Illinois Wesleyan Lab Theatre to Present "Klauzál Square"

Klauzál SquareJan. 25, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Theatre Arts will present a lab production of Sarah Gancher’s play Klauzál Square Feb. 5-7.

Directed by Tyler Stacey ’16, Klauzál Square tells the story of Klara (played by Libby Zabit ’18), a precocious preteen new to Budapest’s seedy 7th District. Ostracized and humiliated by the neighborhood "mean" girls, Klara starts hanging out with a strange companion: the ghost of a 13-year-old girl. With the ghost’s help, Klara strikes back at her tormenters and takes over their group. But over time, the girls’ adolescent power trips and mind games morph into something much older and darker.

Other cast members include Hailey Lechelt ’18 (Agi), Jackie Salgado ’18 (Eva), Brooke Teweles ’18 (Ildiko), and Kristin Solodar ’17 (Kati). Crew members include stage manager Jamie Kreppein ’18, assistant stage manager Whitney Meltz ’19, lighting designer Suni Holmlund ’17, set designer Ryan Fisher ’17 and costume designer Hannah Sage ’18.

Stacey said staging the play is a first chance for many of the designers and crew members to independently design or a direct a show as part of the School of Theatre Arts’ regular season.

“We have all been learning how to apply the concepts we’ve learned and practiced in the safety of the classroom to a setting where the risk is much higher,” Stacey said. “We have to meet the challenges of working on a budget in a very specific space.” He said the play also provides the opportunity for creative technical solutions, and notes light and sound play a big part of the  experience for the audience.

Curtain is at 8 p.m. each evening in the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Lab Theatre. Tickets are $3 for general admission and seniors and $2 for students with a valid ID, and are available in the box office inside McPherson Hall. The box office is open weekday afternoons until 5 p.m. except for Thursday, when the box office closes at 4 p.m. The phone number is (309) 556-3232.

By Emily Phelps ’19