Milton Fall Productions Take Centre Stage
by Henry Claudy on Friday, November 6th, 2015
Just as the leaves start to change, Milton’s first batch of productions will kick off the new school year. No fall season would be complete without the slew of Milton drama productions, and this year is no different. The productions range from American classics to campy musicals.
Every Milton student looks forward to watching the centerpiece of the fall drama season. The musical often has the largest cast and most interesting sets. This year’s musical is Hairspray, a musical based on the 1988 film of the same name. The show tells the story of Tracy Turnblad and her hope to dance on the Corny Collins Show, an analogue to the real-life Buddy Deane Show. On her journey to become a cast member of the program, Turnblad shows the audience the injustice of 1960s America. The show will premiere on Thursday, November 4th, with subsequent performances on Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th.
Yasmin Reza’s God of Carnage takes the stage as the fall 1212 play. God of Carnage is a French play that focuses on two sets of parents discussing the aftermath of their children’s fight. Alex Gistis (I), assistant director of the production, says, “[The play] focuses largely on marital issues, and who actually is in the right or wrong.” God of Carnage will run on December 3rd, 4th, and 5th. The 1212 is unique to the other productions that take place throughout the year. The small cast, alternative location, and distinct focuses set the 1212 plays apart from any other Milton productions. Unlike the fall musical or the Class IV play, the 1212 plays takes place in Wigglesworth Hall. This acting space creates a more intimate space where audience members are inches away from the actors. In addition, the small cast size (usually four) with most 1212 productions allow an actor’s full range to be on display.
The Class IV play is also an important event in the year for the new class of Milton students. It is a right of passage for the freshman class and often their introduction to performing arts at Milton. This year, freshmen will perform Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Our Town is undoubtedly an American classic, with frequent revivals and productions. The play serves as a time capsule to the early 20th century, and shows the urbanization of Northeastern Americana. Our Town is famous for both the use of miming instead of actual props, and the narrators, a group of metatheatrical Stage Managers who narrate the ongoings of the town and the life of the protagonist, Emily Webb. Our Town will run November 19th, 20th, and 21st in King Theatre.
Milton has a long history with the dramatic arts, and the variety of productions this fall exemplify the range of Milton performers. The length lines of eager audience members outside of King Theater speak for themselves. Milton theater is renowned for its talented actors, phenomenal sets, breathtaking costumes, and there’s no doubt in my mind that these productions won’t disappoint. Make sure to get your tickets the week they go on sale, because you never know when they might sell out.
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