Though it’s still winter break, things are already getting back into swing at the PepsiCo. Yesterday, a group of eight students returned to campus two weeks early to put on this year’s Independent Project. Every January, Theatre Fairfield gives students the opportunity to stage a show completely by themselves, and this year they have chosen to put on How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel.
The show was chosen by senior theatre major Michael Maio who also is directing. Students are in charge of every aspect of producing the show, and How I Learned to Drive features costume design by Michael Maio (’13), set and lighting design by Joe Plouffe (’13), props management by Ryan Champlin (’16), and stage management by Kelan McDonnell (’15) and Mary Corigliano (’14). The cast also includes TF students and features Maggie Greene (’15) in the leading role of Li’l Bit and Joe Plouffe as Uncle Peck. Katie Premus (’15) plays the Teenage Greek Chorus, Brendan Freeman (’15) plays the Male Greek Chorus, and special guest actress Elise Bochinski takes the role of Female Greek Chorus.
The Independent Project is a valuable opportunity for theatre students to learn the ins and outs of putting on a play under “real world” circumstances. The company will labour tirelessly over the next three weeks to put together a show that is completely their own.
How I Learned to Drive runs January 25th and 26th at 8:00 PM and January 26th and 27th at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $5.00 for students, $7.00 for general admission and can be purchased at the Quick Center Box office or by calling 1-877-278-7396. The Independent Project is funded through the generous support of the Jamie A. Hulley Foundation.