This past weekend the Adrian College Theatre Department put on the play “Uncle Vanya.” “Uncle Vanya” was written by Anton Chekhov and was adapted by Brian Friel. The play premiered on April 7th at 8 p.m. and went until Saturday. The play was directed by Michael Allen and contained ten cast members.
Junior Brian Crawford played Alexander Serebryakov, an older professor who is married to Elana, played by junior, Gabrielle Piazza. Elana is the young trophy wife to Alexander. Sonya, played by junior Alisha Brink, is Elana’s step daughter and is in love Mikhail Astrov, played by freshman Mat Pecek. Mikhail is a doctor who is really in love with Elana, not Sonya. Senior Kyle Bucholz played Vanya Voynitsky. Vanya is Alexander’s brother in law from his previous marriage, but is in love with his new wife Elana. Ilya telegin was played by sophomore T.J Behling. Ilya is the comic relief of the show that has a pock marked face. Junior Breanne Stokes played Maria Voynitsky which is Vayna’s mother. She enjoyed the company of her son-in-law Alexander rather than her real son Vanya. Junior Shelley DeHosse played the elderly nanny Marina who seemed to be the only person to help Alexander. Freshman Kellie Fisher played Yefim, the singing night watchman and freshman Amber Nethercott played Labourer.
The unique set design of Kyle Bucholz added to the atmosphere of observing a living space rather than watching a show. This kept the audience more at ease while not making them become the part of the action.
This show’s set and over all plot was a deep contrast from the previous show played in downs hall, “The Blood Thirsty Theatrics of the Grand Guinol.” This shows the dynamic acting skills of Adrian College theatre department’s actors. From dark dungeons in “Blood Thirsty Theatrics,” to a motel room in “Unnecessary Farce,” to a Russian country estate in the 1800’s in “Uncle Vanya,” AC’s theatre department never ceases to rise to any occasion.
The costume designs of junior Cambray Sampson received a Certificate of Merit from ACTF (American College Theatre Foundation). This is a great honor in any occasion, but it was especially honorably for Sampson because she picked costumes that were between eras and places switching from an American Show, such as “Blood Thirsty Theatrics” or “Unnecessary Farce,” to a classic work of genius by Chekov. Kellie Fisher and Amber Nethercott were not only actress’s in this show, but also worked back stage.
Fisher said, “Working on stage and off stage at the same time is a great experience for any actor, especially because a lot of times we walk on stage feeling as if everything that has come to this point has been all our doing when really we would fall apart without our crew. I would never say that I am a crew member before an actor but I am always grateful for everything that they do. Being a part of the crew during this show as well as being an actor was a fulfilling experience.”
Throughout the show, one performer stood out. Bucholz received the ACTF Certificate of Merit for a performer as Uncle Vanya in this production. This honor has not been bestowed upon AC for many years. It is such an honor, and the AC community should congratulate him on this achievement as well as the rest of the cast and crew on this outstanding performance of “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Chekhov.