Runnels High School To Present Molière’s Tartuffe
One of the great comedies of western literature comes to the stage of the Gladys Hague Runnels Theater for two performances April 20 and 22 when the Runnels High School Drama Department presents Molière’s Tartuffe.
First performed in 1664 for King Louis XIV of France, the play still delights audiences with its scathing satire and elaborate farce. The title character, Tartuffe, is a greedy con artist posing as a "holy man." His mark, Orgon, is a well-to-do land owner who takes him in and holds him up to his family as the ideal of a devout and pious man. Orgon's family, however, sees right through Tartuffe and sets out to expose him as a scoundrel and thief before he swindles Orgon out of everything he owns. The laughs mount as the family’s desperate schemes to unmask Tartuffe unfold and escalate.
Featured players are Landon Simpson as Tartuffe; Peter Lukinovich as Orgon; Emma Tooraen as Orgon’s wife, Elmire; Natalia Tooraen as the maid, Dorine; Kyra Reeves as Orgon’s mother, Madame Pernelle; Daniel Mayeaux as Orgon’s son, Damis; Aubri Watts as Orgon’s daughter, Mariane; Preston Kyle as Mariane’s fiancé, Valere; Anna Somerville as Cleante, Orgon’s brother-in-law; Garrett Miller as Monsieur Loyal, the baliff; Marshall Pentes as a Police Officer; and Haley Brassard as Flipote, Madame Pernelle’s servant.
Also in the cast are Madisan Milam, Mickey Kaiser and Jackie Hinkle as Tartuffe followers and Kayla Evans, Sophia Torres, Sophie Edwards and Madeleine Alessi as Orgon’s staff.
Directing the production is K-12 Theatre Program Chair Neena McLain.
Show times are April 20 at 7:00 p.m. and April 22 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door. To purchase tickets online: seatyourself.biz.