Fall Play Preview
by The Milton Measure on Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Class IV Play- Nicholas Nickleby
Based on the classic tale by Charles Dickens, this year’s Class IV Play takes on the Tim Kelly adaptation of the story Nicholas Nickleby. The production employs a large cast, engaging over 20 eager Class IV actors. Set in 19th century England, the play centers around a boy, Nicholas Nickleby, and his uncle, Ralph. In search of the fortune his father left him behind, Nicholas struggles to retrieve the endowment from his despicable uncle. Ms. Moyer, the director of the play, says “the show is a lighthearted adaptation of a more serious play, and what makes the show special is the fresh enthusiasm of all the Freshman. Everybody on the show is there because he or she wants to be, and the rehearsals are always so joyous and exciting.” The play takes on elements of comedy, drama, and mystery, allowing the varied scenes to continuously captivate the audience throughout the show. The Class IV Play will run from November 13th through November 15th.
1212 Play- Eurydice
Milton Academy’s first 1212 play of the year will take on the production, “Eurydice”. The name “1212” originates from room 1212, where decades ago a group of passionate theater students would meet to perform and enjoy the company of one another. Though the room doesn’t exist anymore, the tradition continues.
Eurydice is an adaptation of the Greek tale, “Orpheus”, a tale in which two lovers are forced apart by death. The female protagonist, Eurydice, is forced into the underworld, as her soulmate Orpheus remains longingly among the living. Unlike the original tale, this play adaptation tells the love story from the perspective of Eurydice, allowing the audience to travel with the characters to and from the underworld.
The 1212 cast consists of only about 10 members, and the whole production is completely managed by the cast. Although the play touches on many pensive and thoughtful scenes, there are also many characters that provide us with comic relief, such as the Three Chatty Stones (played by Claudia Chung (III), Allie Reed (III), and Joy Lee (III)). The stones are the bystanders of the tale, connecting with the audience by sharing their humorous musings as the story progresses. Cheyenne Porcher (III), who plays the “Child Lord of the Underworld” states that “because of the small cast, the incredible acting among the actors really shines through. The show has so many embedded lessons as well as many humorous aspects, making the show as incredible as it can be.”
This season’s musical is a huge production, lead by five faculty members and performed by around 30 cast members. The musical, Spamalot, takes place in 932 AD medieval England. The musical revolves around King Arthur’s quest to recruit knights to help him search for the “holy grail.” Though the original tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is grim and rather momentous, this Monty Python adaptation of the tale makes the production to be one of absolute frivolity and silliness.
Mr. Parisi, the director of the musical, says “some of the many blessings of this good-humored production [include] the fantastic choreography composed by Ms. Edwards and the breathtaking castle-set designed by the tech crew and Dar.” Mr. Parisi says that the show consists of many talented actors and actresses, partaking in tap-dancing, speaking in unusual accents, and performing many different musical tunes.
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