Junior Summit Starr (left) plays the role of Scapin, while first-year Harry Todd plays Sylvestre in The College of Wooster's production of Scapin Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Freedlander Theatre. (Photo by Sidney Martin)


Scapin Promises Humor on Halloween Weekend at The College of Wooster

Performances scheduled for Oct. 30, 31, and Nov. 1 in Freedlander Theatre

06 October, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Prepare to laugh yourself silly when The College of Wooster presents Scapin on Halloween weekend in Freedlander Theatre (329 E. University St.). Written by Bill Irwin and Mark O’Donnell, Scapin is adapted from Molière’s Scapino, with elements of humor similar to that of The Three Stooges, The Marx Brothers, and Laurel and Hardy. Show times are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. each evening Thursday through Saturday (Oct. 30-Nov. 1).

“It’s a fun, frolicking, circus-like production with young lovers, grumpy fathers, and zany servants who cause all kinds of problems,” said Director Shirley Huston-Findley, professor of theatre and dance at Wooster. “It’s a hysterically funny show that is appropriate for the entire family."

The cast consists of 21 actors, each of whom has been focused on learning the art of physical comedy since rehearsals began, according to Huston-Findley. Denice Mahler, visiting professor of theater and a professional actress, is teaching both movement and voice.

The plot centers on Scapin, a clever and cunning servant who volunteers to help two young men that have fallen in love with two beauties, both of whom happen to be penniless. Scapin devises a plan to coax another servant, Sylvestre, to swindle large sums of money from the two patriarchs. The plan works as Scapin spins a tale of kidnapping, foreigners, and ransom, but once the money is obtained, Scapin tries to exact some revenge, which leads to his demise. 

Originally performed by Bill Irwin (noted TV and film actor and Tony Award winner), Scapin is a silly romp in the style of the commedia dell'arte (unwritten or improvised drama/comedy), according to Huston-Findley. “The play is meant to entertain with true physical comedy and witty word play,” she said. “It’s sure to make the audience laugh.” 

Tickets are $9 for general admission and $6 for senior citizens, faculty, staff, and non-College of Wooster students. (Wooster students are admitted free of charge, but are encouraged reserve their tickets in advance). Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2241) or e-mail.

Also, new this year is a partnership between the Department of Theatre and Dance and several restaurants throughout the city. Spoon Market and Deli will provide an attractive gift basket that will be raffled off after each performance of Scapin. No purchase is necessary; each ticket stub will serve as an entry into the raffle, but winners must be present to claim their prize.

Other corporate partners this year are The City Square Steakhouse, which will give away a $50 gift card at the Fall Dance Concert in November; The Wooster Inn, which will offer a complimentary dinner for two to a patron of Water by the Spoonful in February; and Oak Grove Eatery (formerly South Market Bistro), which will provide two complimentary dinners to the winning patron of the annual spring dance concert in April.