VHCC students and community members will showcase their talents tonight and throughout the weekend when Four-by-Three, a series of four short plays by three major American playwrights, hits the VHCC stage.
The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. when Alesha Russell and Austin Puckett take the stage in This Property is Condemned, a play by Tennessee Williams. This will be followed by a monologue from Williams’ Portrait of a Madonna performed by Kelly Hayden. And, finishing the first act, is I’m Herbert, a play by Robert Anderson that stars Mark Stewart as Herbert and Hope Dingus as Muriel.
Coffee will be served at Wolf Grounds Coffee Shop during the 15-minute intermission, then Joseph Harmon and Ronnie Whitaker will perform The Zoo Story by Edward Albee.
The play is directed and designed by Gary Aday, with Jaime Graves as assistant director. Jennifer Mullins and Kelly Hayden are in charge of hair, costumes and makeup, with lighting and sound by Katie Tucker and Jonathan Blake. Students Katie Tucker, Duane Holliday, Bracken Caldwell, Kaitlyn Meade, Jennifer Mullins, Hope Dingus, Alesha Russell and Austin Puckett were responsible for building and painting the set.
Those involved in the play get together nightly for rehearsals and then meet the week prior to the show for “tech week,” during which all actors must have their lines memorized and stage blocking mastered.
Alesha Russell explained that the production is a lot of work, but added that close friendships are formed during practice. “When it’s time for the show, it never fails that we get the jitters before the curtain opens,” she said. “But without stage jitters, I really don’t think it would be much fun.”
The play begins at the Keyser-Aday Theatre on the VHCC Campus tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are free for VHCC students, faculty and staff with a valid campus ID and $5 for community members.