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SCC Fall Play Production Set for November

The cast is set and rehearsals are underway for Somerset Community College Theatres fall production, The Go-Betweens. The production will be performed in SCCs Stoner Little Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 17, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $4 when purchased in advance at SCCs box office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and are $6 at the door. Tickets will go on sale November 7.

The production is based on the plays of Moliere, often thought of as one of the greatest comic playwrights of all time. SCC director Steve Cleberg wrote the script, which employs some of Molieres finest comic scenes in a single story line.

Molieres plays were inspired by the Commedia dell Arte of Italy which was the popular style of comedy in Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries. Molieres plays, in turn, inspired American vaudevillian comedy which created such teams as The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy and more.

The Go-Betweens is set in a 17th century rural French village and follows the hilarious efforts of the servants of two households who try to help the young people of the village win the affections of their true loves as their fathers try to force them into arranged marriages. The story is told with broad physical and verbal comedy.

The comic servants are played by Aaron Whitehead, Theresa Jean Kibby, Critley King and Alaina Hall. Whitehead graduated with a degree in theatre from Northern Kentucky University. He has been seen on SCCs stage in such productions as Radio Suspense Theatre and Godspell, and he has appeared with SCCs Readers Theatre Company. Kibby has appeared in such SCC productions as Fiddler on the Roof, The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, The Dangerous Effect of Tobacco and School For Scandal. King and Hall also had key roles in The Dangerous Effects of Tobacco and School For Scandal.

The young lovers in The Go-Betweens are played by Matthew Shackelford, Emily Singleton, Josh Jones, Mary Volpi and J.J. Bowling. Shackelford, Singleton and Jones have seen experience on SCCs stage in various roles but also shared leading roles in SCCs most recent film A Liars Swag. Mary Volpi has appeared in SCCs Sketches and last season in the role of Lady Teazel in School For Scandal. Bowling also appeared in Sketches and School For Scandal.

The unbending fathers are played by SCC veterans of the stage Navada Shane Morgan and Dexter Silvers. Morgan most recently appeared in the title role of Nashville Shakespeare Festivals production of Richard III. He has also appeared in many SCC stage plays including Radio Suspense Theatre, The Glass Menagerie and in the title role for Tartuffe. Silvers, also an experienced thespian, appeared in key roles in such plays as A Drawing Room in Paris, and Radio Suspense Theatre as well as in the films Dustins Reunion, Dancing in Moonlight and Nancy Barrys Big Case.

Other members of the cast include Greg Moore who plays a hapless woodcutter who is forced to take the position of a doctor in the household in order to cure a young womans feigned illness. Jenny Edens plays Moores wife. Moore has appeared in many SCC productions such as The Villains of Shakespeare, The Dangerous Effects of Tobacco and School For Scandal. Edens is making her debut on the Stoner stage with this production.

The fun is escalated when the king of the gypsies, played by Jason Baker, brings his band who include actors Tyler Fish, David Cole, Jarred Johnson, Denise Phipps, Brianna Phipps and Montana Daniels. Chuck Carter rounds out the cast. Dana Floro serves as the productions stage manager.

For further details, contact Sherry Crabtree at 451-6766 or by email at Sherry.Crabtree@kctcs.edu.

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell Counties. The website is somerset.kctcs.edu. Call for admission and registration information toll free at 1-877-629-9722.