Emily Sillars ’15 doesn’t have the most glamorous job in the Rumors cast. If she’s very good at it, no one in the audience will even know she’s there—her small part will simply weave another thread in the magic cloth of the play.
When stage manager Minh Do ’13 tells her the cue through a headset—cue five, or six, or 12—Sillars tips a giant light mounted on a pole and spins it toward the stage windows.
“To me, it just looks like this,” says the soft-spoken Sillars, and she spins the light toward the windows. During the show, the beam plays across the interior of a sophisticated New York mansion. Or at least that’s what it looks like to the audience. From Sillars’ perch backstage, all she can see is an unfinished wall, full of exposed joists and beams.
“I can’t tell what it looks like at all,” Sillars says, adding with a gesture at the room beyond, “It all works together and makes this place.”
The Williston Northampton School will present its annual children’s theater production during the public schools’ February vacation week. This year, the program is presenting The Phantom Tollbooth, and it is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
The play is based on the book by the same name. Written by Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. The production features Williston Northampton students from both the Middle and Upper Schools and is directed by Charles Raffetto, the school’s Theater Technical Director.
Masks may be the symbolic representation of the dramatic arts, but sometimes they are also the tools of the trade.
Teacher Emily Ditkovski’s Intermediate Acting class recently finished a unit on the Italian Comedy (commedia dell’arte). This traditional theater form uses music and dance, and productions are well-known for their comedy, witty remarks, and physicality.