On Wednesday, members of the West Point Lions Club were treated to performances by four actors from Springwood School.
“These guys were all in the theater competition that took place at Opelika a few weeks ago,” said program chairman Bill Dorminy. “It was the precursor to the State Trumbauer competition which took place the first weekend in December. These four young student comedians received top medals in their individual events, which means they can make it to the state competition in Troy on the first weekend in December.
The actors gave the same performances for which they had received medals.
Garner Dorminy and Brady Spradlin starred as two old men, Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, respectively, in a scene from “Oh, Hello,” popularized on Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show”. Faizon said he and Geegland lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The characters began to describe themselves.
“You know when you get to the bottom of a hummus pot and you can’t put your carrot in it, so you have to use your fingers to extract it?” Faizon said with a thick Manhattan accent. “Bam, it’s us, baby!”
“I’m the kind of man you find at a party rummaging through coats,” Geegland said. “I am neither Jewish nor a woman. But like a lot of men over 70, I’ve reached that point in life where I’m sort of both. I was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and am responsible for the reintroduction of poliovirus into my school district.
Geegland said a fun fact for the performance was that he was taking competing medications.
“I’m a TV actor at the Tony Awards,” Faizon said. “And whether I live in your building or not, I’m kind of a part of your co-op’s board of directors. I did most of my work as a voice over artist, and I was almost the official voice of CBS.
Geegland asked Faizon to perform his CBS audition for the public.
“Oh, I don’t know if the audience wants to hear it,” Faizon said.
The public urged him to do so.
“I was going to do it anyway, you know,” Faizon said.
“It’s CBS, baby!” He exclaimed after a less enthusiastic personal introduction.
Faizon said after telling him he didn’t get the job at CBS, Geegland wrote a play for him. Geegland said the first play he wrote for him starring Faizon was inspired by Sam Shepard’s “True West”, but his was called “True Upper West”.
“Now, famous in the revival, you would see Reilly and ‘Phil Sey,’ said Geegland, before he and Faizon pretended to cry. ‘Phil Sey’ Hoffman…”
“You see, it’s difficult because we’re on the cue at the same time, every show,” Faizon said.
“We really wanted the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman to speak to us,” Geegland said.
After Dorminy and Spradlin’s performance, Charlie Key sang “In My Dreams” from the musical “Anastasia”.
Taylen Ly sang “Much More” from the musical “The Fantasticks”.
Key also performed a monologue as Jane from “‘Dentity Crisis”, in which she remembers being taken to see a ridiculous performance of “Peter Pan” when she was eight years old. She said strange things keep happening. When the children flew, their ropes snapped and the crocodile chasing Captain Hook looked like a real crocodile. Jane said the crocodile fell from the scene, killing several children in the front row.
“Wendy seemed to get bigger and bigger until finally, in the second act, she was still and had to be moved with a cart,” she said.
Jane said that after Tinkerbell drank poison to save Peter Pan’s life, Peter Pan urged the audience to applaud to show they believe in fairies, which could save Tinkerbell’s life. Even though the children clapped loudly, Jane to the point of bleeding, Peter Pan announced that Tinker Bell died because they hadn’t clapped enough.
“Well, and everyone started to cry,” Jane said. “And then the actress left the stage and refused to continue the production until they finally had to lower the curtain.”
After the performances, Bill Dorminy said the comedians competed in venues like the one they were in, which did not have a stage. He argued that performing in a regular room is probably more nerve-racking than performing on stage, because on stage the audience is usually obscured by darkness.