A Preview of the Winter Productions
by The Milton Measure on Friday, November 16th, 2012
Performances at Milton Academy are always a spectacular representation of all the hard work and preparation that the faculty and actors put into any given show. The productions this winter will be no exception. Here is an overview of what to expect in the months ahead.
One of the most intriguing parts of this year’s lineup of winter productions is the 1212 play. This year’s 1212, East of Easton, is actually a series of one-act comedies written by William Donnelly. Mr. Parisi will direct the series of shorts with help from stage manager Rick Dionne (Class III). As with every 1212 play, East of Easton will take place in the small and intimate setting of Wigglesworth Hall. Rick shares that the actors and directors will strive to “use the limited space to [their] advantage, allowing the audience to really understand and interact with the characters;” Mr. Parisi adds that the plays will “feature a range of compelling characters” for the audience to connnect with. William Donnelly, who is based locally, will be coming to campus to work with the actors in the show and will attend a reception after one of the performances. Actors auditioned on Monday and Tuesday of this week and have just begun rehearsing as a cast.
Senior-directed One Acts will also take place this winter, directed by Oona Newman (I) and Alexa Katz (I). As Kellner’s black box theater offers a similar intimacy to Wigg as a performance venue, these short productions feel similar to a 1212 play . In addition, because each director has a unique style, each performance brings something new to the table.
The Winter Dance Concert, one of the most highly anticipated productions of the year, has also gotten underway in the past week. Organized largely by students, the Winter Dance Concert is a production of spectacular dances, lights, and costumes. Although faculty members Kelli Edwards and Corey Baker choreographed dances for last year’s concert, students choreograph and direct a majority of the dances. This year’s line-up of dances looks to be just as diverse and interesting as last year’s. A favorite from last year’s concert, Irish step dance, will be returning with more furious and magical footwork. Jazz, modern, and hip-hop dances will also be featured. Given Milton’s many excellent choreographers and dancers, the Winter Dance Concert will certainly be another hit when it opens in early March.
This year’s main-stage winter production will be The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Auditions for the play were held with auditions for the 1212 on Monday and Tuesday. Directed by Dar Anastas, the production will open in King Theatre this winter. The comedy will feature “some singing,” says Dar, “but mostly murders”. The cast of 5 girls and 5 boys will strive to capture the show’s eclectic blend of horror and comedy. The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 recently began rehearsing in preparation for its performances in early February.
With this impressive lineup of winter productions, the artistic energy around campus is sure to stay strong throughout the winter.
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