Play auditions squared

Caroline Tucker

It’s that time of year again. The
theater department has once again
chosen a musical to perform this
springtime. Wendy Aschenbach, the
new director, has released the new
musical to be “42nd Street.”
“42nd Street” tells the story of a
young girl named Peggy Sawyer who
has moved to New York City in hopes
of making big in the world of theater.
She, and a whole cast of characters,
make their way through producing a
new show, “Pretty Lady,” while dealing
with the drama happening backstage
as well.
“I really wanted to find a musical
to suit everyone. “42nd Street” has a
lot of parts and some of the boy parts
can be changed to girl parts, since
we have so many talented ladies in
the theatre department. I think that
this will be a great play this year,”
Aschenbach said.
Along with “42nd Street,” ITS, or
International Thespian Society, is
putting on their own dinner theater
entitled: “Did Someone Say, Murder?”
The one-act dinner theater is about
a couple who goes out for the night to
a fancy dinner. When they reach the
restaurant, they find out it is murder
night and are completely intrigued, so
they decide to stay. On murder night
a famous detective, named Rathbone,
tries to solve a murder occuring before
everyone’s eyes. The only problem
is anyone could be a victim and
attendees are on their own in finishing
the evening alive.
“We all researched different dinner
theaters looking for the right
murder mystery. We looked for plays
by the same author as last year’s dinner
theater, but we didn’t like anything.
We narrowed it down to two
murder mysteries and ended up with
‘Did Someone Say, Murder?’” senior
Faith Knabenshue said.
Unlike “42nd Street,” “Did Someone
Say, Murder?” is student
direct- ed. Knabenshue has
decided to take on the role of
director for this project.
“I always thought it would be really
cool to be a director,” Knabenshue
said, “because it’s your vision of how you say the
story on stage, but it gets better when things
just come together and then everyone
put their creativity together. I wanted
to create an environment where everyone
feels comfortable sharing their
ideas to make the play the best it can.
As an actress, I know that sometimes
I have thought that ‘I wouldn’t have
done it like that,’ or ‘that’s a good idea
from the director,’ and I wanted my
opportunity to make the best play possible.
I’m really excited to be working
with so many talented people because
I know that all the cast members are
really great actors and actresses.”
Since so many of Knabenshue’s
friends auditioned for the cast, some
wondered if bias was part of choosing
the actors for each role.
“A lot of people, I’m sure, thought
that I would cast with a lot of bias, but
when you’re directing there’s a lot of
pressure to get the casting just right
because it’s not just who you want
to play the role. You detach yourself
from it while casting and you have to
look at it like you know this person
is best for the role so they should be
cast. I want the best for the play, not
for me and I owe it to the play to pick
the best actor for the role,” Knabenshue
said.
Since both of these plays are happening
around the same time, students
have the ability to be double
cast in both, which is not an easy feat
to accomplish.

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