‘CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION’
WCJC Drama Department production tackles universal themes
February 16, 2017
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Contact: Zina L. Carter
Wharton County Junior College student Cole Fitzgerald of Bay City acts out a humorous scene while Amber Ryder of Needville looks on during a recent rehearsal for Circle Mirror Transformation. The show will open at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Horton Foote Theatre in the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus. The play is free of admission and open to the public.
Wharton County Junior College drama students will portray characters that hit pretty close to home when they present their first production of the 2017 season, Circle Mirror Transformation.
Opening on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Horton Foote Theatre in the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus, Circle Mirror Transformation tackles universal themes of failed relationships, childhood scars and new romance – set against a community theater backdrop.
WCJC Instructor of Drama Jami Hughes says such a production is a fascinating exercise for students as they get to play characters remarkably similar to themselves. It’s a unique opportunity for the audience, as well, since it reveals a behind-the-scenes look at the world of acting.
“This play reveals actual exercises and techniques we employ in our theater classes,” Hughes said.
Since students are well acquainted with many of the theater methods outlined in the play, Hughes will allow her actors to improvise in several scenes. That creates realism beyond the typical process of learning a part by rote.
“I’m excited about seeing the students ad lib these scenes,” Hughes said. “It makes for an entertaining performance.”
The play addresses common relationship issues that students – and the audience – will recognize.
“We all know these people that are being portrayed in this play,” Hughes said. “Their problems are universal and their personalities will be familiar.”
Cast and crew for Circle Mirror Transformation include Megan Poffenbarger of San Antonio, Tyler Kroff of Markham, Cole Fitzgerald of Bay City, Amber Ryder of Needville, Bunny Kulak of Boling, Jenna Holik of El Campo, Isaac Cox of Beasley, Cameron Hardee of Sugar Land, Jazmin Cordova of El Campo, Maren Ellis of East Bernard, Jordon Gutierrez of Houston and Jackson Rogers of Boston, Mass.
The WCJC Drama Department will present Circle Mirror Transformation at 7 p.m. on Thursday,
Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Horton Foote Theatre in the Duson-Hansen
Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus. The play is open to the public and free