Heritage theatre department announces upcoming season
The shows for the upcoming theatre season include one of the most produced plays in America, “Our Town” and a comedic 1920’s musical, “No, No Nanette.”
“I want to do a show that utilizes my resources in a grand fashion,” says Mr. Mark Devine, the Heritage theatre director. “These are two shows I know and love.”
The selection process was a difficult one with many good options like “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Crucible.”
“Our Town” by Thornton Wilder follows the story of the residents of the small, American town of Grover’s Corners. Told in three acts, the play shows the story of friendship, love and death. “Our Town,” unlike most plays, features a minimal set and a narrator who guides the audience through the action.
“ No, No Nanette” is a farcical comedy set in 1920’s Atlantic City. The show is about Jimmy Smith, a rich Bible salesman, his wife, his young ward Nanette and the three women he platonically supports. A threat of blackmail ensues when Jimmy realizes how scandalous his relationship with the three women seems and asks his lawyer to break off the relationships. From there the musical continues with scandal and comedic misunderstanding galore.
“I’m looking forward to the moments of connection when actors and audience merge in beautiful poignant moments,” says Devine.
Devine wants to expand the audience of the shows beyond just the student body. He is reaching out to the local elderly community and hopes the shows will really connect with all ages.
Auditions were held in August for “Our Town” and rehearsals started thereafter. Actors and “techies” alike are preparing for the start of the season.
“It’s going to be interesting; I’m excited to see how they turn out,” says Adam Ernest ’17, a member of running crew.by
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