WSC Theatre Department Performs ‘The Underpants’, Prepare For ‘Talk Radio’ In November

WAYNE – With a limited audience on hand due to COVID-19 safety concerns and venue limitations, the Wayne State College Theatre Department presented ‘The Underpants’ last week.

According to a release from WSC, theatre students gained valuable learning experiences during the hilarious comedy.

Prior to production, the WSC Theatre Program outlined proactive steps to protect students while offering a meaningful learning experience. Actors performed behind barriers, with masks and at a safe distance from viewers who were also masked and socially distanced.

‘The Underpants’ cast included Kaylee Koch of Crofton; Myah Gibney of Fremont; Shayla Bennett of Palmer; Griffen Presnell of Lincoln; Braden Kern of Ashland; Nathan Huff of Yankton, S.D.; Collin Hain of David City; and Liz Ciecior of Omaha. Mollie M. Young, adjunct professor of theatre at WSC, directed the 90-minute production. Technical director was Brian Begley, assistant professor of communication arts.

Costumes were designed by Anna Kruger of Wayne and Sophie Pascoe of Whitby, New Zealand. Makeup was provided by Samantha Henery of Wayne. Ali Mae Wilson of Franklin supervised stage props. M.J. Waterhouse of Spirit Lake, Iowa served as stage manager. Tessa Masek of Wahoo; Birdie Yamber of Waco; and Daniel Oldenkamp of Sioux City, Iowa were assistant stage managers. Board operation was handled by Brandon Dorsey of Bancroft. The crew included: Maria Ostry of Bruno; Tessa Masek of Wahoo; Birdie Yamber of Waco; Trystan Bennett of Palmer; Taylor Gardner of Papillion; Natalie Lingenfelter of Plainview; Nathania Mercelina of Willemstad, Curaçao; Mia Obure of Omaha; Daniel Oldenkamp of Sioux City, Iowa; Amanda Stuhr of Bellwood; Ali Mae Wilson of Franklin; Andrew Suiter of Beatrice; Jack Osnes of Wayne; Michaela Derickson of Hartington; Elizabeth Barenberg of McCook; and Tricia Hemann of Chanhassen, Minn.

Written by comedian/actor Steve Martin, ‘The Underpants’ is adapted from a 1910 German play by Carl Sternheim. Drama ensues when Louise Maske’s bloomers fall to her ankles in public. She quickly recovers, but Theo, her uptight husband, is mortified. He worries about his reputation and his government job. Suddenly there is renewed interest in the extra room at the couple’s apartment. What follows is laugh-out-loud amusement as two renters compete for Louise’s attention, gossip percolates, and underlying conundrums are examined.

For more information, contact Young at moyoung1@wsc.edu.

An invitation only attendance will be held in mid-November featuring WSC theatre students. ‘Talk Radio’ will be performed in the Black Box Theatre of Peterson Fine Arts on Thursday, November 12 – Saturday, November 14 at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance on Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m.

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