LCC’s new play has horror with a heart
By Sarah Barney
Bringing both horror and romance, “Let the Right One In” is the next production slated for performances at LCC’s Dart Auditorium. The play is set to debut Friday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.
Director Andy Callis has been teaching at LCC for 18 years and has directed over 60 plays.
“(‘Let the Right One In’) is very unique; it’s unlike any of the other plays I’ve already directed,” Callis said. “It’s a combination of horror mixed with a love story, a very sweet love story, and a lot of really deadpan comedy.
“Maybe not a lot (of deadpan comedy), but it’s there,” Callis added.
The play follows Jason Durr as Oskar, a lonely bullied teenage boy, and Storm Boyer as Eli, a new girl and an immortal in the body of a teenager.
Despite the difference in age between Boyer and her character, Boyer said she doesn’t have trouble connecting with her character.
“It wasn’t that difficult to find the same feelings that she’s going through, even though it’s been a fairly long while for me,” Boyer said. “I’m still able to tap into those first love feelings.”
Boyer continued to explain her character.
“She has a sort of wisdom,” Boyer said. “She is both old and young, but not old or young at the same time. It’s interesting keeping a balance.”
Besides the romance, the play tackles issues such as alcoholism, divorce and bullying. However, Callis said he does not see the play as completely dark.
“I had a former student from Sweden say that it’s very hopeful in a Swedish way,” Callis said. “And it is hopeful. These two characters are kind of a life line for each other.
“There’s this very beautiful, innocent love story that is the core of this. I think audiences will be surprised at the nature of that.”
Performances will be Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17 and 23-24, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. Admission begins a half hour before curtain.
Tickets are $15 for general seating, $10 for seniors and LCC faculty/staff/alumni, and $5 for students.
For more information, call (517) 483-1488 or go to https://www.lcc.edu/cma/events/