Milton’s Tartuffe Brings Comedic Energy to the Fall Stage
by Nina Subkhanberdina on Friday, November 18th, 2016
After months of hard work, the spectacular fall production Tartuffe took the main stage the weekend of November 3. Tickets sold out incredibly fast. Students had been working since September to polish each detail of every scene. King Theatre was transformed into a lavish Louis the XIV style residence. Tartuffe follows the story of a man tricked by the fraudulent and impoverished Tartuffe. Tartuffe’s skills of deception and guile allow him to take advantage of Orgon’s wealth. In a series of witty and humorous scenes, Tartuffe’s true identity and intentions are revealed.
The audience was highly engaged through the very last line of the play. The stage was beautifully created and matched with authentic costumes that were constructed with such grace and intricacy that the audience actually felt transported into a different era. The audience could see all of the effort and energy dedicated in the shoes to the hair of each character.
The play is a definite challenge to take on, especially at a high school level. However, the actors could not have done a better job. The fact that the actors had the ability to keep from laughing at their own jokes was an impressive feat. The energy on stage was truly unmatched due to all of the effort of the students and teachers on stage and behind the scenes. Initially scaring some students because of its intricate plot, Tartuffe pleasantly surprised many. Elizabeth Capicotto (II) stated, “Lyndsey Mugford was exceptional! Tartuffe was very funny, and it was a surprisingly easy play to understand.” Olivia Risoleo (II), a member of Friday’s audience, said, “I liked Tartuffe. It was confusing at the beginning, but after the play progressed I began to understand it. I thought all of the students were surprisingly great actors. No one thing stood out to me in particular, but I really liked the scene where they were trying to catch Tartuffe in his lies. I also thought the costumes were phenomenal.” I attended Friday night’s performance, and a definite stand out for myself was the scene of the false seduction of Tartuffe and Orgon’s hilarious and delayed reaction. Dariya Subkhanberdina (III) shared, “Tartuffe was a spectacular sight; personally, I loved Ricky Lin’s contagious energy on stage. Dylan Volman really stood out and was quite the laugh. Overall, Tartuffe was a pleasant experience and a great way to spend my Friday night!” As a whole, the fall production deeply impressed many, and the Milton community is excited for its next play!
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