On February 24, the Stanislaus State Theater department performed its opening show for the long-awaited production “Adventure Theater.” The show ran for four days, with each night continuing the story of the previous night.
The mood was set with various props that the actors can climb on to indicate different terrains. Light changes or images appear on the background screen to enhance the atmosphere and give the audience a sense of the rules and story. Offstage members can help by adding different sound effects such as a horseshoe noise.
As the audience begins to settle in, the cast members call them onto the stage, with their consent, to be part of the show. Audience members roll various dice to indicate a character’s actions, damage, and strength of actions. They can make story suggestions and even become characters in the series.
The show’s first day called for a father son duo to participate in one of the show’s first battles which took place on day two. Unfortunately, day one audience members were unable to return for the second show, but live viewers jumped at the chance to catch the sold-out second day show.
Father and son, Abel and Dominic, were live viewers who saw an advert for the show on Facebook. They watched the livestream during the day one and ended up finding the opportunity to attend and even participate in the second day.
” At the beginning [of the day one show], there was a father and a son who participated in the show and they were called the father and son duo of power. Later in the show, they said they weren’t coming back tomorrow. We spoke to the leader of the show [Martin Noyes] and said we could take on those roles for tomorrow,” Abel explained.
Abel’s son even gained new experience in the world of Dungeons and Dragons through this live action setting, as it was one of his first experiences with the game.
“I want [play dungeons and dragons] and I know a lot of it. I’ve never really played a full game. I have a character set up and everything. My favorite part of the experience was definitely the battle and the ability to play dungeons and dragons in a live action setting,” Dominic said.
The audience really added to the experience of the show. Their wit, humor and interactions with the cast were the real selling point of the show. Community members who attended the show gave great reviews and even expressed how they would return.
“The actors did a great job with their roles and their performances. It was really fun and lighthearted,” Abel added.
Considering this was such a rare and unique form of theater, it will be interesting to see what the Stanislaus Theater Department does next.
For more information on Adventure Theatre, their journey and upcoming shows, visit www.adventuretheatrenat20.com.