Corner Canyon to Present “Comedy of Errors”
Jan 26, 2016 09:06AM ● Published by Julie Slama
By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
Draper - Two sets of identical twins will cause chaos on Corner Canyon High School’s Little Theatre stage.
William Shakespeare’s “A Comedy of Errors” will be performed at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4 through Saturday, Feb. 6 and again on Monday, Feb. 8. Tickets are $7 paid in cash or by check and can be reserved in advanced by emailing the director, Mark Oram, at Mark.Oram@canyonsdistrict.org.
“This is a really silly and funny play that is great for this age group and for the audience,” Oram said. “It’s also Shakespeare’s shortest play which is an easy length for high school.”
The 90-minute no-intermission play is about two sets of identical twins, who are separated at birth by a terrible shipwreck. Years later, when the twins end up in the very same town, chaos ensues as each twin is taken for the other, resulting in mistaken identities, humor and unexpected love triangles.
On stage, students will foster a fun atmosphere with slapstick comedy and creating sound effects on stage. The stage design concept sets a light mood as it was inspired by Sponge Bob Square Pants and Hawaiian images and is done entirely by students in stage technology as well as theatre design and construction classes. Junior Hannah Andersen is the student manager and production designer.
“It’s ridiculous amounts of fun this farce brings,” Oram said. “We also have a few students who stand out and do well in roles with strong, talented male parts.”
The student cast includes leads sophomore Sam Schino, who plays Antipholus of Ephesus; senior Dylan Manzaneras, who is Antopholus of Syracuse; senior Wyatt Hendricks, who plays Dromio of Ephesus; junior Adam Packard, who is Dromio of Syracuse; and senior Abby Maxwell, who is Adriana, and the recipient of the first place title in monologues at the 2015 high school Shakespeare competition.
Supporting cast members include Brandon Bills, Chandler Blount, Zach Davis, Makenzie Gomez, Stoney Grayer, Garrick Jones, Josh Peterson, Spencer Roush, Maddie Sueltz, Justin Vass and Alyssa Wilson.
Students auditioned and were cast in early December and began rehearsals the two weeks before the holidays. Over the holiday break, they memorized their script and resumed rehearsals the week of Jan. 4.
“The play was edited for clarity and length, but not content, for a novice Shakespeare audience,” Oram said.