By Myriah Smith

Malone’s newest production, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, is underway. The show runs at 8pm from November 19th until the 23rd. Prices are $3 for students and $10 for general admission. As advertised, it is a witty musical revue that tackles modern love in all its forms from the perils and pitfalls of the first date to marriage, children, and the twilight years of life. The show is only made up of four cast members who play an array of characters. Jaren Baer CCP student (sophomore credit wise), Samantha Hudzik senior Communication Arts and Creative Writing double major, Keon Dalziel sophomore Music major, and Savannah Pew sophomore Nursing major run the four-man show. The show is directed by Tammie McKenzie director of theatre and professor of Communication Arts. Each of the actors play 10-12 different characters with over 40 costume changes combined. “[The parts] all differ a lot from each other,” Jaren Baer, the baritone-role, explained, “[the play] is a conglomeration of stereotypical relationship scenarios.” Though he has previous theatre experience this is his first show at Malone; the other three actors also have extensive theatre experience and played leads in last semester’s Mess of Flowers. “This show has been like a huge challenge to get into character because the character that you are one second is completely different from the next one.” Samantha Hudzik, the soprano-role, added, “I play anything from an angsty 13 year-old girl to a 87 year-old woman–so there’s quite a bit of variety in what I do in this show.” “It’s a very heavy load for all of us–it’s a lot vocally, it’s a lot for memorizing, and we all have to be very on top of it and know what we’re doing and what’s coming up next.” Baer said. “It requires you to be the best actor that you can be, and that’s what I really like about this show.” Keon Dalziel, the tenor-role, explained. Savannah Pew, the alto-role, described the show. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a musical about love in all of its phases.” Pew further explained, “ It’s a romantic comedy that is likely to shock you and have you tearing up in your seat more than once.” Because of the small cast and many characters Dalziel considers the show to be a good kind of hectic. “I think it’s just one of those things that people just need to experience.” “Sheer-madness in all the best ways!” Hudzik exclaimed. “It’s a tour de force of everything that you could smash into a two-hour musical about love.” Baer added, “It’s a very relatable show–there are pieces of it that everyone can understand and relate to.” The cast stressed the fact that this play is truly for everyone to experience and enjoy. Tammie McKenzie, the director, explained the rehearsal process. “We have an 8-9 week rehearsal period, we rehearse 4 days a week for 3 hours a night, and then when you get into tech that expands.” She’s really enjoyed working with this cast. “They’re doing very very well. They’re very strong vocally and acting. I think this show is gonna be a great show because of them.” The cast has spent so much time together that they’ve become quite a tight-knit group. “The four-person cast is made up of three of my favorite people in the world…we’re all very close friends and it has been such a joy to work so closely with these remarkably talented individuals.” Pew said. They’ve spent a lot of time together outside of rehearsal whether at the movies or over meals. “We all get along real well, sometimes we have too much fun!” Baer said. Hudzik even mentioned that the cast enjoyed stool races through the halls of Founders. It’s created a nice bond that will create great stage chemistry during the performance. Students are strongly encouraged to attend and join in on the fun. “If you miss it, you’re going to miss something, and you’ll hear about it and wish you had come!” McKenzie exclaimed. “Don’t miss this show!” Said Pew. So come on out and support Malone’s theatre. See some

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