By Janet Hrezo
The CIP Drama Class in Melbourne presented “Thespians Unleashed” for students and staff on Friday, July 25th, 2008.
David Kates opened the show with a monologue from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Peter Snell was a majestic King Henry V. Andrew Barbour and Jens Hansen were both writers and performers as each acted in original works. Movies were represented as well with Jarrett Suhr’s comic piece from “Little Shop of Horrors” and Eric Rose’s dramatic scene from “A Few Good Men”.
Comedy took center stage with David Kates and Chris Kennedy hitting a home run with their rendition of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First” and Monty Python’s “Dead Parrot Sketch” was hilariously performed by David Kates and Jens Hansen. Chris Kennedy movingly closed the first portion of the show with a spoken version of the song “Rainbow Connection”. Throughout the show, our host, Brian Stewart, introduced the performers and joked with the audience.
Next, it was improvisation. First, the game “Questions” where a story is told only through asking questions. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Then, the entire cast joined in on “World’s Worst” in which performers offered examples of the world’s worst reasons for missing reframing. This was definitely a crowd pleaser and the audience was astonished to find out that the cast had not known the topic before the game began.
Backstage, it was Valerie Stepp who made up the one woman stage crew and Andrew Barbour created an intriguing program for this event. Unfortunately, two members of the class were unable to be with us. Both Jonathan Jacobson and Kunky Oliver were missed by all.