The actors in Santa Rosa Junior College’s “Big Love” throw themselves into their work. Literally. Splat on the ground. Again and Again.
The college’s Theatre Arts Department opened its new season with Charles M. Mee’s comedic dance-theatre piece about 50 sisters/brides who run away from arranged marriages with 50 grooms.
“Big Love” does not deal in subtleties. It roars with anger, comedy and tragedy. The play features plenty of thoughts on life and love. But what may prove more memorable are the zany movements and the physicality required for the roles. The cast is mostly young and they expend prodigious amounts of energy.
The talented, energetic cast includes main players Megan Bartlett, Regielyn Padua, Halie Islava, Damion Square, Skylar Evans, Chris Clipner, Ron Smith, Chris Smith and Randy Hin. Ensemble members are Jennifer Biancalana, Nicole Borah, Krissy Campbell, Alice Glass, Sarah Passemar, Timothy Schefer, Travis Smith, Hillary St. John, Taylor Stearley and Jared “Jet” Tetrault.
The show is directed by Department Chair Leslie McCauley.
The performances continue tonight (Friday Oct. 14), plus two shows Saturday and a Sunday matinee.
After “Big Love,” the Theatre Arts season continues Nov. 25 to Dec. 10 with the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical “My Fair Lady.” Thorton Wilder’s “Our Town” runs March 9 to 18 and Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Sweeney Todd” will conclude the theatrical performances Apirl 20 to May 5.
Tickets can be obtained online at www.santarosa.edu/theatrearts.