The Liva Arts Company production of “The Baker’s Wife” will open April 10 and continue until April 12. The performances with be at 8 p.m. April 10 and April 11 while two shows will be performed at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 12 at Elm Park Church.
“The Baker’s Wife” is a musical that takes place during the 1930s in France, where the whole town anticipates the arrival of their new baker because they have been without bread since the passing of the previous Baker. Once the new Baker arrives with his much younger wife, the town is later left again without bread because of circumstances in the Baker’s life.
The cast includes a variety of students in all majors, from first-years to seniors. It is directed by senior Louis Yorey and assistant directed by sophomore Johnathan McNamee. They have been consistently rehearsing five times a week since February, and each rehersal has lasted at least two and a half hours. Senior Aisling Myers said that the goal of “The Baker’s Wife” is to bring an audience together as friends and family, and have them enjoy something that the cast is passionate about and loves to do. Since Leahy was knocked down, Myers said that the biggest challenge for Liva is “to adapt to a new space and stage.”
This musical is based off of the French film “La Femme du Boulanger” and first appeared at the West End Theatre in London in 1989. Once the musical left London, it continued in the U.S. with various appearances occurring until 2005, ending at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, N.J.
Liva is a student-run organization that produces two plays annually. Student involvement can include anything from behind the scenes, helping out on performance nights, selling tickets and even performing on the stage. For those interested in getting involved, more information can be found on the Liva Art Company’s website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ticket sales begin Monday and contiue until April 11. They will be sold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the DeNaples Center.