The crowded theatre lights dim as three young actresses step out onto the kitchen-themed set. The lights come up and the lines come out like rapid fire from the actresses’ mouths.
Simultaneously, the audience dives into the dramatic lives of Nicky, portrayed by junior Elyse Bertani, Debra, performed by senior Mariah Larkin and Molly, played by junior Heidi Womelsdorf. These three characters are seemingly average housewives that all rub each other the wrong way. Their constant banter and gossip makes for a juicy comedy that keeps the audience laughing throughout the production. As the play progresses, the audience learns that each housewife has a few skeletons in their closets that cannot be ignored.
The play was The Smell of The Kill, written by Michele Lowe and was performed at the Warehouse Theatre. This was the Warehouse Theatre’s first production of the school year.
For freshman Elizabeth McManus, it was also a first.
“This was my first Warehouse show and I was so excited,” McManus said. “It was also my first time working the sound.”
McManus explains that while she enjoyed her time on sound crew, she would much rather be working with costumes because she possesses a true passion for working with different fabrics and clothing styles to help the actor’s part come to life on stage.
“This production was a four week process,” Bertani said. “It took three weeks of rehearsal and one week of technical rehearsal.”
In that short amount of time, however, the actresses got to connect deeply with their role. Each girl admitted that they have similar traits like their characters did.
“I’m just a naturally sassy person,” Bertani said.
“I’m just a naturally dramatic person,” said Larkin.
“I’m just Molly” Womelsdorf stated.
While each actress enjoyed being in the production, some of their favorite parts were climbing on a counter and pointing a gun, laying on the floor sobbing and drinking from a large bottle of bourbon colored water.
The production ran through September 29th and students are now preparing for their next endeavor, The How and the Why by playwright Sarah Treem.
Visit www.stephens.edu/news/stephensevents/performingarts for more information on the performing arts program and upcoming show schedules.
Story by freshman Taylor Barber