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ISSUE 121 VOL 18 PUBLISHED 4/25/2008

Mud-splattered thespians perform annual 'Too Much Light'

By Natalie Neal
Contributing Writer

Friday, April 25, 2008

Are you curious about the posters with suggestively mud-splattered thespians?

It is not an advertisement for an St. Olaf version of "Lost" or "America's Next Top Model." Even better, it promotes the seventh annual "Too Much Light" that opens this Thursday in Haugen.

Unlike other theatrical experiences, audience members are given a menu with a list of 30 two-minute plays. The reason it is called a menu is because audience members are encouraged to yell out numbers to determine the order of the show.

Whoever has the most obnoxiously loud voice will decide which number is drawn from a clothesline hanging in the back of the theater that corresponds to a specific piece. The exhilaration of improvisation keeps the energy and enthusiasm high for both the actors and the audience members.

"Too Much Light" is inspired by neo-futuristic philosophy that believes it is critical for actors to put themselves on stage while retaining their personal identity.

"In past years, TML has been a little more slapstick," Camryn Reynolds '09 said. "This year, we have really tried to get back to the neo-futurist's ideals, so some of the pieces will have more meat to them."

Cast members collaborated to write, choreograph and create pieces that has developed into a zany and untamed show.

"It's interesting because this is a show where too many cooks in the kitchen actually works," Hannah Sorenson '10 said about the creation process.

"The audience also plays a huge part in this show," Jack Adams '09 said.

The same six cast members return annually and when they graduate, they audition new members to take their spot. This year four new cast members join the TML team.

The cast agrees that being apart of TML and playing off each other's ideas and energy has been a highlight of this year. "The photo shoot is definitely going to be one of my favorite memories from Olaf," Kelsey Cramer '08 said.

Some words of advice: get there early and dress lightly since it is sure to heat up!

Performances will be on April 24 at 10 p.m. and April 25-26 at 8 and 10 p.m.

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