Director Kellie Cunningham’s dream for “The Nut Farm” keeps the cast excited to rehearse every Tuesday and Wednesday for two and a half hours. Although it is hard work, the cast, consisting of nine students and one faculty, enjoys rehearsing for the two-hour production. The cast and crew all learn different aspects of what it’s like to commit to a production.
Part of being in a production is about connecting with the character in the play. “My character is probably one of the more down to earth members of the cast, yet he has tremendous emotional swings,” says Dr. Taylor Jones. “So any normal life will have ‘roller-coaster’ moments.”Another important ingredient is bonding with the rest of the cast like a family. The cast works together to express ideas with stage positions as well as make their characters show. “We are creating a piece of art that can be glorifying to God,” says Kara Vanderbijl.
As director, Cunningham has an important job for this production. Not only does she need to work with the cast, but also the crew who are always behind the scenes. “It’s about building a community in the cast and crew, to love one another, and in doing that there is a ministry,” she says. Cunningham hopes to use this production to reach out to the community around the college and be a witness for Christ.
Just as the cast and crew are coming together as a family, “The Nut Farm” seems to have one message to the audience — the value of family and overcoming family struggles. “The most important message is even when families have big issues to deal with, they don’t have to fall apart,” says “Nut Farm” performer Paul Boyne. Kylie Dempsey, who shares the stage with Boyne, agree that there’s more to the production than mere entertainment. “The lesson that I most hope I can communicate to the audience would be importance of love and support over that of fame and luxury,” she says.
The production performances are on March 18 – 20 and March 26 – 27 in the Music Recital Hall. For more details about this production please click here.
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