Young April: Follow Up

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Junior Nadya Dicky and Senior Mike Nguyen on opening night during their dramatic final scene .

Junior Nadya Dicky and Senior Mike Nguyen on opening night during their dramatic final scene .

Junior Nadya Dicky and Senior Mike Nguyen on opening night during their dramatic final scene .


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Tuesday October 11, was the opening night of Northeast High School’s fall play Young April. This was the 75th anniversary of the first play ever performed at Northeast. Anyone who was there can tell you that there was not a dull moment throughout the entire play. Junior Madison Klutts, who played Mrs.Miller, says that she would do the play again because “it was funny, and I liked my character and everyone else’s character. We had a good time.” As someone who attended the play, I also enjoyed all the characters and found them hilarious, and the rest of the crowd was constantly laughing and smiling. The crowd was full of smiles and laughter, and the jokes were easy for people of any age to understand. Junior Haileigh Lowell, who played the mother,  says she would definitely do the play again because “it is 75 years old, but it’s super relevant to today.” There were many aspects of the play that teens and adults can relate to even now in 2016. The cast performed well and were very entertaining.

Theatre director, Bruce Chapman, says that he thinks the cast did exceptionally well, and it surpassed his expectations. Klutts says that her favorite part was “hanging out backstage with everyone. We like to talk to each other.” She also says that she was very pleased with how it went, and there were no major mistakes. Lowell says that it went how she expected except “we had some improvising one night, but it was really fun either way.” And Thursday night, the night they improved, was her favorite night. “We improv’d for three minutes, and we talked about peanuts.”

Chapman says that “besides the consistency, what I liked was you could leave the play even liking or admiring some of the smaller parts, so all of the performances were really strong. So nobody really stuck out; they were all really good.” As an audience member I agree, one of my favorite characters was Diane, who was onstage for probably 8 minutes. When asked if he had anything else to say about the play, Chapman says “I was just really proud of the cast and crew.” It was a play that was enjoyable to watch, and I would definitely go see it again. Performances like this are a fun way to support your school drama department and fellow classmates.

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