After being pronounced dead by his doctor, Argan Geronte stands up and does a jig merrily across the stage relishing in the announcement. “And that’s for everyone who never really thought I was ill,” he declares.
Argan is a miserly, hypochondriac who renders the attention of the entire cast in The Imaginary Invalid, which will play at SPC Clearwater campus through April 6th. Because of his many maladies, he has his mind set on his daughter marrying a doctor (who just happens to be the nephew of his current doctor.) Argan’s daughter, Angelique, however, has a different idea and wants to marry another man simply for the old-fashioned reason of love. Argan’s young beautiful wife, Beline, is only hoping to get her hands on all of Argan’s money while secretly coveting a young lover.
“This stage and the costumes are so wonderful,” says Susan Demers, the Director, “Any actor across the country would be honored to wear them and perform here.” The actors are amazing. Each one bringing a unique and mostly funny persona to the stage.
Set in the late 1800’s, the costumes are big and glitzy with large, curly wigs. Each costume was hand-crafted by the students in the Costume Construction class. The dresses are in depth flowing with hoop skirts.. “Many of the dresses had to be refitted just days before the show, because the actress changed sizes from the initial fit,” says Tae West. Tae is Argan in the play and also was in the costume construction class so he worked on many of the actor’s costumes helping to sew them.
The stage was constructed by students in the Stage Construction class and is quite beautiful with grand flowing curtains, working windows and more. The students learned to use power saws, nail guns and whatever else it took to get the job done. One of the professors of this class, Scott Cooper has received numerous awards for his set construction. He is also the head of the theater department at SPC.
Hanging above the set is a very red chandelier. It was purchased on eBay. Apparently, eBay has made the task of finding just the right prop a whole lot easier.
On its opening night, the audience gave a standing ovation. “This play has transformed my child’s life,” said one of the parents.
If you’re thinking about going to the play, it will run from tonight through Sunday, April 2 – 6 at the Clearwater Campus. Performances are nightly at 7:30p.m. except for on Sunday. Saturday and Sunday have a matinee at 2p.m. Tickets are $10 each and free for SPC students and staff.