Published: Friday, April 27, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2012 22:04
Ever been interested in American history, but classes bore you, and books just don't do much for you?
This coming Friday April 27, thru Sunday April 29 the Green Mountain Shakespeare Company will be presenting “The History of America (Abridged)” in the Rita Bole community room.
The show features LSC seniors Joe Biega, Freddie Losambe, and Isaac Tanney as well as LSC sophomore Marc Brunco. Director of the show, and LSC student, Ashley Ahern says the show, and the roles of the cast, is basically “a couple of guys who didn't know history got together and threw a presentation about history together as fast as possible” and it turns out to have some hilarious results.
Some of the personal favorites from the cast and crew were topics such as the expedition of Louis and Clark done as a vaudevillian comedy act, a radio drama performed by the cast, conspiracy theories, and even a film noir of the mid to late 20th century.
After returning from winter break, the cast and crew began meeting to decide on a new show to perform. They had done “The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged” and decided that they would like to get together another show from the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the company who wrote the previous show that they had worked on. Cast member Freddie Losambe says “[History of America Abridged] stood out to the cast the most” and they just “love the company who wrote it, and the way they wrote this show.”
The way the show has worked out is really interesting. While the cast did buy the rights to the script, there was actually quite a bit of ad libbing done for the show.
This will be the last for the three senior members and is really just a labor of love for the whole crew. Bruno says he “hopes people really enjoy the fruits of [their] labor.” Biega says he “couldn't have asked for a better group of people to work with.” Tanney feels “the past two shows they've worked on are the best [they] have worked on.”
The relaxed rehearsal space and fun atmosphere really show how much fun the cast has had working on the show. During a break in rehersal the guys sat around having an impromptu jam session and worked on tightening up one or two bits from the show. This alone really shows how well the cast and crew all get together to put on this show.
The show premiers this Friday April 27 at 7 p.m. in the Rita Bole community room, and runs the rest of the weekend Saturday April 28 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday April 29 at 5 p.m.