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Fall play retrospective: "The Pink Panther Strikes Again"

Photo by Keven Peck Photo by Keven Peck

Walla Walla High School’s “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” was an incredible success that left the audience bursting with laughter.

While not everyone had the opportunity to view this production, the following photos illustrate the immense success of this year's fall production. Here, a few of the actors share further insight into their pink panther-experience, and what it took to put on this unforgettable performance.

How similar are you to the character you play?

Simon Close (Chief Inspector Jacque Clouseau):

“Quite similar, really. I can relate to his awkwardness. He is a hopeless romantic, and kind of clumsy. He plays everything off as if it never happened, which is what I do when I make a mistake.”

Mark Bogley(Dreyfus):

“Well, I’m not crazy. But I think Dreyfus and I both laugh at our own jokes and think we are funny. We don’t have a lot in common other than that, though. I’m not a crazy lunatic that wants to destroy my enemies.”

Sydney Weston (Tournier the bank robber):

“I am very similar, in a crazy-animated way.”

Cassie Dixon(Olga Berriosiva):

“I think we are pretty similar. We are both kind of extreme people. Olga alternated between the extremes of being super serious about her job and falling in love with Clouseau. Even though Olga is not a real person, I think we are both passionate and intense in a lot of ways.”

What was your favorite scene or line?

Simon Close (Chief Inspector Jacque Clouseau):

“My favorite line is whenever I say ‘Olga!’. And I really like the Oktoberfest scene where all the assassins are killing each other.”

Mark Bogley(Dreyfus):

“There was a part where I was about to destroy the UN  building and I said, ‘Wonderful! I have to tinkle again. Don’t do anything until I get back!’”

Sydney Weston (Tournier the bank robber):

“My favorite scene was when Olga was choking herself. It was so hard to keep a straight face. My favorite line was when I had to say ‘Room key, please’ because I had to fake Simon’s accent while purposely making it terrible.”

Cassie Dixon(Olga Berriosiva):

“My favorite quote is when Clouseau said, ‘I don’t have much experience in love, but my heart is doing the pitty-pat.’ I also like the clerk desk scene where Clouseau is arguing about the room key with the desk clerk because Tournier, the bank robber, already got the room key disguised as Clouseau.”

What scene was the hardest for you?

Simon Close (Chief Inspector Jacque Clouseau):

“The scene where I had to pretend to be a dentist was hard for me, because I had to laugh out loud and I don’t really laugh out loud usually.”

Mark Bogley(Dreyfus):

“There was a scene where I had to fake hitting my head on a bench. I really had to get thrown around everywhere and that was pretty hard. The bench was really small and creaky so we had to fix it multiple times. But it was fun.”

Sydney Weston (Tournier the bank robber):

“The hardest part was not laughing during the whole thing. The entire play was ridiculous.”

Cassie Dixon(Olga Berriosiva):

“For me, probably the Mirage Club scene when Clouseau is dancing with the butler, who is a female impersonator. During that scene, I have this part when I have to fight in slow-motion and make really elongated and exaggerated movements and sounds. The slow-motion scenes were hard because they are very awkward to do, but they translate really well with the audience and are really funny. The Mirage Club scene was also hard for me because I had a big monologue about how I fell in love with Clouseau, and I had to give this big speech while picking up the dead bodies. There was a lot of physical movement that made it hard to execute, but it turned out really well.”

What is your favorite part about this whole experience?

Simon Close (Chief Inspector Jacque Clouseau):

“I’d have to say the people I got to work with. They are all amazing.”

Mark Bogley(Dreyfus):

“It was fun playing the bad guy and trying to convince myself I was right. I had to justify my actions even though destroying the world and killing Jacque Clouseau is probably not the best thing to do, morally.”

Sydney Weston (Tournier the bank robber):

“Probably just getting to know everybody. We really formed a family. Whenever things went wrong, we got through it. Whether it was Micah getting hit in the head or Simon randomly bleeding on stage, we found a way to get through it.”

Cassie Dixon(Olga Berriosiva):

“The show itself was interesting because it was a unique form of comedy. There was lots of death, but it wasn’t gory. The fact that it was a slapstick comedy made it especially hard. The jokes were so over the top that sometimes we’d worry if they were going to work well with the audience. But it was really interesting doing this type of comedy and the audience responded really well. It was a lot of fun.”

 

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