The Fall Play

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The Fall Play

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Every fall and spring the Lewis Cass Drama Department puts on a play. Two plays a year is a lot of work, and it takes a lot of time, energy, and helping hands to make it to opening night and the two performances that follow. However, it goes without saying that the hard work and effort put into the plays is very much worth it.
This fall the drama department will be putting on a play called A Lighter Shade of Noir. Noir is a style of film and acting that was once popular in the 40’s and 50’s.

Auditions for the play were held on Tuesday, August 20th, and the cast list was posted on the wall outside of the study hall the following morning. Checking the cast list to see if one got a part is something that can be very exciting, and it’s a great feeling to see your name next to the name of a character in the play.
Practices started the following Monday. However, instead of getting our scripts and jumping right in, we started out cleaning out the prop rooms. Having organization is very important regardless of the task, but it’s incredibly helpful to be organized when putting on and performing a play. When producing a play, the cast needs to know where their costumes are along with stage props.

It took about a week of practices to get prop rooms cleaned and organized, but it was definitely worth the time it took.
Before we begin reading lines, we usually fill out a characterization sheet for our characters. By answering the questions on the sheet, we practice getting into the heads of our characters before we know much about our character. Once everyone in the cast has completed and shared their characterization sheet, we start reading lines.
Reading script is always slow in the beginning. We don’t know our lines or our characters, so we start out reading our scripts with a flat read. Flat reading is essentially just reading the lines from our script aloud.

After a few practices of flat reading, we start to add in our stage directions. Part of drama is not just learning and memorizing lines, but also actions. It’s easier to learn stage directions after on has their lines memorized, but sometimes one can learn them both as you go. In order to act out the play we stand in front of the study hall room to act as if the space is the stage in the auditorium.

“I think that even with the limited resources we have, we’re still putting in 110 percent on and off stage,” Preston Parker told me. Preston plays the role of Dr. Watson and has acted in numerous plays throughout the years.

Aiden Martinez (left) and Preston Parker (right)

The cast is very excited for opening night, and we all know that it’ll be here sooner than we think.

“I’m excited because the plays are always a super fun thing to do because I get to pretend I’m someone that I’m not,” Aiden Martinez said.
Aiden has one of the leading roles in the fall play this year, Jean-Louis-Phillipe-Eustache.

Opening night of the play is set for Friday, November 22nd at 7 pm. No worries if you can’t make it Friday night, we will be performing on Saturday, November 23rd at 7 pm and Sunday, November 24th at 2:30 pm.

 

The cast is as follows;

THE PLAYERS

Detectives

**TRENT TROWEL……………………………………..CONNER CLAYPOOL

TRACY DYCK………………………………………………….LINDSEY RICHEY

**SHIRLEY HOLMES………………………………………..NEVAEH SWING

JEAN-LOUIS-PHILLIPE EUSTACHE………………..AIDEN MARTINEZ

MS. BEATRICE……………………………………………..NATALIA CUNDIFF

Sidekicks

DR. WATSON………………………………………………….PRESTON PARKER

MISS FLANNIGAN……………………………………………JORDAN HENRY

**MADEMOISELLE SILENCIEUX………………………ALEXIS KNIGHT

JANE…………………………………………………………………..KYLA VALDEZ

**SERGEANT MALONEY………………………………………SUZY ADKINS

Arch Villains

BIG BILL………………………………………………..TIANNA (LEO) CASNER

TONY…………………………………………………………………FAITH ABBOTT

CANDY………………………………………………………………SERENA DAVIS

MAUREEN ARTEE……………………………………….LAUREN JOHNSON

LE CAMBRIOLEUR………………………………………EMMALEE ZOUBUL

ETHEL…………………………………………………………LAUREN JOHNSON

Town

**MR. SMITH……………………………………………………JACOB JORDAN

CLARICE LATRICHE……………………………..SAVANNAH HASELTINE

MAYOR DEFEHR…………………………………………….AUBRY JOHNSON

MRS. BENEDICT……………………………………………ROCHELLE PENCE

BEVERLY STEWART…………………………………..SAMANTHA HAWKS

JANITOR #1……………………………………………….SAMANTHA HAWKS

JANITOR #2……………………………………………………….FAITH ABBOTT

** DENOTES 2020 SENIORS

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