Earlier this semester, the NIC theater department had plans to produce The Threepenny Opera, a musical adapted from John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. However, theater instructor Joe Jacoby encountered the unexpected during the early stages.
“I’m just not sure what really happened,” said Jacoby after no male students showed up for auditions. This was unfamiliar territory for him, but instead of scrapping the whole production and giving up, Jacoby realized he could make good use of the female students who had performed extremely well in auditions. He was willing to tackle something new with minimal preparation time, determined to make it work.
Just a few weeks later, the group is set to debut their new production, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball. A perfect use of surplus feminine talent, the script tells the story of a group of bridesmaids at an extravagant, southern wedding reception.
For some, the excitement and anticipation is unchanged. Their love for theater is alive and well, and they see this as a great opportunity to show their talents and have fun. Carrie Lasher, who plays Trisha, said, “The transition has been both rewarding and challenging.”
Brooklynn Freer, who plays Georgeanne, was unfazed by the switch, explaining that the cast is a close group who is prepared for the new production.
“The show really is wonderful and it’s been a blast to be a part of.”
The lone male in the production, Brandon Miller, plays the role of Tripp, an amorous wedding usher.
“Sometimes small roles are more important, more memorable than the lead roles,” Miller said.
Led by the enthusiasm of their director, the performers are equipped to put the dramatics of the transition behind them.
As they say, the show must go on. Five Women Wearing the Same Dress will open Thursday, October 19th at 7:30 PM at the Schuler Performing Arts Center. Showings continue the 20th and 21st, picking up again Wednesday, October 26th, 27th and 28th. Themes are not suitable for children or infants. Admission is free.