What's Up With Chantilly High Drama

What's Up With Chantilly High Drama

The Chantilly Drama Department will present two one-act plays for its spring production:

The first act of the show will be "Moby Dick — Rehearsed," an adaptation of Herman Melville's famous book. The play was written by the great film director and actor, Orson Welles. Welles overcame the problem of staging a play about sailors on a ship hunting whales by writing the script as a rehearsal of the play by actors. Therefore, there is very little set or costumes. The actors "create" the ship, the ocean and Moby Dick in the mind of the audience.

The play tells the story of the crew of the Pequod and Captain Ahab's battle with fate, God and the white whale that took his leg.

THE SECOND ACT will be "Black Comedy" by Peter Shaffer. A very funny farce about an artist who faces the worst night of his life, the play takes place during a power blackout. Consequently, the actors must spend the entire play as if they were in the dark.

Brinsdley, the main character, must try and keep his finance, her grumpy father, his drunken neighbor, his hysterical friend, an electrician, an old girlfriend and an eccentric millionaire all happy. He fails miserably.

Both plays have been double cast and so there will be four performances of the show. One cast will perform on Wednesday, May 1 and Friday, May 3, and the second cast will perform Thursday, May 2, and Saturday, May 4. Tickets will be $5 at the door.