BY ABRAHAM SEABROOK
Opening Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Little Theatre, Sacred Heart University’s Theatre Arts Program will perform their production, “As Bees in Honey Drown.”
“As Bees in Honey Drown” is being directed by Adjunct Instructor, James Schilling, from the Performing Arts Department. It is a playwright written by Douglas Carter Beane, that won an Outer Critics Circle Award in 1998.
The story follows young writer Evan Wyler, who is on a search for fame, financial stability, and overall achieving success. On this journey he meets a woman names Alexa Vere de Vere who promises to give him this life that he is searching for.
“It has an interesting cast of characters and a fantastic plot,” says junior Paxton McLane who plays Evan Wyler. “The show is filled with deceit and greed that leads to wanting revenge for the pain caused. Expect plenty of laughs, plenty of tears, and an overall fantastic story.”
With the many different plots to follow it makes for an emotional and unpredictable story, according to cast member and senior Kevin Carlson, who plays Ronald, Skunk, and Mike Stabinsky.
“I expect the show to have a little bit of everything in it. The show has its moments of comedy, romance, pain, and revenge. As a whole it’s a full show,” said Carlson.
Those performing have put a lot of determination into learning their lines and working towards a great production. Everyone else involved has been working hard to help make a success on opening night.
“The cast has been rehearsing every day, molding our characters, learning our lines, and making sure that we put on something we are proud of,” said McLane.
Due to the daily rehearsing and preparation, the once foreign roles have become natural to the performers.
“Preparation is big for us because once we do a scene a certain number of times it just comes naturally to us,” said Carlson. “We don’t have to think about the lines or the blocking we just act.”
The crew also plays a big role in the production. From creating the set, having proper lighting, and making sure everything goes as planned.
“The crew is working even harder making sure everything comes together,” McLane said. “As Bees in Honey Drown takes place in many different locations and the set is built to be a chameleon, transforming into the places the show takes us.” They have “been working tirelessly to pull the production together both on the cast side and the crew side.”
As opening night approaches, the cast and crew are moving at a fast pace to make sure everything is ready for their first show.
“We are a little over a week away from opening night and everything is coming together at a rapid pace,” said Carlson. “We have people working on the costumes, props, lights, and the set; all working extremely hard to make sure we have everything we need for opening night.”
“As Bees in Honey Drown” will be showing on Sept. 27 – 29 at 8 p.m., Sept. 30 at 3 pm, Oct. 11 – 13 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 14 at 3 p.m in The Little Theatre.