The Casa Middle School recently performed the all-time classic play “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. All students acted in the play and most of us also worked behind the scenes in the staging, costumes, video, editing, and directing departments. Our Director, Miss Kristin, held auditions for the lead roles of the play: The Stage Manager, George, and Emily. Every student still got ample time onstage, because those with minor parts got to play multiple characters. While there were some obstacles on the way, the middle school worked hard to bring this vision to life. From memorizing lines to scavenging for a quiet place to film in the busy CCC, this was a full class effort.
Unfortunately, because of COVID, we couldn’t host the play live, but the camera and editing crew are working to share a recording of the play’s production with the Casa community. The recording will likely be available shortly. There were some obstacles with costuming, including limited materials, masks, and making sure that actors were comfortable in their costumes. Some slight filming issues set us back on the schedule for “Our Town”. Unsurprisingly, people forgot some costumes and lines. Our original plan was to film all three acts in a couple of weeks. However, we realized pretty early on that this goal would be unattainable and settled for a more obtainable goal of only completing Act II in the allotted time where we planned to film the entire play. The film team was unable to find a spot in the CCC where there wouldn’t be some sort of audio interference. The designated spot was in direct sunlight for most of our filming time, so actors with heavier costumes had to endure the heat. Despite all complications, we hope that everyone can take some time out of their day to enjoy some excerpts from the play.
While the actors worked wonders, we also have to deliver a big thanks to the stage, editing, camera, directing, and costume crews; as Mr. Wilder states in the play, “the real heroes that weren’t on the stage at all”. Hannah Cohen, Cassidy Oliver, and Olivia Srugis play the main characters: Emily, the Stage Manager, and George, respectively. Everyone worked to help the progress and completion of this act, and we are so excited to share it with all of you soon!
Middle School Communications Team
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