LCSS presents The History of Dating
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Nate Ives as Professor Curio, a fussy lecturer giving a lesson on the origins of courtship, stars alongside Noella Baerg as Professor Amorè, an excitable woman intent on telling the story of love, in Lake City Secondary School’s Production of The History of Dating. In prehistoric times it was the ability to provide food that attracted mates as Daisy Perry (left), Landen Kielpinski and Bailey Hutton dramatize in LCSS’s The History of Dating. Kristen Williams, in the role of Egyptian Daughter, bemoans her lot in life as the early history of arranged marriages is explored in LCCS’ The History of Dating. Jayden Nataucappo, as the Egyptian Father, sprays Kristen Williams, as the Egyptian Daughter, with perfume to make her smell better. Patrick Davies Photo. Patience Kellen as Olmec Woman One gleefully discovers chocolate for the first time during The History of Dating. Ryder Rochefort as the Medieval Woman pauses on shock as Bodi Bluda’s Medieval Man drapes his cloak across her shoulders. Chivalry and its occasional overbearing nature are just one of the topics humorously explored in LCSS’ production of the History of Dating. Patrick Davies Photo. Professor Curio, Nate Ives, rolls his eyes as he calms Professor Amorè, Noella Baerg, down after one of her many high spirited outbursts. Patrick Davies Photo. Cameron Warttig’s Fella Two picks up what Alejandra Madrid’s Sadie Hawkins is putting down during The History of Dating’s exploration of the Roaring Twenties at LCSS. Patrick Davies Photo. Rachel Folland as Hippie Woman braids the hair of the serene Octavius Sill in the role of Hippie Man during the 1960s portion of in The History of Dating. Patrick Davies Photo. Landen Kielpinski’s Eighties Man attempts to profess his love, via mixtape, to Daisy Perry’s EIghties Woman. The two engage in a sing-off of classic 80s songs about love and heartbreak shortly after during LCSS’ production of The History of Dating. Patrick Davies Photo. Cameron Warttig’s Male Avatar grabs the leg of Alejandra Madrid’s Female Avatar during a spoof of online dating today. Patrick Davies Photo. Alejandra Madrid’s Female Avatar leads Cameron Warttig’s Male Avatar in a tango during The History of Dating. Patrick Davies Photo. Landen Kielpinski mugs for the audience while making a Back to the Future joke as Eighties Man. Patrick Davies Photo.
Lake City Secondary School students invite the whole community to the Williams Lake campus for a fun night out with The History of Dating.
A through and through comedy, The History of Dating explores humorous takes on courtship through the ages, from the prehistoric cavemen (or cavepeople as the play observes) to the current digital age of online dating and virtual avatars. These series of funny vignette-style scenes are all strung together by the composed and refined two-time runner up lecturer of the year Professor Curio and his enthusiastic and bright colleague Professor Amorè. Together the two explore love and their own flirtatious relationship.
Nate Ives, the sole Grade 12 student in the production, stars as Curio alongside his Grade 10 co-star Noella Baerg as Amorè. Ives and Baerg together have instant and believable chemistry as Ives’ dry and measured delivery makes the perfect straight man for Baerg’s bright and bubbly funny woman.
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As the two are on stage for the entirety of the play’s hour and a half long run, they have the challenging task of being both engaged in what is happening on stage but not distracting from the action. They both play this part excellently and serve as enjoyable and fun narrators to follow throughout the production.
The rest of the 18 cast members all get to play a variety of characters from Hippies to Classical Egyptians and clearly are having fun with their roles. While the pun-heavy dialogue can often be groan-inducing, their commitment to the material and willingness to play around on stage is endearing to watch. The actors are made up of students from Grade 7 to Grade 12 from both Columneetza and the Williams Lake campuses.
The History of Dating marks the first full-length school play LCSS has held in a while and hopefully with the ongoing work of drama teacher Marilee Andres and the support of the school will not be the last.
Tickets are available now at The Open Book or at the door for the shows running from May 16-18 and May 23-24 at 7 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on May 25. Tickets are priced at $8 for adults or $10 for two, while students and seniors are $5 each.
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