Down Center Stage in Van Ellis Theatre the rehearsals for the
first production of the season—are going on in full swing. Inspired by true events, this dark comedy follows
the story of a 200lb chimpanzee named Trevor and his owner, Sandra, as they
face life, love, loss, and the reality of humanity together.
Edna Gill, senior musical theatre major, who plays Sandra,
says that, “I think it raises a lot of interesting questions about animals in
captivity, and as someone who loves animals, it’s interesting to see the point
of view of that animal.” She laughs, thinks
for a minute, then continues, “Theatre is important on campus, but also
everywhere, because it can touch people’s lives and open your eyes to certain
things. It can expand your world and
expose you to culture and enlighten you to different ideas.”
The play itself explores such themes as the harmful
consequences of good intentions, society’s interferences, and the bonds of a
family—regardless of species. It is
written with a brilliant and dry wit and heart wrenching sincerity that is sure
to elicit a whole range of emotions.
A lot of work is put into theatre productions. The part you see, the actual show, is the tip
of the iceberg and the rest is hidden beneath the surface where people cannot
see it: the countless rehearsals, tons of workshop hours, lines memorized, late
nights, and the amount of sweat put into building the set. It isn’t just a hobby for the students.
“We’re trying to make a career out of it, just like everyone
else going to Hardin-Simmons,” says Dakota Davis, senior musical theatre major.
Davis portrays the character of Trevor in the show, and
expressed what it was like to play a chimpanzee instead of a human. “Well, obviously the posture is much
different,” Davis says, laughing. “I’m
basically in a squatting position most of the show as Trevor. Also, the way I interact with ‘humans’ is
different as a chimp because [Trevor] doesn’t understand what they’re saying.”
Why should people come see Trevor? Colby Savell, senior theatre education major, and the
director of Trevor said, “There’s
something in this for everyone to enjoy.
Whether you’re coming to just see a monkey, or you’re coming to hear a
heartfelt story with intricate character relations that will touch you in the
long run, this play is the play for you.”
Whether you are a student who just needs chapel credit, or a
person with a genuine interest in live theatre, the production of Trevor will leave an impression on you.
production of Trevor will be showing
September 3rd, 4th, 5th, at 7:30pm and
September 6th at 2pm, Van Ellis Theatre—Down Center Stage.
and faculty are free admission. Chapel