Trinity students, under the direction of Dr. John Sebestyen, assistant professor of communication arts, gave the final performance of She Stoops to Conquer, a comedy by Oliver Goldsmith, on Saturday, April 24.
Continuing his theme of a comedy for the spring play, Sebestyen chose She Stoops to Conquer for the hilarious subplots and ‘larger-than-life’ characters. The 17th century comedy tells the story of Mr. Marlow who sets out to meet the woman he is to court. Being tricked by her step-brother into believing she is only an innkeeper’s daughter, the subplots and errors begin.
Trinity students, faculty, family, and community members filled a brightly colored theatre at each performance, enjoying the crowd-pleasing characters.
“The audience also seemed to like the constant set changes by the servants and the dramatic set which is painted in pink and purple with gaudy furniture,” said Julie Wiltjer ’12 of Worth, Illinois, assistant director. “The set embodies the silliness and melodrama of the show.”
Junior Bethany Verhage of Moses Lake, Washington, who attended the show opening weekend, said the servants were her favorite characters. “They were hilarious with their own unique little quirks and their scampering and scurrying about stage,” she said.
“It's nice to hear laughter in the audience,” Wiltjer said. “The cast truly feeds off of the energy of the audience, and it makes the show all the better.”