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Wig & Buckle Theater Company Presents Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors”
02.11.13 |
Lebanon Valley College’s Wig and Buckle Theater Company will present “The Comedy of Errors,” a classic Shakespeare comedy with mistaken identities and farcical humor.

Director Keifer Kemmerly '14 was eager to take on the show, the first Shakespeare show on the Leedy stage since Wig and Buckle’s 2010 production of “The Taming of the Shrew.”

“I came up with a direction for the show to take, but the result is that the audience will see is not just my vision alone, but a collaboration,” Kemmerly explained. “I have had wonderful people to work with who have strived tirelessly to bring my ideas and direction into something tangible that the audience will have a fun time watching.”

“The Comedy of Errors” follows two sets of twins separated at birth whose lives are once again entangled. The play has a large cast of nearly 20 actors, all who have rehearsed since early December to develop their comedic timing and storytelling skills.

Kemmerly discussed the challenge of directing his peers. “It’s very different directing a cast for collegiate productions in particular, because you are constantly working with your peers and classmates, sometimes people who are older and more experienced than you. You have to respect and consider the opinions of others, but you also have to be true to the vision,” the junior English literature and music major explained. “But it’s my job to make sure those fun things are happening while we are being productive and innovative in rehearsals—that we are laughing at the jokes Shakespeare has poured into the script and focusing on the best and funniest way to present them. The experience of directing has been a joy. It is not one that I will soon forget and I hope it’s been as fun for everyone involved.”

“It’s great to see those moments in rehearsal where everything just clicks and people are laughing and having a good time,” Kemmerly said. “That’s what I want to share with the audience. I want them to be just as enthused and happy about seeing the show as I am every night at rehearsal.”

Evening performances are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. All shows are in Leedy Theater of Mund College Center. Tickets are free to LVC students, $15 for adults; $10 for non-LVC students, alumni, and faculty; $5 for children 10 and under; and $5 for seniors 60 and over.

Wig and Buckle was founded in 1935 and is student directed and entirely student-run. The company will also present Bert V. Royal's "Dog Sees God," directed by Rosemary Bucher '14, April 19–28. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.wigandbuckle.com, call 717-867-6162, or email wigandbuckle@lvc.edu.


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