The cast is set and rehearsals are underway for Somerset Community College Theatres fall production of the rollicking 18th century comedy School for Scandal. The production will take place in SCCs Stoner Little Theatre on Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20 at 8:00p.m. Tickets are $4.00 each when purchased in advance at SCCs Box Office in Stoner Hall. They are $6.00 at the door. Tickets go on sale Monday, November 8.
School for Scandal is among one of the most revived comedies of the 18th century because it focuses on human foibles which are still evident today. Set in London, England in 1777, the story tells of a society of scandal mongers and the havoc they wreak on the local residents. The comedy soars when members of the school for scandal become caught in their own web of lies and deceit. There are many newcomers and veterans of the stage in School for Scandal.
Two real-life brothers will play the roles of the Surface Brothers. The conniving Sir Joseph Surface will be played by Zach McQueary. He was seen on the Stoner stage in last seasons Sketches! and in this seasons Readers Theatre production.
Zachs brother, Jeremy McQueary, will take the role of the more authentic brother, Charles. Jeremy, a student at SCC, will make his debut performance on the Stoner stage in School for Scandal.
The role of the central couple in the play, Sir Peter Teazle and Lady Teazle are played by Greg Moore and Mary Volpi. Greg is the owner/manager of Mamas Porch Barbeque and has appeared in such SCC productions as The Villains of Shakespeare, as Dr. Watson in The Hounds of the Baskervilles and in last seasons The Dangerous Effects of Tobacco. Mary Volpi is a theatre major at SCC who is making her debut on the SCC stage.
The society of scandal mongers will be played by an array of talent. Lady Sneerwell will be played by SCC theatre major, Alaina Hall. Alaina played the role of the crazy lady in last seasons The Dangerous Effects of Tobacco and appeared in SCCs Sketches! She was also a member this seasons Readers Theatre production.
The role of the bustling gossip Mrs. Candour will be played by SCC theatre major, Critley King. Critley was in last seasons The Dangerous Effects of Tobacco as well as playing the role of a lobster named Stu in Sketches! Critley has also appeared in the last two Readers Theatre productions.
Rounding out the scandal mongers are SCC stage veteran Theresa Jean Kibby and Stoner newcomer Chassidy Philpot. Theresa will play the role of Mrs. Clackitt and Chassidy will take the role of the flighty Miss Tattle. Theresa is a familiar face on the SCC Theatre stage having appeared in numerous productions and Chassidy is a recent transfer student from South Carolina.
The role of the Surface brothers benevolent uncle, Sir Oliver, will be played by Jason Baker. Another SCC student, Jason has been seen is past SCC productions of The Dangerous Effects of Tobacco and Sketches! He has also appeared in the Readers Theatre productions of the past two years.
Nicole McCarty will play the role of Sir Olivers confidant, Lady Rowley. Nicole has appeared in many SCC productions including Radio Suspense Theatre, The Diaries of Adams and Eve and The Dangerous Effects of Tobacco.
The role of Charles Surfaces love interest, Maria, will be played by SCC theatre major, Emily Singleton. This will be Emilys first production at SCC.
The roles of Charles ragamuffin friends Snake, Trip and Careless will be played by Matthew Shackelford, Tyler East and Chuck Carter. Matthew is an SCC student who is making his first appearance on stage in this production. Tyler is a theatre major who is also making his debut. Chuck has been with SCCs theatre program for many years and has appeared in numerous productions.
Former SCC student Josh Jones will take the role of Sir Josephs servant. Josh has appeared in such SCC productions as The Importance of Being Earnest,The Dangerous Effects of Tobacco and Sketches! He also appeared in the principle role in SCC Digital Video Productions film A Moment of Delusion.
Rounding out the cast are SCC students Monica Baxter and J.J. Bowling in the roles of Lady Teazles Servant and Lady Sneerwells servant. They are both making their debut on the Stoner stage in School for Scandal.
Dana Floro is serving as the stage manager for the production, assisted by Kathleen Harrison and Mary Baker. Sherry Crabtree will design the costumes. Chris Hughes will serve as light and sound board operator and Steve Cleberg will direct.
For further information please call the SCC Box Office at (606) 451-6766, or email Sherry Crabtree at firstname.lastname@example.org.