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Theatre department premieres “A Doll’s House”

by Christopher Falkiewicz, Staff Writer

Schoolcraft College will be performing the modern classic “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen. Auditions have finished, and the cast is eager to show their talents to Schoolcraft and the local community. “A Doll’s House” premiers Oct. 26 and 27 and will have showings Nov. 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m.

Theatre professor Paul Beer will direct his written adaptation of the play. The performance is open to all members of the Schoolcraft community including faculty, staff, students, alumni and the general public. The theatrical showing might help others to enjoy an evening and just hang out with friends as they watch the performance, the showing is not just for those who enjoy drama. Many of the student actors are performing for their first time.

“It’s quite interesting because I’ve never done anything like acting before,” said Kyle Proffitt who plays Nils Krogstad. “There’s a few hurdles because I used to improv, but now, I have to follow lines, steps and motions.”

There will be a special Dinner Theatre before the Oct. 26 and 27 and Nov. 2 and 3 shows. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. featuring a delectable meal consisting of garden salad, parmesan crusted chicken breasts on top a bed of butternut squash and English pea risotto for dinner followed by a peach blueberry pie for desert.

“A Doll’s House” is a modern adaption to Henrik Ibsen’s original work from the 1870s with the new adaption taking place in 1969. As a traditional feminist play, the conflict revolves around the protagonist Nora admitting and accepting reality instead of her fairy tale life. The casted characters include Nora, her husband Torvald Helmer, Nora’s best friend Christine, their family friend Dr. Rank, Anne the nanny, and the main antagonist Nils Krogstad. The setting of “A Doll House” takes place in Nora and Torvald’s 1870s apartment in an unspecified northern city. Gendered topics such as control and domination are prominent themes throughout the play.

“Everyone is welcome,” said Beer. “As this will be our first time performing this at Schoolcraft College it would be a new experience for the community as a whole.”

Tickets for the Dinner Theatre is $30 and performance only tickets are $15. To purchase tickets, call 734-462-4596 or order in person visit the Schoolcraft College Cashier in the McDowell Student Services Center.

For more information regarding the play and future theatre projects, contact Paul Beer at theatre@schoolcraft.edu.