Theater Department kicks off theater season with “Smell of the Kill” – The Guilfordian


Jeniffer Patino-Pérez

From left to right: Josie Schoenberg, Naomi Caplan and AllyThring rehearse in the Acting Studio on October 12.

Three husbands. Three wives. A meat locker. What could go wrong?

Despite a number of COVID-related setbacks, Guilford College’s Department of Theater Studies will begin its season with Michele Lowe’s play “Smell of the Kill,” opening October 28 and running for two consecutive weekends. The Three-Woman Show stars actresses Ally Thring, Naomi Caplan and Josie Schoenberg, and is directed by Beth Ritson.

“Smell of the Kill” is a short one-act show centered on three deeply dissatisfied wives in the mid-1990s in Chicago. What begins as an evening of bickering and complaining about their husbands suddenly takes a horrific turn, and the three women are forced to make the most important decision of their lives. Dark comedy is ultimately a review of the modern institution of marriage and has been praised by publications such as Variety, Newsday, and The Advocate.

Guilford’s decision to return to phase two produced enormous amounts of anxiety within the cast, according to Schoenberg.

“There were real nerves about what rehearsal would look like in the future, if it went ahead, (and) if there would be a show,” said the second-year theater minor. .

The rest of the cast echoed him with their anxieties during the COVID peak.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the pandemic has dramatically reduced shows and theater classes in Guilford.

“It’s so hard to have a… full theater experience on Zoom,” Thring said. “When the pandemic hit, we were about two weeks away from setting up an all-female hamlet… (larger community.”

COVID has also had an impact on the technical and design elements of production.

“One of the biggest hurdles, honestly, is that the cost of lumber has increased dramatically since COVID,” said Amanda Warriner, technical director of the show.

Wood is essential in the construction of sets, used to build the terrace (or the floor of a stage), apartments (walls) and any furniture or piece of decor that cannot be outsourced.

Other crew members have also been hampered by the pandemic.

“The other day we were delayed because the paint and hardware stores didn’t have the paint and wood we needed to complete the design,” said Sarah Seguin, Principal Theater Major, who is both scenographer and production manager for the production. “It really adds to the construction time because it becomes a game of waiting to know when the store will have what we need.”

In order to make up for lost time, long work calls are held frequently in the Sternberger Auditorium to finish painting and construction. The process is almost entirely managed and organized by the students.

Gretchen Waldorf, another senior theater major, said of the workload: “That’s a lot. We work five or six hours… to come back the next day and start over. Losing a week of time was quite devastating.

Despite these obstacles, the production process saw a massive amount of student engagement and leadership. For example, the scenographer Seguin spent last summer designing a complex set and “Smell of the Kill” is his thesis. First-year student Ellie Dieth is in charge of identifying and purchasing props, and senior Matthew Climbingbear is responsible for setting the scene. The show itself was chosen by the final year students (Thring, Caplan, and Seguin) to serve as the flagship project., and the students remained responsible for generating ideas and working collaboratively throughout the process.

“I really want to encourage all the students who can to come and attend,” Seguin said in an email interview. “I would like the audience to know that so many of their peers and comrades worked hard on this show. It doesn’t only happen with one person and it takes an army for a show to be produced. “

“The smell of deathwill be presented at the Sternberger Auditorium on October 28, 29, 30 and November 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 a.m. Admission is $ 2 for members of the Guilford community and $ 5 for general admission.


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