‘Student Body’ in Dart this weekend
By Shauna Stocken
At the end of November, director and LCC adjunct professor Deb Keller began casting for the production of “Student Body.”
“Student Body,” is a story based on a small university and the chaos that ensues from a college party, a video recording and a possible sexual assault.
According to Keller, nearly 100 community members including, LCC and MSU students, auditioned for the 10 available roles.
“Auditions ran three hours over because we had so many students turn out for it,” Keller said. “When they auditioned they auditioned with their whole self. They brought so much to the table; the auditions were so tough to decide who the cast would be.”
The hour-long production continues in LCC’s Dart Auditorium this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, at 8 p.m. There is also a 2 p.m. show on Sunday, Feb. 24.
Among the cast is first-year LCC student Emmie Paullin, 18, whose past LCC productions includes the lead in “Vicky Martin: Math Team Queen,” as well as “Hair” and “Looking at Christmas.”
“My role is April, she’s just your average, casual girl,” Paullin said of her upcoming role in “Student Body.” “To me, she is the most relatable character, and I see a lot of myself in her and what she does and what motivates her.”
According to Keller, “Student Body” is for a mature audience involving adult language and the issue of sexual assault.
“I think what we see at play in the dialog between these 10 students is a play of who has supremacy,” Keller said. “At times it’s moral supremacy and at times it’s social supremacy and the interaction of the two.”
Keller said she hopes the production will leave the audience deliberating with one another on the basis of ethics and morals, and how others may handle similar situations.
“The realness of the show is what got to me,” Paullin said. “How each individual character flows into each other and all the intricate details, and how beautifully tragic the story is. It makes you actually feel, and that’s what good writing does.”
Tickets can be purchased at the door. Cost is $15 for general seating, $10 for seniors and $5 for LCC student, faculty and staff.