PCHS Drama Club to present "1984"
The stage lights were set to a dark and foreboding dimness which perfectly fit the nature of the performance being done under those lights.
On Nov. 14-16, the Port Chester High School Drama Club will present “1984,” a play by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall, Jr. and William R. Miles, based on the 1940s novel by George Orwell.
“It’s an intense show,” Director Stephanie Darrow said.
In the fall the club puts on a drama and has fun with a musical production in the spring.
“With a drama, you feel it more,” Ms. Darrow said. “With “1984,” I feel like it’s pretty relevant now. George Orwell was on to something. It’s so easy to control the masses.”
Many students in the cast and crew are familiar with Orwell’s novel and recognize the connection between some of the themes in the book and the onslaught of media they consume today.
The production boasts a cast of 20, and just as many students are part of the crew.
“I inherited an amazing group of ninth-graders from the middle school drama department,” the director said, adding they are making their mark at the high school too. In addition, the production is mostly student-driven, with students in change of costumes, lighting, props, managing the show and one serving as assistant director.
Junior Jennifer Segura has been part of the crew for several productions and last year joined the cast. In this production she plays the role of Loud Speaker.
“It’s a really good story with different elements from comedy to dark,” Jennifer said. “It’s good for all types of people.”
Prop Master Peter Manos has been assisting for several shows.
“I think this is one of the most intense ones,” the senior said.
As has been traditionally done in the fall, the production is being staged in a much more intimate setting, where actors are playing to a smaller audience who sit right on the stage with them, rather than the 400-500 who usually fill the auditorium.
“It creates a more intense atmosphere,” Ms. Darrow said. “The audience feels like they are part of the story. The perspective is unique.”
“1984” will be performed Nov. 14 at 5 p.m., and Nov. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. at Port Chester High School. For tickets, email email@example.com.