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Students run the show; rejects have their day

Amanda Novoa plays the role of Death in “A Lonely Business” as she confronts a diverse group of characters, including such notables as the Mad Hatter and Superman, traveling their life’s journey to critical crossroads. The play, presented on the main stage of Dailey Theatre, was produced by the Blue Tape Tribe, made up of the 12 students of the January Interterm class. / photo by David Bess

Karlie Bettencourt
Staff Writer

The Theater 315 January Interterm class brought to light the feelings of an outcast in their student written performance of “A Lonely Business.”

Reactions were mixed as all audience members were greeted with applause as they walked into Dailey Theatre to watch the show. Considering the audience consisted of about 70 people, cast members had to cheer quite a bit.

“I loved how they got in touch with the audience.” Arely Ortega, sophomore criminology major, said.

On the first day of the class, students walked in to find out that in four weeks they would be putting on a full scale performance, according to Zachary Green, a sophomore theater arts major and also writer and actor for “A Lonely Business.”

“We had no idea what it would be about when we started,” Green said.

This performance was different than a normal performance.

“Instead of rehearsing for three or four months, the cast had only two weeks to really rehearse the play,” said Sierra Taylor, freshman theater arts major and actress in “A Lonely Business.”

The monologues and assignments the students of the Theater 315 class completed were adapted into a cohesive play.

One of the assignments was to write a monologue specifically for characters such as Frankenstein’s monster, Tarzan, Edward Scissorhands, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Ugly Duckling and Horton the elephant.

These monologues were then formed into a part of the play titled “Cacophony” where they each vented about their own outsider problems and discussed how they felt about being an outsider.

Audience members laughed as they listened to all the different characters scream, cry, and jump up and down as they complained about their most famous flaws.

Along with the humor, “A Lonely Business” also consisted of serious subject matter. “Forever, My Dear” was the part of the play that told the story of a woman named Veronica who overdosed after losing her love, Lily.

The story was told through song and featured Veronica, played by Taylor, singing about how she felt desperate and forgotten.

Lily, played by Ariana Harris, freshman theater arts major, was illuminated behind a white sheet to represent her being dead.

“I was nervous,” Taylor said. “This is about lesbians. How are we going to make it serious and not funny?”

As Veronica overdosed, died and joined Lily behind the white curtain, a majority of the audience wiped tears from their eyes.

The show concluded with an all cast song called “There’s No Place Here.”

Every cast member sang while taking people from the audience and going out of the building, indicating the end of the performance.

As audience members left the theater they excitingly greeted the actors and actresses congratulating them with a job well done.

“It was a well put together little show for January,” Kevin Greene, junior theater arts major, said. “The cast is dedicated and worked their craft. It was a fabulous night.”

Karlie Bettencourt can be reached at karlie.bettencourt@laverne.edu.

Correction
Due to an editing error in the story, “Students run the show; rejects have their day” in the Feb. 11 edition of the Campus Times, which ran on page 9, a quote by freshman political science major Ramon Montoya was incorrectly attributed to Arely Ortega. The Campus Times regrets the error.

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