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The Lookout | May 13, 2021

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‘The Colleen Bawn’ coming to Dart

‘The Colleen Bawn’ coming to Dart


The LCC Theatre Department is preparing to present the melodrama, “The Colleen Bawn,” by Dion Boucicault.

The show will be Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7 at 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $5 for students.

The play, directed by Andy Callis, is a love story that follows a young man from a wealthy family who marries a peasant girl. His family will stop at nothing to make sure the marriage does not succeed.

The play is set in Ireland and is full of suspense, music, humor and romance.

Callis has been directing at LCC for 16 years. He said the play stands out from most.

“What makes it more interesting than a typical melodrama is that it has very interesting characters and interesting perspectives on class conflict,” Callis said.

According to Callis, the play offers a genre for everyone. It has humor, romance and drama.

“The play is very much like the Irish weather,” Callis said. “One moment it is very dark and brooding, and the next moment it is very light and sunny.”

The play will feature pre-show live music and a very colorful stage production. Callis said the stage has taken two months to build.

Callis said he wants the actors to come alive on stage and the audience to follow along.

“I hope people come away with a love for the characters,” Callis said. “It is a play with a lot of heart, and is a battle between those who have heart and those who don’t.”

Hannah Feuaa, who started acting six years ago, will play Anne Chute. According to Feuaa, Anne is an upper class, spoiled character who is involved in a love triangle.

“It has been really fun to work with the cast because they are all so talented and experienced,” Feuaa said. “They taught me how to work off of other people and that has been beneficial to me.”

Feuaa encouraged people to see what “The Colleen Bawn,” has to offer.

“People should come because it’s different than most plays. The costumes are beautiful and the stage will be fantastic,” Feuaa said.

Ian Whipp, who has been in the theatre program for two years, will play Danny. The character is a hunchback servant who is highly devoted.

Whipp said taking on the role of Danny has been challenging.

“The most difficult part has been trying to figure out how to position my back without doing anything long lasting,” Whipp said.

Whipp said he looks forward to putting on a show for students.

“I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly I love about acting,” he said. “It is just being someone you’re not and creating something beautiful.”

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