Recapping Student Performances from the 2015-2016 Year
by Nina Subkhanberdina on Friday, June 10th, 2016
During all of Milton’s various plays, musicals, and dance concerts this year, we’ve laughed, cried, and held our breath. So, as the 2015-2016 year draws to a close, why not take this opportunity to reflect on all of the incredible performances?
One of the most memorable musicals of the year was back in November when Milton’s drama department took on Hairspray for its Fall production. The musical follows young Tracy Turnblad in her quest for stardom in 1960s Baltimore. The original musical is full of complex scenes, dance numbers, songs, and sets, so it was quite a challenge to put on; yet, Milton’s drama department and students transcended all expectations and created an incredible night.
Hairspray showcased actors and actresses from every class, all of whom worked incredibly hard to present the audience of parents, relatives, students, and faculty with an impeccable performance. The colorful costumes, paired with impressive wigs, transformed Milton students into realistic characters from 1960s Baltimore. Milton’s drama department even added some of its own personal touches to the show, including the addition of the “dumpling dolls.”
One of the most memorable characters in Milton’s production of Hairspray was Tracy’s mother, Edna Turnblad, played by Zack Herman (II). He portrayed his character flawlessly. The set design was another striking aspect of the play. The brilliance of the mobility of the jail cell, which was integral to some of the dance numbers, as well as the detailed protest signs all worked together to create an unforgettable experience for the audience.
Class IV also took the stage in November with their memorable performance of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. The freshmen worked hard to provide the audience with an outstanding show. Their authentic costumes, charming set design, and spectacular acting all came together to bring justice to the American classic.
Later in the year, it was time for the Winter Play to debut. Rumors, a comedic farce, was performed by a cast of only ten people. Although the cast was small, the audience received a grand performance. Grace Stanfield (I) described the play as “a farce, so everything was wild and over the top, but hopefully that craziness [came] across as a fun time for the audience. It was a great experience working on this production because the cast was only ten people, so we had the chance to really get to know each other. I think the many rehearsals we spent chatting and learning about each other helped fuel our energy for the play because of the sweet connections we made.”
The chemistry and genuine enthusiasm of the actors and actresses was definitely apparent when they were on stage. Their phenomenal acting left the audience in tears of laughter and merited a standing ovation. Again, the elegant costume design and sophisticated set made King Theater glamorous and undoubtedly upscale.
The Winter Dance Concert at Milton is always full of unforgettable performances, and this year was no different. Students began talking about the show as early as October, so it was highly anticipated — to say the least. This year’s show, directed by Kelli Edwards, showcased a vast variety of genres. The show featured Indian dances, social activism dances, Irish step dances, tap dances, hip-hop/modern dances, and even some comic relief using balloons. There were fifteen dances in total, choreographed by both students and faculty, and each had its own emotion, message, and style to convey. Every song, costume, light, and movement was carefully chosen to surpass all expectations for the show.
Last, but certainly not least, Wigglesworth Hall became the stage for the 1212 Play Wicked Sketchy, a student written and directed sketch comedy show, at the end of the year. With actors ranging from all grades and sketches set in all centuries, the show left the audience in fits of uncontrollable laughter.
With another incredible year behind us, I can definitely say Milton continues to raise the bar in terms of performances, and I cannot wait to see what happens next year.
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