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FC theatre recreates Jane Austen’s 1813 classic

By Melanie Parrish and Megan Johnson

“Alright ladies and gents, line up for the last dance in the second ball,” said director Amy Harpenau.

Theatre students hastily take their places on the floor. As they disperse and the talking dies down, a countdown of “five, six, seven, eight” is given and classical music begins to play.

Pride and Prejudice is a play set in the early 1800’s about a young woman whose strong willed intentions clash with the surrounding beliefs of others.

“I think the sort of strict boundaries of this time period go along with relations between characters, because if somebody dances with the same girl twice, then it’s like ‘oh, well we’re expecting a marriage proposal now’,” said junior Chelsea Balmer, who plays Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

Pride and Prejudice is a novel originally written by Jane Austen. The book created the basis for the play later written by Jon Jory. Within this play, there are several themes: romance, independence, responsibility, and of course, pride and prejudice.

A major theme within both the play and the book  is justified within the first lines, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

However, in order for these themes to be shown thoroughly, they must have actors who are able to naturally display them.

“When we choose a student for a role, we’re looking at the character qualities as a person and as an actor,” said Harpenau. “Actors are more than just what is written on a page.”

Director Amy Harpenau coaches senior Savannah Wormley and sophomore Ashley Denny. Photo by Megan Johnson.
Director Amy Harpenau coaches senior Savannah Wormley and sophomore Ashley Denny. Photo by Megan Johnson.“Actors are more than just what is written on a page.”

The play is defined as a “satire,” meaning comical ridicule is used to show the indirect problems within the plot. As the play is a satire, actors must be able to act in a comical manner, yet still channel the true emotion of their character.

“I try to think about the character’s mental status,” explained Balmer. “I try to think, ‘how does that affect their thinking and their feeling?’”

Though the specifics of stage design have not been released yet, there will be a new addition.

“It will include an extension of the stage, allowing the actors to be closer to the audience,” said theatrical arts teacher Robbie Steiner.

“Hopefully the design doesn’t stick out; I want the audience’s focus to be more towards the students.”

Pride and Prejudice will be showing April 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26, 27 at 2 p.m.

“With such a range of characters, you are bound to find someone that you like. There’s a lot of great banter between the characters, so it’s fun, but there’s also a really good underlying message.”


The Scarlet Pimpernel replaces Annie

By: Isaac Mathewson
For many high school girls who were excited to be in Annie this March, it will come as a disappointment to hear that FC theatre has instead decided on another show.
FC theatre director Robbie Steiner has explained the reasons why he has decided to replace the classic Annie with the lesser known musical The Scarlet Pimpernel.
“Despite the success of Les Mis, we are not going national with the show as we originally hoped,” he said. “We need a bigger money making show in order to do this.”
This decision was made just after Thanksgiving. Even though many actors and techs were looking forward to Annie, Steiner is still very excited about the upcoming show. “I’m excited for the opportunities that this will give to actors and techs this year,” he said.
The Scarlett Pimpernel tells the story of Englishman Percy Blakeney who is appalled by the atrocities of the guillotine during the French Revolution. He and his friends form “The League of the Scarlett Pimpernel” in the hopes of saving more lives. To cover up his intentions, he says that he is going to France to take advantage of the latest fashion, and he tells no one at home who he really is, not even his own wife.
The play is a musical dark comedy drama. Despite its setting and dark themes, this is a hilarious comedy that depicts the characters getting into outrageous situations. It also has music from celebrated Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn.
While he is still in the process of designing, Steiner says that the set may include what will appear to be an ancient theater from that time period. “It’s not going to be as technically challenging as Les Mis, but it will still be very technically challenging nonetheless,” he said.
Auditions for the show will take place on Wednesday, Jan.8 @ 3:45PM for high school and 7th and 8th grade boys. Auditions for girls will take place at 3:00 PM the next day. Callbacks will take place the following Tuesday at 3:00PM.
The Scarlet Pimpernel is set to take place March 7, 8, 14, and 15 at 7:30PM, and March 9 and 16 at 2:00PM.

Madrigal dinner continues theatre tradition

By Isaac Mathewson

 Even though FC Theatre will not have another play until March with Annie, there is still more to expect from it.

Saturday Dec.7, FC theatre director Robbie Steiner hosted the Madrigal Dinner, a special event that goes back a long time. “This is mostly a fun event that brings FC theatre together for the holidays,” he said.

The dinner took place in the FC auditorium on the stage where there was a four course dinner, music, skits and a set that was recycled from Les Mis. This year it was a castle that was designed by senior Kota Earnhardt and FC graduate Evan Wise. The set was just barely finished by the time of the dinner.

The dinner was originally scheduled to take place 7:00 p.m. on Friday Dec.6 and Saturday Dec.7. However, the unexpected snow day  caused it to be postponed to 2:00 the next day, marking the first time that a show had to be postponed since Seussical two years ago.

There were three skits that were being played during the dinner. They were all of the same play called Marriage of the Married Maidens. Most of the older actors performed in these skits, while many of the younger actors worked as servers.

Everything seemed to go well for Mr.Steiner despite the stress. “This is a fun event that has been around for years and it usually goes pretty well,” he said.

 Madrigal took place on Dec. 7 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Sophomore Joel Jackson shares experience in theater

By Megan Johnson

Sophomore theater student Joel Jackson takes a deep breath, running over his lines in his head a thousand times over to ensure he does not make a mistake. It’s only minutes away before he steps upon the stage to perform for hundreds of people. For most teenagers, this situation would be extremely stressful. However, for Jackson it is just another day.

Jackson has been involved in theater for approximately 12 years. He got started through watching his sister perform ballet.

“I was interested whilst watching her perform. So, I started taking the acting classes that they offered. From then on I just started working at different places and fell in love with it.”

Jackson shared that since that time, he has had the opportunity to be a part of many different shows all over the country. This includes Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Georgia and Florida.

Out of the many Jackson has participated in, he shared the most memorable.

“My top three would have to be ‘Music Man’ at the Oldham County Arts Center, ‘Aladdin’ in Atlanta, Georgia and ‘Wizard of Oz’ at Derby Dinner,” said Jackson.

Not only has acting affected Jackson’s memories, but it has inflicted upon his personality as well.

“It’s made me really confident. I’m really outgoing as well and I’m not afraid to talk to people,” said Jackson.

Jackson’s personality shines through to those around him, at least it does to one of his closest friends junior Bonnie Hopkins.

“The first time I met Joel was one day during lunch. He came up to me and said ‘Let’s go, Bonnie.’ Then we walked around the school together just talking. We’ve been best friends ever since,” said Hopkins.

Hopkins shared that she had seen only a few of Jackson’s performances, but every one she had seen was fantastic.

“He’s a phenomenal actor. He just connects so well with the audience,” said Hopkins.

Sophomore Ashley Denny shared that she believes Jackson’s acting skills are that of a professional.

“I definitely see him going places with such talent.”

Since theater has become such a major part of Jackson’s life, he plans on pursuing a career with it.

“Theater is great if it’s your passion, which for me it is. My main goal is to be on Broadway someday. But just in general, I want to be paid to do what I love.”

Jackson ended with a strong statement to sum up his love of theater,

“I cherish it.”

Students can observe Jackson in his latest performance in “Les Miserables.” The showing times are Nov. 1,2, 8 and 9th at 7:30, and Nov. 3 and 10 at 2:30.

Jackson and junior Madeline Coffey at rehearsal for Les Miserables. Photo by Rachel Lamb
Jackson and junior Madeline Coffey at rehearsal for Les Miserables. Photo by Rachel Lamb