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The Milton Measure

A Recap of Milton’s 2016-2017 Productions

by Soleil Devonish on Friday, June 9th, 2017

At Milton, the rigor of our academic commitments often occupies the majority of our time during the school year. However, whether an actor or a spectator, theater at Milton shakes up the school grind and allows us to unwind and relax during our downtime. So, as the 2016-2017 school year comes to an end, let’s take a look back at all of Milton’s outstanding productions.

To kick off Milton’s fall productions this year, Tartuffe took to King Theatre to offer a comedic commentary on high society. The humorous play follows the story of a man deceived by the duplicitous imposter, Tartuffe. Set in France during the era of Louis the XIV, Tartuffe can often be challenging for actors to pull off, especially at the high school level. However, the actors’ talents, the impressive set design, and the remarkable costumes really did transport us into the French renaissance.

The Class IV play, Peter and the Starcatcher, also dazzled audiences this past November. The charming play captured the illustrious world of Peter Pan and Molly Aster as they foil the plans of wicked pirates. With stunning costumes, a breathtaking set, and spectacular acting, the play, directed by Eleza Moyer, came together to produce something truly wonderful. An annual fall production, the freshman play offers an introduction to Milton’s theater programs for the Upper School’s newest and youngest students. Per usual, the production attracted large audiences that cheered on their peers who were making their Milton theater debut.

As the temperatures dropped and the workload began to ramp up, the Winter productions provided the Milton community with some much needed entertainment. To roll in the winter theater season, The Crucible took center stage. Set during the 1600s in Puritan Massachusetts, The Crucible dramatized the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Staying true to the modesty associated with the Puritans, the set for the play presented a simple yet intricate representation of the era’s culture. The actors mirrored this sophisticated structure by exploring the multiple layers of each character’s emotion in a refreshingly direct, yet subtle way. Actors really delved into their roles and found interesting similarities to their own lives, allowing them to connect to the script on a deeper level. “The characters have much more interesting internal conflict than most characters I’ve seen,” comments Nick Gistis (II). “Honesty is a very big part of my [personality], so doing a play about it was also very engaging and interesting for me personally.” Acting, writing, and set design came together to create a stunningly compelling show that certainly did the American classic justice.

With passionate actors and a powerful script, Yellow Face, directed by Peter Parisi in Wigglesworth’s 1212, showcased a bold and relevant message. Focusing on the lack of Asian representation in the acting world, Yellow Face provided a poignant metatheatrical commentary on the frequent whitewashing and erasure of Asian culture in the media. The actors forced the audience to immerse themselves in the show to really understand the plight of Asian American actors. Yellow Face’s significance not only highlighted problems people of color face in the professional world, but it also touched upon issues we currently face on campus.

Last but most certainly not least, Grease opened in the final weeks of May. Serving 50’s looks with lively music, the highly anticipated spring musical exceeded already high expectations. Outrageously entertaining, Grease both took the audience’s breath away and left them doubling over with laughter. However, for the cast of the musical, the fun did not just begin on opening night. “It was definitely one of my favorite play experiences,” remarked Dorsey Glew (II). “I made a lot of new friends especially through different grades which was really cool since I hadn’t had that experience from like a concrete event or activity.” The cast’s electric chemistry produced a stellar performance that will definitely go down as one of my personal favorites.

While it is sad to see another year of theater come and go, this year’s outstanding productions show great promise for next year. As we leave for summer break, it’s hard not to wonder what will be in store for next year’s musicals and plays. Whether it is pertinent commentary on social issues, laugh out loud comedies, or something in between, we’re already on the edge of our seats.

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