“The Play That Goes Wrong”

Isabella Anderson, A&E Writer

Bang! Crash! Pop! This year’s spring play, “The Play that Goes Wrong”, which was performed on April 7, 8 and 9, was an astounding success, with many audience members dying of laughter from the experience. Filled with many stunts and unexpected moments, this play left audiences sitting on the edge of their seat waiting for what would happen next. “The Play that Goes Wrong” is about a group of actors who put on a play that, as the title suggests, goes horribly wrong. Some examples of events that would go wrong in this play are: guns not firing at the right time, objects breaking, people missing their cues, people being knocked out, floors and walls falling, and more. With a play with so many challenging stunts, it needed a hardworking cast and crew to be able to really make the show work. “I’ve put on five shows with the drama department, but this one has to be one of the hardest because of all the different actions that had to be done,” senior cast member Emily Armstrong said. “One of the most challenging parts for me was the scene where I had to be dragged through the window. Although this was potentially dangerous, it was totally worth it!” One of the biggest challenges faced took place in the second act during a scene where the floor completely falls after one of the actors knocks off a pillar with two other actors on it. This particular scene took a lot of planning from the set builders and the crew to make sure that the timing was perfect. “In the second act, the floor falls with both Noah Upah and Freddy Zeckser on it,” sophomore cast member Jaxson Segriff said. “This little contraption worked by two backstage members switching out the supporting pillar with a wobbly one and using petals to make the floor fall to different degrees. We called this stunt ‘The Beast.’” Another challenge for the actors of this show was if whatever was supposed to go wrong did not “go wrong” at the right time. With a show so heavily based on timing, there were some errors encountered during performances. “We also had to improv a lot,” Armstrong said. “For example, guns wouldn’t go off at the right time, or walls wouldn’t fall at the right moment, which we were expected to shrug off like it was just a part of the show.” Although there were many issues involved with putting on such a challenging show, with their hardworking cast and crew, it was able to succeed all three nights. Armstrong believes that this show was a great final sendoff for her. “I was the only senior in the cast,” Armstrong said. “I loved this cast, and it was an awesome show to do with the department! I am going to miss working with Mr. Cervantes and set painting with our set builders, Mark and Rod.” Overall, the spring play was a success and a bittersweet sendoff for its seniors. Students can continue to support the drama department, with the fall musical to be announced soon.