Cruiser Theatre Co. to bring the mighty Thor to the stage

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Photo courtesy of Erin McLaughlin
Groveport Madison High School’s Cruiser Theatre Company will perform, “Hammered: A Thor and Loki Play,” on March 25-28. Pictured here, from left to right, rehearsing for the play are: Sarah Riley (playing Freyja); Ashton Diendl (playing Odin); Kayla Bandy (playing Loki); and Gavin Prifogle (playing Thor).

Groveport Madison High School’s Cruiser Theatre Company is stepping into the comic book world for its next performance.

According to Groveport Madison High School Theatre Director Erin McLaughlin, the play to be performed on March 25-28 is “Hammered: A Thor and Loki Play,” written by Christian Borle and based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby, presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. She said the show will run about 50 minutes with no intermission.

“I gave the members of the Cruiser Theatre Company an opportunity to vote on options for our first spring show of the year and this is the show the majority of voters chose,” said McLaughlin. “This script was an option because I felt it had a lot of appeal for students and community members and I believed I could make it work whether we produced it virtually or in person. Although I am very thankful we are able to rehearse in person and film in the auditorium with real props and set pieces and everything.”

McLaughlin said this play is a challenge in several ways.

“The actors playing Thor and Loki in particular have a lot of lines,” said McLaughlin. “There’s some tricky blocking, particularly in regards to Loki’s mischief, as well as a sword-fighting scene. Some actors are required to be on stage without speaking, but while remaining in character and engaged in the action for long periods of time, which is always challenging for actors. Learning to pronounce Old Norse words has also been a challenge for many participants in this production.”

The lead actors in this performance are Kayla Bandy, who plays Loki, and Gavin Prifogle, who plays Thor.

“Both are sophomores and both have grown a lot since they first joined the Cruiser Theatre Company last year,” McLaughlin said. “Kayla has really dived deep into researching this role and developing her character and Gavin is a master of physicality and comedic timing. Their brotherly chemistry on stage is nothing short of magical as well.”

“Hammered: A Thor and Loki Play” will air on March 25 at 7 p.m.; March 26 at 7 p.m.; March 27 at 7 p.m.; and March 28 at 2 p.m.

“We are not having live audiences at this time (due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic),” said McLaughlin. “However, supporters and patrons of the Cruiser Theatre Company can see the show by going online to onthestage.com/show/groveport-madison-high-school/hammered-a-thor-and-loki-play-41422/tickets and purchasing tickets online. This website is also where they can find information normally included in a playbill.”

Tickets are $7 each. The purchase of a ticket generates a confirmation email with a secure link to the streaming platform. The link works on one device at a time. The production will be streamed at the time specified on each of the show dates.

For information contact Judy Lively at judy.lively@gocruisers.org or McLaughlin at erin.mclaughlin@gocruisers.org.

The March performance is not the only show the Cruiser Theatre Company will stage this spring.

“Our second spring play, to be performed May 13-15, is called, “Persephone Underground,” by Carol S. Lashof,” said McLaughlin.

More information on the May performance will be forthcoming in a future edition of the Groveport Messenger.

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