By Estefanie Bockeler
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Studio 8 at Camden County College is staging the comedy “The Star-Spangled Girl” in the Little Theater in Lincoln Hall.
The play, which was performed last weekend and is being performed this weekend, is a “fast-moving, hilarious comedy about two young men struggling to put out a protest magazine and the all-American girl who moves in next door and manages to send both of them into a romantic tail spin,” according to the production’s flyer. The production stars CCC students Julian Class, Katheryne Koch and Trent Davis-Rozycki.
Class plays Norman, a writer for the protest magazine “Fallout,” who falls head over heels for the new girl next door, Sophie, who is played by Koch. Andy, played by Davis-Rozycki, is the owner of the magazine, who then gets involuntarily involved in the love triangle.
“Come see this show because it’s a literal laugh riot. The play itself is a little dated, but it’s filled with fast-paced jokes that keep you laughing from start to finish,” said Class.
He stated audience members should know “this is a result of three cast members who worked their butts off in two weeks in order to bring such a wordy show as this one to life.”
He added he was lucky to be cast as “the eccentric, perhaps crazy, yet loveable Norman. When I portray Norman, I find a part of myself that wouldn’t have been accepted by a judgmental society like a high school. Being a theatre geek, I can understand the passion that Norman has for his writing, as I have my passion for acting. At the same time, Norman challenges me by developing an ability to walk the line between reality and sitcom, where I can perform Norman’s eccentric physicality and deliver lines on a personal standpoint.”
Daniella Nop, who attended the show last weekend, said, “I really enjoyed the performance, I liked how they utilized the stage to their best advantage. The storyline was also really sweet. I liked how it was a love story but it also took on other aspects, like patriotism and the struggles of owning a business in 1967. I’m glad I went to see this production.”
Studio 8 will conclude its run of “The Star-Spangled Girl” at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for Camden County College students and faculty with valid CCC identification, as well as senior citizens and children.