Absolunacy performs final show of semester

Absolunacy loses two family members after their final show for the semester, this Saturday.

Seniors Matt Vancuren and Carey Kayser both graduate at semester and will leave behind their own comedic legacy.

"I'm really, really sad," Kayser said. "We feel like we couldn't leave the troupe on a better note."

Kayser said she was part of Absolunacy for 3 1/2 years and remembers the day she auditioned.

After walking around the concourse of the Arena during the Activity Fair, she saw the setup for Absolunacy and found interest in it. Later, she called the adviser to find out when auditions were and realized they were the night she called.

As a theater major, Absolunacy was a foundation for Vancuren and his 2 1/2 years spent as a troupe member.

"It helped me, as a theater major, to think on my feet faster better than I used to," Vancuren said. "It gives me something to look back to in my college years and to look back that I got to entertain people as a process."

Although the Absolunacy loses two members at the end of the semester, members Angela Manganelli and Gina Nicewonger will fill their spots next semester after their return from study-abroad programs.

On an off-week, Vancuren said they meet two times a week, but with their Saturday performance at 8 p.m. in Pruis Hall, they have practiced on a daily basis this week.

Although the show takes place during the rise of the holiday season, Vancuren said he wasn't sure if they would start out with a holiday skit or not. And with two members leaving, Vancuren said he wasn't sure what to expect with the troupe and goodbyes.

"Usually it's a surprise on the people that are leaving," Vancuren said. "The show itself is going to be a great show. The whole troupe is going to be there."

Featured for Saturday's performance will be seven games, a few songs and comedy sketches written by the troupe members themselves.

Semester newcomer, junior John Langen, said Vancuren and Karsey were both good role models.

"They were very patient," he said. "They were pretty much teachers of all the new people."

Langen said the show will be basic for the rest of the troupe members, but he's sure it will go out with a bang for Vancuren and Karsey.

"It's like leaving your family," Karsey said. "It's taught me more than anything has with friends, performance and business because we have to run ourselves."

Tickets to Saturday's show are $2.


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