Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Students Go "Barefoot in the Park"

It’s snowing heavily on this Sunday night, as students leave their residence halls to trek to the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre to see “Barefoot in the Park” which is a romantic comedy, on November 23, 2013 at 7:30pm The box office is selling tickets for 6 dollars while groups of people socialize in the entrance way. The ushers are cheery and excited as they hand out programs and lead people to open seats.  The seats in the theater are full to capacity with people buzzing with anticipation while waiting for the play to start. Barefoot in the Park is a play that was originally written by Neil Simon in 1963.  

Fred Ramsey and Haley Schott students attending Frostburg State play Corie and Paul Bratter, a newlywed couple who have just moved into their first apartment together in New York City. Corie is a home-maker that has a larger than life personality and tries to be very spontaneous while Paul is an attorney that likes order and normalcy. They go through a lot of ups and downs dealing with maintenance issues from holes is the roof, having to sleep in a single bed inside of a closet to crazy neighbors such as Mr. Velasco. They both are pushed to the brink of divorce but show that love conquers all when they profess their love to each other despite their problems.”I come to see the plays here [at FSU] because all my friends like hang out and get pleasure from the entertainment offered by the school” says Jake Blakely, a audience member who seemed to thoroughly enjoyed the play and all it had to offer.

The play which is put on by the FSU’s Drama department goes off without a hitch, as every prop light and sound is in place. The actors capture the audience’s attention with such rapture that it doesn’t even feel like you are watching a production but it feels as if you’re getting a quick glance of their private lives. This is not the only event that is shown in the PAC building; they have a little bit of everything for everybody from dance recitals, to Opera Theater. Faculty members and students of the drama department are in the audience scrutinizing parts as the play moves from scene to scene. When asked why she enjoyed the play so much“I helped build some parts of that set” said Tiffany Fazenbaker, a student is Conrad Maust’s Theater Class. “Barefoot in the Park” seems to be a remarkable production put on by FSU based on the feedback.

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