The Department of Theatre and Dance at California State University, Dominguez Hills presents a production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s play “School for Scandal,” with performances in the University Theatre on April 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 8 p.m., and April 13 at 2 p.m.
Fraught with competition, sex, backstabbing, and debauchery, it’s old-school social networking, littered with Sheridan’s poisonous gossip, and it’s a reminder that human nature has not changed much throughout the generations, as we can always be seduced by a tale of status, love, and betrayal. This was a reality show ahead of its time.
In her CSU Dominguez Hills directorial debut, lecturer of theatre arts Kelly Herman, who previously spent seven years as a director for the Laguna Playhouse and has taught acting and public speaking courses at the university since 2011, has revamped this 1777 story with a hip-hop flair through the use of contemporary imagery, music, technology, and language.
“The intent of what Sheridan wrote is still applicable today, but some of the language I’m changing so that the play is more accessible to a modern-day audience,” Herman said. “It’s like a hybrid. The audience will see conventional, contemporary pop and hip-hop culture.”
Herman has also recast some of the male roles as female parts because of the strength of the actresses who auditioned.
Darryl Hovis as Sir Peter Teazle
Charlie McClung as Sir Oliver
Joe Torres as Joseph Surface
Matt Gallenstein as Charles Surface
Katelyn O’Neill as Crabtree
Morgan Chancelien as Sir Benjamin Backbite
Ruben Morales as Rowley
Megan Stewart as Snake
Andre Brown as Moses
Shia Ewing as Careless
David Velasquez as Sir Harry
Carmin Carrillo as Trip
Amanda Hubbell as Lady Teazle
Mariah Walsh as Maria
Katherine Geesing as Lady Sneerwell
Krystle Tugadi as Mrs. Candour
Katrina Rapoza, R’Reanna Tansiel, Audrey Edwards and Lee Chaucer as the ensemble cast.
Katelyn O’Neill, who play Crabtree, will also be conducting sound design, and senior theatre major Amber Thomas will serve as the production’s stage manager.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens. Group rates are also available. For more ticket information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.csudh.edu/theatre/tickets. For other payment options, please call the box office at (310) 243-3589.
For more information about “School for Scandal” or the CSU Dominguez Hills Theatre and Dance program, contact the theatre office at (310) 243-3588 or visit www.csudh.edu/theatre.
The University Theatre complex on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills is located on Toro Center Drive/Tamcliff Street off Victoria Street in the city of Carson. Metered parking lots are within walking distance. Permits are $5 and can be purchased at yellow kiosk machines near each lot.