VAN WERT — The Van Wert High School Theatre Department is busy with its final rehearsals as it prepares for the opening of the comical production of “The Miser.”
This historical, famous play was written in late-17th century France by Moliere, original name Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, who is often considered the greatest French playwright of comedy. The Miser is a classical French farce that has seen many productions throughout the centuries. This modern version, adapted by Miles Malleson, is filled with laughter and physical comedy that the audience will not want to miss.
The story starts out with the miser, named Harpagon, who is very wealthy but dare not spend a penny or trust anyone with his money, including his own children. His son, Cleante, falls in love with a young girl, Mariane. Cleante is about to tell his miserly father about his intentions to marry Mariane when the miser shares his own wedding scheme. The old miser plans to marry the young lady with whom his son is in love and he has arranged for a rich friend to marry his daughter, Elise. This is troubling to Elise because of her secret love with her father’s servant, Valere.
Many hysterical events take place throughout the production. It gets even better when the miser finds out his hidden treasure has disappeared. The tragedy of the miser’s obsession with money is revealed in many parts of the performance and yet, his desire to be respected and liked is evident. This show should be a fun and entertaining night for the audience.