It’s turning into a farce again out at Rochester Community & Technical College.
This time, though, it’s on purpose.
After a year of controversy surrounding leadership and athletics at RCTC, Jerry Casper, director of theater, received a request from faculty members. “They said, ‘We need to laugh,’ ” Casper said.
Happy to oblige, Casper has scheduled the murder-comedy-farce “The Bold, the Young…and the Murdered,” as the spring theater production. The play opens April 14 and runs through April 24.
So far, rehearsals have been a farce — in a good way.
“We’re having fun creating things we hope will make the audience laugh,” Casper said.
The play, written by Don Zolidis, takes place in the production company of a long-running soap opera, “The Bold and the Young.” The exasperated director gives the squabbling cast an ultimatum: Complete one episode overnight or the show gets canceled. Then, however, the director ends up murdered, as do cast members. Who is behind this mayhem?
Casper has a cast of 13 for the show, with some non-students he brought in to play age-appropriate roles. That includes Nick Mezacapa, a veteran of local stages and comedy improv performances. “At the first read-through, he was cracking people up,” Casper said. “It’s been a positive experience so far, mixing the generations.”
As an instructor of college students, Casper said, it can be more difficult to teach comedy than drama. “It’s much harder to train somebody in timing,” he said. “Taking that extra beat or not taking that extra beat. Also teaching them that you want the pace to go, but you have to be understood.”
What should be understood is that there is no deep meaning in this show.
“It’s really just for fun,” Casper said. “When I teach theater appreciation, I always talk about theater having many meanings, and then sometimes it’s just for fun. This one is totally brain candy.”
What: “The Bold, the Young…and the Murdered”
When: 7:30 p.m. April 14-16 and April 21-22, and 2 p.m. April 24
Where: Charles Hill Theatre, Rochester Community & Technical College
Tickets: $10 adults, $8 senior citizens and non-RCTC students. RCTC students receive one free ticket with a student ID. Reservations: 507-285-7200.