The Lone Star College-Kingwood Theatre Department strives to bring life to classic, current, and new productions.
It will be the first to unveil “odd Tales,” an original production by Brad Nies, a regional playwright and artistic director of theatre at Blinn College-Brenham. The one-hour show will premiere on YouTube (LSCKTheatre) the week of March 22. This is the first all-virtual production for the department, and all rehearsals and the final recording will take place via Zoom.
“Although we will record the show, we will capture each scene in one take, which is more like live theatre,” said Eric Skiles, theatre professor and artistic director at LSC-Kingwood. “Once we film the show, we will edit it slightly to add various features and sound effects.”
“odd Tales” is a collection of three one-act plays. Inspired by Jewish folktales, Nies has given the stories a “Texas twist” by setting them in the fictional 1950’s town of odd, Texas. Skiles is the director and costume designer, and Kalliope Vlahos is the designer for the virtual scenery, lighting, and sound.
The one-act plays are:
“That’s odd”: a Houston reporter lands in odd, looking for a good story…and finds more than he bargains for.
Cast members are Fernando Pereira as Roger Middleton, Elena Mullenix as Juna Brass, Christian Wiser as Cloy Ronic, and Nataly DeVous, as Elaine Norman.
“Not Wanting to Be a Bother”: In Bottleville, Texas, a dentist prepares to help a patient from odd who “just needs a tooth fixed.” Actors are Daniel DeVous as Dr. Edward Fowler, Hailey Jones as Emma, and Brittany Donnell as Edna Conklin.
“Bricks and Stones”: The consequences of spreading gossip in a small town become very real in this cautionary tale. Cast members are all alumni - Ashlee Lopez as Mildred Pennyfeather, Nate Wagaman as Alfred Pennyfeather, Jordan Dulaney, as Jenny, and Madison Olson as Nannie.
“‘odd Tales’ will be a more intimate viewing experience for our audience and performers. The actors will appear very close to the cameras, which will help them hone their subtle, film-style acting skills,” Skiles said. “The rehearsal process isn’t easy, but the actors have been amazing. Although this presentation is a ‘staged reading,’ each actor consistently performs at a high level.”