The Miser opened March 25. It is a comedy play
that takes a humorous look at love and greed and the impact
these can have on each other. Maltby held a week of auditions
for the cast of 10 and spent seven weeks rehearsing. “Rehearsals
are five days a week for three hours a night, and more days
are added the closer we get towards the opening night” Maltby
explained before auditions began.
What does Maltby, or any director, look
for at auditions? She explained that she chooses cast members
on the basis of their
performances, and that she also looks for responsible, hardworking
people. “The worst that can happen in a production,” Maltby
said, “is casting an actor who does not show up or gets
Work on the play actually began before the
semester started. The set designer, Karen Archibald, had to
design a set for the
play, tear down the old set, and build the new one. “A
new set is built every semester,” Maltby said. “I
have a great set designer, and the design construction is nice,
so the finished product will be wonderful.”
The assistant director, Nikitas Karakatsanis,
a business major at HPU, helps at rehearsals every night. “Right
now I am doing the blocking in the script,” Karakatsanis
I write in the movements that the characters will do when they
read their lines on stage.”
Rehearsals ran smoothly, according to Maltby. “It’s
going very well,” she said. “I have an excellent
cast, and they are very cooperative.”
Maltby made a number of changes to the 17th
century French play, the most noticeable of which was changing
19th century. This allowed her to economize on costumes, some
of which, like those used in HPU’s recent production of
Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, were borrowed
form the UH costume shop. The Wilde play was whimsical, and Maltby
and her costume designer, Peggy Crock, kept the costumes for
The Miser playful and silly, in tune with comedy of manners.
Crock, a professional costume designer with
25 years experience, put in more than 100 hours designing and
creating or refitting
the costumes for The Miser. Research about the period and reading
books about the clothing, color, and fabrics of the era were
necessary for accurate costumes, Crock said.
“Each character has moods,” Crock added. “You
would not dress a character who is serious in a funny costume.
needs to fit the character,” she explained.
The Miser continues through April 24. General
admission is $20 discounted to $14 for senior citizens, military,
students. HPU students pay only $3.