The stage is lit, the curtains are pulled, the set is stable and the audience is quiet. The only question is: What are you watching this year?
This year, featured in the Fruita Monument auditorium are the classic plays “A Doll’s House”, “the Wizard of Oz” and “Almost Maine.”
A Doll’s House originally written by Henrik Ibsen, is not about Barbie’s Dreamhouse or her relationship with Ken, but rather the gender inequality between husband Torvald and wife Nora. During the time of their marriage, Torvald had been very demanding and possessive whilst Nora did what she was told by her husband. Eight years and three children later, Torvald found out Nora had forged a signature and borrowed money to save her husband’s life. It was a forbidden act in this time period and marriage. This spirals into the intensity of their relationship and Torvald’s unfair control over Nora.
A Doll’s House will be the first show put on in the 2018-2019 FMHS theatre season with a small main cast of seven and a large amount of extras in a special added scene. Two Nora’s will be performed by freshman Chelsea Noga as her debut in the FMHS theatre department on Thursday and Saturday nights, and junior Rachel ‘Elise’ Fero on Friday and Saturday afternoon. Torvald will be played by Senior Speech and Debate Captain Michael Wilson as his debut with the FMHS theatre department as well. “Eye opening. I didn’t necessarily know what I was getting into and was timid of what was to come, but I’ve actually had a lot of fun at practice everyday. I really enjoy what we’re putting together, it’s an incredibly relevant play, even today. I think the audience will really enjoy it, and I highly suggest people come out to watch it,” Wilson expresses. Other main cast members include Abarim Morrow, Claire Conkling, Samuel Burket and Faith McCarroll.
Directed by Christian Herring, A Doll’s House will be one to remember. Show nights are scheduled October 18th, 19th and 20th at 7pm with an extra performance at 2pm on Saturday.
In January, the theatre department will perform the iconic production of the Wizard of Oz! Auditions to be in the large cast of this musical will be in late October.
Based on dear Dorothy’s dream after a tornado hits her house, the adventure begins with her dog Toto, a Tinman, a Scarecrow and a Lion to see the Wizard of Oz in the Emerald City while fighting off the Witch of the West and her flying monkeys.
In the spring, Almost Maine will be coming to the FMHS auditorium. Directed by Herring and Claire Conkling and with a cast of up to 19, this show is going to be a true phenomenon.
Almost Maine by John Cariani is a romantic-comedy based on the mythical town of Almost in the state of Maine with nine short plays of awkward love stories and comedic losses.
If these shows interest you even slightly, come out to the performances of all three shows or even audition if you’re feeling ambitious. Ticket prices and more performance details will be forthcoming.
For more information, speak with Mr. Herring or one of the theatre department officers, who are President Elise Fero, Vice President Emily Hibberd, Stage Representative Braedyn Bleak and Media Manager Abarim Morrow.