Drama students perform C.S. Lewis favorite

Students treated to performance of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”

Sophomore Andrew Ross (center right) places a consoling hand on freshman Caleb Wright’s shoulder. Ross played Peter Pevensie while Wright played his sibling, Edmund Pevensie.

Jules Micchia, co-news editor

For their fall production the drama students selected the C.S. Lewis iconic work “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”

Senior Samantha Toledo, who plays a cougar, one of the woodland animals, became interested in theatre because of her sister.

Toledo said that the play was a “new experience” since it was her theatrical debut.

“Having a major part in a play feels like an adventure,” Toledo said.

Toledo said she was reluctant for the play to end.

Sophomore Ally Ryan, who is played Mrs. Beaver, also said she was not looking forward to the play’s conclusion, but she was interested in “what the audience has to say about it.”

Challenges associated with plays go further than what the audience sees.

Toledo said that “being a statue” was the most difficult part of acting that the audience doesn’t know. In one scene Toledo’s character was frozen by the White Witch. Ryan said that “covering and improvising” were the most challenging.

Freshman Delaney Sharpe, who played part of the witches ensemble, said that having a “straight face” was the most challenging.

Sharpe was drawn to theatre because of the camaraderie.

“I wanted to take theatre because I’m shy, and theatre is a way to start conversations and meet people with common interest,” Sharpe said.

For Ryan, theatre is more than a high school hobby.

“I wanted to take theatre because it’s my calling, I’m attracted to it and it’s really fun,” Ryan said.

Timothy Domack, tech theatre teacher worked with students to develop the sets and to control lighting and sound during the performance.

“The rehearsals leading up to it were intense, and a lot of work went into the play,” Domack said.

The play attracted about 1,000 people total, with about 200 people each night during the two performances, and 400 at the matinee.

The best performance, according to Domack, was Saturday at the matinee because it was “geared towards the little kids.”

Domack overall was pleased with the outcome of the play.

Domack said, “I feel like it was impressive. I am also optimistic. I feel like we’ll be heading in a good direction because we have a solid tech crew and a good cast.”

Editor’s Note: For more photos from the production, see our Student Life section.