MC Theatre Department to present “Boeing Boeing” Feb. 21-24

MC Theatre Department to present “Boeing Boeing” Feb. 21-24 

Feb. 6, 2019

The Maryville College Theatre Department will present “Boeing Boeing” Feb. 21-24.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 21-23 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Haslam Family Flexible Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors (ages 60 and older) and students. Admission is free for Maryville College faculty, staff, and students, but a printed ticket is required. For tickets, please call the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590 or visit the Clayton Center website.

“Boeing Boeing,” written by Marc Camoletti, follows the hilarious misadventures of Bernard, a bachelor who desperately attempts to balance love, life and the air-speed velocity of the latest Boeing jetliner.  For some audience members, the play may feel nostalgic (particularly for those that remember the 60’s), and others may remember the film adaptation which starred Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis, said Dr. Heather McMahon, MC associate professor of theatre and the show’s director, adding that she thinks the play is “much funnier than the movie.”

 “I really wanted to do a farce because they are so challenging and so fun,” McMahon said. “Audience members might not think about how difficult comedy is, but many actors think it is harder than tragedy. Farce, in particular, is very fast-paced and relies on perfect timing. On top of that, farce—this one included—means props coming and going, doors slamming and a general feeling of chaos. In order for all of that to work, the actors have to be in complete control of the chaos, which means knowing the show backward and forward and staying very much in tune with each other. Another challenge is just the physical nature of this type of comedy, which requires the actors to run, jump, climb and generally wear themselves out over the course of the performance. It is fun to watch, but difficult to perform!”

In addition, McMahon said she believes that her selection will provide her actors, as well as the set designers and back-stage crew, with opportunities for growth.

“Farce is a very popular genre, so it is likely that our actors will encounter this kind of play many times in their careers, so they need some experience with the genre now,” she said.

McMahon said the style of the play is much more realistic in its design, so a set is being built that looks like an actual room, and the costumes need to be historically accurate, as well as being complementary to the personalities of each character.

“We are hard at work in rehearsal now to make sure that all of the comedy comes off without a hitch when we open in a few weeks,” McMahon said. “Our audiences can expect a really fun night at the theatre. Just a warning: this show is laugh-out-loud funny, so be prepared.”

The ensemble cast features Cameron Freshour ’21 as Bernard, Lenny Lively ’19 (who also designed the set) as Robert, Lexi Douglas ’21 as Gloria, Bailee Burleson ’20 as Gabriella, Riley Hamant ’21 as Gretchen, and Lilly Potter ’22 as Berthe.

Story written by Jeremy Law ’19

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.