Hammond High cast, crew are the talk of 'Our Town'


November 20, 1998|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

OUR TOWN," the fall offering of the Hammond High School drama department, offers plenty of scope in numerous roles for its young performers.

"Our Town" is especially rich in cameo roles, as well as meatier fare for the principal actors.

The kids put on a terrific performance.

Kudos to actors Bill Frank, William McLaughlin, Michael Wiles, Georgia Paulding, Jessica Reddick, Dan Bresnick, Jessica Schwartz, Michael Sandler, Erin Coleman, Sarah Murray, Brad Wasser, Laura Berry, Ryan Johns, Rachael Pearl, Joey Amaral, Stefany Thomas, Erik Johnsen, Jesse Wieman, Tony Meyers, Matt Kaufman, Alex Peri, Greg Schivley, Patrick Cisna, Daniel Rothfield, April Wardlaw, Drew Koshgarian and Joey Wensus.

As the play revolves around the life of a small town, there is a lot of cross-cutting from one household to another.

In a movie, the director would just cut to another scene. But in a play, the sets have to be available on stage at the same time.

The actors' timing is important -- as is the design of the stage set.

Hammond's set solved the problem cleverly.

Simple sets showing two households were painted as mirror images of each other, while between these two domestic scenes was a backdrop showing the surrounding hills.

The action flowed smoothly, from indoors to a quick change of scene outside, to the doings in the next household.

Of course, with three or four locales on the stage, a fully dressed stage might seem crowded or worse. So the Hammond actors created a detailed sense of place by means of pantomime.

Shifting from indoors to outdoors was suggested by opening an imaginary screen door and house door; baseball games were played with imaginary balls.

Not once did the young actors forget their invisible props.

Credit for the imaginative staging goes to faculty director Melissa Davis and student assistant director Jessica Schwartz.

Technical crews provided many of the other ingredients necessary to a successful show.

Hats off to stage manager Stephen Watson, program designer Shannon Hunt, and poster designers Emily Grason and Amy Swantko.

Erin Hammer and Lydia BonGiorni directed the hymns sung as part of the performance.

Providing additional support services were Emily Grason and the rest of the lighting crew -- Greg Schivley, Greg Burnett, Patti Shelton, Matt LeBaron and Joey Wensus.

David Freedman headed up the sound crew -- Joe Kita and Ryan Clifford -- which added the sounds of crickets at nightfall.

The box office -- Lavender Boyce, Josh Roth and Kim Bahr -- took charge of cash.

The makeup crew, making sure that the actors' eyes could be seen from 20 yards away, were Stefany Thomas, Corrine Mohr, Maddie Mehalko, Amanda Burch, Lauren Eisenburg and Christy Webster.

The costumes were put together by Kelly Ross, Heather Brundage, Katie Kaddell, Jessica Reddick, Anastasia Salter, Alexis Oetting, Pamela Kovalski and Michelle Everett, assisted by parent volunteers.

Slathering paint artistically and making a great deal of noise are the privileges of the set crew. Painters, carpenters and prop scroungers included Amy Swantko, Janna Kaye, Scott Freedman, Elizabeth Zimar, Liz Braganza, Ben Zweig, Missy Peltzman, Addy Holzman, Justin LaClare, Kristen Facente, Christian Crim, Kelly Moses, Joe Blasi, Jeremy Miller, Katie Schemn, Patrick McAlvey, Amy Azimi, Christy Mercer and Lauren Sapp.

A great performance by a hard-working and talented crew.


A communal Thanksgiving service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Savage United Methodist Church.

Members of First Baptist Church of Savage, Bethel Assembly of God and other churches will join in the service.

All are welcome to this Savage tradition.

Savage United Methodist is at Baltimore and Foundry streets in Savage.

Ah, 'Nutcracker'

If it's winter, the Columbia Figure Skating Club must be presenting its "Nutcracker" performance.

The production on ice is part of the holiday traditions of the hundreds of spectators who comeevery year.

The club puts on a show with more than 100 skaters.

There are four performances: two Dec. 12 and two Dec. 19.

Show times are 4: 45 p.m. and 6 p.m. both days.

Tickets are $6. Come see the graceful performances of a talented group. And keep an eye out for Laurel residents Jennifer Flagg, Shannon Lynes and Cynthia Schmidt on the ice.

Performances will be at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill ZTC Road, Columbia.

Information: 410-730-0321.

Pub Date: 11/20/98

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