This has been kind of an insane week for me.
This is mostly because I am now a part of four shows at MNU and all four were a part of my week this week.
I am super excited for Mousetrap! It is a show written by one of my favorite authors, Agatha Christie. It’s a murder mystery set in post WWII era London. I play Mollie who owns a guest house with her husband, Giles. The play begins with the opening of their guest house and as the play continues the audience sees how the young couple’s big plans are kind of interrupted by a murder investigation.
It’s an eight person cast which is incredibly fun because we get to know each other but it’s also incredibly difficult because we’re almost all on stage all the time. That means we have to be on our game and completely in control for the whole show.
Some other fun aspects are that Quinn is playing Giles so we get to be a couple on stage. It certainly makes stage kisses less awkward
I also get to talk in a British Accent which has been very difficult but I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’ve never had to do an accent for so long so it’s a nice personal challenge.
The show is going to be February 25th through 28th and tickets can be bought online. It would be a great show to go to if you want to have date night, or friend date night, girls night out, or just if you want to pretend to be Sherlock Holmes for a while and try to figure out “who done it.”
Enjoy some pictures that our director, Heather, took without us really realizing what she was doing.
2. Action Pact Improv Team/ The Complete History of the Old Testament in 20 Minutes
I have combined these two because they’re pretty much the same thing but also completely not. I am on Action Pact, MNU’s improv team that does improvised shows on campus but I am also on the travel team which does scripted shows as well as improv at churches in the area.
Thursday, we had an improv show on campus, which was incredibly fun. We tried Smith 200 as our venue that evening and it was great to have a larger stage.
This is Elisa and Quinn doing a scene together. I honestly do not remember what it was about but this picture says a thousand words about the silliness that happens whenever our improv team gets together.
We also like going out together after shows with any audience members willing to put up with us for any length of time.
The improvised aspects of Action Pact are incredibly fun. The travel team is also fun, but it’s in a completely different ballgame.
This last Sunday night the travel team hoped in a giant white van and rolled down to Pleasanton, Missouri, a very pleasant town about an hour from MNU.
We enjoy singing to the radio loudly on the way to the churches as well as making decisions such as what games we’re going to play (if we need to play games), and where to stop for coffee so we don’t collapse from exhaustion before getting up to perform.
We performed in two services for the church we went to. The first service was in their main sanctuary where we performed “The Complete History of the Old Testament in 20 Minutes” which is an incredibly fun show.
There’s like a hundred characters so the six of us play multiple roles. I narrate a large portion of the show but also get to play fun characters such as Potiphar’s Wife and Delilah (yes, the team makes many jokes about that).
After we performed the show we played an improv game for the congregation and talked a little bit about what God is doing in each of our lives and on the MNU campus.
Their “Youth” service ended up being the youth plus the majority of their adults because so many members of their church wanted to see us do more improv. We played about four games with them and had a giant pizza and dessert party.
It’s great to fellowship with so many different people from different churches and share a little bit of joy with them. I never thought about theater as fitting so well into church until joining this team. It has certainly been an incredible experience.
3. Student Directed One Acts (It’s All About Lewis and Any Body for Tea)
Auditions for Student Directed One Acts were on Friday and the cast list came up on Monday.
Basically there are six students who are taking the “Directing and Play Productions” class that MNU offers so each of these six students are directing a one act play. All six plays will be performed in a huge festival that anybody can attend on March 31st and again on April 1st.
Since Quinn recently switched his major to be a Speech and Theater Education major, he is taking the class. I enjoy writing. Quinn needed a funny one act. It was a match made in heaven.
Over winter break I adapted a mini series that I had written into a one act play. I never really expected for the story to see the light of day so I was incredibly excited for the opportunity to get it up on its feet and in front of people.
It’s called “It’s All About Lewis” and it’s a comedy about a talk show host named Lewis Daily and the dysfunctional relationship he has with his show’s producer, Debora.
It was awesome to watch people audition for this show and see my script come to life. I can’t help but think what an incredible opportunity it is to get a little more exposure for my writing.
I auditioned for all of the one act plays and actually got cast surprisingly as Debora. It’s going to be an interesting challenge playing a character that I created. I also got cast in Elisa’s one act which is about a houseful of old women who begin killing each other off in order to get visited by the cute homicide detective who lives next door.
Both shows are going to be incredibly fun.
Auditions were awesome too. It was a whole bunch of cold readings and I got to play about a dozen different characters and watch others do the same. It was probably the most fun experience I have ever had at auditions.
Here are some guys who were giddy and running around being silly at Bell after auditions.
It’s going to be an awesome semester for theatre at MidAmerica.
I just enjoy the opportunity to be able to serve God through my love of theatre as well as build some great relationships with people from all different walks of life and who are studying in all sorts of different areas. Theatre brings people together and when we get together in joy to celebrate God and the opportunities he’s given us, we bring people joy and show off his amazing creativity.