This year’s dinner theatre will be the production “The Fox on the Fairway,” a comedic farce about two rival owners of two country clubs.
Bingham (played by junior theatre major Nate Coder) is the owner of the Quail Valley Country Club and in distress. His best golfer quits before the big golf tournament against the arrogant Crouching Squirrel Golf and Racket Club owner Dickie Bell (played by junior theatre major Daryl Hollonquest.)
According to Coder and Hollonquest, the play is a comedy that is exaggerated, a type of play that is a “farce.” Coder said that moving the set from the auditorium to the dining hall has been a new experience.
“The space isn’t necessarily hard to get used to physically. But compared to the auditorium and even the studio theatre, the dining hall does not have the right acoustics for getting your voice out there,” he said. “… Being able to be heard and have good diction has really been the biggest challenge for me and other actors in the play.”
Hollonquest said that learning to connect with his character has been enjoyable and so has getting the chance to perform in a dinner theatre.
“It’s just been really fun doing dinner theatre,” he said. “The whole cast is really funny, and we’re always meshing and talking about how much fun the show is going to be when it opens.”
The play will be performed in the Schwitzer Student Center dining hall. Before it begins, dinner will be served to those who have paid the fee.
“The Fox on the Fairway” will preview on Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. Performances will be Feb. 21-Feb. 23 and Feb. 28-March 1. Dinner will be at 6:45 p.m. Performances will be at 8 p.m.