The cast is set and rehearsals are underway for Somerset Community College (SCC) Theatres production of Sketches! The play will be presented in SCCs Stoner Little Theatre on April 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $4 when purchased in advance from SCCs box office. They are $6 each at the door. The box office is open from noon to 3:00 p.m. daily.
The opening night of Sketches! will be jointly presented with the SCC Art Departments student exhibit reception, which will be held April 15, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the colleges East End Gallery. SCCs box office will open at 7 p.m. Patrons may come early to view the exhibit and stay for the play production at 8 p.m.
The East End Gallery student exhibit is titled "What We Do." Studentswillshow newly created work while working in the art studio during the Spring 2016 semester. Student artists are Jill Angelle, Payge Brown, Bill Phelps, Casey Stidham, Haylea Barker, Sharon Etris, Kelcy Gilreath, Arzoo Patell, Erica Braden, Sonya Denny, Amber Fields, Dylan Anderson, Cory Bond, Amanda Wiggington, Josh Garza, Kaitlyn Whitaker, David Wilson, Cora Beth Carter and Jacob Stringer.
The annual presentation of Sketches!, featuring short comic sketches from playwrights all over the United States, has become a tradition for SCCs Theatre program. Its a chance for local actors to try their hand at quirky comedy while giving the audience an enjoyable evening of theatre. The goal of each production has always been to generate light hearted entertainment and laughter.
SCC Psychology professor, Mark Isham, will direct the four sketches that make up the evening of off-beat comedy. Isham directed SCCs Readers Theatre production last year. He has also been seen on stage in such SCC productions as Spoon River Anthology and Radio Suspense Theatre: The First Episode.
The first sketch of the evening will be To Talk or Not to Talk - That is the Question written by Shirley King. It explores the relationship between a cat and his owner. Is the pet talking or is it all in the owners imagination?
Featured actors in this opening sketch are Jill Angelle, Caitlyn Wheeler and Chris Dickens. Both Wheeler and Dickens were featured in last seasons hit musical, Tin Pan Alley Tavern. Chris most recently appeared in the title role of Flashback Theatres production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Angelle has performed in SCCs Readers Theatre Company.
Next, a couple traveling in a jeep discover the tradition of waving to other jeep owners in H.B. Browns quirky comic short play The Jeep Wave. Featured players in this sketch are Jon Burlew and Amber Frangos. Burlew was last seen before the local audience in Flashback Theatres A Seussified Christmas Carol. He has also worked with Isham in his Readers Theatre Company in London, Kentucky. Frangos has been seen most recently in Flashback Theatres The Importance of Being Earnest and The Tide Shall Cover the Earth.
Reply Hazy Try Again is a sketch by Ellie Schmidt that will feature performances by local actors Josh Collins, Brianna Phipps and Haley Barker. It follows the strange impending wedding between a young couple that goes astray when the prospective groom agrees to marry a different woman. Her practice of letting a magic 8 ball make all her decisions for her complicates the proceedings.
Brianna Phipps most recently appeared in SCCs production of Radio Suspense Theatre: The First Episode. She has also appeared in SCCs Readers Theatre Company as well as the College production of The Go-Betweens. Haley most recently appeared in the cast of Flashback Theatres Circle Mirror Transformation. Sketches! will be Collins first performance before the local audience.
Last, Patrick Gabridges Beatrix Potter Must Die! involves beloved characters, science fiction and time travel as an avenue for Farmer McGregor to take his vengeance. The hilarious short features performances by Dana Floro, Chris Harris and Chris Dickens.
Chris Harris has been seen on the stage in many recent play productions including Radio Suspense Theatre: The First Episode, The Importance of Being Earnest, Tin Pan Alley Tavern as well as in the films A Simple Arrangement and The Compassion Clock. Floro has been involved with SCCs theatre for many years including performances in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Radio Suspense Theatre and numerous Readers Theatre Company productions.
You can receive further information regarding SCCs production of Sketches! by contacting SCC Theatre Assistant, Sommer Schoch at 451-6766 or by email at Sommer.Schoch@kctcs.edu. On Facebook, updates are posted on the Somerset Community College Theatre amp; Film page.