“A Wrinkle in Time” Heads To the SCC Stage — Virtually

Cast and crew adapt to a different kind of production

Leuel Bekele, A&E Editor

This winter, SCC’s theater department will present John Glore’s 2010 adaptation of “A Wrinkle In Time.” The twist? The internet is their stage — and their homes are their sets.

“A Wrinkle In Time” follows the adolescent Meg Murray as she embarks on a journey to find her father, who has become lost on a distant planet that is plagued by an ancient, evil energy. Along the way, she’s joined by her brother, a classmate and three witches: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which.

Kennedy Clark, a student in the Career Education Options program, will portray Mrs. Whatsit. Clark previously appeared in SCC’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” in 2019.

Clark said there was more solo work involved in the online production process as opposed to in-person rehearsals. She’d find different ways to get into character — whether that meant reflecting on past roles, looking at old pictures, or even trying on a funny hat.

Playing Mrs. Whatsit was a fun experience for Clark, who commented that the character was “weirdly ageless” and pure with a childlike demeanor. Like Meg and the rest of the human race, Mrs. Whatsit grapples with a darkness presented in the story’s personified evils.

Director Bryar Golden said that the entire cast was nervous about the new medium at the beginning of rehearsals, but for the most part they managed to adapt to the new procedures. She noted that this is especially true of Clark, who has been “brave” in her performances.

“The show must go on — without art, we lose,” Golden said.

The show’s dress rehearsals will be broadcast live on YouTube Mar. 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. Two free public performances will be broadcast live on YouTube Saturday, Mar. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Mar. 21 at 3 p.m. Links will be provided on the SCC Theater Facebook page.