Spotty attendance at rehearsals doesn’t worry student actors (slideshow)

[slideshow_deploy id=’4917′] (Photos by Avi Bhullar)

“Tell me you have a date tonight,” junior George Cvetich says in character.

“I didn’t think you cared,” sophomore Elinor Hilton replies.

“I’d like to believe in miracles again,” Cvetich says.

Cvetich and Hilton are only a few of the actors sitting in a circle to rehearse their lines for the upcoming play, “A Dark and Stormy Night.”

And by December 12-14 the comical murder mystery, set in a mansion where a radio show is recorded, should be ready for production.

Comedies have been put on by the drama department many times before but are often set far in the past, said director Brian Frishman.

This play was originally set in the 1900’s, but Frishman has moved it to the 2000’s.

Not only is the play full of comedy, but the rehearsals are too. Often they’re full of laughter that just might be funnier than the play.

At the Nov. 14 rehearsal freshman Austin Talamantes changed the personality of his character for fun. It went from sleek and professional to “rachet,” causing everyone at rehearsal to laugh.

One reason Frishman chose the play was because almost all the parts are of medium importance. Despite this advantage the play faces a few complications.

According to Frishman, play rehearsals are not going as well as he wants because too many people miss them due to homework, sickness and sports.

Senior Savannah Symister agreed.

“I wouldn’t say I’m stressed, but we really haven’t had straight play rehearsals,” she said.

But sophomore Akilan Murugesan said this situation is nothing new.

“We’ve had this problem in past plays but generally everyone is still ready for the play,” he said. “And, of course, the week or two before the play, drama is everything everyone thinks about.”

Nevertheless, Frishman, the actors, and the stage crew are working very hard on lines, characterization, and set-up to put on the spectacular show they want.


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