Great Expectations On Stage

by Office of Marketing | Apr 03, 2014
Great Expectations
During the final weekend of March, “Great Expectations” premiered at Krempels Theater as a two-act play; three final performances of this production will occur this weekend on April 4-6. This dramatized production (by Robert Johanson) is an adaptation of the famed Victorian-era novel from literary great, Charles Dickens, featuring some of the most poignant acting, and elaborate set and costume design ever presented by Curtain Call.
“Great Expectations” tells the story of an English orphan named Pip, who was apprenticed to the blacksmith trade in Kent, England but dreams of becoming a gentleman in London. Through unexpected and mysterious circumstances, he finds himself under the endowment of an anonymous benefactor – living the life he always wanted. In this gripping tale of crime, guilt, revenge and reward, compelling characters include a fearsome convict, a young woman whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness and a jilted bride with a cold heart.
The extravagant set and remarkable staging do not overshadow the performances of the actors. Senior Tyler White, steps into the lead role in a remarkable fashion – embodying the humble, naïve and compassionate nature of Pip and sophomore Jon Zahradnik is well cast as the important character of Uncle Pumblechook.
“Great Expectations” also features members of the Renaissance Academy theater program, who rise to the challenge of performing with Curtain Call in order to portray the story's younger characters. Most notable is the performance from high school freshman Cole Geissler, who plays Young Pip with gripping emotive skill.
Performances of “Great Expectations” are scheduled this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Krempels Theater at 7 pm on April 4-5, with a matinee performance at 3 pm on April 6. VFCC students, staff, faculty and alumni will pay a discounted price of $5 for admission to the show. 

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