Grenfell theatre students tackling Chekhov classic

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From left, Emma Anderson, Missy Ryan and Kassie Lukeman are seen rehearsing a scene from Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters.”

The second- and third-year theatre students at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University will be presenting Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” next week.

First produced in 1901, this classic piece has been revisited countless times as an examination of satisfaction versus dreams.

At times touching and cathartic, also silly and serious, “Three Sisters” is a play about the Prozorovs — a family in late 1800s Russia. The three sisters — Olga, Masha, and Irina — and their brother Andrei are tied to an idealistic past when they lived in Moscow, and are ever yearning to return.

Life, however, has other plans — people come and go, altering their life journey for better or worse, while the family endures with Moscow always just beyond the horizon.

“Chekhov creates a fascinating world where all characters have their own rhythms, idiosyncrasies, and desires,” said professor and director Alex Fallis in a press release about the play.

“This production is focused on each individual's traits — the result is a heightened sense of both the comic and tragic tones in the play.”

Chekhov's enduring masterpiece will feature an ensemble cast with the sisters being played by Emma Anderson (Masha), Sierra Tischlee (Irina) and Missy Ryan (Olga), while Zac Cross will be Andrei.

The design draws from an aesthetic pallete inspired by turn-of-the-century impressionist works. Realizing this vision are designers Renate Pohl (costumes), Vickie Marston (set) and Mike Donovan (lights), supported by second- and third-year stagecraft students.

“Three Sisters” runs in the Grenfell Campus Fine Arts Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday, with performances starting at 8 pm.

Tickets are available at Brewed On Bernard, the Grenfell Campus Bookstore or at the box office one hour prior to the show.

Organizations: Grenfell theatre, Zac Cross, Grenfell Campus Fine Arts Theatre

Geographic location: Moscow, Russia

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