Upper School prepares for a one-of-a-kind fall play

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Upper School prepares for a one-of-a-kind fall play

Upper School begins rehearsals for the fall production.

Upper School begins rehearsals for the fall production.

Photo Credit: Alexandra Cline

Upper School begins rehearsals for the fall production.

Photo Credit: Alexandra Cline

Photo Credit: Alexandra Cline

Upper School begins rehearsals for the fall production.

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Lights!  Camera!  Action!

Flint Hill Upper School’s fall production is currently in the works as the six actors are already preparing their lines and planning out their scenes for the anticipated annual event. With director of drama productions Carlo Grossman at the helm along with a combination of first-time and experienced actors, this year’s production will highlight the talents of each individual while also striving to be a crowd-pleaser for students and adults.

With a much smaller cast than in previous years, the production, which will take place in the Olson Theatre on November 1 and 2, will consist of four separate one-act plays that each have one central theme in mind: comedy.

Grossman said, “This production is a blend of new and experienced actors, so I decided to put together a series of one-act plays in order for each of them to showcase their skills.”

The first of these, Cotton Girls by Scott Tobin, will feature three actresses portraying high school girls stuck at the top of a Ferris wheel on their graduation night, contemplating their pasts and futures and ultimately growing closer in their friendship.

In the second one-act, Death Knocks by Woody Allen, junior Matt Middleton and freshman Adam Hillman will portray Nat Ackermann and “Death” respectively.  This unique and humorous skit features not only a high stakes game of gin rummy that lets Nat Ackermann make a deal with “Death,” but also brings a more meaningful and unusual approach to the subject matter.

The third, Cuttin’ Line, depicts a similar concept that begins with a family waking up in the afterlife, and figuring out how exactly they died. It will feature all of the actors in the production and showcase a variety of experience and individual talent.

The last of these one-acts, called Nobody Sleeps by Guernsey Le Pelley, again showcases an unusual take on a normally taboo idea. But in this quirky family, the characters scrutinize and are continually amused by an amateur house burglar who is not having much success with his “job.”

Junior Courtney Ebersohl, who stars in three of the four one-act plays, described this year’s production as a “night of comedy.”

Regarding the size of the cast, Ebersol said, “I think it’s going to be fun to work with a smaller group of people and experience something new.”

Margaret Hudak, a freshman and actress in two of the plays, said, “I’m so excited to be in my first play in the Upper School and to get the chance to work alongside some of my friends.”

For a night of free food, fun, and comedy, Flint Hill’s latest production promises unique talent that will appeal to all types of audiences and fans alike.

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