The Marcellus High School Groeling Auditorium stage came alive with theatrical excitement as a cast and crew of more than 40 students presented the play "Cold Comfort Farm" Nov. 18, 19 and 20. The play was directed by high school English teacher Dave Weaver and the cast and crew were especially excited to be a part of the first theatrical performance in the newly renovated Groeling Auditorium.
"Cold Comfort Farm" is based on a novel by English author Stella Gibbons and the story is a comic satire of rural English farm life. The audience was treated to a dramatic and comedic mix of eccentric characters as the plot followed the match-making exploits of a recently orphaned woman named Flora Post (played by Megan Grosholz).
Among the many unique characters encountered by Flora as she tried to be a catalyst for change on Cold Comfort Farm were Mybug (played by Anthony Delia), Judith Starkadder (played by Sophia Beratta), Seth Starkadder (played by Eddie Powers), Elfine Starkadder (played by Holly Grosholz), Amos Starkadder (played by Nick DiBartolomeo), Adam Lambsbreath (played by Joe Isgar), Charles (played by Ben Powers), Urk (played by Ian Bechteler), Reuban Starkadder (played by Derek Cosco), Bull Bessie the cow (played by Zach Wiley) and the incomparable Aunt Ada Doom (played by Angela Pugliese).
"Cold Comfort Farm" featured a colorful array of period perfect costumes, a wonderful set that evoked the feel of rural English life, and a multi-talented cast (several of whom played multiple parts).
The Women of Cold Comfort Farm
Meghan Grosholz - Flora Poste
Sophia Beratta - Judith Starkadder
Holly Grosholz - Elfine Starkadder
Caleigh Ames - Mary Smiling
Angela Pugliese - Aunt Ada Doom
Natalie Fournier - Meriam
Jillian Kane - Mrs. Beetle
Kiley Clancy - Mrs. Hawk-Monitor
Michelle Rice - Mrs. Murtha and Grand Aunt Gwen