LSMSA to stage “Rhinoceros” by Eugene Ionesco


A small town where everyone except the hero begins turning into Rhionoceroses. Will the hero succumb, as well? Will he find love in a world overtaken by horned pachyderms?
To find out the answers to these burning questions, and much more, attend the stage production of “Rhinoceros” by Eugene Ionesco as presented by the Department of Creative and Performing Arts at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts.

Show dates are Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 10-13. Evening shows begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 10-12, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Nov. 12-13. All performances will be held in the Black Box located in the Center for Performance and Technology located on the LSMSA campus.

This funny, disturbing and surreal play raises questions about conformity, morality, mob mentality and fascism.

“What I like most about ‘Rhinoceros’ is the message that it is trying to get across to the audience,” said Charlie Roppolo, a junior from Denham Springs, who performs in the play. “It has a beautiful mix between comedy and horror that the audience will absolutely love (hopefully).”

First-year junior Ashton Behrendsen, of Natchitoches, serves on the tech crew.
His favorite thing about “Rhinoceros” is the sudden changes in the atmosphere of the play.

“I think everyone should come and try to see ‘Rhinoceros’ because it is not just a play, it is an experience,” he said.

Other performers include Sidney Paulk, a senior from Deville; Hayden Fisher, a senior from Denham Springs; Sierra Bailey, a senior from Hammond; Milla Reddick, a junior from Grand Cane; Grace Dumdaw, a senior from Mandeville; Annie Noel, a senior from Mandeville; Shona McCullough, a senior from Baton Rouge; Kelsey Meshell, a senior from Bossier City; and Lucy Rhymes, a senior from Breaux Bridge.

The stage crew includes Parker Felterman, a senior from Patterson; Caroline Adkins, a sophomore from Shreveport; Caitlin Foster, a junior from LaPlace; Beth Fontenot, a senior from Ville Platte; Rory Marziale, a senior from Bush; Z Matt, a senior from Washington; Ben Bordelon, a senior from Mandeville; Chas Chapman, a senior from Haughton; Emily Ann Dart, a junior from Bossier City; Molly Gonsoulin, a junior from Franklin; Tom Matuschka, a senior from Baton Rouge; Allyssa Neubauer, a junior from Lake Charles; Samantha Neubauer, a senior from Lake Charles; KC Saxon, a junior from Livingston; and Caitlyn Morrison, a junior from Gloster.

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