By Victoria Cortez – Horizon Staff Reporter
The cast has been set and rehearsals have begun. “Tartuffe,” a play written by French playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (better known to theater enthusiasts as Molière) was first performed in 1664. Now drama instructor Laura Kraybill will bring the comedy to life as Hesston College’s spring play.
Freshman, Savannah Sizer, who plays “a well-respected maid” in the play, says that there is a lot of conflict within the show.
“All the conflict has a symbolic surface, and people will like it,” said Sizer.
The play follows the story of Tartuffe, a man who seems to be deceiving and unscrupulous. He is picked up off the streets of Paris, France, where the story is set, by a man named Orgon. Orgon sees the good within Tartuffe, and tries to prove it to others.
Kraybill describes the show as full of “gender-bending, magic acts and clownish behavior,” which Sizer’s looking forward to.
“I’m really excited we’re bringing a circus element to it, even though it’s not about a circus,” Sizer said. “There are love affairs, and people acting ridiculous.”
The comedy includes a wide variety of characters. As of now, the 22-member cast and crew are still preparing for their four performances: Feb. 26 and Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., March 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and March 2 at 3 p.m.
For more “Tartuffe” photos, see our photo gallery.