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When the curtains open at 7 pm on Thursday May 18 and Friday May 19 in Osborne Auditorium, 15 student-actors will attempt to bring their work in this year’s drama show, Mutually Assured Destruction, to fruition. Though just a handful of students will be starring onstage, dozens more will be behind the scenes as directors, make-up artists, stage crew, and pit members.
Save for history teacher and drama advisor Jordan Berger, the drama show is completely student-run; music will be composed by sophomore Nancy O’Connor and each scene will be organized by a different student-director. “I think that sets the drama show apart from the musical. It makes the show really authentic and gives students, no matter what the role be, a chance to shine,” says sophomore Sophia Liaw.
Liaw, junior Rebecca Teitelbaum, junior Blake Lucas, junior Emily Ashe, and sophomore Olivia DeAngeli, will be ensuring the show is a success both on stage and behind the scenes. As both an actor and a director, Liaw says the dual role has enabled her to refine her skills while learning about both ends of the process. “It’s really about watching your vision come together whether you created that vision or are the one acting that vision out,” she says.
Mutually Assured Destruction by Don Zolidis will feature a century's worth of sibling squabbles boiled down into ten vignettes in an era-hopping tribute to family. Each short play explores a distinct facet of brother and sisterhood, from fights over who caused mom and dad to split, to daring escape plots that only two sisters could pull off. No matter the decade, audiences will see themselves in these ten distinct shorts about the undeniable bond between siblings through the ages. “Some scenes will be serious and others will be straight laughs, but I think everyone in the audience will be able to connect to each of the scenes in some way,” says Mr. Berger.
Keeping to the same vignette format as last year’s show, Almost, Maine, just two students will be on stage at a time. With just one other actor to rely on, it can be intimidating standing up on the stage alone. “Being onstage is a rush, and it’s nerve-wracking, but I love it,” says Teitelbaum. But at the same time, the vignette format gives each student a chance to shine, adds Mr. Berger.
“We really enjoy the format of the vignettes; every student has the opportunity to star in or direct their own scene and each vignette is able to take on its own characterーwhether that be comedic or more emotionalーand I think that the different feelings in each scene help craft a play that captivates so many emotions,” says Liaw.
The entire cast has been preparing for the show for weeks now, but as opening night approaches, rehearsals are heating up. “The student-directors are essentially running the rehearsals, and everything has been working so hard. I’m excited to see it all come together,” says Teitelbaum.
Purchase your tickets to Mutually Assured Destruction here for $9.40.