After months of hard work, Hull High School Theatre Arts is bringing performances back again – this time, blessedly, mask-free.
They will be performing the play “Tartuffe, “which is entirely student-run. Directors of the theater department and producers of “Tartuffe,” sisters Emily and Erin O’Donnell, said they had student-run performances during their time at Hull High School. It’s “the best way to make them proud of what they’ve done,” explained Erin, “if they’ve had a big hand in it.”
Directed by juniors Austin Strong and Sasha Green, the play will be performed Saturday, March 19 at the preliminary round of the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild’s festival. Strong and Green had to cut the show to 40 minutes in length and prepare it for the festival.
“We have a great show,” Strong said.
The festival is a statewide competition as schools across Massachusetts will perform their 40-minute shows during prelims, and winning shows will move on to the next round. Hull will compete at Duxbury High School at 11:30 a.m., and only three out of the six schools performing will continue.
But for Hull students, it’s not just about winning.
“I have had so much fun,” said senior Mickey Casagrande, who will be playing the title role. “This is a wonderful farewell for my time at Hull High School Theatre Arts shows.”
For Strong and Green, it was about making the comedy, which was written in the 1600s, their own. Green has enjoyed directing and the ability to “put your own vision into it.” He also notes that directing has made him a better actor, from learning how to have a stellar audition to the importance of writing down blocking.
“It’s been a new experience,” said Lucia Foresta, a junior and the stage manager for the production. “I love it and I’d do it again anytime.”
While guests are welcome to see the show in Duxbury this weekend, they’ll also be able to see an extended version right here in Hull on May 13 and 14.
For more information, visit the Hull High Theatre Arts Facebook page @HullPSTA
Victoria Dolan is The Hull Times school correspondent. This column expresses her student viewpoint. For questions or news tips, please email email@example.com.