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June 20, 2014

MSU presents French farce in summer's third production

Minnesota State University's Highland Summer Theatre continues its 48th season with nightly shows of the French farce, "Boeing Boeing," beginning 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

The show takes place in the 1960s and revolves around Bernard, an American architect who lives in Paris. Through careful time management, he has three fiancees who are all stewardesses with airlines. Comedy ensues when the airline introduces a new, faster passenger jet — and the three women in his life find themselves in Paris at the same time. Bernard, with the help of his friend Robert, must find a way to keep the women from finding out about each other.

Directing the production is Matt Caron, a third-year master's degree candidate. Caron's other directing credits at MSU include last season's "Sky Girls" and two other short plays in "Maverick Musings." In addition to his work at MSU, he also worked with Bethany College for seven years. Despite his background, he said there are always challenges in directing a production. In this case, Caron said, dialect has been challenging. Each of the different characters have different dialects and Caron credited cast members for their professionalism.

"The actors I have are top-of-the-line from MSU," Caron said. "During the school year, I have to compete with other shows for actors. But during this show, I got the best of the best. It makes my job easier because it's less directing and more facilitating."

The cast includes recent graduates and current students of MSU. Jake McInerney plays the role of Bernard while Joseph Scheller plays Robert. The three stewardesses are played by Amanda Forman, Morgan LeClaire and Kendra Verhage. Finishing off the cast is Megan Gilmore who plays Bernard's maid.

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