The Department of Theatre and Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to present the comedy of errors that is Nikolai Gogol’s Government Inspector. Directed by Henry MacCarthy, this production will be presented in Anderson Theatre on February 21 – 23 at 8 p.m. and February 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the production are available online at gustavustickets.com or by calling the Gustavus Ticket Center at 507-933-7590.
Gogol’s Government Inspector takes place in a small provincial town in Czarist Russia that is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Government Inspector; the man who is to report back to St. Petersburg on the town’s state of affairs. The greed, corruption, and anxiety of the characters, as they do anything in their power to please the Inspector, reaches such heights that the audience can’t help but laugh at the ridiculousness of their hubris. Fast-paced and filled with slap-stick and physical humor, Government Inspector is delightful from its beginning to its unexpected conclusion.
The cast of 24 ranges from first-year students to senior majors with another 40 students working behind the scenes with set construction, costuming, promotion, lighting and sound. Preparation began in December and continued over the course of the January Interim Experience during which these students were on campus solely to work on this production. Costume design was done by junior theatre major Jessica VanKempen and musical direction by senior music education major Daniel Olson. Scenic design was by Micah Maatman with light and sound design by Terena Wilkens.
Tickets may be picked up at the Information Desk in the Campus Center. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for seniors and non-Gustavus students. Gustavus students and staff are free of charge with ID. Tickets not purchased in advance may be purchased in the Anderson Theatre lobby beginning one hour prior to curtain.
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