“Beau Jest”

The SC4 Theatre Discipline held open auditions Jan. 17 and 18. The atmosphere crackled not with a “Hamlet” vibe, but that of “Monty Python.”

Tom Kephart, advisor of the discipline and cast in the role of Sara’s father, began his screening by putting the six Monday attendees through a series of improvisation games. They involved tug-of-war with an invisible rope, a game that challenged students to mirror one another in outrageous poses and the formation of a train that twisted them into human pretzels.

“All right, men, we will win on the count of awesome,” barked Christian Jones, who will play Bob Schroeder, to his troops during the boys vs. girls tug-of-war battle, which the girls won.

After the games, Christine Day, who has done two shows with Kephart, and did costumes for a third, bid the merry band adieu with a cheerful (and customary) “Break a leg!”

Kephart then initiated the serious part of his audition. He described the play, “Beau Jest,” by James Sherman, which involves a young Jewish woman named Sara (portrayed in this show by Kirsten Rams) whose parents’ standards for a man are too high for her current boyfriend (Patrick Willis).

To take the heat off, she invents a boyfriend who meets their lofty expectations, and everything is good… until Mr. and Mrs. Goldman (Kephart, Deborah Jordan), and her brother Joel (Dan Williams) want to meet her beau. In order to cover her tracks, Sara hires an actor named Bob from an escort service to be her boyfriend. The only problem? He’s not Jewish, nor does he know their customs.

“It’s kind of a twist on mistaken identity comedians,” said Kephart.

Those curious to see what happens next should clear their calendars March 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m., and March 27 at 2 p.m. Admittance is $7 for the general public, and $5 for students and seniors. All performances will be in the Fine Arts Building.

For more information or to inquire about crew work, call Tom Kephart at (810) 989-5721 or pop in to room 14 of the Fine Arts Building for a face-to-face visit.

Angel Shappee

Staff Writer

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