“Snare” steals your soul

Photos by Cathie Lawrence

“Snare” is an original piece written by the Drama 52 ensemble, a play that you won’t want to pass up.

“Snare” is the gripping tale of a young woman named Charlotte, played by Natalia Philbin, trying to chase her dream of being a world-renowned singer. She gets her first real gig working at a casino that is anything but ordinary.

Charlotte starts to realize that this casino is different from others she has encountered. She is contacted by a paranormal entity, played by Katie Marcel, who reveals to her the dark underbelly beneath the blackjack tables. Gamblers check into the casino but never check out.

The cast consists of various personas, one being a bellhop named Henry, played by Federico Bartolo, who in the past, made many mistakes but is now finally doing well at the casino.

There is a card shark named Ezra, played by Claudia Vasquez, who is in a category all by himself. He’s always watching with sinister eyes, but this enigmatic chap really knows how to make folks feel welcomed.

Victoria, played by Tiffanie Moore, keeps things in order and is always on the prowl ready to seduce the life out of any desperate soul.

Iris, played by Marina Ketchum, is a kleptomaniac drink handler with a heart of gold.

An alcoholic private investigator named Mills, played by Emmanual Anaya, just wants to do well in his line of work, but he’ll have to put down his flask.

Other characters include, a high roller named Phillip, played by Konnor Heredia, and his wife Delilah, played by Luna Garrison.

And the man that holds all of the cards in this game, the man who’s willing to bet away his own soul, the man who makes sure that the house always wins, the Casino Owner played by Jaeson Jones.

This play takes a lot of twists and turns in a visually stunning way that was unexpected in a college play. I found myself at the edge of my seat multiple times and was impressed by actors’ authenticity. In scenes when a certain character wasn’t present, I found myself thinking about what they might be doing within the casino.

If you are looking for a show with thrills, chills and a whole lot of mystery, “Snare” may be the show for you. “Snare” is a vivid display of stage visuals and innovative audio that adds to the effect of the show.

“Snare” will be playing May 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30p.m. Ticket cost is $10 general admission, $7 for students and $5 for high school and middle school students. There will be a matinee on May 7 at 11 a.m. for $5.