The York College fall theatre production of Strange Boarders is a lighthearted romp—“just good clean fun,” says Director John I. Baker III.
The show runs October 10-13.
Baker describes the show as “cops and robbers, without the cops.” It’s a hilarious good guys versus bad guys story, with elements of romance, comedy and suspense thrown in. Originally written in 1947, Baker says Strange Boarders has all of the tropes of that era: mysterious strangers, fedoras and dark suits, a bank heist, and a reward for capture of the bad guys as motivation for some quick thinking do-gooders.
The show is very similar to another Baker directed several years ago at YC by the same authors called Ramshackle Inn. Baker says that those who remember enjoying Ramshackle will love Boarders.
Leading lady Briana VanDeusen describes her character, Cordelia, as eccentric, artistic, and optimistic. As the operator of a boarding house, Cordelia is determined to make it on her own and won’t accept the marriage proposal of a determined suitor until she’s proven her independence.
Cordelia’s main flaw is her propensity to trust people a little too much.
When she ends up housing some thieves disguised as schoolteachers followed soon by gangsters and thugs, Cordelia learns that while independence is important, you’ve got to rely on your friends when things get dicey.
VanDeusen says the show has lots of fun slapstick moments and compares it to The Three Stooges. She recommends it for all audiences, but warns that there is some comedic violence and peril.
The show will be performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., October 10-13. For tickets or more information, call the YC Box Office at 402-363-5641 or reserve tickets online at www.york.edu/BoxOffice.
Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults.
Besides VanDeusen, the cast also includes Jasmine Agee, Shelby Jordan, Jameson Trauger, Dylan Ford, Nolan Henningson, Bryce Tyler, Caleb Clark, Parker Seilstad, Caleb Smith, Darreon Collins, Brinna Horvath, Bethany Miller, Laurel Simpson, and Danielle Berry. Morgan Goracke is the student assistant director.
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