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Delight in the comic hijinks of “Once in a Lifetime”

Once in a LifetimeA laugh riot will erupt on stage when the Department of Dance and Theatre presents the play “Once in Lifetime.”

The comedy, which will run April 23-26 and April 30–May 3 at the RTFP Building, University Theatre, takes place in Hollywood in 1927. The silent movie industry is about to die as “The Jazz Singer,” which features talking for the first time, has opened. The characters are on a collision course of physical comedy, biting wit and snappy one-liners, said guest director Susan Sargeant.

“The play is marvelous fun,” Sargeant said. “George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, the playwrights, are comedy gold and very much alive and well in this wonderful collaborative gem. Plus, ‘Once in a Lifetime’ is also historically informative about a time in both film and theatre history.”

The play also supports a large cast with 24 cast members.

“Since ‘Once in a Lifetime’ takes place in the 1920s, the students are learning about a different sensibility of style and comedy,” Sargeant said. “The play still has ‘legs’ as we say in the theatre.”

Besides Sargeant, other prominent figures in the Dallas-Fort Worth community scene are involved behind the scenes. The scenic designer is Randel Wright, who has designed numerous sets for Dallas Summer Musicals and Dallas Children’s Theater, and properties designer is Robin Daffinee Coulonge, a UNT alumna.

Tickets cost $7.50 for students, UNT faculty/staff and senior citizens and $10 for adults. The box office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and one hour prior to the performance.

Learn more about the era by listening to anecdotes and viewing clips about the technology and the human side to the process at the free symposium “Hollywood's Transition to Sound Filmmaking” at 5 p.m. April 28 in the RTFP building, Room 184.

Harry Benshoff, professor of radio, television and film at UNT, and Sean Griffin, chair and associate professor of film and media arts at Southern Methodist University, will serve on the panel.

- Jessica DeLeón, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

Above, from left, Elysia Worcester (as May Daniels), Anthony Ortega (as George Lewis) and Kasey Tackett (as Jerry Hyland) star in "Once in a Lifetime." Photo by Amanda Breaz.

Posted on: Thu 02 April 2015

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