Article by: Kirtana D.

Visual by: Andy S.

Edited by: Woosuk K.

One of the most anticipated events in the school year is definitely the High School (HS) Play. With numerous members of the ISM communityincluding students, parents, and facultycoming to watch the play, the event requires a lot of preparation. Therefore, every year, the cast and crew (supervised by Ms. Monsod and Mr. Denise) put in a lot of time and effort into making their play an unforgettable experience.

This year’s play is based on Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories. The cast and crew have been working very hard the past few weeks to put up an amazing show for their audience. Senior Sally J., a set design crew member, says, “I have loved doing set design over the last few years and creating different kinds of sets. I have seen the progression of the play since freshman year and I’m really excited about this year’s play!”

An interesting aspect of this year’s play is that the set is very different from previous years. Junior Ishani S., a member of the cast, expressed how this year’s play “has a very unconventional staging. In addition, it’s a play based on a children’s novel so it’s a lot more magical than previous years.” Traditionally, a play involves the actors performing on stage while the audience remains in the seating area. However, this year’s play will be performed in the seating area while the audience sits on the stage. Sally mentions how such a feature will involve “the audience being taken on Haroun’s journey as soon as they enter the FAT. This should make the play special for children and adults alike even though it is specifically targeted towards children.”

While the HS Play serves as a fun experience for the audience, it also proves to be a worthwhile bonding experience for many actors– new and returning alike. “I love our cast and crew so much! We usually warm up together before practicing in our groups. The actors revise scenes while the set design crew work on the set,” Ishani enthused. Sally and Ishani agree that the set is finally coming together for a great play, with Ishani further promising how “the audience can expect a night of magic and intrigue and lots of wonderful storytelling.”

There are five shows this year from Thursday (October 11) night to Saturday (October 13) night. Due to limited seating, be sure to buy your tickets at the cashier or kiosks as soon as possible!

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