Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Behind the Scenes of Dearly Departed

It’s almost time for Dearly Departed, a drop dead comedy produced by the Vol State Theater Department. We went behind the scenes during rehearsal to hear from some cast members and the director.  

“It’s really fun and enjoyable, every cast you work with is always going to be different, so it’s just really exciting,” said Nicole Black, who plays Lucille.

“I’m feeling really good about the actors, I’m feeling really good about their process, and that’s where I'm focused right now … My style is to do a lot in working with the actors in terms of them finding their intentions as characters, connecting with their characters,” said director Stephen Wedan.

One way that Stephen intends to help the squad get in touch with themselves and their characters is by practicing Tai chi before each rehearsal, not only to ease tensions, but to tap into the way energy moves through the body.

Stephen said that his favorite part of this production thus far has been “seeing the flame awaken when something clicks” in his actors. “And I’ve seen it here in several people. What happens is I’ll recognize it, I’ll let them know I see it, and their motivation just takes off. And when I don’t see it, I just work with what I can,” he added.

“I’m extremely nervous, but I think it’ll come together … We’re working really well as a team and we’re all clicking really well. We’re getting the job done, said Lauren Buchanan, who plays Raynelle. 

Dearly Departed will be performed in the Wemyss Auditorium of Caudill Hall on Fridays and Saturdays, March 29 and 30, and April 5 and 6, at 7:30 P.M. There’s also a matinee show on Sunday, March 31, at 2:30 P.M. It’s free with a Vol State ID, yet a $5 donation is encouraged which goes towards student scholarships.

Come laugh with us!

-By Rachel Keyes

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