New LCC production spoofs pageants
By Shauna Stocken
Free your mind of beauty pageant stereotypes and experience a fresh perspective with LCC’s upcoming production of “Pageant Play.”
This pageant-themed play takes a mature spin on the glamorous world of child beauty pageants in a hilarious and terrifying tale that involves a kidnapping. Will the show still go on?
“It’s a hilarious character-driven comedy that pokes fun at the pageant scene,” said LCC theater student Kyle Haggard, who plays the role of Bobby.
“I also see the pageant subject as sort of a metaphor for social media, the drive to always present one’s best side to their audience, to win their approval.”
Haggard and five other cast members have been busy rehearsing for the production since January.
The play is scheduled for the Black Box Theatre in LCC’s Gannon Building. Shows are Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30 and April 5 and 6, at 8 p.m. There is also a matinee on Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m.
According to Haggard, this is the type of production that even the most casual theatergoers will enjoy because every scene delivers an absurdity.
Play Director Paige Tufford agreed.
“What makes it funny is that there are two pageant dresses, but they represent the children … they get thrown around the stage and they get treated like objects … or a means to win prize money,” Tufford said.
While Haggard and Tufford shared how guests should like the play, Tufford has also been working with LCC’s sign language program to ensure even more guests can enjoy the show.
“For this play, there is an interpreter for every character,” Tufford said. “We are doing a combination of shadow interpreting so that each interpreter kind of shadows the actor’s lines and is on stage with them.”
This is the first time Tufford has incorporated shadow interpreting into one of her productions.
“The stage can be a little crowded, but I think that this is going to be great for people in the deaf community that want to come and see a play,” Tufford said.
Tickets are sold at the door: $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Student shadow interpreters will be present on the second weekend of production.