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WBC to Stage "A Servant to Two Masters"

11/1/2010

The Williams Baptist College theatre program will open its 2010-2011 season with Carlo Goldoni’s A Servant to Two Masters on Nov. 18-19, according to Melinda Williams, director of the production.

The play, adapted by Lee Hall of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is classified as a commedia del arte. As Williams explained, this style of theatre was founded in Italy and was popular during the Renaissance. "The plays were improvisations, no advanced preparation, and performed on the street," Williams said. Actors would play stock characters easily recognizable by the audience.

The most famous of these stock characters was Harlequin, the primary comic character, explained the director. "In this production, the character’s name is Truffaldino, and he is the servant that tries to serve two masters," Williams said. He is played by Cody Robinson of Marion, Ark.

"The play has a lot of twists and turns, mistaken identities, disguises … it is a lot to follow, but it will keep the audience guessing and laughing," Williams said.

One of the twists includes a woman disguised as a man, a popular story line, according to the director. Katie Williams of Imboden, Ark., plays Beatrice, who disguises herself as her brother to clear the name of her fiancé, Florindo, played by Charles Stover of Earle, Ark. "Only one character knows Beatrice is not a man until it is revealed in the final act," Williams explained.

Also, included in the cast are Elizabeth Fehr of Poplar Grover, Ark.; Elizabeth (Bella) Rains of Quincy, Ill.; Sarah Meeks of Wynne, Ark.; Samantha Wilson of Batesville, Ark.; Christina Graham of Paragould, Ark.; Nick McGinnis of Jonesboro, Ark.; Anna Hayden of Conway, Ark.; and Branden Caffoe of Bull Shoals, Ark.

The production will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 18 and 19, in WBC’s Old Chapel. Admission is $1 for students and senior citizens and $3 general admission.

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