Upcoming Spring Productions
by Faith Pang on Friday, May 4th, 2012
Every new season at Milton brings a number of new productions from the performing arts program. Three shows are currently rehearsing to perform later this spring: a dance concert, a main-stage play, and a 1212.
The Spring Dance Concert will take place the Friday before graduation in the dance studio at the Kellner Performing Arts Center. Zaria Smalls (IV) and Rebecca Chernick (III) are each choreographing a dance, and Kasia Ifill (II) and Monique Williams (II) are choreographing a third act as a duo.
The show will be a diverse set of performances. Zaria’s dance specifically features dancers from the freshman class: Allison Choi (IV), Faith Pang (IV), Abby Animashaun (IV), Caitlin Connelly (IV), and Thia Simon (IV). The Class IV dancers will perform to a remix of Judas/ R3hab by Lady Gaga.
In contrast, Rebecca’s dance is classical and harmonic, utilizing a significant amount of point work. Kasia and Monique are presenting a hop-hop dance to She Doesn’t Mind by Sean Paul. Mr. Baker and Kelli Edwards have also choreographed a number of other dances including mambos, classical dances, and modern dances.
Arabian Nights, the spring main-stage play directed by Mr. Shane Fuller of the Performing Arts department is performing in just two weeks time. Despite common misconceptions, the play is not about Aladdin. It is an adapted version of the classical story One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.
In the ancient tale, a Persian King, Shahryar, marries a young bride who he later discovers is unfaithful. Overcome with grief, he executes her and resolves to do the same to all women he marries. From then onwards, each morning, he executes a new bride. Scheherazade, one of his new brides, begins to tell the sultan a story on their wedding night so that he will be forced to postpone her execution. When she finishes a story, she starts another on the same night and withholds the denouement so the Sultan will want to hear the story the next night. For a thousand and one nights, she continues her tales. Arabian Nights focuses on about ten of these stories.
Mr. Fuller describes the play as “multi-layered…almost like Inception!” Mr. Fuller, who has gained a reputation for his innovative sets, has decided to tech his fifth play on a thrust stage. As opposed to the classic stage, which is mounted at the front of the theater, a thrust stage protrudes into the audience and is surrounded by audience members on three sides. Mr. Fuller feels that the stage will add to the interactive nature of the play, ensuring that action goes “right up to the audience!”
Over the past few years, Mr. Parisi has masterfully executed a number of ambitious 1212 productions. This year’s 1212 play, A Streetcar Named Desire, will be a tribute to Tennessee Williams’ classic Southern Drama. The cast, which features Adam Basri (II) and Clare Dingle (II), has demonstrated tremendous dedication to the show, and promises a first-rate performance.
Last night, the opening night of the show, the audience was captivated by the believability of each scene. As Blanche, Clare Dingle (II) captured the audience’s heart and sympathy. Shannon Reilly (IV) also gave a truthful performance and fully committed to her role as Stella. Adam Basri (I) embodied Stanley and lived up to the high expectations held by many lovers of Tennesee’s classic play.
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