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Full "A Doll's House" Video Now Online!
Watch the full production with an introduction by Erin McCormick '00 above!
As Erin said, the performance is presented free of charge, but if you'd like to make a gift to support the GSA Drama Club, you can do so online here: georgestevensacademy.org/onlinegift. Select the Nicene-Marks Pascal '89 Theater Arts Fund to ensure that your gift supports the Drama Club.
Festival Performance Set for Saturday
The GSA Drama club performance of a condensed version of Henrik Ibsen's classic "A Doll's House" for the MPA's Virtual Drama Festival will be broadcast Saturday, March 20, at 1:15 P.M. It is part of the Gershwin Stage slate of seven productions, which will premiere on YouTube at 11 A.M. Click here to watch all seven productions starting at 11 A.M., or click here at 1:15 P.M. to start with the GSA premiere. If you join a premiere before it starts, you get to watch the countdown. If you join a premiere after it starts, I believe you have the option of watching the play in progress or starting from the beginning.
The schedule for the Gershwin Group is as follows: Camden Hills Regional H.S., 11 A.M., Foxcroft Academy, 11:45 A.M.; Cheverus H.S., 12:30 P.M.; George Stevens Academy, 1:15 P.M.; Lincoln Academy, 2:30 P.M.; Deering H.S., 3:15 P.M.; and Oceanside H.S. 4 P.M.
Before you watch the Drama Club festival performance, please watch the special message from Erin McCormick below.
As Erin said in the video above, the public is welcome to watch the festival free of charge, but if you'd like to make a gift to support the GSA Drama Club, you can do so online here: georgestevensacademy.org/onlinegift. Select the Nicene-Marks Pascal '89 Theater Arts Fund to ensure that your gift supports the Drama Club.
Rehearsals for "A Doll's House" Underway
This just in from GSA Drama Club advisor Erin McCormick '00. Members are busy rehearsing a condensed version of the Henrik Ibsen classic "A Doll's House" for the MPA's virtual Drama Festival. The club will submit their entry on March 15th, and all the shows should be online for the public to watch the following week.
Cast: Nora Helmer - Magnolia Vandiver; Torvald Helmer - Jenna Blodgett; Nils Krogstad - Anna Snow; Mrs. Christine Linde - Emma Snow; Dr. Rank - Rose Kazmierczak; Nurse Anne - Sofia Lantratova; Maids - Aiden Young and Thea McKechnie
Crew: Set crew - Ava Surgal, Aiden Young, and Haleigh Young; costume consultant/designer - Magnolia Vandiver; Director - Erin McCormick
The Laramie Project
In November 2019, the GSA Thespians tackled a challenging drama under the direction of Matt Jurick. They performed "The Laramie Project," written by Moisés Kaufman and members of The Tectonic Theater Project, in the GSA gym on a special set with limited seating right by the stage to enhance the experience.
The production was a journey of understanding, a close look at what the townspeople in Laramie had to say after Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was beaten to death. They spoke words of love, hope, anger, confusion, hatred, suspicion, redemption, and more.
As with any drama that asks us to confront something horrifying, heinous even, it wasn't really a show to take pleasure in, but it was definitely worth seeing. And there were a few laughs.
According to Matt, "we're producing a show that speaks to our kids and community in a way that we haven't attempted before, and it's moving and powerful."
Indeed it was.
Cast: Jenna Blodgett '23, Fiona Guiness '21, Rose Kazmierczak '23, Sarah Means '23, Emma Snow '22, Sarah Webb '22, and Nyamh Wolf '20. Director: Matt Jurick Assistant Director and Stage Manager: Chloe Politte '20. Lighting and Sound Designer: Quinn Stabler '20
The objectives of the Drama Club, apart from having fun, are to grow as actors and strengthen our abilities to be truthful, brave, bold, flexible, and supportive on stage or in front of a camera.
Erin McCormick '00