By Omar Reyes
The LBCC Performing Arts Department and Associated Student Body will debut “A Soldiers Play” at the LBCC Auditorium at LAC, starting Thursday-Sunday Sept. 24-27, and from Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 1-4, starting at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
The play is set during World War II and is about a murder mystery investigation surrounding a sergeant at a military base, during a time when soldiers were segregated by race.
Donna Thaing, 23, a theatre arts major, worked on the play as a production supervisor: “I love it. It’s just so good and the actors are really good. I feel like it’s such a strong piece and the problems that they’re going through in the play are so relatable today.”
The actors playing soldiers on the set received military training to prepare for the play, said actor Dennis Pearson, 28, a theater major. He is playing the role of Capt. Richard Davenport. Pearson said “I hope a lot of the veterans will recognize the authenticity of it. Veterans and enlisted military get half-off.”
Below the Auditorium is the Green Room, where the actors changing rooms are as well as the laundry to wash the costumes after. Audiences can also expect convincing hand-crafted props, and sets, built on-site by students and school employees for the play.
The play production included rehearsals in front of a select few guests Tuesday, Sept. 22, to prepare themselves for real audiences on Thursday.
The play is directed by Anthony Carreiro, theater professor. Carreiro has coordinated the lighting of the stage so lights shine on specific areas of the stage, including a ramp toward the back of the stage. “When the lights come up on that ramp, it’s almost always something that happened in the past.”
Pearson said LBCC has not produced “an African-American play here for quite some time. It’s a predominantly African-American cast. The show grabs you from the beginning and holds you to the end. This was always been one of my favorite plays. ”
Pre-sale general admission for the play is $15 and $10 for students, employees and senior citizens. At the door, general admission is $17 and $12. Free parking is available in Lots D, E and F on Harvey Way between Clark Avenue and Faculty Avenue.