Superheroes, Robots, and Aliens hit the stage in “May the Farce be With You”
“May the Farce be With You,” a science-fiction comedy about aliens who try and take over the world, and the superheroes who try and stop them. In the play, a group of heroes known collectively as the EIEIO is vacationing at their summer retreat – a spa in New Mexico called “O. McDonald’s Farm.” At the spa, a Darth Vader-like space villain called Star Raider and his partner in crime, Deprava, have set a trap that will rob the heroes of their superpowers, leaving the earth “at their mercy.” Accompanying the villains are two gibberish-speaking alien creatures who pose as kitchen staff named Nerd and Yuck, and sinister robot called KP3.
Standing in the way of the villain’s plot are two superheroes that are not a part of the EIEIO – Superbrain and Wizard Woman. Neither of them have superpowers but they both are genius-level detectives who solve crimes using their “enormous brain capacities.” In the play, the two work together to solve the case, and begin to fall for one another as well.
The EIEIO is comprised of Acrobat Man and his trusty sidekick Albatross, fish-communicating H2O Girl, Phoenician goddess Astarte, the hulking Gadzooks, and the Terrific Trio: Tapeman, who can stick to any surface, Electrogirl, who can control electricity, and Miss Invisowrap, who is invisible and can stretch into a saran-wrap substance to keep criminals wrapped up tight. Each of the heroes also has a “cover personality” that they transform into by slipping into an onstage dressing room and coming out as their alter egos. The most impressive transformation is that of Gadzooks, whose cover personality is a young girl called Keexie Lisp, the “most adorable schoolgirl in Indiana.” Gadzooks turns into Keexie (and vice-versa) by going into a dressing room and shouting “Gadzooks!” and then coming out as Keexie.
The play boasts a cast of 27, including many freshmen and sophomore students and teachers Jason Katz and John Fitzgerald. “I play Lord Overkill in the ‘warm-up’ play that I wrote as a companion piece to “May the Farce be With You,” called “Science Fiction Theatre” and John plays my nemesis, Galaxy Man,” says Katz.
Students in the cast include Tristan Loomis as Superbrain, Mikhaila Bishop as Wizard Woman, Angela Garrett as Miss McDonald, the administrator of O. McDonald’s Farm, Kate Walsh as Terry Secra, her secretary, Dru Burton as loudmouth detective Lieutenant Bullhorn, Kimberly Stevens, Whitnie Sumerlin, and Britta Bauer as maids Sparkle, Gleama, and Brilla, respectively, Aubrey Slaughter as Frenchie Cuisine, Ally Cumiford as Mrs. Onaze, Delane Cunningham as Miss Broom/Deprava, Ian Graham as Star Raider, Matt Dyer as alien Nerd and Sree, the host of “Science Fiction Theatre,” Marisa Pieper as Yuck and Sree’s mom in “Science Fiction Theatre,” Tony Lermy as “KP3,” Daniel McKennie as Acrobat Man, Sean Fitzgerald as Albatross, Paige Jacobsen as H20 Girl, Grace Myers as Astarte, Jacob Dyer as Tapeman, Lauren Antrim as Electrogirl, Abby Choruby as Miss Invisowrap, Charles Grant as Gadzooks, Shea Meissner as Keexie Lisp, Jessica Gossett as Annie in Science Fiction Theatre.
The show is appropriate and fun for kids of all ages. Show dates are May 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25. All shows begin at 7pm in WHS Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for Adults, $5 for Students and Senior Citizens, and $4 for students with ASB.