Inherent Acting Talent Delivers - INHERIT THE WIND

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    Inherit the Wind

     

    “The right to think” was the message of this year’s Backstage Theatre production, Inherit the Wind, which was powerfully portrayed by the Sayville Players in two casts over four performance nights. 


    Long before the “ripped-from-the-headlines” disclaimer defined today’s dramatizations of current events, authors Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee manipulated the real elements of the much publicized science-versus-religion Scopes “Monkey” Trial (1925) to make their social comment. “We used the teaching of evolution as a parable,” Lawrence commented in 1996, “a metaphor, for any kind of mind control.” 

     

    The larger-than-life roles that would be the vehicle for this parable included the fictionalized versions of William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, John T. Scopes, and H. L. Mencken—big shoes to fill for a High School acting troupe comprised mostly of young ladies.

     

    In his opening remarks, Director Steve Hailey commented on the minimalist staging that would require audiences to grant the premise of a courtroom or street scene. Another concession that might surprise audiences would be the female actors filling some of the major male roles. Due to such a quantity of talented female actors available for both productions, Mr. Hailey decided to cast accordingly. “If Shakespeare could cast men in women’s roles, I don’t see any objection to casting women in men’s roles, as long as they have the necessary talent.” 

     

    Or big enough feet.

     

    Quick-witted dialogue, contrapuntal discourse, and lengthy debates about religion versus science (which the playwrights had lifted verbatim from the actual trial), could certainly have daunted high school students, no matter what their genders, but the Sayville Players delivered this tense courtroom drama with vigor, thoughtful pause, and robust stomp, leaving quite a sizable footprint in each performance.

     

    Congratulations to the cast and crew:


    THE PLAYERS

    IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

    * indicates membership in Sayville Players

    ** indicates also a member of the International Thespian Society

    Troupe #6416

     

     

    HOWARD KREBS:  * Caroline Pace

     

    MELINDA BLAIR:    Kaitlin McNamara

     

    RACHEL BROWN:   *Briana Gomez (W/F) & * Francesca Cascardo (T/S)

     

    MR. MEEKER:   **Alexis Skalkowski

     

    BERT CATES: **Derek Hartnett (W/F) & *James Harlin (T/S)

     

    STOREKEEPER: * Georgia Grant (W/F) & * Kiera Muscara (T/S)

     

    MRS. KREBS:  * Kimberly Miller

     

    REV. JEREMIAH BROWN: * Christian Brown

     

    JESSE H. DUNLAP: * Cassie D’Agostino (W/F) & * Melanie Anderson (T/S)

     

    MR. BANNISTER:  * Ronald Hiscock

     

    MR. PLATT:  Dina Netska

     

    ELIJAH: * Alivia Wesley (W/F) & *Anna Mizzi (T/S)

      

    E.K. HORNBECK: ** Kiera Muscara (W/F) &  *Georgia Grant (T/S)

     

    MAYOR:  * Qxiara Tomasetti

     

    MATTHEW HARRISON BRADY: * Melanie Anderson (W/F) & * Cassie D’Agostino (T/S)

     

    SARAH BRADY: Nicole Ferremi

     

    REPORTER:  ** Francesca Cascardo (W/F) & ** Briana Gomez (T/S)

     

    DAVENPORT:   ** Alyssa Coia

     

    HENRY DRUMMOND:  ** Anna Mizzi (W/F) & ** Alivia Wesley (T/S)

     

    JUDGE:   * Rachel Crennan

     

    GEORGE SILLERS:  * James Harlin (W/F) & * Derek Hartnett (T/S)

     

    HARRY Y. ESTERBROOK:  Dina Netska

     

     

    Production Staff

    * indicates membership in Sayville Players

    ** indicates also a member of the International Thespian Society

    Troupe #6416

     

    DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

    **Mr. Steven Hailey

     

    TECHNICIANS' ADVISOR

    *Mr. Ken Van Essendelft

     

    LIGHTING MANAGER

    *Mike LoPreto

     

    LIGHTING ASSISTANT

    *Keith Frislid

     

    PROPERTIES MANAGER

    *Samantha Litter

     

    PROPERTIES ASSISTANT

    *Chuck Verbeck

     

    CREW MANAGERS

    *Katherine Palma

    *Samantha Ruta

     

    CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

    *Michael Forsberg

     

    PAINT MANAGER

    *Allison Cromwell

     

     

    Production Crews

    * indicates membership in Sayville Players

    ** indicates also a member of the International Thespian Society

    Troupe #6416

     

    SCENERY

    *Kayleigh Brennan

    *Christian Brown

    Julia Cameron

    *Dan Esposito

    *Keith Frislid

    Joe Giardina

    *Dan Knappe

    *Dan Koehler

    *Samantha Litter

    *Michael LoPreto

    *Emily McClellan

    Katie McCurdy

    Kaitlyn McNamara

    Michael Millwater

    **Anna Mizzi

    Erin Murphy

    Emily Nowlan

    Lorelei Olk

    Alicia Protus

    *Renee Reilly

    *Chuck Verbeck

    *Amanda Verdone

    Angela Vetere

     

    LIGHTING

    *Christian Brown

    *Michael Forsberg

    *Dan Koehler

    **Anna Mizzi

    *Chuck Verbeck

     

    SMS Apprentices

     

    Mackenzie Burns

    Dan Forsberg

    Steven Giardina

    Annah Murphy

    J.D. Verbeck

    Kaitlyn Wandelt


     

     

     

     

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