Northwestern Theatre Department goes 'crazy' with latest production

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Northwestern Theatre Department goes 'crazy' with latest production

October 10, 2008

“Why so serious?”

This phrase is decidedly the underlying theme behind the Northwestern Oklahoma State University theatre department’s upcoming production of “The Curious Savage.”

“The Curious Savage” will be Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23-24, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. in Herod Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $1 for students with a current ID, $3 for Northwestern employees with a current ID, and $5 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Although the performance dates for this production are only two weeks away, the cast isn’t divulging anything about the plot behind this production.

Deemed a heartfelt comedy, “The Curious Savage” is an ensemble piece set in a small sanitarium with an array of dynamic characters who are anxiously awaiting their next guest in the institution. However, these characters are unexpectedly affected by events that are out of their control and seem to focus around one character named Mrs. Savage, played by Lisa Bradt, Alva senior.

For the most part, cast members said that their characters fit very well with their own personalities, but with some obvious differences.

Kimberly Weast, assistant professor of theatre and director of the show, said rehearsals are going well despite a circulation of illness that made its way through the cast.

“This has been the most fun cast I have worked with in years,” Weast said.

Weast also said that the large number of returning upperclassmen really helped the process and made it fun.

This play is very family friendly, Weast said.

“There is no profanity, and it appeals to all audiences.”

Weast isn’t the only one who seems to be enjoying the process with this production. Bradt also is having fun and likes the story behind the production.

“Out of all the plays I’ve done here, this is my favorite,” Bradt said.

Weast encourages everyone to attend this production. She said if this is the first time to attend a play here, it’s a good one to start with.

“This is the one to see,” said Charlie Burns, Sayre junior who plays “Titus Savage.”

Other members of the cast include Thomas McDevitt, Comanche freshman who plays “Dr. Emmett;” Tyler Shafer, Cherokee freshman, “Jeff;” Sarah Fiala, Pleasanton, Calif., junior, “Mrs. Paddy;” Ashlynn Walker, Perryton, Texas, sophomore, “Miss Willie;” Kasey Russell, Guymon sophomore, “Fairy Mae;” Amy Lu Riley, Laverne senior, “Lily Belle Savage;” Keith Thomason, Blanchard senior, “Samuel Savage;” Joe Perez, Houston, Texas, sophomore, “Hannibal;” and Ashton Ghaemi, Broken Arrow junior, “Florence.”