Millersville offers a thrilling season of theatre

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Josh Rittberg

Staff Writer

This theater season at Millersville promises theatrical productions that are sure to entertain and astound. According to professor and director Tony Elliot, “All three of the plays on campus this season are written by women.” In this decade, it is a major stepping stone for the Millersville theatre scene.  This season also offers a wide variety of performances, from a thrilling murder mystery to a dark comedy. This theatre season truly offers something for everybody.

 

“And Then There Were None”, which is showing at Claire Performance Hall from November 9-12, is inspired by a book of the same name by Agatha Christie. The play centers around a group of people who are trapped in a large mysterious mansion. One by one the inhabitants get killed off, and the audience is left to guess who the murderer is. According to Professor Elliot, “Millersville has not done a murder mystery in my fifteen years here.” He says that as a director, “You always have to make sure the audience is along with you.” This play, while definitely full of murders, is full of intriguing dialogue as well.

As a director, Elliot must keep the audience interested during the dialogue scenes so they are fully invested in the story when the excitement of the murders comes later in the play. This play is being presented in Claire Performing Arts Center, and audiences should expect a lavishly detailed set that will bring them right into the mysterious world of Agatha Christie. This play promises to be a thrilling night of theatre that will have audiences at the edge of their seats.  

 

The next play of the season is “Radium Girls” by DW Gregory and tells the true story of three girls who paint radium dials in a factory. These girls become sick from an overexposure of radium. “Radium Girls” is going to be guest directed by Joanna Underhill, who is greatly involved with the Lancaster Theatre Scene and even works at the Writing Center at F&M University.

The play explores the girls legal battle with the major corporate radium company. This cinematic piece of theatre takes place in many locations and times that range from 1918 to 1928. Although this is a fast paced play, at the heart of it is a human story about suffering and lack of sympathy. It is also an underdog story between the big corporate company and the innocent girls. This play also concerns women’s rights’ issues that are still prevalent today.

The last production of this year is a dark comedy called “Sin” by Wendy Macleod. The main character in this play, Avery, is extremely self-absorbed, and views herself as better than everyone else. The other characters in Avery’s life each represents the seven deadly sins, which include lust, greed, and envy. This play will be directed by Tony Elliot. While it may seem intense in scope, the whole idea of the play is to bring the main character of Avery down to earth. This play is a very dark and funny comedy and brings a strong ending to the theatre season.

 

Along with the three main campus productions, Citamard this semester is putting on a show called “Durang/Durang”, which is a humorous evening of short plays that are all written by the celebrated playwright Christopher Durang. This production is directed by Citamard’s own Lisa Shaffer, and will be in Rafters Theatre on Friday, October 20 at 8p.m., and on the 21 at 2p.m.

 

This semester, the All Campus Musical Organization, or ACMO, is putting on a musical showcase called “Loud and Proud.” This showcase, which is being held on Friday, October 27 at 8p.m. and October 28 at 2p.m. and 8p.m. in Rafters Theatre, is a joyful evening of music and acceptance. This spring, ACMO is putting on a production of the Cole Porter classic Anything Goes. This iconic musical comedy which is set on the ship SS American is sure to be an evening of toe-tapping numbers and great fun.

 

This theatre season at Millersville promises to be a wonderful year, not just for local students, but also for the general theatre community. Every year, Millersville Theatre tries to find how they can make themselves even better, and this year could easily end up being the brightest season of theatre