Major Havoc: Back in Black(box)

by Grace McWatters

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Major Havoc premieres this Friday at 8:00 p.m. in the Christian Center’s black-box theatre with more madness than ever before. With a run scheduled Friday and Saturday 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., this show promises laughter, ridiculousness, and full-blown antics that only The Millsaps Players can provide.

Director Peter Friedrich denied comment on questions about the plays partially to keep the surprise-aspects in tact, and partially because the show is run entirely on its own, with Dr. Friedrich mildly supervising. This show is by students for students.

Consisting of two separate casts who perform at different time slots, Major Havoc provides viewers with the opportunity to see two fully developed, functioning, fantastic shows. But how does the show work? Following last year’s format, the 60-minute show features 30 short plays, performed at random by audience request. Every show is guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind, chaotic, and entertaining.

Last year’s plays included: “Simon Says”, a commentary on race perceptions, “Jesus Walks”, a take on the bible in which Mary and Joseph lose baby Jesus and replace him with the neighbor’s son, and “Touching Tips”, which featured a silent space expedition completed by two phallic rockets to the tune of 2001 Space Odyssey. This year, however, the casts promise shows more hilarious, touching, and, most importantly, offensive.

The roll of a die calculates ticket prices for this event. Rolling a 2 equates to a $2 ticket. Statistically speaking, the average student will pay $3 on entry. But what is more statistically significant is the impact of the show. Major Havoc is not an event to be missed.

“The inmates have taken over the asylum,” claims director Peter Friedrich, and the only thing left to do is witness the madness and embrace the havoc.