By Jordyn O’Saben / Rampage Staff Writer
The Bluefield College Department of Theatre’s production of the comedy “You Can’t Take It with You” – staged for four days over the extended homecoming weekend in October – was an overall success, the production’s director said.
Charles Reese, an associate professor of theatre and the artistic director of BC’s theatre program, said he was pleased with the outcome of the production in that the set and diversity of cast members really made the play stand out.
Alumni and students donated antiques and family heirlooms to add to the set wall, filling it with photographs and even medieval weapons.
As for the cast – it included a mix of actors, ranging in age from 15 to 57 years old.
“A production works best with diversity,” Reese said. “We had alumni, faculty, community members and students working in the play.”
Reese said he was happy with the audience size during the production’s opening and closing showings. He said turnout decreased during the two middle shows (Friday and Saturday) due to conflicts with other homecoming events – but it was to be expected.
“Opening and closing was great,” he said. “Many alumni came and watched.”
Reese said the cast did experience one setback.
“There are always difficulties in plays, especially in rehearsal,” he said. “Because there was such a diverse cast, trying to get all the members together (for rehearsal) was a struggle.”
But, Reese said he could not be any prouder of the actors and their efforts during the shows.
“It was a fun, very successful production,” he said. “Everyone had fun.”
For future performances, Reese said he hopes to extend the number of days each production will be staged.