By MIA LENZI – IHS brings a new element to the drama department by introducing “Director Murphy.” Spanish teacher Dan Murphy chose the play, Around The World in Eight Plays by Patrick Greene for the winter show, and there is much anticipation for a great deal of entertainment on show nights.
Sr. Murphy returns to the director’s chair for the first time in several years to direct the show, adding his own unique element to the drama department. The show play will be performed tonight and tomorrow night, January 13-14, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are five dollars at the door.
The show features eight different plays, each taking the audience to a different part of the world. Cast members are looking forward to the comedic and globally diverse show with junior Abby Colonna stating, “I am excited to be a part of this show, and to be working with this great cast. This is the first play I have been cast in, so I am extremely excited. I think that Mr. Murphy directing the show is going to be an interesting opportunity for the cast to work with a different director. So far, Mr. Murphy has shown excellent technique in his directing role.”
Murphy has tried to include many students, “I wanted to involve as many actors from as many grades as possible,” in order to make the humorous and absurd show a wonderful transition into musical season. The strangeness and diversity of the show is what most appealed to Murphy during his show hunt.
Each actor has been assigned multiple characters to help them step out of their comfort zones, which is one of Murphy’s biggest goals. “For me this is the largest cast I’ve ever directed,” stated Murphy. The usual two act show is Murphy’s forté, so as a result, not only are the actors out of their comfort zones, but the director is as well.
Freshman Alyssa McLaine also makes her debut on the IHS stage in the show. “All of the cast and crew are very enjoyable to work with. Everyone really supports each other,” states an enthusiastic McLaine.
Stage managing the show is junior Jacqueline Sprenger. Sprenger, who makes her debut as stage manager commented, “Stage managing is a whole new experience for me, and I don’t really know what to expect. I hope the show turns out well, but only time can tell.”
Along with the first timers, there are many drama veterans participating in the show. Junior cast member and veteran of several shows, Maeve Morris comments, “This show is going to be a blast! Sr. Murphy put together a great cast and crew. I know everyone will try their hardest to make this play one of the best ever at Indiana High School.”
The show promises a great deal of humor and absurdity. Most importantly it represents various folk tales from eight different cultures so, be sure to go and see the winter show and support all the students making their way around the world in just eight plays.
[PHOTO BY PARKER KOONS]