MTR Looking To Spice Things Up With "Actor Peppers"

MTR is kicking things up a notch.

It's performance art—with a kick. For one night only, on December 1st, Musical Theatre Repertory (MTR) will host "Actor Peppers," in PED. USC Students are invited to present a scene, monologue, song, or dance of their choice. The twist? They have to consume half of a habanero pepper before they perform.

Not impressed by the challenge? Take this into consideration: habaneros are considered to be one of the hottest chili peppers in the world. On the Scoville spice scale — a ranking system that measures a pepper's heat— habaneros can reach up to a fiery 450,000 Scovilles. To put that into perspective, the highest a jalapeño reaches on the scale is 8,000 Scovilles. (

Ten brave acts will be taking on this challenge. After consuming their peppers, performers must complete their acts before they will be provided with relief in the form of bread and milk.

MTR is hosting "Actor Peppers" to fundraise for the two musicals they will be presenting next semester: Stephen Sondheim's "Company," and another show, which will be revealed after the "Actor Peppers" performances.

"Actor Peppers" will be playing December 1st in PED at 10:15 pm. There is a recommended $5 donation at the door. For updates on tickets and shows, visit

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