Imagine sitting down to watch a play. The lights dim and all you see on stage are three bathtubs and three women. You may think that is a little odd and unusual..
That is exactly the impression the thespians at Indiana State University are attempting to create this weekend with their production of “The Drowning Girls.” Based off a true case that happened in Great Britain around 1912-1915 called the “Brides in the Bath,” Emma Burchell, Kate Leverton and Mariah Spragg take stage alone to portray the victims’ stories over again.
For Sophomore Emma Burchell, her character Margaret Elizabeth Lofty, is the perfect fit.
“I love Margaret. She is very motherly and strong,” said Lofty.
However, as much as the perfect fit Margaret is for Emma, she still has her challenges in mastering the production all together.
“Playing different characters and learning so many lines was the most challenging part for me,” said Lofty.
One other challenge is that the girls only had a month to pull it all together.
“I had another production picked out but the music for it was outdated and when I found a revamped version of the music I couldn’t get the person to respond to my emails, so I chose this one instead. It’s been in the back of my mind for a long time so when the other one fell through, I figured it was the year to bring this one to the stage,” said Julie Dixon, head of ISU’s acting program.
ISU senior Kate Leverton plays the character of Bessie in the up and coming play. This part has not been an easy role for Leverton to learn.
“Bessie is very feminine and girly while I am used to playing parts that are more Shakespearean or comedian type,” said Leverton.
Bessie’s character took Leverton out of her comfort zone and made her broaden her type to things that she never imagined she would.
“I just want to do Bessie justice and be able to represent her spirit well,” said Leverton.
This is a worry many actors face at some point.
“This play is absolutely beautiful it has beautiful scenery and lines that sound like pure poetry,” said Leverton.
“This will be the first time Indiana State has ever put on this play; and I’m pretty sure it’s the first one that is based around water,” said Dixon.
ISU students get in free with a valid student ID, non- ISU students have a discounted ticket price of 5 dollars and general admission into the theatre is only $10. The play will run from Thursday, Sept. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. Also Sunday Sept. 29th there will be a final matinee of the production at 4 p.m. The box office will start selling free rush tickets for students at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Seats fill fast, so get there early and grab a front row seat. For those buying general admission tickets, they are available for purchase by calling 812-237-3333.