Students in Marcellus present two shows each year. The "All-School Show" is in the spring. It is always a big musical number along the lines of "Oklahoma," "Wizard of Oz" or "Beauty and the Beast."
The smaller, quieter fall show is like the studious little sister no one notices. This year's production is "Enchanted April" and it opens this weekend. During the fall show, a smaller group of student actors typically work many hours rehearsing to produce a more serious dramatic production. There's less fanfare and no music. No ensemble, no orchestra, no music director; just a director and a small, dedicated group of actors and stage crew. Several of "April's" cast members expressed the positive aspects of a smaller show.
Mary Perry, a sophomore who plays housewife Lotty Wilton, said, "I really like it. It's different than what we usually do. It's a character play." As actors, they enjoy the opportunity for "more character development," according to sophomore Eddie Powers.
This year's fall show is "Enchanted April," a play about four British women on holiday in Italy during the 1920's. It is the story of two housewives who are struggling with less than ideal marriages as they approach middle age. They find a villa for rent in a remote coastal village in Italy, and they hook up with a young socialite and an elderly dowager to help share rent and expenses.
The entire cast consists of eight students. David Weaver, an English teacher at Marcellus High School, will be directing his second fall production. Weaver said he spent many hours during the summer searching for the right show for this production.
One of his great challenges is that he has "to compete with all the fall sports." Cast and crew members agree. Stage Manager Mike Kolis, a senior, said "We'd like to see more students participate, especially boys."