Rime, a frost that covers everything it touches, often distorts what is underneath. Many of the characters of LaGrange College Theatre’s upcoming play, “The Rimers of Eldritch,” cover and mask the truth, making them the “rimers” of the play, said Kim Barber Knoll, head of the Theatre Arts program and director of the play.
“The town of Eldritch is filled with secrets and lies,” she said. “Things are never what they seem, and the truth is revealed very carefully and cleverly throughout the play. Lanford Wilson’s overlapping dialogue and sequencing gives the play its own ‘music’ through the text and voices of the characters.”
The award-winning play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2–5 in Price Theatre, with an additional show at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5. The production contains mature language and content.
Connor Lynch, a senior art history and museum studies major, said truth is at the heart of the play.
“Truth is a lot like frost,” she said. “You can still see things through it, but what you do see isn’t crisp and clear. There are pieces of the truth there, but they are distorted. Everyone has a side they don’t show to the rest of the world, something dark they don’t want others to see.”
The play, which contains mature language and situations, is intense, said Eli Grant, a freshman Musical Theatre major.
“From beginning to end, it builds on itself,” he said. “There is never a dull moment, and by the end you are amazed at everything that has happened in this small town.”
Mariah Bowen, a junior Musical Theatre major, plays one of the town gossips.
“Wilma and her best friend Martha are the points of view for Eldritch, a town that is clearly dying,” she said. “They talk about how great it used to be, but now it’s in shambles.”
Although the play is set in the 1960s, its themes are timeless, said Sarah Thompson, a freshman Theatre Performance major.
“Issues like gossip, acceptance and outcasts in small-town America are still current today,” she said.
Understanding the life of a pariah was difficult for senior Lawrence West, who plays Skelly, the town hermit and a scapegoat for Eldritch’s evils. But one rehearsal brought everything home for him.
“I started really listening to all the horrible things the other characters were saying about Skelly,” said Lawrence, a Musical Theatre major. “He knows the town is talking about him. I had to imagine what it would feel like, realizing that no one likes you.”
“But Skelly also knew everything that happened in that town. He was the voice of truth.”
Barber Knoll is directing the production with the help of senior Meagan Thompson as assistant director.
“Meagan has been outstanding,” Barber Knoll said. “She has an excellent eye and very good intuition.”
In fact, the director said Meagan’s rehearsal notes are often the same as her own.
“It’s wonderful to have an assistant director with such good instincts,” Barber Knoll said. “We have worked in tandem many times. Meagan has worked scenes upstairs in the lab while I’m working on the main stage.”
Meagan said she is grateful for the chance to test her directing skills.
“I took a directing class last year and I loved it,” she said. “I mentioned to Professor Knoll that I’d love to direct something and she said, ‘That’s good to know.’ I was thrilled when she asked me to work with her on this show. What an amazing opportunity, and I am learning so much.”
The cast was quick to praise Meagan’s efforts.
“Meagan and I started here at LaGrange at the same time,” said Lawrence. “To see her apply what she’s learned in class and in her roles on stage has been amazing.”
As a freshman, Eli said it’s exciting to see a classmate working as a director.
“That could be me in four years,” he said. “If I learn what Meagan has learned and know what Meagan knows, maybe I could direct something later. She is such an inspiration.”
Watching her classmate learn new skills as a director, Mariah said such opportunities speak to the well-rounded education theater arts students get at LaGrange College.
“We’re not just actors,” she said. “We leave with the knowledge of directing, costume design and other areas of technical theater. If you are interested in trying something, the faculty will do their best to make it happen.”
“The Rimers of Eldritch” opens Dec. 2 and runs through Dec. 5 with shows nightly at 7:30 p.m. and an additional matinee at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5. This play contains mature themes and language. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (55 and older) and non-LC students and free for LC students faculty and staff. The box office is open weekdays from noon until 4 p.m., but will be closed Nov. 21– 29 for the Thanksgiving break and will reopen Nov. 30. Email the box office to make reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (706) 880-8080. If emailing or calling, please leave name, the performance date/time and number of tickets desired, type of tickets and a call-back number and email address for confirmation.
In the headlines
Professor: Art collection holds priceless stories – LaGrange Daily News, Nov. 18, 2015
This week’s profile
Wesley Dismuke chose LaGrange College because “here, it’s more about focusing on the journey than on the destination.” In that spirit, Wesley was instrumental in the formation of a Black Student Union whose mission is to prompt students of all races and faiths to discuss their journeys and share their dreams.
2- Dean Hartman
3 – Amanda Plumlee
4 – Jack Morman, Beth Spencer
5 – Becky Carter
6 – Cynthia Mayfield
7 – Elizabeth Appleby
11 – Nicolette Dungee
16 – Rebecca Jones
17 – David Kelton
19 – Debby Baker
20 – Vicki Pheil
22 – Fay Riddle
23 – Whitney Payne
24 – Alvin Lingenfelter, Cindy Saines
25 – Patsy McKay
29 – Nate Crawford, Janet Hughes, Eva Stephen
31 – Michael Anderson
Senior Mark Wagner’s layup at the buzzer lifted the Panthers to a 90-89 win at Berry on Wednesday. Wagner finished the game with a team-high 20 points and became the 27th Panther to score 1,000 career points. The Panthers play at Pensacola Christian on Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. EST.
Freshman Marilauren Farr had 14 points and Lauren Johnson 12 as the Panthers downed visiting Toccoa Falls 86-42 on Tuesday in Mariotti Gym. The win evened the Panthers’ record at 1-1. The Panthers play at Pensacola Christian on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.
Senior Mitchell Cross won the 100-yard butterfly and 100 breaststroke events as the swim teams hosted the Panther Invitational last Saturday at the Charles Hudson Natatorium. The teams travel to Gainesville, Ga. for the Brenau Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
The Panthers (2-7, 2-4 USA South) finished the 2015 season with a 47-12 loss at Methodist last Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Connor Blair threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns. Junior free safety Brandon Penn was selected to the USA South All-Conference second team.
This year’s annual Christmas on the Hill will be 5:30–7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 on the Lewis Library Plaza and Maidee Smith patio. A private meal for college students, faculty, staff and their families will begin at 5. This year’s event will feature real ice skating (skates will be provided) and a visit from Elsa and Anna, as well as the crowd-favorite Santa and his live reindeer for photos with guests. There also will be the Santa sumo suits, holiday crafts, and seasonal treats and beverages. The tree lighting ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Although not mandatory, there is a suggested $5 fee or a canned food item to benefit Our Daily Bread, a soup kitchen created and maintained by LC students. For more information, contact Katie Mosley at email@example.com or call (706) 880-8112.
The LaGrange College Bass Fishing Team hosted its first home tournament Nov. 14 at Highland Marina. The competition featured three boats from the college, and fishermen from University of West Georgia, Columbus State University, Reinhardt University and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The team of Darius Williams and J. C. Adams from the University of West Georgia won first place with a weight of 13.10 pounds. T. J. Neely of Abraham Baldwin placed second with a weight of 11 pounds; Neely also won the big fish prize with a fish that weighed 5 pounds and 3 ounces. The Columbus State team placed third and the LaGrange College team of Blake Spradlin and Channing Brand tied for fourth with Reinhardt University. Other LaGrange College teams competing were Ethan Pike and Jacob Wood, and Justin Mosely and Alan Hunn.
Abigail Bowen, Wesley Dismuke and Lindsey Weathers presented their research on attempts to regulate automatic license plate readers at the Georgia Political Science Association on Nov. 13 in Savannah. Other attendees were Erin Missroon and Andy Peden. Also at the conference, Dr. John Tures, Professor of Political Science, presented undergraduate research on small group terror attacks. Other participants in the research project included Andy Peden, Janice Job Marquis, Michael Buckley, Katie Chancellor, Stephen Coelho, Lexi Hall, Mimi Loftus, Lovell Jordan, Nick Rawls, Alice Keele, Karly Williams, James Howell, Alleyah Lamadieu, Tristan Thompson, Cameron Cato, David Carwell and Gabrielle Alexander.
Marc Barnes, a student in the college’s Philanthropy and Development master’s program, recently was presented the Outstanding 2015 Fundraiser of the Year from the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He is vice president of advancement for Dillard University in New Orleans.
Dr. Anthony Wilson, Associate Professor of English, has a piece in the upcoming edition of “Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South.” The article is entitled “Narrative and Counternarrative in The Leopard’s Spots and The Marrow of Tradition.” The book is scheduled to be released in February 2016.
The college will be closed Nov. 23–27 for Thanksgiving break. Classes will resume Nov. 30. There will not be an @lagrange on Nov. 27 – publication will resume Dec. 4. Wishing everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.