The student theater group Company Carolina is performing the 2001 musical comedy “The Producers” this weekend at the Historic Playmakers Theatre.
The show is about a producer and accountant who decide to put on the worst show ever and have it close in one night in order to make money. Eighty students auditioned for the show and 22 were cast.
“The Producers” is the second show of the spring semester, and the cast has been working on it since classes started in January, producing artistic director Elizabeth Moseley said.
Sophomore Gillian Rice plays the part of Ulla Inka Hanson Benson Yanson Tallen Hallen Swadon Swanson. It’s Rice’s first show with Company Carolina, but she said she’s had formal acting training since she was in fourth grade.
“I’m excited to get on stage and show the audience how much work we put into it and how much dedication and bonding has gone into building a show that’s so big,” Rice said.
The company rehearses six days a week, for at least three to four hours at a time, with the dress rehearsals leading up to the performances lasting up to seven hours.
“It has been a lot of work, and it has been very rewarding, but I think it’ll be even more rewarding to share that with the audience,” she said.