Drama students jests in “Beau Jest”: TWU Drama production

Langley, B.C.—Langley drama student Kyle Jesperson has nabbed the supporting role in the Trinity Western University’s “Beau Jest,” a romantic comedy about a young Jewish woman who loves her family, but dislikes their constant matchmaking in her love life. In an attempt to satisfy them, she hires the perfect boyfriend to meet her parents’ expectations. Directed by TWU Drama Director, Lloyd Arnett, the play will run from March 6 to 8th and March 13 to 15 in the Robert N. Thompson building on the University’s campus.

At the start of the year, Arnett set out to do a play that fit with the theme of the TWU Drama department, which is the ‘The Family Season.’ “The play is much more than a comedy; underneath the surface of this gentle story are interesting statements about the significance of faith and truth in family relationships.”

“I wanted to be a part of this production because I want to continue my exploration of the theatre. I believe that an actor can never have enough experience, as every role is different,” reflects Jesperson.

Jesperson plays the role of Abe Goldman, a sixty year old Jewish man, who considers Judaism as the most important criteria in his childrens’ consideration of life mates.

“He is a background player who is often overlooked during family get-togethers; however, he grabs every opportunity to share uninteresting stories. I relate to Abe because he reminds me of people I've observed in my social interactions.”

Jesperson, who is in his fourth year at TWU, discovered his love for drama a little later than most of the people in the drama department. He started to pursue a major in Communications, but quickly realized that his deeper interests lay elsewhere. “I had always thought about being an actor, but it wasn't until my senior year at TWU that I actually started to take initiative in realizing this dream.”

He adds, “I love the drama department here at TWU; the staff are unbelievably supportive even though I came late into the program and was quite inexperienced. It's truly a family, in which the teachers are genuinely concerned and excited about the careers of their students both during and after TWU.”

An avid movie and film fanatic, Jesperson looks forward to further opportunities to explore acting and theatre in the future. “For me the highlight of doing the play is just the opportunity for actors of ranging experience to delve into a brilliant script and do it justice.” And after graduation he plans to go to theatre school either in the Vancouver area or in the U.S., depending on which theatre programs accept him.

Some of Jesperson’s other performances include Tom Stoppard's "After Magritte" and A.R. Gurney's "The Dining Room", which the drama department performed last semester. He will also be in JP Allen's "The Casino", which is a one-act play. And later this summer he will perform at Pacific Theatre in Stephen Dietz's "Ten November.”

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,200 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2015-07-13
Author: Keela Keeping