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The Lookout | February 28, 2021

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‘A Room With A View’ opens Nov. 14

‘A Room With A View’ opens Nov. 14

Sarah Spohn
A&E Editor

Dart Auditorium is about to get a little bit more “Downton Abbey.”  Sorry, to all the fans of the British period drama, it won’t be live on stage anytime soon.

But students can get the next best thing, their own mini-British invasion in the form of LCC’s Performing Arts Dept.’s performances of “A Room with a View.”

Based on the novel by E.M. Forster and adapted by Christina Calvit, the play is directed by LCC’s Andy Callis.

It focuses in on a young British woman and society’s views on life and love during the early 20th century.

A love triangle forms, in the midst of class issues, family life and love amongst the three main leads: Lucy, George and Cecil.

 According to Callis, Sally’s heart leads her to the right man, but not without plenty of trials and tribulations. All is fair in love and war, right?

LCC theater student Sally Hecksel, who plays Lucy Honeychurch, spoke about what the play is centered on.

“It’s about a love triangle,” Hecksel said. “She’s trying to choose between a guy who is emotionally right for her. He’s intellectually stimulating; he makes her think.

“He says things that are kind of strange, but she likes that. And with him, there’s sparks, but he’s not really a socially acceptable person to be with.” Hecksel added.

This sparky, spunky, somewhat socially awkward character is played by LCC student Devin Faught.

Faught had quite the shoes to fill, considering his character Cecil was played by Daniel Day Lewis in the movie version.

Callis spoke about the challenge that LCC theater student Devin Faught had with his predecessor. 

“Daniel Day Lewis is … everything he does is so intense and memorable,” Callis said.

“Devin couldn’t copy what Daniel Day Lewis did, so I’m really happy with what Devin has created. It’s individual but it also fits the image that E.M. Forster had for Cecil.”

Given the time period of the early 1900s and the English setting, audiences can expect plenty of timely corseted dresses.

Hecksel spoke about her time period fashions.

“I have steel boning,” Hecksel said. “It’s not super duper fun, but they’re gorgeous. A lot of work went in to them. They’re beautiful, but they’re just hard to breathe, walk, sit and stand in.”

“A Room with a View” will be performed Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m.

A sign-interpreted version will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. The play does contain nudity.

Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for seniors, staff and alumni, and $15 for general public. For tickets and more information, call 517-483-1488.