Playgoers will be seated onstage upon arrival at McHale Performing Arts Center this weekend for the opening of “Here We Sit.”
Performed in a three-quarter round, meaning the audience will surround the stage on three of four sides, “Here We Sit” is a comedy depicting the joys and annoyances of the modern theater-going experience. Civic Players of Logansport will present the play directed by Marisa Hewitt.
Many of the actors are portraying anywhere from five to nine different characters. The character names are everything from scientist, tall man, flannel shirt, sneezer and Maurice to young mother with baby, frump, cough drop, strange lady, sinister voice, Mrs. Brown and young woman.
Erika Elpers will be portraying eight characters. Elpers said though the costume changes can be stressful, it’s has been fun to play different characters. This will be Elpers’ fourth three-quarter round performance.
Daniel Clements is portraying seven characters. His favorite is someone who keeps changing seats in a movie theater for various reasons and when he eventually settles down, there is an announcement he blocked an elderly woman in and he has to go move his vehicle, Clements said.
Two cast members who stay one character throughout the entire performance are Lorien Stair-Spicer, portraying Lottie, and Melodie Clements, portraying Bernice.
Lottie and Bernice are described as two elderly Polish women from west New York, Stair-Spicer said. The two characters got free tickets to the theater, but don’t want them and complain through the entire performance.
“The characters are different from us, but are also a part of us we can bring out,” Clements said.
Stair-Spicer agreed, saying they have been to other performances and have heard complaints they can each bring out.
Another cast member, Ralph Anderson, portrays seven characters. His two favorite are Michael and assistant director.