Theater Department on plans, upcoming events for second semester

Kruti Subbannavar

The Theater Department has a number of things lined up for the upcoming semester. According to department head Jim Peterson, the upcoming semester will include the winter production of “Much Ado About Nothing”, directed by Maggie Cassidy.  The show will be on Feb. 4, 5 and 6. Peterson said via email, “The production will be set in the 1980s and is sure to be an interesting view at a funny romantic comedy.”

Senior Jack Ducat said the play will be a live performance with the actors and audience members socially distanced. Senior Ivy Nugent, who is part of the production, said, “Ms. Cassidy is a great director and this is one of my favorite Shakespearean shows. It’s weird with masks, but…I have had a ton of fun with the rehearsal process and I am really glad that I was casted. My character, Verges, is pretty fun to play.”

Peterson also said the students will be working on making videos for middle schoolers about Socio-Emotional learning next. He said, “We typically tour our show, but because of restrictions, we will be sending over YouTube (to the middle schools) links instead.”

Peterson further added that the classes will study Avant-garde Theater and continue to explore comedy with Stand-up Comedy performances. According to Ducat, Avant-garde Theater will also include Cultural Theater and Absurdist Theater. Ducat said, “We will begin working on creating a short plays or standup set, and hope to perform them live afterwards.”

Additionally, Peterson said the status of the ComedySportz team is unsure as of yet for this semester as well. According to Ducat, the current team plans to hold auditions to cast the team for next year and prepare them for when they get the opportunity to compete. He said, “Although we don’t know when that will be, this year it’s unlikely we will compete with other schools.”