Published 10/12/2012 in Local News
By RACHAEL GRAY
In Garden City Community College's upcoming play, "The King Stag," the main character has something very useful to him.
A magical item in King Deramo's possession smiles when a woman is lying to him. In his search for a wife, it's a useful tool, according to Philip Hoke, director.
"This is a delightful romantic comedy that is really part fairy tale and part action-adventure story," Hoke said.
Though written to be staged in an oriental or Renaissance-era European setting, the GCCC presentation is going to take place in a Native American environment.
Hoke said GCCC's production will be set in the 1600s in the Shenandoah Valley in the Shawnee Nation.
This production will be the college's entry for the Kennedy Center College Theater Festival, Hoke said.
"It's a major challenge for us as a lot of students are freshmen and this is their first college play," Hoke said.
He said his students are up to the task. In this production, they are the cast and crew, and are building a stage.
"It's really coming together one piece at a time," he said.
Hoke welcomes members of the public to see the students showcase their talent.
"I think audience members are going to have a great time. We're hoping to surprise a few folks with what we're going to do. I think they'll have an enchanting time," he said.
Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27, plus 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21, all in the auditorium of the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building on the GCCC campus, 801 Campus Drive.
The story will be brought to life by a cast and crew from six southwest Kansas communities. The group includes Chase Lumley, Sublette; Mike Jones, Lakin; Justin Godwin, Liberal; Linzie Schneider, Holcomb; and Colton Hardy, Elkhart; as well as Melissa Fulton, Johnnie Dennis, Tori Fairbank, all of Garden City. Others in the cast are Gavin Mattais, a student from the United Kingdom, and Hoke, with Trisha Elliot, Garden City, serving as stage manager.
The "King Stag" was written by Carlo Guzzi, and it involves elements of enchantment, romance, good and evil, as well as a classic Happily Ever After ending.
"Due to violence, our show is rated PG-13," Hoke said. "There certainly isn't anything graphic, but the villain is truly a bad guy."
Some of the characters will be wielding magical powers, vying for affection and contributing to plenty of on-stage mayhem.
Ticket sales are open at the GCCC Fine Arts office. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors age 65 or older and also $5 for children age 17 or younger. Ticket sales are available 7 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3:30 p.m. weekdays, plus one hour before each show at the box office. Information is available at 276-9540.
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