Live theater is a unique experience. The roar of the crowd, the delicate play and the glow of the lights create an atmosphere like no other. As COVID-19 has put live performances on hold, it’s time for them to come back.
Marquette Theater has announced its return to in-person performances this season with its theme “Together Again”. The program of performances contains well-known acts like “The Tame Shrew” by Shakespeare and “Mamma Mia!” However, there are unknown pieces such as “California Suite” and “Melancholy Play”.
“California Suite” tells the stories of several middle-aged couples all facing very different issues, ranging from business to unchecked success. “Melancholy Play” is an absurd play about a young woman with intense sadness and throughout the show her friends turn into almonds.
“California Suite” and “The Taming of the Shrew” open next weekend, and the cast is thrilled to have an audience. Matthew Read, a sophomore at the College of Communication, was online last year, so he’s ready to experience the atmosphere of the Marquette Theater.
“I’m really excited to be playing again,” Read said. “It’s been a year and a half since I played in front of an audience, and I’ve done it all my life, so I can’t wait to open.”
This season features Shakespeare’s play “The Tame Shrew”. Giorgia Cozzo, a junior at the College of Health Sciences, has been cast to play Kate, and she feels the role couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Honestly, this role of Kate was a dream I didn’t even know I had,” Cozzo said. “I felt like I was able to grow as an actor because of it, and it pushed me out of my comfort zone, which I think I need at this point in my career.”
During their rehearsals, the students researched and discussed ways to modernize this Shakespearean classic.
“It’s really interesting to make a game like this now because we’re trying to solve it for a 21st audience of the century, ”Cozzo said. “We look at a lot of spouses, husbands, and wives roles and sort of the crazy funny things we do when we’re in love.”
The third show of the semester, “Melancholy Play”, will take place from November 12 to 14 and from November 17 to 21.
“I play a lesbian who has an affair that then turns into an almond at the end of the show,” said Gilli Leonard, senior at the College of Communication.
The schedule also includes a children’s show that will take place next semester. “Pinkalicious: The Musical” will air May 14-15 and next spring 21.
“I’m very happy to be able to host the kids again for our kids show next semester,” Cozzo said.
Live theater is making a return to the Marquette campus, and tickets can be purchased online or at the theater the same day. More information on the Théâtre Marquette website.
This story was written by Izzy Fonfara Drewel. She can be contacted at [email protected]