USC students bring story to life
Published 12:21 pm Thursday, April 7, 2016
Indiana Jones spoof to be showcased at school auditorium
Student actors from United South Central will perform an Indiana Jones spoof this weekend.
The USC Players will present “Hurricane Smith and the Garden of the Golden Monkey” as its spring play.
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The play will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday on the USC school stage. Advanced tickets are $6 for adults, $3.50 for senior citizens and $3 for students. Tickets at the door are $6 for adults, $5.50 for senior citizens and $5 for students.
Director Clay Miller said he is excited for the student actors to show their talents.
“It’s just been a lot of fun to work on,” Miller said.
According to a synopsis, a young writer, played by Faith Kauffmann, is looking to sell her script to a low-budget film director, played by Laddy Benes.
As she delves into the story, the play progresses.
Hurricane Smith, played by Brett Pederson, looks to find his father, also played by Pederson. All sorts of adventure ensues. Hurricane Smith comes upon an Amazon tribe and a henchman who is in cahoots with Amazon warrior leaders.
The group hides diamonds and tries to force others out through superstition.
Hurricane Smith later finds his father was killed by the group, discovers diamonds and the long-lost garden of the golden monkey, and saves an explorer’s club.
The screenwriter recaps the show, then presents it to the director. The director accepts the script because the screenwriter told him the only way he could get the script of a separate idea he was interested in from another line in the play was if he accepted the script.
Cast and crew
Buzz, Native One and Mysterious Foreigner: Konrad Hawkinson
Myra, Cobra Guard 1 and Cobra Warrior: Joy Krosschell
Eddie Von Diamond: Laddy Benes
Frank and Native Two: Justin Dallman
Cobra Woman: Kalei Corey
Dora and Cobra Warrior: Sapphire Navarro
Camera Person: Emma Beyer
Gloria Daily and student director: Faith Kauffmann
Hurricane Smith: Brett Pederson
Miss Calcutta: Samantha Chaffee
Dr. Londonbridge: Bobby Eckwright
Native Three: Brice Bias
Native Four: Lukas Schimek
Billy: Brady Berg
Hildegarde: Isabel Schindler
Linda Zest: Claire Bias
Milicent Van Upp: Hope Hendrickson
Gutman: Steve Rath
Java-Java: Danielle Johansen
Cobra Guard 2 and Cobra Warrior: Taylor Jacobsen
J. Princess and student director: McKayla Mithun
Old Woman: Lilly Gonsalez
Cobra Warriors: Amber Hassing, Cherish Streit, Tatum Widen-Fuller
Student directors: McKayla Mithun
Stage manager: Danielle Johansen
Lights: Cam Nasinec and Aaron Nasinec
Sound: Kelly Niebuhr and Maddie Hart