Play season is one of the best times of the year. Mr. Boeschen puts up the audition time and all the drama club members start to get excited because another play is around the corner. This means that there will be practices every day after school until 5:45pm. Drama practices also bring responsibilities, such as: line memorization, stage props and set up, costume preparation, and blocking(which is positioning on stage in respect to other actors, the audience, and the stage furniture). Drama also brings in extra work and dedication added to the current amount of school work. However, acting and becoming someone else to bring pleasure and instill emotions in an audience brings happiness and a sense of accomplishment in the actors and actresses. Therefore, play season is one of the beast times of year.
On all performances of the play there were a significant number of people present. Sitting in the audience of any of Covenant’s drama productions is like no other, but this year it was even greater. There was side splitting humor along with thought provoking scenarios. The energy on stage kept the audiences attention and on the edge of their seat. “It kept me intrigued the entire time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and could not stop laughing!” says junior Isabella Gantt. There was not a negative remark heard about the production but only laughs and good comments.
This Drama season, Mr. Boeschen decided to do the play: The Importance of Being Earnest; also, Mr. Boeschen gave one of the seniors, Sarah Arndt, the responsibility of directing the play A Memo from Jupiter. The Importance of Being Earnest is a play set in Victorian England.
The events of Act I occur in Algrenon Moncrieff’s (played by Robby Townsend/Bobby Bishop) apartment in London. Algrenon’s friend, Ernest/John Worthing (played by Peter Dye/David Wright) comes to visit him to discuss his desire to propose to Algrenon’s cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax (played by Sarah Arndt/Helen Edwards). However, Lady Bracknell (played by Abi Todd/Valerie Hinsch), who is Gwendolen’s mother, arrives and refuses to consent to the marriage of Jack and Gwendolen because she discovers that Ernest/Jack is and illegitimate child found in a railway station.
Act II occurs at Ernest Worthing’s country house in Hertfordshire. Algrenon proceeds to fall in love with Ernest Worthing’s ward, Cecily Cardew (played by Erin Gutshall/Meaghan Fox). The two women, Cecily and Gwendolen, meet each other at the garden when Gwendolen comes to see Ernest(actually Jack). Cecily tells Gwendolen that she is engaged to Ernest(actually Algrenon). The girls get in an argument over who is engaged to Ernest. Both men, Jack and Algrenon, arrive and tell the girls the truth: there is no Ernest. Meanwhile, Dr. Chasuble(played by Hudson Boudet) continues to love Cecily’s governess, Miss Prism(played by Sarah Beth Wilson/Veronica Lewis) but refuses to marry her because he pledged to be celibate.
Gwendolen and Cecily watch Algernon and Jack outside eating muffins, when the men come back inside the couples reunited. But just when it seemed that the couples would live happily ever after, lady Bracknell walked in. She quickly denies Gwendolen and Jack’s engagement, but approves of Cecily because of Cecily’s inheiritance. Jack wont allow the engagement to happen unless Lady Bracknell allows his marriage to Gwendolen. Next, Chasuble and Prism come in and Lady Bracknell recognise Prism as the woman who lost her sisters baby. It turns out that the baby Prism left was Jack! Jack is Algrenon’s brother and it turns out that Algrenon’s father is named Ernest, making Jack’s name Ernest too! So it turns out that Jack was being “earnest” all along.
Director: Mr. Hans Boeschen
Assistant Director: Hudson Boudet
A Memo from Jupiter:
This play takes place in Jupiter’s, king of the Roman gods, apartment . Minerva, goddess of wisdom, and Mars, god of war, come on stage having a discussion about women in the military. Venus, goddess of beauty, walks in and starts a conflict between her and her ex-boyfriend, Mars, that lasts the entire play. The main plot line begins when Jupiter enters, carrying a postcard from Cupid, god of love and match-making. The postcard announces that Cupid is quitting from his position as god of love. When Cupid makes his entrance, he explains that he is going to become an actor with his manager, Joanie Rush, and photographers, Maxine and Leslie. The other gods are outraged! They attempt to convince Cupid to quit these foolish shenanigans. Cupid makes a deal with the other gods to quit show business if one person within 60 days suffers because Cupid is not a match-maker. Jupiter arranges with the other gods to send a MEMO as confirmation that someone WILL suffer without Cupid.
Director: Sarah Arndt
Jupiter: Hudson Boudet
Minerva: Miriam Crain
Mars: Michael Gutshall
Venus: Kristen Tanner
Cupid: Elijah Bazemore
Joanie Rush: Brittany Carter
Maxine: Sarah Beth Wilson
Leslie: Veronica Lewis
Written and edited by:Jonathan Peckham and Hudson Boudet