Students take to stage
Two Waikato University students from Tokoroa play lovers in a University’s production at the end of the month.
The trouble is one of them, Kimmy Muncaster, can scarcely walk at the moment.
Miss Muncaster has a lead role as Masha in the Anton Chekov play Three Sisters.
However rather than being at rehearsal Miss Muncaster is laid up in bed following an emergency appendectomy last week. ‘‘ I didn’t make rehearsals Sunday ( October 31) night because I wasn’t feeling well; by Monday I was in agony and took myself off to the doctor and collapsed while I was there. By Tuesday I had no appendix,’’ Miss Muncaster said.
While the actress is on the mend she is not sure when she’ll be back on stage to rehearse with Richard Homan, also from Tokoroa and playing the soldier Vershinin with whom Masha has an affair.
Miss Muncaster is one of eight Waikato University Sir Edmund Hillary scholars who appear in the play. Her reallife boyfriend Scot Hall is also a Hillary scholar and is playing the soldier Tuzenbach.
‘‘The play’s pretty central to all of our lives at the moment,’’ Mr Hall said. ‘‘But that’s the way with theatre – during the season everything you do – eat, drink and think – during the day is done with the evening’s performance in mind.’’
They first read the play in January but casting wasn’t done until May. The story spans five years and involves several complex storylines and equally complex characters.
Senior theatre studies lecturer and the play’s director Gaye Poole says she wanted a play the actors could get involved in at a deep level.
‘‘ This play fits the bill because it doesn’t have one or two leads, it’s an ensemble piece and the characters are highly individual, rich and idiosyncratic. I needed to be sure they understood all the characters and what they go through over five years.
‘‘You tend to get much better work when actors have had to think long and hard about the work, not just learned the lines that they have to speak.’’
Three Sisters runs from November 23-27 at the WEL Academy of Performing Arts at Waikato University.
STAR SOLDIER: Tokoroa’s Richard Homan plays the soldier Vershinin in Waikato University’s production of Three Sisters.
KIMMY MUNCASTER: Missing rehearsals after surgery.