Murder on the hands of a high school
Alyssa Boyd, Staff Writer
December 14, 2011
Filed under News
The lights dim down to focus on the evil Valencio Di Carpathio and the seemingly handsome Jake Strong. The audience becomes silent as Valencio utters out his first line with simplicity and poise.
“The cast of the play was astonishing,” junior Austin Cruz said. “You can tell they put their emotions into the play.”
The fall drama production was The Bold The Young The Murdered which is about the on-going Soap Opera, The Young and the Bold spiralling to an end. Jake Strong, played by senior Andrew Wong, is an attractive adventurer having serious self-problems. The evil old mad who’s main interest is soup is played by sophomore Aiden Bertaina. The executive producer threatens the show with complete cancellation. She tells the cast in order to not “die off,” they must complete an entire episode by the next morning. But when the cast members literally start dying off, everyone starts to freak out.
“I can’t believe how easy it was to fall in love with all the characters,” senior Ebony Milbury said. “In different ways, all of them pulled me into the scene with their lines.”
The cast of the play started rehearsing at the beginning of the second quarter with the help of theatre teacher Chris Montalbano. Practice were on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays leading up to the performance dates on December 8th, 9th, and 10th of the 2010-2011 school year.
“I tried out because acting is my life, and I wanted to pursue my goal of being on Broadway someday,” junior Katherine Alvernaz said. “I got the exact part I wanted, the pushy producer of the soap opera, Mary.”
With the continuous practices and long duration of preparing for the play, the cast had plenty of time to bond, therefore making the play flow better and be more productive.
“The Murder Mystery cast has defiantly grew closer together as friends during rehearsals and because of that school seems to be a great place to be,” Alvernaz said.
With the two stars of the show, Bertaina, portraying the evil Valencio De Carpathio, and Wong, acting out the self-conscious Jake Strong, really tied in the show. With the help of other actors, they all made an audience of 80 laugh time after time during the show.
Milbury said, “This play really opened my eyes to the skillful properties of comedy.”