Bay Drama Students Take Memories to the Stage
Theatre students cast in the next drama, Rabbit Hole, help dress the set by bringing in memories from their childhood. From the left are Emily Lucas, Heather Deneau, and Kelcie Beudre. In back are student director Colton Ranguette and actor Jordan Lester. Rabbit Hole will be presented at Bay College April 4, 5, and 6.
Taking an intense, prize-winning script and bringing it to life is a challenge for any group of actors. But for college students in the U.P., it seems a bigger task. However, the students in the cast of Bay College’s production of Rabbit Hole are approaching their portrayals in many different ways.
Rabbit Hole is a drama by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. It won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize as well as a Tony Award. Since the plot follows a young married couple who lost their four year old son in an automobile accident, the actors must understand grief, loss and sorrow.
Director Crystal Dwyer has approached the rehearsals in many different ways. “Not all of our practices have been on the stage,” says Dwyer. “Last week we gathered around the supper table instead and talked about people who we were closed to that had passed away.” According to Dwyer, special moments were shared as well as coping strategies. The cast also learned about the Five stages of Grief and where their characters were in that process.
Students in the play were also given assignments. In one scene of the play, the mother has a difficult time packing away her son’s toys. Since this takes place in a child’s bedroom, each cast member was asked to bring in one toy and one book from their childhood. Soon the set looked like a real boy’s room and there was a piece of each actor on the stage. Andrew T.S. Bedgood, who portrays the teenager who was driving the car, said that this contribution added to the realism of the play, “The memories from these artifacts influence our acting; we feel what the characters feel and are reminded of how precious childhood is.”
Rabbit Hole will be presented April 4, 5, and 6 in the Besse Center Theatre. All shows begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available online or at the campus box office. For more information, call the box office at 217-4045. Or email Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.