[Students shadow the professional actors in rehearsals for "Defiance," presented by Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. In the back row are director Kurt Naebig (from left), shadows Brendan Flaherty, Trevor Frueh, Hamdan Suhail, David Mullally and Rima Househ, Nick DuFloth, Bryan Burke and understudies Becky Crawford and Phil Herbruck. In the front row are David Goodloe (from left), Robert Jordan Bailey, understudy Andrew Trystad and Harrison Weger.]
Naebig said the program is designed to take theater students through the process from beginning to end of what an actor does in a play. Each student is matched with an actor as mentor, then watches most rehearsals and memorizes the part.
"Their goal is to walk in the footsteps of the actors," Naebig said. "Whereas an actor is trying to create a role for themselves, these [students] are dealing with how other actors put themselves in it."
They then informally perform the play for friends and family.
The cast includes Robert Jordan Bailey as Chaplain White; Bryan Burke as Lt. Col. Littlefield; Nick DuFloth as "Gunney"; David Goodloe as Capt. Lee King; Laura Leonardo Ownby as Margaret Littlefield; and Harrison Weger as Pfc. Evan Davis. "Defiance" contains adult themes and language.
If you go
WHAT: Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents “Defiance”
WHERE: Playhouse Theatre at McAninch Arts Center on College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
WHEN: Jan. 31 to March 3, with a preview Jan. 31; curtain at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday
INFO: AtTheMAC.org, 630-942-4000