Cal Poly’s student stage put on its annual “Miscast” gala production on Saturday, April 30th, at the black box theater.
The production was entirely student-run and consisted of performances from students across different years and majors.
The show featured actors singing songs or performing monologues in characters they wouldn’t usually be cast in, such as women playing traditionally male roles and vice versa.
Co-manager of “Miscast,” theater and psychology major Sarah Smith, says that one of her hopes for the Gala was for audiences to see the characters in a different light they might never have considered before.
“I’m hoping that audience members might see these pieces and see them in different formats, different types of, um, presentations of those characters and just opening their minds to, like, ‘oh, that character could be a different way… so just having fun and seeing all the variety on stage.”
Theater student and student stage board member Jessica Sater says that the event gave performers, specifically non-theatre majors, a chance to reconnect with their love of theater.
“It means a lot! A lot of people here weren’t even theater majors. It’s really hard, I feel like, coming to college after spending your whole life doing, like, dance or theater, and all of a sudden, you’re in a new major. It’s like ‘I don’t get to do these things I love…’ so it’s a way to, kind of, continue the love of the art.”
For more information on student stage events, you can visit their website at studentsstage.com.