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MSU presents French farce in summer's third production

June 20, 2014

By Adam Miller, The Free Press, Mankato, Minn.



June 20--Minnesota State University'sHighland Summer Theatre continues its 48th season with nightly shows of the French farce, "Boeing Boeing," beginning 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

The show takes place in the 1960s and revolves around Bernard, an American architect who lives in Paris. Through careful time management, he has three fiancees who are all stewardesses with airlines. Comedy ensues when the airline introduces a new, faster passenger jet -- and the three women in his life find themselves in Paris at the same time. Bernard, with the help of his friend Robert, must find a way to keep the women from finding out about each other.

Directing the production is Matt Caron, a third-year master's degree candidate. Caron's other directing credits at MSU include last season's "Sky Girls" and two other short plays in "Maverick Musings." In addition to his work at MSU, he also worked with Bethany College for seven years. Despite his background, he said there are always challenges in directing a production. In this case, Caron said, dialect has been challenging. Each of the different characters have different dialects and Caron credited cast members for their professionalism.

"The actors I have are top-of-the-line from MSU," Caron said. "During the school year, I have to compete with other shows for actors. But during this show, I got the best of the best. It makes my job easier because it's less directing and more facilitating."

The cast includes recent graduates and current students of MSU. Jake McInerney plays the role of Bernard while Joseph Scheller plays Robert. The three stewardesses are played by Amanda Forman, Morgan LeClaire and Kendra Verhage. Finishing off the cast is Megan Gilmore who plays Bernard's maid.

Directing is not the only hat that Caron is wearing for this production. In addition to directing the show, he also was the scene designer. During a recent scene design class, Caron decided to do his final project on "Boeing Boeing," which he knew he would be directing this summer.

"I figured it would help me get to know the show," Caron said. When theatre department chair Paul Hustoles found out, he offered to let Caron handle both duties.

"The scene design was challenging because of the short time period and how much needed to get done," Caron said. He said he had to do a lot of the work himself, but added that he received some valuable help from scene designer and instructor John Paul and a few of the other graduate students.

If You Go What Highland Summer Theatre's "Boeing Boeing" Performances 7:30 p.m. nightly beginning Tuesday through June 28 at the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts Tickets$16 (adults), $14 (seniors ages 65 and up or children ages 12 and under). Purchase online at MSUTheatre.com or by visiting the box office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts from 4-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Also available one hour before the performances.

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