Baldwinsville Is it possible to sit back and relax while you’re on the edge of your seat laughing? Well, come to the C.W. Baker High School Drama Club’s presentation of George Herman’s A Company of Wayward Saints and find out.
The play follows a troupe of improvisational, Commedia dell’Arte actors. (Commedia dell’Arte, meaning comedy of craft, is a classic Italian performance style that delivers loud, vulgar, exciting humor and there are stock characters that are immediately recognizable in Commedia performances.)
It is often said that comedy is much more difficult to perform than tragedy, and for Baker High School’s Drama Club, this becomes even more difficult since A Comedy of Wayward Saints involves a play-within-a-play – a comedic performance about a comedic performance. A double whammy!
While trying to finance a way home, the leader of the troupe, Harlequin, brings a duke to their performance. The duke offers to fund their return home if they are able to perform “the history of man” to his liking. The group, being witty and creative, delivers scenes of birth, adolescence, marriage and death using scenes such as the biblical story of Adam and Eve, the assassination of Julius Caesar and the homecoming of Odysseus to Penelope. Trouble arises when the actors’ conflicting attitudes dominate the performance and the play does not go well. The group must put their egos aside and work as a team if they are to make the show a success and be granted their trip home.
A Company of Wayward Saints in under the direction of Tom Minardi, a Baldwinsville resident and retired long-time English teacher and drama director at Liverpool High School. It is being produced by Baker English teacher Kathleen Pickard and the members of her stage and screen classes.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, Dec. 13, and Friday, Dec. 14. Each performance begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Baker auditorium at 29 E. Oneida St. in Baldwinsville. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and may be obtained by calling the box office at 638-6039 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Be prepared to laugh until you cry, and see if the troupe is able to win over the duke and be rewarded with a trip back home – join us for A Company of Wayward Saints.