The stage lights weren’t the only things that shone brightly as the SC4 Theatre Discipline presented their latest show, “The Real Thing.”
Students, friends and family members packed into the Fine Arts Building Theatre the weekend of Friday, March 26 to see the comedic, yet serious take on “real life.”
Written by Tom Stoppard, “The Real Thing” spins an intricate web involving love, infidelity, art and politics.
Set in London in the 1980’s, the play examines the lives of Henry, a playwright, played by Owen McIntyre; Annie, an actress and activist, played by Mallorie Krul; Max, an actor, played by Dan Williams; Charlotte, an actress, played by Ashley Szymanski; Billy, an actor, played by A.J. Rank; Debbie, Charlotte and Henry’s daughter, played by Kami Misch; and Brodie, an imprisoned Scottish soldier, played by Jeremy Antilla.
Stoppard provides an interesting view on life, paralleling what the audience sees as truth and what is the actual truth, using the “play-within-a-play” mentality.
For example, the first scene is what the audience believes to be an argument about infidelity between characters Charlotte and Max, only to discover later they were actually performing in a play written by Henry.
While “the Real Thing” challenged the audience’s perception on reality, it also seemed to please.
“I thought it was a great show,” SC4 freshman Zach Parkhurst said. “Many of the characters were very well done.”
Although the actors may have made it look easy, portraying someone vastly different from oneself can prove to be quite challenging, according to director and adjunct instructor Tom Kephart.
“A big challenge for any actor is getting familiar with their character, a task that’s made especially difficult when there are age and life experience differences. This was true of nearly all the characters in ‘The Real Thing’,” Kephart said. “It wasn’t easy, but the cast was up to the challenge and was wiling to work hard and stretch themselves as actors to make their characters believable, even if not always likeable.”
Stepping up to “The Real Thing’s” challenge was SC4 sophomore and general education major Mallorie Krul, who played Annie.
“‘The Real Thing’ was probably the hardest play I’ve ever been in. Annie was very different than any of the roles I’ve had,” Krul said. “Most of the roles I’ve had are people my age or maybe younger.”
In order to cope with the differences, Krul said she had some help from Kephart, as well as tried to get to know her character inside and out.
“I just tried to put myself in Annie’s shoes and tried to do things the way I thought she would do them,” Krul said.
If you missed the Real Thing, you can catch the SC4 Theatre Disipline’s next production, “Young King Arthur” by Clive Endersby at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 15 in the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre.