Dark comedy “Dearly Departed” debuts
“I just read it and it made me laugh. If something can make me laugh just by reading it, I know that it's going to be a good show. I like the characters and I like the accents,” -Director Lisa Lowman
October 4, 2018
By Kayla Melissinas
Around 50 people tried out for 24 parts in the fall play “Dearly Departed.” Director Lisa Lowman described the play, a story that revolves around a funeral, as a “dark comedy.”
“It’s really funny. The characters are all kind of redneck like hick stereotypical characters. Even though it revolves around the funeral there’s nothing sad about it. It’s a comedy about a funeral which is hard to say,” Lowman said.
Lowman’s main reason for choosing “Dearly Departed” was that it’s funny.
“I just read it and it made me laugh. If something can make me laugh just by reading it, I know that it’s going to be a good show. I like the characters and I like the accents,” Lowman said.
The cast rehearses after school for about two hours for about six weeks before performances begin. Senior Kaity Johnson is excited to be in the fall play, especially since she couldn’t audition last year. Johnson auditioned for the part of Lucille, but instead finds herself playing the part of Raynel.
“I actually auditioned for the character Lucille who’s played by Lindsey Ziefle. This is not a role I was expecting, but I really like it and I’m really happy,” she said.
In addition to actors, the crew play a vital role in the production. Stage manager senior Abby Schulze handles much of the communication and manages backstage action.
“I sit behind stage, I communicate to the booth through the headset, and I do the fly rails, make sure everyone is quite behind stage, and everyone’s where they should be,” Schulze said.
Schulze has a lot to do in such little time while she’s backstage.
“There is not an actual set there’s set pieces that we move off and on for each scene, so that is stressful because we’re moving tables off as we’re moving big set pieces on,” Schulze said. “We only have ten seconds or less and we have to be quiet and quick, so it’s hard,” she added.
Schulze didn’t apply to be stage manager but fits the bill, as she has been trained in it since her sophomore year.
“I’ve been trained for past two years to become a stage manager so it’s just a matter of working your way up and knowing how to deal with certain situations and knowing how to use all the backstage equipment,” Schulze said.
As practices dwindle, Lowman sets her sights on the performance.
“We just look forward to the performance. We spend a lot of time rehearsing trying to make our show as professional as possible. When people walk out my goal is always that they don’t think ‘oh that was a cute high school play.’ I want them to be blown away by what we do. (We are) looking forward to the audience reaction,” Lowman said.
“Dearly Departed” will be shown the 11th, 12th, and 13th of October at 7pm. Tickets will be sold by cast and crew for $5 before the 11th or will cost $7 at the door.