USC drama department productions this weekend

Published 2:25 pm Friday, April 8, 2022

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The United South Central drama department will present “The Spring Thing,” a variety show consisting of three components: a 10-minute musical called “Book Lovers,” a game show called “Task Lord,” and improvised comedy sketches. 

“Book Lovers” is a romantic comedy featuring some of literature’s most famous lovers: Helen of Troy, Cyrano de Bergerac, Juliet Capulet, Hester Prynne and Sir Lancelot. The entire show is only 10 minutes long, but it’s full of songs, action and lots and lots of love.

“Task Lord” is a game show hosted by seniors Merideth Klingbeil and Nick Schindler. Contestants Bella Gallardo, Liz Stern, Hayden Chandler and Liam Schrader were filmed completing various challenges, and the results will be shown and judged by Klingbeil live before an audience. Each performance will feature a different set of challenges!

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Students will also be doing various improvised comedy sketches in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and “Comedy Sportz.” Students have been spending the last few months learning and rehearsing different improv games that rely on audience participation, so people should come prepared to offer suggestions and laugh at the results.

The show started Friday and is also slated for 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday. All seats are $5 and tickets can be purchased at the door.

“Book Lovers” cast list

Charlotte: Merideth Klingbeil

Dewey: Nick Schindler

Helen: Liz Stern

Cyrano: Liam Schrader

Juliet: Aislynn Schlosser

Hester: Emma Johnson

Lancelot: Ezra Edwards

Sci Fi Nerd: Brody Stern

Mystery Buff: Erin Willard

Romance Novel Lover: Hayden Chandler

Improv Troupe

Emily Cassens

Hayden Chandler

Ezra Edwards

Bella Gallardo

Victoria Hinostroza

Emma Johnson

Brooklyn Miller

Nick Schindler

Liam Schrader

Liz Stern

Brody Stern

Nadia Wegner

“Task Lord”

The Task Lord: Merideth Klingbeil

The Assistant: Nick Schindler

The Twelfth Grade Minion: Bella Gallardo

The Eleventh Grade Minion: Liz Stern

The Tenth Grade Minion: Hayden Chandler

The Ninth Grade Minion: Liam Schrader

The Scorekeeper: Ari Larson

The Projector Master: Victoria Hinostroza

Camera Operators: Victoria Hinostroza and Clare Kruse

Production team

Artistic Director: Kirstyn Wegner

Set Construction: Chris Whiteside

Student Directors: Merideth Klingbeil, Emma Johnson, Liam Schrader

Student Technical Director: Nick Schindler

Set Designer: Kirstyn Wegner

Specialty Painter: Oliver Druckenmiller

Costume Designers: Denise Hassing, Kay Stern

Lighting Designers: Nick Schindler, Oliver Druckenmiller

Stage Manager: Ari Larson

Stage Crew: Erin Willard

Sound: Baylee Whiteside

Lights: Oliver Druckenmiller

Spotlights: Natalie Rodriguez, Hannah Warmka

Videography: Victoria Hinostroza, Clare Kruse

Video Editing and Production: Kirstyn Wegner