For Lemont High School’s Winter Play, the script will be Shakespearean, faces will be masked, identities will be mistaken -- and the comedy will be slapstick and family friendly.
The school’s Drama Club will present its version of “The Comedy of Errors” nightly Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 7 through 9. Performances will begin in the school’s Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets, which may be purchased at the door, cost $10 for adults and $7 for children, senior citizens and students with a valid school ID.
“The Comedy of Errors,” one of William Shakespeare’s earliest plays, has its slapstick humor rooted in mistaken identity. The play chronicles the story of two sets of identical twins who were accidentally separated at birth. When they end up encountering the friends and families of their twins, mayhem of all kinds ensues.
The drama club’s production will feature the modern English adaptation by Richard Carter. The dialogue still will be in verse, but in modern English.
The actors will be outfitted in period costumes and wearing half-masks provided by local mask maker David Knezz. He provided a workshop for the drama club in the fall about mask making and acting with masks.
“The Comedy of Errors” will be performed under the direction of Roy Nees, with David Lindley as assistant director. Senior Andrew Marquez will serve as the production’s student director, while freshman Jacob Caponigro is the stage manager.
Those planning to attend any performance of “The Comedy of Errors” may park either in the school’s parking garage, the lot outside the Performing Arts Center, or the West Lot; all are accessible off of Julia Street.
The LHS girls basketball team will host T.F. North for Senior Night Feb. 8, and the school will serve as host to the annual St. Cyril’s basketball tournament on Feb. 9. Those who plan to attend performances of “The Comedy of Errors” on either of those evenings are encouraged to plan accordingly.
Editor’s note: The information above was provided in a press release issued by Lemont High School.