WALLINGFORD — After an 11-year hiatus, Lyman Hall High School has revived its winter play with a production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors.”
Kellie Kennedy, English and theater teacher, said this is the first winter play she’s directed since 2007, after taking a break to raise her children.
She chose the play after seeing it many years ago, remembering how funny it was.
The play runs 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $7, $5 for students, available at the door.
The classic 1980s comedic farce opens with guests arriving at a tenth anniversary party to find the host injured and the hostess missing. Guests try to keep the secrets they uncover from each other, and eventually from the police.
“It just always has been in the back of my mind as something I wanted to try,” Kennedy said during a rehearsal Tuesday.
There are 10 students in the cast and four in the crew.
Senior Matthew O’Boyle, stage manager, will run the auditorium’s brand new soundboard, managing sound effect cues and the actors’ microphone packs. O’Boyle, 17, decided to serve on the tech crew before returning to performing for this year’s spring musical, “Peter Pan.”
“It’s just been this weird world that I haven't really ventured into,” he said, “but (I learned) just how much work goes into making sure something runs smoothly. Pretty much, my job is not to be noticed.”
Senior Elijah Carbone plays Ken Gorman, one of the first characters introduced in the play.
Carbone, 18, said this is the first drama he’s acted in, after participating in the spring musicals.
He said that he had to adjust from being onstage with dozens of people in musicals, and relying on the confidence that comes from being in a group.
He added that building trust and relationships helped him overcome that nervousness.
“It’s hard to not laugh,” he said. “Everyone’s so on the ball with what we’re doing.”
Kennedy said students learned memorization skills, comedic timing and how to develop adult characters.
“There’s no lead (role),” she said. “Because they’re all basically equal parts, it’s kind of like sharing this whole show together, which is kind of unique.”
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