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Volume 72, Issue 63, Thursdsay, November 16, 2006

Life & Arts

Students flex their theatrical muscles

Honors students showcase dramatic flair with three short plays 
in Club Theater

The Daily Cougar

Club Theater will launch its first November Short Show tonight and Friday beginning with a reception at 7:30 p.m. followed by the first performance at 8 p.m. at The Honors College Commons located inside the M.D. Anderson Library.

"I had been entertaining ideas of an informal theater group since I arrived in fall of 2005," Katelyn Halpern, a hotel and restaurant management sophomore and director for Club Theater, said. 

The club was created in August 2006 after gaining approval from the Student Governing Board.

"I signed on and we immediately got to work we don't like to wait around," Halpern said.

The purpose of the club is to stretch personalities and try on new roles.

"We are doing it because we are interested in theater -- either writing, directing, producing or acting," Halpern said.

The show will include three comic scenes produced by Honors College students.

English freshman Heather Pedoto directed Well, Well, Well, a play about two psychiatrists in a near-empty hospital who amuse themselves with word games. 

"It's very pot-kettle-black and introduces questions of who is crazy, what is human, and how we are to proceed given our circumstances," Halpern said. 

Rosenwald's Funeral by English sophomore Kevin Cook is about the aftermath of a rich Jewish man's death. His son and widow are left to execute the highly unorthodox requests that accompany his funeral arrangements, not the least of which is his decision to have a Protestant minister perform the service.

The Final Discussion by computer engineering sophomore John Hemmick is about Renaissance-era philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli being charged by 20th century political theorist Hannah Arendt for crimes against humanity and propagating a sinister philosophy. Characters from modern literature appear as council and witnesses in this literary comedy.

"The November Short Show could be an annual event If we have the interest and enough quality student-written pieces, I would love to do it again," Halpern said.

There is no charge for admission, though Club Theater asks that patrons contribute "what (they) think the ticket is worth."

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