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Cast prepares for 'Six Characters in Search of an Author'

By Adrianne Kristianto
On October 22, 2015

Above, cast members, Justin Heims, pre-med, and Grant Blades, theatre, from "Six Characters in Search of an Author," rehearse in preparation for opening night Oct. 29. Left, Cast members rehearse in Ballantyne Auditorium. Photos By Jennae Jungers

This fall, students in the Kirkwood Community College Theatre department will perform “Six Characters in Search of an Author” Oct. 29 – Nov. 1 in Ballantyne Auditorium.

Rick D. Anderson, theatre director, said the students have seven weeks of rehearsal and four technical rehearsals to prepare for opening night. Of the 11 cast members, Anderson said seven are first-year students. 

Inspired by Edward Storer, the play will use an old translation that allows the cast to make changes to the script, in order to, make it a bit more relevant to a modern audience, said Anderson. 

He added, “We are approaching the company of actors as college students in 2015 working on a play when the “Six Characters in Search of an Author” enter from the 1920s. We have done quite a bit of research throughout this project, beginning last spring.” 

The plot includes a group of actors who are rehearsing and get interrupted by the arrival of six characters. The leader of the group informs the play manager that they are looking for an author. 

He explains that the author who created them did not finish their story and they are unrealized characters who have not been fully brought to life. The manager tries to throw them out of the theater but becomes more intrigued when they start to describe their story.

In addition to rehearsals, students have also been working with the college’s new costume designer, Emily Ganfield. She said with a blend of 1920s fashion, she was able to put the actors in modern clothes. 

 “My experience so far has been wonderful. Rick and Shelly have been welcoming and very collaborative. Together, we have found a way to mix the modern and historical worlds of the play,” said Ganfield. 

General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for non-Kirkwood students and seniors. Kirkwood students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their EagleCards. 

Thursday through Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 398-5899 x4331 or e-mail ballantyne@kirkwood.edu. 

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