On Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m., Somerset Community College Theatre’s Digital Video Productions will present the premiere of its original film entitled “Spirits.” The film will be shown on the big screen in SCC’s Stoner Little Theatre. There is no admission fee to attend.
“Spirits” consists of four short stories that trace a journey toward understanding.
The first short story is written by former SCC student Ashley Rose Sullivan and is entitled “Roots.” An off-beat relationship has developed between a young girl named Penelope and a reclusive composer named Arthur. Arthur is delighted by Penelope but is strangely drawn to the muses that tie him to his creations.
The role of Penelope is played by SCC Theatre major Emily Singleton, of Casey County. Singleton has appeared on stage in SCC productions of “School for Scandal,” “The Go-Betweens” and SCC’s annual “Sketches!” She also played a principle role in SCC’s last film project, “A Liar’s Swag.”
Mark Isham, SCC psychology instructor, will take the role of Arthur. Isham has a varied background in theatre including playing the role of Professor Harold Hill in “A Music Man.” He also directed a Reader’s Theatre production of “Frankenstein” last season on SCC’s London campus. “Spirits” is Isham’s first performance for SCC Theatre.
Others to perform in “Roots” include Leann Perlowski, Cam Harris and Shavana Morgan.
The second story of the film is entitled “The Visit.” A young man by the name of Ivan is suffering from an illness that causes him to have difficulties differentiating fantasy from reality. As a result, a strange visitor to his apartment seems to keep getting the upper hand.
The role of Ivan is played by Matthew Shackelford, an SCC graduate. Shackelford has appeared in SCC productions “School for Scandal,” The Go-Betweens,” “Sketches” and played the role of Clyde in the SCC film project “A Liar’s Swag.”
Critley King, former SCC Theatre major, will play the role of Ivan’s love interest, Catherine. King has appeared in many SCC Theatre productions including the role of Mrs. Candour in “School for Scandal.”
The role of the mysterious stranger is played by Bruce Singleton. Singleton has appeared in many SCC theatre productions and is best remembered for the role of Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.” He has also appeared in SCC films “Nancy Barry’s Big Case” and “A Liar’s Swag.”
The third story, entitled “The Struggle,” follows the travails of a man named Jake as he struggles to right the wrongs of his past. SCC library specialist, Aaron Whitehead plays the role of Jake. Whitehead obtained his BFA in theatre from Northern Kentucky University where he acted in and directed many productions. His most recent appearance on the SCC stage was in last season’s productions of “The Go-Betweens” and “Sketches!”
The role of Jake’s skeptical uncle Mel is played by SCC stage and screen veteran Shane Morgan. Morgan was last seen in SCC’s production of “The Go-Betweens” and the new SCC YouTube series, “Summerfalls.”
The role of Jake’s wife, Rachel, is played by newcomer, Whitney Morrow. Other roles are played by Jeremy Boggs, Josh Jones and Ryan Stogsdill.
The final story is entitled, “Angels.” A young woman tries to counsel a child who lost her mother and must face her own internal conflicts as a result. The role of the counselor is played by SCC graduate, Mary Volpi. Volpi first appeared in the role of Lady Teazel in SCC’s production of “School for Scandal.” She was also seen in “The Go-Betweens” and “Sketches!”
Newcomer Katie Burlew will play the role of Ariel, a child who reveals wisdom through her own struggle.