The Marquis Players presented this year’s musical fundraiser, My Favorite Year, March 29-31. All aspects of the production, from set design to fundraising to choreography, are completely run by students. The show was directed by English major Brett Billings ’12 (Marion, Kan.).
With more than $5,000 raised each year, all proceeds are donated to charities such as the Dan O’Neil Memorial Fund, Third Street Alliance, Safe Harbor, Habitat for Humanity, Turning Point, Lehigh Valley Food Bank, and Lafayette’s Meals for the Homeless program.
Set in the year 1954, My Favorite Year centers on Benjy Stone, a beginning sketch writer for a live television variety show starring King Kaiser. Benjy is assigned the unfortunate task of looking after one of the show’s guest stars, Alan Swann, a movie idol whose career was disrupted by his addictions. Benjy soon finds himself involved in a sequence of shenanigans as he tries to keep Swann celibate and sober for the broadcast. The musical is based on the 1982 film, with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.