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LCC’s ‘Serious Money’ opening Nov. 4

LCC’s ‘Serious Money’ opening Nov. 4
The Lookout

By Hannah Anderson
A & E Editor

“Serious Money,” a black comedy put on by LCC students, is opening in LCC’s Dart Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.

Filled with a wide variety of themes, the play will continue on Saturday, Nov. 5, Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. There is also a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $5 for students.

“Serious Money” focuses on Priscilla Todd’s (Hannah Feuka) search for her brother’s murderer and money, set during the deregulation of England’s financial markets.

Mary Job, director of the play, described it as being very lively, funny and political with interesting characters.

Job said the subject matter would be a real appeal to the audience because it is so relevant. The characters, who are not necessarily nice, are a lot of fun.

“You have to kind of admire their sheer drive while recognizing that drive has been directed in ways that are not necessarily good for the world,” Job said.

Job chose the play because it would be a real challenge, and would force the students to use everything they have been taught to bring the play to life. Almost everyone in the show plays multiple roles, so it is a challenge for the actors to bring each character to life.

“To me, the very essence of acting is that you become someone else,” Job explained. “And they have definitely become other people.”

Caryl Churchill, the author of the play, is a challenging author for both the actors and the directors, according to Job.

The play makes use of the “overlapping line” style, which is closer to the rhythms of actual speech. This style makes it more difficult for the actors to pick out cues for their next lines.

Hannah Feuka, one of the leading actors, said the play was written in verse and has a certain rhythm to it.

“It’s like Shakespeare,” agreed Emilio Pido, who plays three roles, including Grimes.

With the play coming up in November, opening night is fast approaching.

“It’s coming along well,” Feuka said. “It’s a difficult show, but it’s a lot of fun. I think getting to be these monstrous people … and feeling their drive for success; it’s exhilarating.”

For more information on “Serious Money,” call Performing Arts Production Coordinator Melissa Kaplan at (517) 483-1488 or go to http://www.lansing.org/event/serious-money/13462/

 

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