ABOVE Cast members of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” rehearse at their final dress rehearsal. Ryan Pangracs, theatre arts sophomore, portrays the main character and stays center stage throughout the show. (Taylor Rodriguez, Staff photographer)
By Mallory Graves
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” is a story about overcoming obstacles. If you are determined, you can prove people wrong and solve mysteries.
The Tony Award-winning play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8-10 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 in Messenger Recital Hall.
Jennifer Hemphill, associate professor of theatre and speech, chose this play because she is familiar with it. She has seen it numerous times, and her husband was in the show on Broadway. “The most exciting part of preparing for this event is going through the process with the actors,” said Hemphill.
Ryan Pangracs, theatre arts sophomore, plays the main character, Christopher Boone, an autistic character struggles to be more independent. Pangracs has been involved with theatre since sixth grade. Pangracs said, “It is fun being the main character, but with that comes a very heavy line load. I have to talk for two hours straight.”
Students have been rehearsing this play since September, and they only had a month to memorize their lines.
Aidan Wells Filbert, music junior, plays the antagonist, Mr. Shears. Normally, he’s in a supportive role as a musician, but for this performance, he’s acting. “It was exciting to experience this side of the performing arts,” said Wells Filbert.
Stage fright does not play a factor in these actors. “It’s about telling the story, not forgetting a reaction,” said Hemphill.
“Acting does not scare me, nor make me nervous, because all the people that come to watch the play come to watch you succeed, not fail.”
The only props used are eight buckets. Pangracs said it’s an inside joke for the cast, “Love, sweat, and buckets.”
“The words that I spent hours writing on napkins trying to memorize is now put to life in the play, and it will mean something to people,” said Prangracs.
Mallory Graves is a freshman majoring in communication. You may email her at Mallory.Graves@sckans.edu.