The SNHU Drama Club is putting on its play, “Dinner Theatre.” A dinner theatre-style play has actors perform on a stage while the audience enjoys their dinner. In previous years, “Dinner Theatre” productions included a murder mystery, a vampire story, and a funeral. The play will be performed in the Walker Auditorium on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25 at 7:00 pm; doors open at 6:30. There is no cost for admission, but it is on a first come, first serve basis.
Drama Club president, Peter Howard (’25), discussed the plot of this year’s show. It will be a modern telling of Cinderella.
“The story is about a boy named Eric who joins with Peter to host a secret ball. However, things get hard for Eric when his Karen-like mother would trap him at home for her own deeds,” said Howard. “Things turn out badly when Peter’s twin siblings plan to stop the party.”
They went into detail about the club’s thought process going into the production, including their plans to include improvisation.
“We wanted to try to do a show that’s loose-scripted. They would follow a script but also improvise throughout the show,” said Howard. “The process is basically finding an idea of what it is, how we perform it, then adding improvisation to make it more interesting and funnier.”
Howard elaborated more about going off script. They noted that the club goes off script sometimes and interacts with the audience almost like an improv show would run. “Be prepared if we ever pick you,” said Howard.
Millie Balasco (’23), the secretary for the Drama Club, spoke about the rehearsal process.
“With each rehearsal, more and more gets added onto the script,” said Balasco.
Sitting in the living room watching a fairytale is a pastime that many college students find comfort in; getting to experience it live will certainly spark some nostalgia.
“Anyone who comes to see the show can expect to have a great time, and see a fun, modern twist on [a] fairytale,” said Balasco. “Our actors are hard-working and hilarious, and you can expect lots of quick and witty humor. Not to mention, who doesn’t love entertainment with their dinner?”