For the second year in a row, members of Trinityâ€™s theater department are putting on the show â€œMiscast.â€
â€œMiscastâ€ is a different type of theater production â€” one that isnâ€™t placed into a single category and has a variety of talents and interesting messages to convey.
â€œItâ€™s really untraditional. Itâ€™s not a play with a storyline or a plot or even really characters. Itâ€™s really just a celebration of musical theater and everything that it is,â€ said Aubrey Kehn, sophomore psychology major and actor in the show.
â€œMiscastâ€ takes on an unconventional approach compared to other plays, and allows for students to play roles they normally wouldnâ€™t be able to.
â€œA lot of us have roles in [other] shows that we love but we would never be able to play because of our gender or of our race or of our age, and â€œMiscastâ€ is our opportunity to play those roles and get into those mindsets, which is really something we strive to do as actors,â€ Kehn said.
â€œMiscastâ€ also gives students a wider range of roles to play, which expands their growth and development as actors.
â€œWhen weâ€™re putting on a play itâ€™s for an audience and we have to fit into the roles that we play, as opposed to in â€œMiscastâ€ when we can really be anything and specifically try to be the opposite of what we are,â€ Kehn said. Â
Though there will be music in the show itself, â€œMiscastâ€ is more of a production that demonstrates the diversity of musical theater.
â€œItâ€™s not so much a musical as it is a showcase of different songs from musicals, so we do some classic musicals, some contemporary musicals, some Disney, all kinds of stuff,â€ Kehn said.
With a variety of songs and musicals in the show, the cast will be miscast, or will play unconventional roles, frequently.
â€œIâ€™m playing boys mostly, at the risk of spoiling some of our song choices,â€ the psych major said.
I asked Nico Champion, sophomore co-director and soloist in â€œMiscast,â€ about his role both co-directing and acting in the unusual production.
â€œBeing able to see the entire process through was pretty rewarding, and to see it work out and come to fruition was pretty nice. I feel excited and ready for the show to happen, because Iâ€™m ready for a lot of people to see the work that the actors put in. So Iâ€™m excited to showcase all their stuff.â€
Because of the diverse opportunities Trinity Theater provides for students, itâ€™s easy for them to create their own opportunities and showcase different ideas, cultures and issues. Not only is â€œMiscastâ€ an example of that, it is also a student-led production.
â€œItâ€™s produced by TUP, the Trinity University Players, which is the student-led theater production on campus,â€ Kehn said.
Though this is only the second year â€œMiscastâ€ is being produced, it combines music, theater and comedy and is bound to be memorable.
First-year Alexandra Parris is performing in the show and shared her thoughts about what â€œMiscastâ€ changes about casting.
â€œIâ€™ve always enjoyed singing a range of parts. There have always been a bunch of male songs that Iâ€™ve loved to sing and I just havenâ€™t gotten a chance to, so things like â€˜Iâ€™ll Make a Man Out of You,â€™ thatâ€™s just like a lot of fun to sing that.â€
She adds that Miscast isnâ€™t just fun and games, but makes a real difference in allowing actors to play off-limit roles.
â€œI think [the play] really does challenge gender roles,â€ Parris said.
â€œMiscastâ€â€™s first and only show will be held on Saturday, Mar. 25 in the Attic Theater inside the Ruth Taylor building at 8:30 p.m.
Some last thoughts from Champion: â€œCome out and see it. Certified fresh.â€