STERLING — An experimental theater workshop production will close this year’s Sterling College Theatre season this weekend at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Culbertson Auditorium.
The workshop production will feature full costumes, set and lighting elements and will highlight the work of some of the department’s theater majors. Those include Bobby Foster, senior from Sterling; juniors Seth Rogers and Savanna Burt from Wichita; sophomore Ardynn Brooks from Lyons; and freshmen Kim Loya from Garden City, Lexi Jarvis from Corona, Calif., and Ava Brooks from Lyons.
The workshop production follows the story of a family of women who reside on the Island of Guernsey, which is off the coast of Normandy during the Nazi occupation of World War II in 1943. When they find a mysterious man washed up on the beach near their house they decide to care for him in spite of the fact that they do not know whether he is British, German or Jewish. What follows is an intense game of cat and mouse as a Nazi officer tries to lure the matriarch of the family into a relationship – while the women try to discover who their mysterious amnesia-stricken guest is.
Artist Director Sasha Hildebrand comments, “The text for this performance was chosen as an advanced acting project that would push our majors into experiencing acting in a highly specific time period with very specific dialect challenges – as well as allowing them to experience performing text that is highly dramatic and dynamic and relationship driven.”
Sterling College Theatre technical director Stephen English is designing the set and lights for the production.
All three performances are open to the public. No admission will be charged.