Theatre Guild Advances in State Competition

by Julie Harrington

Class of 2016

What do you get when you mix slamming doors, missing sardines, a wacky cast of characters, and only hours until opening night? Noises Off. The Braintree High School Theatre Guild will perform the two time Tony-nominated comedy by Michael Frayn March 3, 4, 5.

The three-act play follows a dysfunctional troupe of actors who can’t seem to get their show under control as they get ready for their impending performances. The audience watches as the cast of the British farce, Nothing On, struggles to make it through their dress rehearsal and tour without letting the frenzy of backstage drama steal the spotlight. Under the direction of Michael T. Lacey and Dane Grigas, nine students will portray these challenging roles while the technical crew, led by Jim Bowser and Mark Maggio, takes on the feat of building a two-story, rotating house. The cast and crew have worked tirelessly for months and stage-manager, Tyler DaRosa said, “It’s an incredibly funny show and has the best group of people involved.”

On Saturday, February 27, the Guild travelled to Norwood High School to compete against seven other schools in the Preliminary Round of the METG High School Festival. After many obstacles regarding set transportation and the challenge of meeting the METG requirement of constructing the production’s massive set in less than five minutes prior to the performance, a win for the guild seemed to be against all odds. Despite this, we had a winning performance on Saturday, and will be advancing to the Semi-Finals. Also advancing are Norwood High School and BC High. In addition to moving on, the Guild won five awards for their performance at the festival. Julie Harrington, Josh Van Alfen, and Niall McCarthy received acting awards and Keryn Presutti and Abba Yaney received technical awards for props. As cast-member, Katelyn Colantonio, said, “The amount of hard work and dedication that was put into Noises Off made it stand out against other amazing shows.”  This production is truly a group effort, and cast-member, Justin Doherty, said, “I’ve worked with several different sports and clubs at the high school, but not one of them came close to matching the passion and intensity that our cast and crew has for what they do. It’s an awesome experience.” This passion has truly paid off as the show was met with roaring laughter and applause from the audience at Festival.

The Guild will compete in the Semi-Finals on March 19th at a location to be determined, and Noises Off will be performed in the Grabosky auditorium at BHS this weekend. Tickets are on sale online or at the door, and students can get a special, reduced price for buying tickets at lunch all week.

Julie Harrington is a member of Braintree High School Theatre Guild.