Apocalyptic antics with The Last of Fass

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The curtain opens to reveal the entire cast who abruptly jump into a bright song and dance number &mdash; an optimistic introduction to a story about the impending doom of the planet. <em>The Last of FASS</em> is a Faculty, Alumni, Staff and Student (FASS) theatrical production based on the coming end of the world, and classifies itself as variety and musical comedy.&nbsp;


This year&rsquo;s theme, voted in by the FASS company, is the apocalypse. The world ending is a topic that has consumed public consciousness since 2012 &mdash; something that the script writers made full use of.


The plot actually includes a number of Mayan gods who plot to destroy the world after discovering that 2012 did not, in fact, do the job.


Twisting in and out of self-proclaimed plot twists, <em>The Last of FASS</em> keeps the audience on their toes and laughing at the various quips and sight gags.


The production poked sly fun at everything from Rob Ford to Justin Bieber, from political stereotypes like Canadian politeness to American extremism, and from the Waterloo geese to the production itself.


UW was described as a &ldquo;desolate wasteland at the end of time,&rdquo; while a typical Canadian was depicted apologizing meekly after every outburst at the brash American.


Hijinks ensue as the Mayan gods, having inexplicably chosen the ghost of Frank Sinatra to be their avatar of destruction, face against four hapless UW students, complete with a sing-off between Sinatra and a certain Canadian singer who appears on stage with a horde of screaming fans on his heel.


<em>The Last of FASS</em> production is a reflection of the fun-loving community and spirit of FASS. Anna Kreider, director, described working with FASS as &ldquo;always a blast.&rdquo;


&ldquo;The actual production is pretty nuts,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s honestly not like any other theatre experience I&rsquo;ve had &hellip; It&rsquo;s very much a community thing. The crazy &lsquo;seat-of-the-pants&rsquo; nature of the production means that really everyone gets involved. Everybody is involved in creating the comedy on stage, and that makes it a lot of fun too.&rdquo; &nbsp;


&ldquo;It&rsquo;s very much a community thing,&rdquo; Colleen Colbeck, stage manager, added. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s also a great way to become more confident and comfortable with yourself, too, because it&rsquo;s such an open atmosphere.&rdquo;


FASS is a production and theatre company that combines a wide range of talents and experiences, making for even more diverse hilarity. &ldquo;We just like to have fun,&rdquo; Kreider said with a laugh.


<em>The Last of FASS</em> opened Thursday, Feb. 6 and runs until Saturday, Feb. 8.
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