Upper School Advanced Acting Fall Play – November 19 and 20

The Advanced Acting Class, under the direction of Upper School theater teacher Kristen Kelley, will present three performances of “Middletown” by Will Eno this week in the Flickinger Performing Arts Center. This is the department’s first fully staged theatrical performance in the FPAC in two years.
Evening performances open to the public will be at 7 p.m. on booth Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20. Tickets are $5. The play is recommended for students in grades 8-12. Masks are required for all attendees, and distancing is encouraged at our public performances.
Winner of the 2010 Horton Foote award for most promising new play, “Middletown” is in many ways a contemporary response to Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” Set in what could be any small town, USA, it’s a series of episodes in which characters explore birth, death and everything in between.
"Funny, moving, disquieting and uplifting, characters find meaning and make connections through even the most mundane and awkward of encounters,” Kelley said. “Nichols students in the Advanced Acting class helped to choose this script. We appreciate that like all of us, the people of this play have both strengths and weaknesses. It’s a truthful meditation on being human. We think it’s a good fit for our ensemble and we thank you for joining us.”
The cast and crew making this weekend’s performances possible are listed below. Break a leg!
Middletown Production Team
Stage Manager: Jasmine McPherson '22
Assistant Stage Manager: Ian Rupp '23
Stage Crew: Reese Posey '23, Say McPherson '24, Madeline Bace '22, Sarah Kelly '22, Kendall Dorn '22
Music Composition: Diego Guzman '23 and Grace Laski '22
Costume Mistress: Amanda Besl
Costume Assembly: Addison Basile '25, Sianna Le '24, Gracie Dunbar '23, Miya Giddens '22, Lucy Coburn '25, Trinity Chatwood '25, Alyssa Rich '23
Technical Director: Curt Steinzor
Lights, Projections, and Set: Chris Cavanagh
Middletown Cast
Public Speaker/Male Doctor: Clare Ring '23
Cop: Clare Mooney '22
Mechanic/Intercom: Will Rosen '23
Mrs. Swanson: Faith Walh '22
John Dodge: Allen Potter '22
Librarian: Alicia Green '22
Female Doctor: Rose Saperston '22
Greg the Astronaut/Janitor: Molly Stewart '23
Tour Guide/Attendant 2/Radio Host Classical Music: Kate Coburn '23
Female Tourist/Cop’s Radio/Woman on Date: Laura Franz '22
Aunt/Attendant: Elaina Combs '22
Sweetheart/Ground Control: Leyla Akil '23
Man on Date: Ian Rupp '23
Landscaper/Radio Host Science Show: Cate West '23
Freelancer/Male Tourist: Ben Hiller '23

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