Mater Dei Drama Club Rings in the Holiday Season with “The Man Who Came to Dinner”

Sarah Fieck

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On December 1st and 2nd, the Mater Dei Catholic Drama Club will host The Man Who Came to Dinner, a wacky Christmas comedy classic written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

The first production they ever put on was Kaufman and Hart’s Can’t Take it With You. Production director of the drama club, Rebecca Brown, “…Found it appropriate that in honor of our ten-year anniversary, we should do another Kaufman and Hart [production].”

Freshman Timothy Jordan starred in the lead role of the short-fused, titular Sheridan Whiteside. Being limited to convey his character in just a wheelchair, Jordan stole the show, even though he is just a freshman and this is his first play. According to Jordan, he was inspired to join drama “Because of his sister,” Sophia Jordan, and attending one of Mater Dei’s previous performances when he was in junior high.

In the setting of the Stanley family’s 1930’s living room, T Jordan and the other talented actors and actresses performed many hilarious moments that definitely got a laugh out of the audience. From petty disputes between characters to a girl being trapped in an Egyptian casket, there was never a dull moment in The Man Who Came to Dinner.

There were many other aspects that made this show work. Between every act, there were singers showcasing their talent by singing Christmas carols, which really set the holiday mood. To bring us in and out of the world of The Man were the energetic and fun MC’s, Alena Ramirez and Preston Muñoz. The usage of light and sound effects also really brought the story to life, as well as the backstage crew, being able to switch props and settings swiftly and seamlessly like they were never there.

One aspect that should not be overlooked was some of the issues that came along in the making of this show. According to Brown, “This show had the largest cast we ever had. [There were] over 25 students in the show, which was like trying to corral cats.” With only ten weeks to get all the cues and lines down, the large cast pulled through, and right in time for the holiday season.  Stage manager Gabriela Fonseca Luna states, “I think [the biggest setback] was to teach the new members how things are done on stage and backstage, and [the importance of] attendance.”

The setbacks and issues were not visible in the productions, however. This performance is a huge feat for the club, proving that they are capable of having such a large cast in a show.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for everyone else (cash only). The play starts at 7:00 pm

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