By Robbie Moll, Media Writing CM105
With Worcester State University’s production of “Boeing, Boeing” debuting on April 27, only three days away, the cast and crew rehearse to master the fast-paced comedic timing required in this classic farce by Mark Camoletti.
Austin Gannon, a business major and visual and performing arts theatre student, plays the role of Robert, a long-time friend of the lead character Bernard, played by Eddie Sanchez.
“I like to act,” said Gannon. “Every play I do I learn more.”
Austin said he prefers dramatic and serious roles and finds it difficult to play a comedic role like “Boeing, Boeing’s” Robert.
Robert’s role is the foil in the play as he can’t keep straight the fiancée rotation of his friend, Bernard. Bernard finds folly in balancing the schedules of three fiancées, all flight attendants. When Boeing builds a faster jet, it throws off the rhythms of his sexual encounters. Three fiancées. One Man. Lots of sex. What could go wrong?
Eddie Sanchez, who plays Bernard, has never held a role in a comedy and finds the challenge of a farce a new learning experience. The VPA major studies acting and directing at Worcester State and said it is “wonderful to learn as an actor and a director the basic elements of farcical comedy.”
For Eddie, it’s faking intimacy that has proven difficult. His character Bernard struggles to balance three fiancés throughout the play. As an actor, Eddie finds it tough to “create a private space in a public space,” as he described it. He talked about the difficulty of creating a moment you might share with a significant other behind closed doors with over a hundred people watching you.
Both Eddie and Austin face the challenge to master the comedic timing, they both feel lucky that their roles don’t require them to learn strong accent. Their castmate, Shyiesha Brown, must master an Italian accent for her role as Gabriella, Bernard’s Italian fiancé. It isn’t easy. She described “Boeing, Boeing” as one of the hardest plays she has worked on.
“Boeing, Boeing” is a farce comedy that involves a lot of timing-based jokes and jokes dependent on the entry and exit of the stage. Between learning a foreign accent and finding the perfect timing for every joke, Shyiesha has found the play both challenging and rewarding.
Walking through the challenges of their many rehearsals, the hard work and stress of organizing “Boeing, Boeing’s” careful comedic timing brought the cast closer. Shyiesha described the cast as “a little family” and Austin was not hesitant to say he loved them all.
Krystal Barrera, the elementary education and VPA double major who plays the New Yorker fiancé Gloria , said that it is “easy to work with everyone” and she likes the camaraderie of the cast.
Every member of the cast said they were grateful for their part in “Boeing, Boeing” and are glad to be a part of it. “I always look forward to putting on a good production,” said Austin about why he enjoyed theatre at Worcester State.
For students interested in participating in theatre at WSU, auditions for the plays are typically held the second week of each semester. WSU produces three shows per academic year; one department run show a semester as well as a student-directed show in the spring. Students are also creating a theatre club that is currently in the works. Eddie Sanchez described it as “a theatre club by students for students.”
Boeing, Boeing opens at Worcester State University on April 27, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. with following shows on April 28 and 29 and 8:00 p.m. and April 30 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens, and $7 for students and can be purchased at the Worcester State Box Office. For more information, contact 508-929-8145 or visit the Visual and Performing Arts Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VPAatWorcesterState/.