Posted at 2:26 p.m., April 30, 2015

Updated at 12:35 p.m., June 26, 2015

Shakespeare summers at LCCC

“We’ve got a theater, so, you know, let’s make something happen,” said the head of Company 1400 of the summer theater program.

This summer the Laramie County Community College Playhouse will welcome the newly founded Company 1400 for a re-mounting of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. The play was last performed in LCCC’s Playhouse in November 2013.

Headed by Jason Pasqua, LCCC theatre instructor, the summer theater company will include both former and current LCCC students. Bobbi Jo Queen, a former student of LCCC currently studying stage management at Western Washington University, will assume the role of stage manager for Company 1400. The actors include current student Megan Kraushaar and former student Caitlyn Fontes, who will reprise their roles from the original production. A guest actor, Dominic Syracuse, a former LCCC student now acting in Los Angeles, will also be joining the group.

Unlike its first showing at LCCC, this version will be family-friendly. However, the company will offer two Saturday “midnight showings” for more mature audiences.

Although it sounds lengthy, “The Complete Works” compiles all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in less than two hours. The comedy is a “big improv play,” Pasqua said, and can be a different show every night. While the actors still use a script, the improv aspect allows them more freedom and a more unique experience for the audience.

The play will run July 16-18 and 23-25 on campus. Even though the showings will take place during Frontier Days, Pasqua did not feel it will conflict with the rodeo. “I thought a lot about what show to do,” Pasqua said. He considered Wild West shows and melodramas, but the old-fashioned melodrama is held every year during Frontier Days at the Atlas Theater downtown. “The population of Cheyenne grows exponentially, every hotel room is filled,” he said. “What you want to do is capture those people in some way.”

Upon the completion of the theater’s spring performance, “Doubt: a Parable,” the set will be torn down and replaced with the “Complete Works” set, most of which is still located at LCCC along with the costumes, another reason this particular play was chosen, Pasqua said.

The summer theater company is made possible by the last round of freestanding innovation funds at LCCC. A few years ago, the president and the president’s cabinet released money for innovative funds at the college in which faculty and others were encouraged to submit a “new and untested” idea for the group to vote on. After a few rounds of submissions, Pasqua received a “yes” last fall to form a summer theater company at the college.

Pasqua said his goal is to bring a level of professionalism to the campus theater. “We’re going to pay the actors, the crew, the stage manager and myself as artistic director,” he explained.

“During the year I work for them. Now they work for me,” Pasqua said, noting the job will require different demands and expectations of the company members than they are used to. “Now I’m running a business in a sense.”

Remembering his own first paid acting job at a summer theater in Riverton in 1998, Pasqua said, “Something changes when you’re paid to do something.”

Pasqua said the LCCC campus during the summer “always feels a bit dead” or “underused.” “Beyond that, it’s a way to add to the cultural life of the community."

Tickets are $15 for general admission. Students, seniors and children's tickets are $10. Reservations can be made by emailing the box office at boxoffice@lccc.wy.edu or calling 432-1626.

Reduced Shakespeare Company

College performance of 'Complete Works' hilarious, admirable

Where:

LCCC Playhouse

When:

Fmaily friendly show at 7:30 p.m. on July 16-18 and 23-25


R-rated showing at 10:30 p.m. on July 18 and 25

Running time:

Approximately 90 minutes

How much:

General admission: $15
Students, seniors, children: $10