Fall play cast readies performance

Posted on November 3, 2010 by

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Sarah Clark
Staff Writer

Production week. Costumes, lines, stage presence. Since September, the cast of CHS’s fall play, Auntie Mame, has been practicing. Now it is down to the last week. The performance they have prepared countless hours for is finally here.

According to Abby Phelps (12), who plays Auntie Mame, the play is essentially the story of a woman’s adventures in New York.

“In short, it’s about a New York socialite who inherits her nephew to take care of. It is the story of her adventures through the great depression, love, and the liberal side of everything,” Phelps said.

Phelps is playing Auntie Mame, the woman who inherits her nephew. Carmen Heredia (11) plays Auntie Mame’s best friend, Vera Charles. Jimmy Bennett’s (12) character, Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside, is Auntie Mame’s first husband. Auntie Mame’s nephew, Patrick, is being portrayed by both Jamie Beck (12) and Miles Barrett (10). Beck is playing the younger version of Patrick while Barrett is playing an older version.

The cast is large, which has presented its challenges and blessings. It has definitely allowed several students to get involved and have speaking lines, giving them experience for future productions at CHS.

“Even though we have a big cast, I think it should still go well,” Phelps said. “It’s the biggest cast and set for fall play ever in CHS history, but I think we’ll be able to pull it off.”

Although the strong lead roles and supporting cast members have worked hard to memorize their lines and perfect scenes, they have still faced challenges due to the sheer size of the cast.

“It’s been a challenge because it doesn’t exactly feel like we’re a small family,” Phelps said. “In other productions I have been apart of, I feel like we have bonded more.”

Despite these challenges and setbacks, the cast must remain focused at the task at hand: putting on a successful show for the community.

“This week we still have to clean up technical work and keep remembering our lines,” Phelps said. “We also need to really start focusing and enjoy acting.”

Phelps doesn’t believe that any of the challenges are big enough to affect the overall performance. She has confidence in the cast that they will perform to the best of their abilities, herself included.

This Thursday and Saturday at 7, and Sunday at 2:30 you can watch Auntie Mame and support the efforts given by students at CHS.

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