By Maureen Ragner
Slapstick comedy and magic tricks are a staple of the theatre department at Bethany, and they all collide every single year to create a hilarious, performance that hardly anyone on or off campus ever wants to miss.
This year was Theatre Physics’ 23rd year of production, and this year has proved to be no less entertaining than the previous.
“It’s so stupid that it makes it fun,” said freshman Abigail “AJ” Mildebrandt.
Theatre Physics, is a production that takes place at the same time as a Fall Festival every year. It is mainly a collection of shorter, comedic skits presented together and are accompanied in the second half of the performance by a much longer skit that has all the participating students acting together.
Of course, each of the participating students has their own particularly favorite skit that they like watching or participating in.
“I really like the Couple Days Off skit,” said sophomore cast member Jonathan Smith.
Some students, however, can’t decide what their definitive favorite skit is.
“My favorite skit would either be the Diabolos or the Floating Table,” said sophomore Noella Wigtil. “Both of them are such incredible, mind-blowing scenes that are just beautiful to watch. [Sophomore] John [Wagner] and [senior] Beret [Ouren] are so talented, and it’s so cool to watch their scenes.”
Rehearsing their skits for the performances on the weekend of the Fall Festival can also be somewhat difficult for students, as long hours are spent in the YFAC working on tricks and getting lines right instead of theater working on homework or going to extracurricular activities
“It wasn’t so hard to juggle school as it is other clubs,” said Mildebrandt.
Experienced students might have found their schedule easy to handle as well, more than likely because of their experience from previous years.
“It’s been easier this year than last year,” said senior Olivia Lippert.
Still, none of the students would willingly give up the opportunity to be able to spend time together and find ways to make the audience laugh. This is especially true when considering how much fun they have had with each other.
“I think the cast and crew is fabulous,” said freshman Isaiah Lippert. “A great group of folks.”
If anyone who wanted to see Theatre Physics this year missed out because of other complications, they’re in luck: the performances are video recorded every year and eventually placed on Bethany’s YouTube channel for anyone to watch.