Lee University Theater's "Love's Labour's Lost" a success

Lee University Theater's "Love's Labour's Lost" a success

Dumisa Moyo and John Bouvier during the performance.

photo by Caitlyn Harman

Students, faculty, and local theater-connoisseurs filled the Buzz Oats Theater at Lee University to see “Love’s Labour’s Lost” on the weekends of Feb. 10 - 11 and 16 - 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The show is the first of two plays produced by Lee University’s theater department this semester.

The cast in this production was composed of 17 students, including four freshman and five graduating seniors.

Shakespeare’s "Love’s Labour’s Lost" follows the story of four young men who take an oath of abstaining from all the pleasures of life including love, but end up falling in love with the Princess and her ladies.

Cast members said that a lot of work went into the production and that the end result was well worth their efforts.

“Shakespeare is always going to be tough, but if you can pull it off right, it’s automatically at another level,” said John Bouvier. Bouvier played Lord Longaville one of the three lords in the play.

This adaption of Love’s Labors Lost was set with a modern twist.

Megan Kinney, the scene designer, used a form of modern art called pop art. This style of art was executed throughout the performance in the primary color variation and also the multi faceted shapes used on the set, according to Kinney.

“I enjoyed the wit behind it, it is not hard to appreciate Shakespeare,” said Austin Guard, an audience member. “I loved [the modern spin], it kind of put it in a different perspective that I can relate to.”

On Feb. 16, Lee Theaters’s Facebook page posted an update stating that, “'Love’s Labour's Lost' is sold out for the rest of the performances.”

Corey Knight, who played Ferdinand King of Navarre, said he believed that this performance was one of Lee’s top ranked performances.

“[We got] prepared in such a short amount of time, taking one month to learn our lines,” said Knight.

Dustin Troyer played Lord Dumaine, and described performing the last show as bittersweet.

“On one hand, we had a blast performing our art that we had worked so hard on, on the other hand this was our last time to perform the show, and it was the last chance to see several of the graduating cast members,” Troyer said.

To keep updated with performances, visit www.leeuniversity.edu/theatre/season or follow Lee University Theatre on Facebook to keep updated on future shows.

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