LBT gears up for Cappies production of ‘1984’

artwork by Kim Salac

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In the midst of recent government security scandals, Lake Braddock Theatre could not have chosen to present George Orwell’s 1984 at a better time. 1984 presents a dystopian world where the government is completely omniscient and all-powerful, with the majority of the population completely unaware of its actions. A select, resistance group attempts to spark a rebellion; however, their efforts are in vain and they end up tortured and brainwashed.

“[1984] is the story of rebellion and the concept of ‘Big Brother’, whether an individual can rise above the oppression in society and really call out of the government on the rudeness,”stage manager senior Tonia Tempesta said.

1984’s primary resistance members, Winston and Julia, are portrayed by LBT veteran seniors Liam Finn and Marissa Chaffee, respectively. Another common name in LBT – senior Levi Meerovich – is playing O’Brien, a government (inner party) employee who plays a major role in the torment and eventual indoctrination of Winston and Julia. Finn was a major part of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antony and Cleopatra and Rashomon. Chaffee portrayed major characters in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Annie Get Your Gun and Antony and Cleopatra. Meerovich had large roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Biloxi Blues.

Not only does 1984 feature an all-star cast, but the production is also a major technical spectacle.

“This show is for sure the most difficult I’ve ever worked on, purely for the reasons of the technical integration,” Tempesta said. “The Voice of the Party is in another room, one that I have to cue. It’s a lot to take on. It’s all really difficult tech work.”

Besides the technological difficulty, the show also presents interesting prop choices—namely, the usage of live rats.

“I think that the rats, through all the pain and suffering I must endure to drag them to school each day, that they will add to the show and the excitement for the audience,” prop designer sophomore Diana Sudak said. “I wanted to go an extra mile to make the show extremely memorable.”

With the powerful synergy between the formidable backstage work and dream-team cast, 1984 shows serious promise.

“It’s going to be difficult since no one in the department has ever done this type of show,” Tempesta said. “I do hope [it will be great].”

1984 will be showing in the Little Theatre on Nov. 20 at 7:30p.m., Nov. 21 at 8:00p.m., and Nov. 22 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m; however, if there is a home football game on Nov. 21, the show will be moved to Nov. 23 at noon.