Baker Theater presents “Application Pending”


Aalia Khan

The Baker University Theatre presents “Application Pending” by Andy Sandberg and Greg Edwards in Rice Auditorium. Junior Olivia Harms stars as rookie admissions officer Christine Evans.

The Baker University Theatre department will be performing “Application Pending” by Andy Sandberg and Greg Edwards on Thursday, Nov. 10 through Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee showing on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2:00 p.m. in Rice Auditorium.

The play was picked out by Baker University’s new Director of Theater and Assistant Professor of Theater, Trevor Belt.

“I wanted to do a comedy, for one thing. It’s a topic I thought a college campus could identify with: the whole thing about education and admissions and things. This was also an opportunity for as many or as few students to be in the play as possible,” Belt said.

The play is centered around rookie admissions officer Christine Evans who is played by junior Olivia Harms. In the play, Evans is a former kindergarten classroom assistant who has to deal with a plethora of wacky situations on her first day working in the admissions office.

“I really like the comedy and the dynamic of the different characters,” Harms said. “There’s just a range of parts to be played.”

As mentioned by Belt, there are some students in this play that act as multiple characters. One of these students is junior Tabari Johnson. For one of his characters, Buddy, Johnson had to switch in and out of his normal accent.

Another student who had to play multiple characters is freshman Rachel Thompson. One of her  characters is an animal rights activist who went after different private schools with live animals as their mascots and held a sign that read “Free your beaver”. Thompson said her favorite part of the play is working with different students and being able to connect with them on a different level.

Each character, even when played by the same student, had drastically different personalities, accents, costumes and lighting so you can easily distinguish who is who on stage.

“You know, it’s November. We are almost through the first semester, the times changed and I don’t know about you but I could use a laugh once in a while,” Belt said. “This is a good opportunity to get away from your troubles, get away from studies, get away from work for about 70 minutes and laugh your head off for a while. So if you are interested in doing something like that come and see us.”