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Actors and technical crew gear up for fall play

Theatre students rehearse on stage for their fall play.

Theatre students rehearse on stage for their fall play.

Shafuq Naseem

Theatre students rehearse on stage for their fall play.

Shafuq Naseem

Shafuq Naseem

Theatre students rehearse on stage for their fall play.

Katie Ours and Shafuq Naseem, Oracle Editors

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It’s that time of year again, fall’s arrival means many things for the WS community, and one of those things is the annual fall play. This year the theatre department is gearing up to do a unique play that they hope the WS school and surrounding community will enjoy.

The play is about a young boy named Ben who has a monster living under his bed, and when the two switch places for a day, craziness ensues.
“This is Spartan Theatre’s first time performing Theatre for Young Audiences on the mainstage. We are very excited to be exploring a story which is developmentally accessible for all ages of theatre-goers and have even arranged an in-school performance of the show for some of our feeder schools,” said Theatre teacher Maeve Nash. “The students are enjoying exploring how performance and design must be adjusted when families are the target audience, and we are all looking forward to exploring the ways in which performing for an interactive and vocal audience will differ from what we’ve done in the past.”

The students work extremely hard to get the play performance ready, even without the number of people a show of this magnitude would have working on it in the professional theatre world.
“So much work goes into these productions, both from the actors and the crew. Shows, especially ones like this that are tech heavy take weeks of prep time.  But all that work is well worth it when the show turns out so well,” said junior Alexis Becker.

Auditions have already taken place and the actors are hard at work rehearsing every day after school. Not only the actors work hard however, the students on the tech and design meet weekly to discuss their roles and to plan for the upcoming performance.

The play is proposed to be different to anything the department has done in the past, a show focused on young audiences, featuring a giant puppet. However, the play is not just for children, and all WS students are encouraged to experience a play that is sure to be unique.

“The monster is going to be this giant puppeteer,” said costume designer and senior Laura Moritz. “This is going to be a very tech heavy show which is amazing. Great lights, sound, and so many more fantastic things.”

So look out for this year’s fall play, and all of the featured WS actors, tech and design students, and all others who continue to work hard to put out what will be a unique performance.

“From imaginative movement sequences to nine-foot-tall puppets, this show has so much to offer,” said Nash. “Although the show is family-friendly, it is meant to be enjoyed by audiences of ALL ages. Come support your fellow Spartans.”

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