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C of I fall theatre production a SMASH

Quick-witted. Fast-paced. Love triangles. All describe The College of Idaho’s Theatre Department’s fall production of SMASH, showing at 7:30 p.m. nightly Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 17-19 in the Langroise Studio Theatre, with special matinees at 2 p.m. on Nov. 13 and 20. Tickets, which cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and non-C of I students, can be purchased at the Langroise Box Office or online.

Based on the novel An Unsocial Socialist, by George Bernard Shaw, SMASH centers on Sidney Trefusis, a millionaire Socialist who leaves his bride, Henrietta, on their wedding day because he fears his passion for her will get in the way of his plans to overthrow the British government.

Going off-the-grid, Sidney disguises himself as a common laborer named Mengels and infiltrates a private women’s college to plant the seeds of Socialism into their minds. Thus, when these young women are married off into prominent houses in England, they can influence men in the highest levels of government. But of course, nothing ever goes quite as planned.

“You’re never going to see a show with so much action,” said C of I junior Hailee Lenhart-Wees. “Each character is unique, and the combination of them all is quite hilarious.”

Playing Henrietta, Lenhart-Wees has enjoyed unearthing this dynamic character, who undergoes quite a transformation from start to end. After being abandoned in the first scene by her new husband, Henrietta finds an inner strength and eventually takes pride in the fact the she can be strong by herself—no husband necessary.

C of I junior Austin Murray plays the striving Socialist Sidney Trefusis/Mengels, who bites off more than he can chew as he tries to manipulate the minds of young college girls. The experiment leads one of the girls, Agatha Wylie (played by Kat Lizarraga), to fall head-over-heels with Sidney and his politics. Agatha also happens to be the cousin of his deserted wife. Ooops.

“I love how passionate Sidney is about what he wants to accomplish,” Murray said. “He’s very driven and sometimes very silly in the way he goes about that.”

So come one, come all to see this British farce. It’s sure to make for an absurdly good time at the theatre.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.