Fall Play News Coverage

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Fall Play News Coverage

Carolyn Freeman, Associate Producer

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This year’s Fall play follows Alden High School’s long line of comedies. The past three years, Spook House, How The West Was Dun, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame have each been a success. Airline is a comedy written by Tim Kelly. I visited the directors, Mr. Masci and Mrs. Farrell, after the first full day of rehearsal to discuss why they chose this play and ask what their initial intentions were with it. Mr. Masci had the opportunity to speak of the responsibilities of the Stage Crew, the year-old booth that controls the auditorium, what our school’s annual theatre “boot camp” is, how this year’s boot camp gave the cast a chance to get to know each other and improv a skit. Additionally, Mrs. Farrell discussed the difference between directing the play and the musical. Both directors had an input on how the theatre program allows the cast work together as a team and further build their characters.  Also, I interviewed Mrs. Amy Froebel to get the scoop on what time period the costumes for Airline will resemble. Finally, I asked Sam Bizub to describe her character ‘Barbara’ in Airline. In the interview, she spoke of the positive advice the directors give her to develop her character. She alluded to the play How the West Was Dun that Alden High School performed two years ago because it was also a comedy similar to Airline. In Sam’s words, “one of my favorite parts about being in the cast of the play is normally how close we get by the end of the show because there’s not as many kids who do it… it helps us get really close as a cast and we’re like a little family”.

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