The Blair Academy Players will be presenting a production of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize winner Picnic by William Inge on May 7th, 8th, and 9th at 7:30 pm in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts’ Wean Theatre.
The play Picnic takes place on Labor Day weekend in a small town in Kansas in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows. The one house belongs to Flo Owens (Jenna Sanborn ’15), who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie (Haley Callahan ‘17 and Jane Fitzpatrick ’17), and Rosemary (Brianna Annunziata ’16) who is a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts (Sadie Britton ’16), who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter (Harry Moore ’17), whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group as the plot unfolds and a relationship between Hal and Madge develops.
The ensemble cast includes Harrison Moore ’17, Haley Callahan ’17, Jane Fitzpatrick ’17, Jenna Sanborn ’15, Sadie Britton ’16, Charlie Stafford ’17, Brianna Annunziata ’16, Tyler Brooks ’15, Morgan Williard ’16, Maria Ngugi ’18, and Daiden Kent ’18.
The stage crew consists of student director Karthik Reddy ’15, stage manager Brandy Zhang ’18, and Dr. Schuster with her assistants Serena Futch ’15 and Chris Liu ’18.
Mrs. McMillan, as the director of Picnic and a faculty member of both the English and Theatre departments, is very appreciative of the cast’s effort.
“This was a challenging play to put together, but the cast worked diligently and I think the show looks great. We hope everyone enjoys it!”
Mr. Rasmussen, as the head architect for the set for Picnic , put a large amount of work into the set building process with his tech crew. (Bria Henson ’16, Will Pemberton ’16, Tys Sweeney ’17)
“The set is fairly complicated this time for Picnic and to be honest we did not have an abundant amount of time. However we still finished it in time and I want to acknowledge my crew’s effort.”
In their last production as Academy players, the senior veteran actors Jenna Sanborn ’15, Tyler Brooks ’15, wanted to appreciate the opportunity Mrs. McMillan provided them with to be in the spotlight one last time at Blair. Karthik Reddy ’15, the student director, also said that he enjoyed the whole new experience of directing.
The cast and the crew are all looking forward to the opening night. They are committed to present their audience with one of the most amazing dramas among all Blair Academy Productions. Please come out and support the veteran actors and newcomers. Thank you!
Break a leg, players! Go Bucs!
(Copyright 2015 Brandy Zhang)