Play “Still Life with Iris” coming to AHS

Austin Featherstone, Reporter

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The Arrowhead Drama Department features two shows every year, one in the winter and one in the spring. For the winter play, Maralynn Markano, English teacher and drama director, has chosen Still Life with Iris, a play written by Steven Dietz.

Auditions will be held on November 27th, 28th, and 30th at the North Campus theater.

Show times will take place on February 7th, at 7:00 p.m., February 8th, at 7:00 p.m., and on February 9th, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. A week before the shows, Arrowhead Drama will be selling tickets in both campuses, during both lunches.

More information about auditions and callbacks will be announced closer towards the week of auditions. The Arrowhead Drama website will be updated with audition information and monologues will be available for printing closer towards auditions.

Students should practice one monologue.

Markano says she does all these shows with the help of Rayen Elmergreen, supervisor for the Forensics team, Stage Crew and actors.

“I haven’t done a fantasy in six years or so, and I wanted to give my drama students something different after three years of drama, and it’s whimsical and sweet. I like it,” said Markano.

According to Dramatic Publishing, Still Life with Iris follows the story of a little girl, Iris, who lives with her mom in the magical world of Nocturno, where they make everything we see today. Their memories aren’t in their minds, instead, they are stored in their coats (“Past” coats). Nocturno is ruled by the Great Goods, and they take Iris away from her mother to their perfect island and want to raise Iris as a daughter.

Stage Crew is another opportunity to be involved with the theatre. Stage Crew builds and paints sets, handles props and brings shows to life.

Production Crew runs the spotlights, and sound effects, as well as move scenery, and work along with Markano to draw the audience into the shows, Markano says.

Dallas Grabowski, an Arrowhead sophomore, was on Stage Crew last year. She said, “It was a fun experience. It was a friendly environment. It was also very accepting and innervational.”

Emma Barth, an Arrowhead sophomore and was also on Stage Crew last year. She said, “It was a lot of fun, and I met new people, and I learned about tech and crew stuff.”

Alicia Bouton, a sophomore, said the school plays are “pretty cool and good” and that “put a lot of effort into it.”

Charlie Hutchinson, a sophomore, was part of drama last year. He said, “I thought it was a good experience, learning to work with people better, and it helped with public speaking, and it helped diminish stage fright.”

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