to life, but admits it’s been a challenging experience. “It’s very exciting!” Boehm said. “It’s going to be crazy, though, because I’m in the play as well. That must have been the toughest part of writing it, because I wanted to make a character for myself that was fun to play and that I could play well, but I also needed to create a real character that wasn’t trying to have the spotlight all the time. Hopefully I achieved that.”
The Theater Showcase will also feature a second comedy called “Sure Thing” by David Ives, which senior Matt Gabbard is directing. “It’s really funny,” Gabbard said. “There’s this couple that can’t really seem to connect. Everything is constantly going wrong, but every time something goes wrong they get a second chance, and eventually they fall in love.”
De Zarn said that she’s been more of a producer than directing throughout the process. She felt that it is important for the students to have experience will all the aspects of theater performances, so she let them take the reins, especially the directors Gabbard and DeLuca. “The reason why we have this showcase is to give the advanced students the opportunity to do different things, like directing,” De Zarn said.