“Something rotten! is a great show with characters that are tall and fill the Kuss Auditorium, a perfect show to return to after a two-year hiatus from live performances,” Berry said. “There’s everything – tragedy, comedy, a tragic attempt at comedy – the audience will roll in their seats.”
The cast is made up of Clark State students, alumni, staff and community members, with some traveling from Columbus, Cincinnati and Miamisburg to perform.
“The cast blended well throughout the rehearsal process. All of these characters are larger than life and it brought out a lot of the goofy sides of the actors,” Berry said. “For this show, I tell them every night that if they don’t feel absolutely ridiculous on stage, they’re not doing it right.”
The wait to do live theater again hasn’t been easy and the program hasn’t slowed down, focusing on learning new skills to create live theater virtually according to Lauricella. It wasn’t the same as being in the same room with an audience, but it did give the experience of storytelling in a live environment.
She admitted there were doubts about the event for “Something Rotten!” happen, so for every show the program has presented since the fall of 2020, they’ve prepped multiple shows at once, scheduling live first, then pulling back as cases pick up.
“But as we did, we kept going,” Lauricella said.
The auditions were held in person, albeit masked and socially distanced, unlike all previous and streamlined ones. The acting has brought things like improved virtual communication and a virtual green room has been created for rehearsals and allows for conversations outside of rehearsals, creating additional bonds.
“Even within our strict set up there was a buzz of excitement amongst the production team and cast and we knew we had virtual options to fall back on if we needed them and we did. “, said Lauricella.
The first rehearsal was virtual, not because of COVID, but the weather. And that was the only one and the buzz still permeated the band, Lauricella said.
Berry was in a show that was supposed to open in March 2020 and canceled three weeks before opening and it still stings him. Naturally, he didn’t want to go through that again, remaining cautiously excited about it.
“Things went in the right direction this time and I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “It’s an incredible group of artists and teams and we’ve all come through while wearing masks and respecting social distancing and it will all pay off for the public.”
HOW TO GET THERE
What: “Something rotten! »
Or: Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 South Fountain Ave., Springfield
When: 8 p.m. Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9; 2 p.m. Sunday April 10
More information: www.facebook.com/clarkstatetheatre/