The Gregory School performed its fall play “The Curious Savage” on November 14 and 15.
The play is based back in the 1940s after the Second World War. The play takes place in a home for people with mental illnesses with a group consisting of people of all ages and genders. Some of them have very strange habits, and some of them are very awkward.
The main character is a rich lady named Mrs. Savage, who was played by Polimana Electricity Sierra Long Joshevama. Mrs. Savage has gained ten million dollars after her husband died. She is a very weird lady who dresses strangely and carries around a teddy bear. Unfortunately, her dead husband had three spoiled children who are now her step children. The children are after her money, so they shove her in the home to try and figure out what she has done with it. She tells them different stories as where the money is hidden to try and confuse them.
Mrs. Savage ends up showing the children where the money is hidden. As it turns out, she has turned the money into bonds, which she hid in her teddy bear. The nurse in the home pretend the bonds are burned, but she saves them. Brokenheartedly, the children leave, and the nurse shows them the bonds. Mrs. Savage is free to go, but she decides to live with her new family, the people of the home.
I thought that this play was really well executed with lots of humor. The main actor, Sierra Long, did a very nice job playing Mrs. Savage. The supporting actors also did a very nice job acting out their lines. The play was very long, but I enjoyed every minute of it. There were many comebacks used for humor, which most of the audience found entertaining.
I really thought that the actors showed a lot of facial expression, especially Jeffery, who was played by Daniel Rosenberg. Along with Rosenberg, Yuxi Xia, who played Mrs. Paddy, did a phenomenal job with her facial expressions. especially Jeffery, who was played by Daniel Rosenberg. Along with Rosenberg, Yuxi Xia, who played Mrs. Paddy, did a phenomenal job with her facial expressions.
All of the characters did a very good job pronouncing their lines. All of them projected their voices very loudly, and they were very articulate. In particular, Oliver Bates, who played Doctor Emmett, did a very nice job doing so. Spencer Martin, who played Titus, also did a very good job reflecting his character’s emotions with his voice. When asked what Martin thought about the play, he said “It was fine. It was hard because you had a lot of lines, but other than that, it was fun.”
The stage crew did a very nice job and so did the building crew. The Gregory School theatre was transformed into a throwback theme of the 1950s. The backdrop was very well done as well as the props. The stage crew did an exceptional job with the sound and lights, and I thought that the sound was very accurate and on time with the rest of the play. They also were very quiet, which is very sought for in a good stage crew.
Senior Heather MacQuarrie, who is in charge of the sound booth, said, “I think the crew did very well at following the cues, and I think the cast did a very good job.”
I thought that this play was definitely one of the better Gregory School plays I have been to. Even though the audience was relatively small, it didn’t get to the actors, who all did a really good job. I would have definitely recommended it to anybody, but it has unfortunately ended November 15th.
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