The 2013 FHS production of the well-known play, Fame, which was shown on November 7,8, and 10, was yet another successful theatrical endeavor of Franklin students. Unlike last year’s play, The Craving, Fame involved a great deal of serious emotions and character interactions. There was not much in the category of comedy in this play, but it was riveting nonetheless. High school students being high school students, the most descriptive comments on the performance that were given by audience members were “I liked it,” and “it was okay.” In more descriptive language, actors and actresses in both main and supporting roles seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly during and after the play. Their performances, for the most part, filled their characters with life and personality similar to that found in the original 1980 film.
Fame takes place during the years 1976-1980 (four years of high school). The story follows students of the New York High School of the Performing Arts as they learn to sing, act, dance, and play musical instruments as well as find their places with each other and in the world.
The play version of the 1980 film, Fame, compresses the original movie, which included all four years of high school, into a play which showed freshman year, sophomore year, junior year, and senior year all in only two acts. At no fault of the actors, this compression and omission of material made material move to quickly, and did not allow for full development of material. Being a school production, some original content such as swearing and controversial topics were removed. Although this was the correct course of action to take under the circumstances, it did take away from the original meaning of the play’s content.
Of course, there are some points for criticism for the actors as well. Although lines were memorized very well (and if they weren’t, the ad-lib was flawless), the choreography could have used a bit more rehearsal. There was also a single error in the timing of a spotlight during the finale of the play. Apart from those two details, the preparation of the play was very good. The singing parts were also carried out well, and for the most part in tune and pleasant to listen to. The acting was also a strong suit in the play: attitude, charisma, emotion, personality, etc. were all very clearly communicated.
Overall, the 2013 fall play was carried out with enthusiasm and professionalism, providing the audience with an intimate, emotional, and entertaining experience. Well done to all members of the 2013 FHS Fall Play!