cwACT will present ‘Black Comedy’ on two weekends
cwACT, the local theater group, will present the comedy “Black Comedy” from Feb. 5 to 7 and 12 to 14 at Sentry’s Theater@1800, 1800 North Point Drive, Stevens Point.
The play, a classic farce, is directed by Helena Collins-Price and was written by acclaimed playwright Sir Peter Shaffer.
Show times will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 5 and 12, and Saturdays, Feb. 6 and 13; and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 7 and 14. Tickets are $12 each and available at cwTickets.com or at the door one hour before the show.
The play follows a reversed lighting scheme, opening with a darkened stage until a power outage brings the stage to light as the actors portray the situation as a blackout.
The story follows Brindsley Miller, a sculptor, and his fiancée Carol Melkett who have borrowed expensive furniture from a neighbor, Harold Gorringe, without permission. They want to impress Carol’s father, Colonel Melkeet and Georg Bamberger, an elderly millionaire art collector, coming to view Brindsley’s work.
After the power goes out, Harold returns unexpectedly and Brindsley’s ex-mistress, Clea, shows up. They are also joined by Miss Furnival, a spinster and lifelong teetotaler who is afraid of the dark.
Collins-Price said she is excited about the production. “This is a phenomenal cast. It’s really very easy and fun to direct them,” she said. “It’s a wonderful experience. It’s going to be a wonderful show.”
She directed the play “Noises Off!” last year with British characters in the cast and doing this one with the cast adding a British accent has been fun.
“There are certain characters with a typical British accent that add so much to the play,” she said. “We are getting them fleshed out and it makes a funny show. It’s one of my favorite shows.”
She said she’s also been impressed with the crew, getting the scenery, props and costumes ready for the performance.
“Not only is everything appropriate for the period, but it’s colorful and vibrant in the setting for the production,” she said.
“It’s going to be an absolutely wonderful show,” she said. “One of the things is there is a lot of physical comedy, it’s humorous, it’s almost like photographing a move. It’s very physical how it’s being said and how it’s happening, like something Dick Van Dyke does. This particular show, I think, will be very enjoyable.”
The cast includes Amber Fait as Clea, Wendy Minch as Miss Furnival, Steve Martin as Brindsley Miller, Dan O’Donnell as Coronal Melkett, Becca Van Norman as Carol Melkett, Joseph Nowinski as Harold Gorringe, Eric Finn as Georg Bamberger and Mike Edgren as Schuppanzigh.
The production staff includes Helena Collins Price, director; Renee Wiedmeyer, assistant director; Ronda Wadina, producer; Lee St. Martin, costume designer; David Carlson, set designer; Amanda Simons and Amber Zietlow Michur, publicity coordinators; Renee Wiedmeyer and Carol Dahlen, hair and makeup design; David Carlson, lighting design; David Carlson, Russ Ballenger, Kurt Yanike, June Kons, Sue Keyes,Pam Becker, Ronda Wadina, Joe Battaglia and Steve Ter Maat, set construction crew; Paula Okray and Elizabeth Kawleski, props master; Thomas Kottke, sound; Chris Wendt, stage manager; and Katie Minch, production and cast photos.
Brindsley’s Statue was created by Beth Weiler, and the Buddha Statue was created by Suzanne Bostwick and Lori Kluck.
For more information about upcoming productions and events, visit cwACT.org or on Facebook.