A return ‘Visit’
The people of Blue Earth left quite an impression on a pair of actors from the Twin Cities.
In fact, it was so much of an impression that the duo couldn’t wait to return to enlist the help of Blue Earth area actors for their next production.
Darcy Engen, with Sod House Theater, says she and Luverne Sieffert will be coming back to perform the play titled “The Visit.”
The hour-and-a-half long play will be performed along History Lane at the Faribault County Fairgrounds on Aug. 1-4.
The production will be featured in several other towns, but Engen admits the people of Blue Earth hold a special place in their hearts which prompted them to come back again.
“Blue Earth is by far the most charming, engaged place,”?she says. “I?noticed the commitment to the arts here.”
So, several individuals from the Blue Earth area have been recruited to act in “The Visit,” including; Brian Roverud, Emily Hynes, Mike Ellingsen, Kurt Steinke, Michele Greimann, Nancy Steinke, Heather Disbrow, Barb Pearson, Jan Hartman, Johanna Hocker and Zach Shure.
Instead of holding auditions, Engen and Sieffert hold acting workshops beforehand to find actors that would be truly interested.
“Some people don’t want big parts and this way there is no pressure to audition,” Engen explains.
Anyone who attended one of the performances of “The Cherry Orchard”?at the Wakefield House last year may remember the unique way it was presented. Instead of sitting in a theater seat for the show, audience members followed the actors from room to room and different locations outside of the house.
Engen says “The Visit”?will be presented in a similar way. Audience members will be outside on History Lane and will split into three groups, reconvening to one group at the end of the play.
The plot of the play focuses on a small town that is seeing many of its businesses closing and people losing their jobs. A woman who once was ostracized by the town is returning and would give millions of dollars and all she wants in return is justice.
“This is a comedy, believe it or not,”?Engen says.
She says that this is a production that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
“We chose this play because it deals with the issue of welfare of the entire town, and it makes viewers wonder to what lengths people would go to save a town,” Engen adds.
Engen and Sieffert are looking forward to coming back to Blue Earth for this performance.
“Small towns like this is why we do this project,”?Engen says. “Blue Earth is a rich, cultural place and we feel blessed to be in the community doing this with them.”