By GJ Frye
Every year, Green Room, the theatre club on campus, presents a student-led spring play for the rest of the university, even community visitors, to enjoy. But this year something else is added to the mix.
Number’s Down, directed by senior Merrick Robison, is an adapted, slightly more musical version of something that has deeper roots in the church.
Robison explains the play and why he chose to take on the role of director for the spring production.
“It is an adapted script from the morality play, Everyman,” Robison said. “The adaptation and performance of the show is actually my Honors Project, to fulfill the Capstone Research requirements as a part of the first cohort of the recently established Honors Program at Olivet.”
The play will feature junior Brent Brooks as Chris, a man who is called to judgment by God. It will chronicle the journey Chris takes from the time he dies to the time he must face God, when he actually enters his grave; the plot follows the basic structure in the original morality play. However, it will have different content to relate better to the student audience.
Robison explains, “My hope is that audiences will find the eternal truths in the play through a refreshing and contemporary setting.”
Part of the plan to make it more relatable is the innovative way Robison is staging the show.
“The audience will be placed in a seating arrangement that will actually be on the stage with the actors, creating a more intimate environment, drawing the audience in close to the action,” Robison said.
This will mean a different kind of experience for anyone who decides to attend the performances in Kresge Auditorium on Apr. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Apr. 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The cast also includes seniors Alex Green, Zarah Miller, freshmen Cameron Carpenter, Chantelle Chamberlain, Alicia Williams, and sophomore Ashley Raffauf. Robison is also assisted by Ben Moore and freshman Jenny Ward in preparation for this event.
“It is an exciting event to be a part of and I hope many will enjoy it,” Robison said.