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JSU Drama Department presents exciting 2019-20 season

Miranda Ladd, A&E Correspondent

Fall is in the air, and with that, the 2019-2020 Drama Department season will soon be in full swing.

Winston Drives Big Jim kicks off the new season on October 3. According to Chloe Barnes, this award-winning production written by Southern playwright Hubert Grissom, tells the story of “an unlikely friendship between a progressive Southern governor and his chauffeur as they drive through, witness and influence the emerging Civil Rights Movement.” This play includes the unforgettable Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Michelle Tailor, a Visiting Professor in Drama from New York City, has joined Jacksonville State University to direct the staged reading of the play and is looking forward to everyone’s response to this play’s look at mid-20th century Alabama.

The production of The Imaginary Invalid by Molière follows shortly after on November 15. This play focuses on Monsieur Argan, a chronic hypochondriac, deciding to marry off his daughter to a doctor in order to quell his growing pile of medical bills. This play is meant to make you cry from laughing.

“Not only will this give our Drama students a chance to stretch their silly, farcical muscles, it will also be a real crowd-pleaser for our audiences as well,” said Dr. Michael Boynton, the director of this upcoming production.

Was it really the pea that caused the princess a sleepless night? In the spring, the JSU Drama Department will kick it off with Once Upon a Mattress, a twist on a popular story of The Princess and the Pea. This musical is a “fun, quirky take on the classic tale” and is a “taste for the whole family,” according to Director Dr. Ellen Peck.

The annual JSU Drama Student Showcase will be held on April 4 and 5, which will showcase work from student actors, directors and designers. This is a way to see what the Drama Department’s students work on throughout the year and a way to see all of their hard work.

Lastly, the year ends with The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman. This play will be put on in conjunction with Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor society at JSU.

According to Chloe Barnes, this student-led production tells the story of “a gifted young girl who confronts her rapidly changing life and increasing horror of her time with her honesty, wit and determination,” It captures the realities of their daily existence hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic.

Tickets for the 2019-20 season are already on sale. Season tickets include all five productions. For more information or to download an order form, go to www.jsu.edu/drama/boxoffice or call 256-782-5648. Season tickets for adults are $45, and $42 for JSU faculty, staff, students, as well as military and seniors 60 years of age or older. Single show tickets will go on sale October 1. To keep up with the drama department, follow them on social media or visit their website.

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Jacksonville State Drama Department to present “The Mousetrap” this weekend

At 7 pm, on Thursday, November 13, 2014, the Jacksonville State University Drama Department will begin its weekend long presentation of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” at the Stone Center.

“The Mousetrap” is based on Christie’s short story “Three Blind Mice,” a murder mystery set in a snowy British winter.

Agatha Christie’s masterpiece “The Mousetrap” first opened in London in 1952 and has been frightening audiences ever since.

Newlyweds Mollie and Giles Ralston open an English country guesthouse the same day a murder takes place in nearby London.

Travelers arrive as snow begins to fall, eventually cutting them off from the outside world.

(Drama Department/JSU) “The Mousetrap” is based on Christie’s short story “Three Blind Mice,” a murder mystery set  in a snowy British winter.
(Drama Department/JSU) “The Mousetrap” is based on Christie’s short story “Three Blind Mice,” a murder mystery set in a snowy British winter.

Tension turns to suspicion when a police inspector arrives with the news that they may all be in danger.

When his prediction comes true in the guise of another murder, the race is on to find the murderer before they strike again.

As the play goes on, the tension in the house causes the line between possible victim and attacker to blur.

“Everyone has secrets,” says Tanner Cain, “and it is fun for the audience to figure out all those secrets during the show.”

Cain, a JSU senior, and the director of “The Mousetrap”, says that this production brings “knowledge that the students get to learn from the staff and the technicians.”

Tanner wanted to showcase the abilities of the students to the JSU audience, so he made the show mostly student run.

The acting is done completely by students, along with the designing and building of the costumes and set. The lighting, and of course the script, is the only thing that isn’t student-developed.

Tanner says that the “student perspective” creates a different atmosphere surrounding the show in the fact that it helps to enforce Christie’s point that not everyone is who they say they are.

The combined effort of all the students who have donated time and effort into “The Mousetrap” really comes to life on the stage.

The set is intricately designed with pieces that would be signature for the time era including an antique dial radio and telephone. Also, the furniture that is brought to the main stage shows off the homey feel to portray a bed and breakfast setting.

The student actors have worked for several months developing authentic sounding British accents and at times, an audience member can forget they are actually sitting in a darkened theatre instead of observing the events in the bed and breakfast; the characters could easily walk off the stage and have a realistic encounter with the audience.

The actors know their way around the stage, and have developed the characters they portray nicely, which makes it easy for audience members to see into each character’s mind and have an insight into both the motives of that particular character, but the situation as a whole.

Dillon Everett, another JSU Senior, plays Christopher Wren in the Mousetrap, an unusual young man whom he describes as “crazy, suspicious, very entertaining, and artistic.” His character is undoubtably energetic and humorous, he has questionable motives that create more hysteria in the show.

Join the JSU Drama Department on this murder mystery roller coaster of envy, jealously, secrets, and criminal intent.

The performances will be at the Ernest Stone Performing Arts Center on November 13, 14, 15 at 7 p.m. and November 16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets prices are $12 for adults and $8 for students, JSU personnel, senior citizens and members of the military. Tickets are available for reservation at the box office or on the JSU website.

Paris Coleman
Staff Writer