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‘Rumors’ Spread Fast in This Theatrical Farce

“The challenge of this play is keeping it believable and connected to reality even though the situation is ridiculous.” — Scott Mackenzie

Alma College Theatre offers a major dose of comedy with the presentation of Neil Simon’s “Rumors.”

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb.16, Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 in the Remick Heritage Center, Strosacker Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

Particular Acting Style Required for a Farce

Several wealthy New York City couples come together to celebrate the 10th wedding anniversary of friends Charley and Myra Brock. As the couples arrive they eventually discover that Charley has been shot, and Myra is missing.

In efforts to avoid scandal, these friends begin constructing stories to keep news of what happened concealed from other couples and the police. Thereby, rumors spread, and stories grow more elaborate.

“The challenge of this play is keeping it believable and connected to reality even though the situation is ridiculous,” says Scott Mackenzie, professor and chair of the theatre department.

“We wanted to give the students a chance to perform in a farce due to the particular acting and broad comic styles that it requires,” says Mackenzie. “Also, we thought our audience would enjoy an evening of comedy to contrast with our other two, more serious, productions this year.”

Working Hard and Having Fun

The student actors are “pushing themselves to understand and express their characters as well as the style and the world of the play,” says Katie Wasserman, who is directing the play.

“While we are working hard, the students and I are also having a lot of fun,” says Wasserman. “I believe that the audience will enjoy it too. We hope that many people will treat themselves to a fun night of theater.”

“Rumors” student actors include:

  • Merek Alam, Davison first-year student
  • Mary Rose Benson, Grand Rapids senior
  • Tyra Briscoe, Farmington Hills first-year student
  • Anna Dillingham, Armada first-year student
  • Susan Doumont, Dearborn Heights first-year student
  • Jimmy Ewald, Flushing first-year student
  • Max Flagler, Spring Lake junior
  • Jessica Peters, Harrisburg, Pa., senior
  • Noah Slater, Perrinton sophomore
  • Alec Smith, Flint first-year student
  • Haley Valente, Hope Mills, N.C., junior
Story published on February 06, 2017
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