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Love, laughs focus of upcoming play

BEA.uty Shawna Fitzpatrick
South students Matthew Farley and Rodrigo Riollo rehearse for Loose Pages: A Student Created Valentine. The play opens on Valentine’s Day, and the story also takes place on the romantic holiday. Photo by Shawna Fitzpatrick/The Collegian

By Arelys Morales Conty/campus editor

A student-created show about love and chance encounters will premiere Valentine’s Day on South Campus.

Loose Pages: A Student Created Valentine is directed by South theater director Lindy Benton-Muller. The show was written with students in mind, a show created by students, for students, she said.

The play is a comedy about a group of strangers meeting in a bookstore on Valentine’s Day.

South student Danielle Davis plays the owner of the bookstore.

“It’s a rom-com but not so romantic. We’re playing ourselves on Valentine’s Day and experiencing new things together,” she said.

The play doesn’t follow a normal romantic story, it tends to jab fun at cliches.

“Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be romantic,” Davis said. “It can be funny too.”

The play deals with themes of loneliness, love and food centered around the holiday with the students acting as themselves.

The play is a compiled show written by the actors using improv and monologues from other plays.

“We take bits and pieces and string them together and make our own picture,” Benton-Muller said.

Some of the dialogue in the play is based on actors’ conversations actors.

“This gives the students an opportunity to create their own show,” Benton-Muller said. “Actors today need to know how to sing, dance, act and produce.”

South student Matthew Farley is excited about the show’s opening.

“I found out about it through my teacher, and I really like acting so I wanted to audition,” he said.

Farley is studying theater and participating in the play to get more experience.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “I enjoy the new friends and inside jokes we make while rehearsing.”

Benton-Muller said she is certain the show will be a hit with the audience.

“It’s great for the actors, and the audience will get it as well,” she said.

Loose Pages: A Student Created Valentine
7:30 P.M. FEB. 14-15
Joe B. Rushing Center for the Performing Arts (SPAC 1101) on South Campus

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