This weekend, drama students at North Farmington High will make you laugh and cry, all in the same evening.
“An Evening of Dramedy,” on stage November 11 and 12, features three one-act plays with somber themes, followed by “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon,” wherein two narrators attempt to cram all 209 Brothers Grimm stories into one fairy tale extravaganza. Director Sean McGuckin said the series of shorter plays is designed to expand the number of students involved.
“I decided to do the series of one-act plays in the hopes that we would reach students who aren’t typically involved,” he said, noting rehearsal schedules can be especially difficult for students in sports and marching band. “We were successful with that.”
The first three dramas center around family relationships. In “The Unknown Part of the Ocean,” by Sheri Wilner, an 8-year-old storyteller confronts the fear of her mother’s cancer. “Down Came the Rain,” by Burgess Clark, exposes the relationship between two brothers, one of whom has been considered mentally “slow” since birth. And “Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage),” by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman, has actors reading notes that follow the ups and downs of a couple’s relationship.
In the second half of the evening, Daniel Isabella, 16, and Jordan Gagnon, 17, play off each other as the story’s narrators.
“We’re mismatched, bickering people who have been chosen to do this job with the best actors the world has ever seen,” Isabella explained.
One narrator (Gagnon) wants those actors to also create the world’s best show – a real challenge as she tangles with her stage partner.
“We’re like the ringleaders of this madness,” said Gagnon, of Farmington Hills, who also student-directed the first three plays. “I think it’s just goofy. It’s definitely a switch from before intermission.”
“It’s one of the more fun shows I’ve ever been in,” Isabella added.
Performances at 7:30 p.m. November 11 and 12 in the North Farmington auditorium, 32900 West 13 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. All seats are reserved. Adults are $10. Students and seniors 60 and older are $8.
For the first time, tickets are available online by visiting ShowTix4U.com and clicking “Buy Tickets” on the left, or following the link in the Upcoming Events section at facebook.com/NFTheatre — where you’ll also find show publicity and early rehearsal photos. Tickets will also be available at the door, with the box office opening at 5 p.m. ahead of the 7:30 p.m. shows.