Spring play preview: Students set to raise curtain this weekend

In lieu of the typical spring play format, seven student-directors will present seven one-act plays depicting a range of topics from love to unicorns.

The multi-play set is entitled “And Now For Something Completely Different” and will run April 15 and 16. The performances begin at 8 p.m. in Judd Theater with four acts performed Friday and three acts on Saturday.

Junior Alex Wiggs, one of the directors for the show, said each of the seven plays offers a unique as collaboration between student directors and student actors.

“These plays were chosen and cast by the student directors,” Wiggs said. “Nearly all of the work that has gone into the production has been completely by students.”

Wiggs said all the shows are relatively short, with the longest running just over 30 minutes and the majority running 10 and 20 minutes. The pieces range from comedies and love to themes of unicorns, art students and online dating.

“Some of the shows are hilarious while others are dramatic and offer exploration into the complexities of being human,” Wiggs said. “They basically have nothing in common, hence the title of the show.”

The show consists of seven student-directors with a cast of 16 student actors and actresses. Nine of the student actors are filling multiple roles across various acts including senior Laura Shodall.

“Playing two different characters can get a little confusing,” Shodall said. “Especially when there’s a night with one practice from 7:30-9 for one act then turn right around to another practice for the other act from 9-10:30 p.m. Between playing the role of a younger version of a woman with Alzheimer’s and then having to play the role of a sassy college art student, it can be a tough balance. ”

Shondall said she enjoyed the process of making “And Now For Something Completely Different” come to life.

“My favorite part of being involved in this show is getting to see the plays that my friends have chosen to direct come to life,” Shondall said. “Seeing people from different majors and backgrounds on campus come together to make this show happen in such a short time frame is really awesome.”

The show is free to all Oklahoma Christian University students, faculty and staff. Both shows are set to last approximately an hour each.

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