Over the past few weeks, the Saber Center was been bustling with aspiring actors and actresses, and over the past few days they have showed off their ability on the stage in this year’s Fall Play: You Can’t Take it With You! The play is about a dysfunctional family that consists of a playwright mother, a firework-making father, their daughter, her ballet-dancer-in-training sister and her xylophone-playing husband, the cook and her boyfriend, the father’s assistant, and the grandfather, the patriarch of the group. The play revolves around the relationship between the daughter, and the son of a major wall street mogul. The daughter brings her new friend over to their house, and hilarity ensues. Whether it be trouble with Grandpa’s income tax, Ed’s questionable printing, corn flakes in the freezer, or the meeting of the two families, there’s a whole lot of shenanigans going on at the Sycamore house.
The actors and actresses did fantastic, and their hard work showed during both casts’ performances. I had the opportunity to see both of the casts (Back and Gold) perform, and they were amazing. Though I saw the same play twice, the different casts both brought something unique to the stage. You could tell by the way that each performer was engaging with the audience just how much effort they had put into memorizing their lines and practicing using a larger-than-life voice in order for it to come out clearly to the far reaches of the Saber Center.
And where would the Saber Center be without people like Mr. Krause and the stage crew to keep it up and running? Without them, the stage wouldn’t be lit, the microphones and speakers wouldn’t work, and the show couldn’t go on. Luckily, we have the privilege of having such wonderful people working to keep our auditorium running in tip-top shape.
I thought one of the best ways know how the play truly went was to ask one of the actors that performed in it, and luckily I had the chance to interview Nicholas Gill, one of the members of the Black Cast of the play:
Q. “What role did you have in the FHS fall play?”
A. “I played the role of Edward Carmichael. He’s a kooky, crazy husband to Essie [the main character’s sister], and he plays the xylophone, makes masks, and reads about communism.”
Q. “How did you think the play went for both casts?”
A. “Well, contrary to previous play years, they decided to have a dual cast, which meant we’d have two separate casts – a Black and Gold cast – perform separately, and that was kind of frowned upon by a lot of the actors, but I believe it went well. We still stressed out at the end, right before our productions took place, but it really came together in the end.”
I thanked him for the interview and wished him luck on any future acting endeavors.
In all, the performances were marvelous, and both casts brought something unique to the stage. The actors and actresses of FHS really showed their prowess, and the stage crew helped out immensely, showing their determination on making those four nights the best they could be with all of the effects on stage to help spark emotion in the audience.
And if there’s one thing I can say about that feeling that I got as an audience member seeing them perform, it’s this: You can’t take it with you.