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‘White Chicks’ talk, battle, grow in Black Box Theatre

February 20th, 2010 Posted in Arts and Life

Story and photo by Latashia Redhouse

Kicking off its first performance of the semester, USU’s Theatre Student Association presents a comedic play to tickle the soul this weekend.

“A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking” may sound like a bore, but don’t let the title fool you. Written by John Ford Noonan, the play focuses on two characters, Hannah Mae (played by Millie Struve), a boisterous Texan, who moves next-door to Maude (Anne Werner), a typical housewife, and barges into Maude’s life. Their bond strengthens over the course of the play as they tackle daily struggles, and in the end their friendship develops into a BFF bond as they also become stronger as individuals.

With a full design and production crew, the Theatre Student Association pulled this play together in three weeks. Director Nikki Baum, a senior majoring in theatre arts, strived to hold it together as she juggled classes and directing.

“Luckily, I’m not in it—it would have been far too much,” laughed Baum. “It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been rewarding [and] fun, definitely a new experience.”

The two “white chicks” had long conversational exchanges to master, but deliver what is expected. “We have great actors,” said Baum. “They have been fantastic at memorizing lines.”

Werner, who plays Maude, a senior theatre arts major and Japanese minor, was able to find similarities and differences between her life and Maude’s to help develop her character.

“Every day of rehearsal, it was a question of finding things different from me and trying to understand those differences,” said Werner. “I think that in every character you have something you relate to, so it was easy to find similarities that agreed with times in my life.”

Struve is a sophomore theatre major who says she loves her character, Hannah Mae. Struve, a shy and a quiet person, found it exciting to play Hannah Mae, who is spunky and loud. “I was able to walk out there and strut her walk and take command,” Struve said. “I’ve talked more in this play than I’ve ever talked in my life.”

Struve learned to “talk Texan” to bring Hannah Mae to life. “It comes naturally and now we all kinda start talking with it,” Struve says in her convincing Texas twang. “We’re gonna be talking like this for weeks to come.”

Although both actors say they are very different from their characters, Struve and Werner agree that their favorite scene is when both end up pounding each other. “It’s pretty fun to let loose and go to the extreme,” said Stuve of the fight scene.

“It’s a little special,” Werner agreed. “If you’re gonna come, come see it for the fight.”

“White Chicks” is performed the Black Box Theatre, Chase Fine Arts Center room 224, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. The show is free and open to the public.

The Theatre Student Association is one of the many clubs offered on campus, open to all USU students with a $5 membership fee.

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  1. One Response to “‘White Chicks’ talk, battle, grow in Black Box Theatre”

  2. By April on Feb 22, 2010

    Nice Picture!! I like the look on the really happy one’s face…

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