Fall Play Preview
by Louisa Moore on Friday, September 21st, 2012
While many students were trying out for fall sports, others were auditioning for the two fall plays, Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night,” and “The Three Musketeers,” based on Alexandre Dumas’ novel of the same name. Within the first week of school, a group of around 40 students was cast in the two plays. With cuts having been made, students are now either studying in the library or out practicing on the fields after school; however, these devoted actors are now in Kellner learning lines, rehearsing stage directions, and having lots of fun. They have a lot to accomplish in a short period of only two months, but with the help of the directors and tech crews, they hope to put on truly memorable performances.
Directed by Mr. Fuller, “Twelfth Night” is a classic Shakespearean comedy. Daisy Walker (II), who plays Olivia, described the show’s craziness: “There’s a cross-dresser, a gay pirate, mistaken marriages, towers…” adding with a smirk, “Everyone’s in love with me. I have a bunch of suitors. Things happen that I shouldn’t give away.”
Corey Schwaitzberg (II) backs up Daisy, saying, “Basically, it’s a dodecagon of love, cross-dressing, and twins.” The group has already found cohesion. Olivia Atwood (I), another member of the cast, says, “finding the humor in every line can be a little difficult, but we have already had laugh-out-loud moments.” The cast is confident that the production will become a Milton classic.
“The Three Musketeers,” a comic adaptation of a nineteenth century French novel, is this year’s freshman play. Directed by Mr. St. Laurence, it is a story about “love, violence, politics, and power… an early version of what we term an action-thriller in a cinematic context,” according to the director. The play has “over sixty characters and multiple interwoven plot lines,” which makes it perfect for a group that includes acting skills of all levels. The freshman play traditionally does not make cuts, allowing everyone who tries out to have his or her moment onstage. The 25 freshmen actors and additional freshman tech crew members have much to do before the November show. Many will play multiple roles to accommodate the sixty characters in the production, and the group may add more roles in the coming months. The tech crew has quite a bit of work as well-– creating a multi-level set that can work with the action of the play. Mr. St. Laurence “expect[s] this play will energize and unite the freshman class and set a tone for the years ahead.”
Look out for the plays this November: “Twelfth Night” opens on November 1st and “The Three Musketeers” two weeks later on the 14th. Actors and spectators alike are excited for Milton productions to start up again so prepare to be dazzled by two great and entertaining performances very soon!
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