Magical fun comes to outdoor theater
By Shauna Stocken
Editor in Chief
Although fall semester doesn’t begin until Aug. 22, LCC’s Performing Arts Department energizes the main campus with its “Summer Stage Under the Stars 2019” series.
The annual LCC performing arts festival kicked off with the play, ‘The Daily Life of Superheroes,’ on June 19.
The next production scheduled for LCC’s outdoor amphitheater is “Three Fairy Godmothers,” Wednesday, July 24 through Sunday, July 28, starting at 7 p.m. each day.
This family-friendly production runs approximately an hour and 15 minutes and is free of charge. Donations benefit the Theatre Scholarship Fund.
“There are 13 people in the play,” said LCC faculty member and Director Paige Tufford. “Of those, all are LCC students with the exception of Jo Switzer, who is a high school student. She (Switzer) is playing Dulcie, the mean princess.”
The play is full of spiteful tricks as the mean princess is set to marry a reluctant groom, Prince Royal. The three fairy godmothers are eager to help.
“The three fairy godmothers, who are in their 800s, are being forced to retire,” Tufford said. “They just want to prove their worth to the fairy council by helping Dulcie.”
Tufford said in some respects, performing outside gives the cast more freedom in creating the world of the play.
“For the most part, the actors and their development of their characters is really what sells our magical world,” Tufford said.
“Also, our wonderful costume designer, Chelle Peterson, has done amazing work in creating this fairy-tale world. She even made an amazing monster puppet that will be used by the evil witch, Black Barabela.”
Will the princess change her wicked ways and turn good? According to Tufford, guests have to wait and see for themselves, but she promises like any fairytale, the characters will live happily ever after.