Lights, Camera, Action! A Spotlight on Senior Play
Between the Musical, Concert for a Winter’s and Summer’s Eve, Evening of Dance, the Mother’s Day Dance Showcase, and many more, the Killy Theatre stage is always ablaze with talent, and May 9-12 was no exception as the Senior Play cast stood under the lights to give three incredible performances of Robert Fulgham’s show, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. As the program stated, the play is adapted from Fulgham’s best-selling books and is a series of short vignettes that teach the audience the importance of learning from our younger selves and living life with youthful exuberance.
The 16 person cast performed their first show on Tuesday, May 9 to Mack, Ellis, and Hope, their second on Thursday to Rogers, Allard, and Privett, and their final performance was on Friday, May 12 for Alex, Whittall, and the public, which the cast considered their best show, despite being the most difficult. The cast powered through setbacks like role reassignments and creative differences to deliver vignettes that ranged from a neighbour colliding into a spider web, a man floating away on helium weather balloons, and an angry farm worker learning the important difference between a problem and an inconvenience. Each new story gave the actors a chance to shine and portray a variety of different characters.
This year, there were many changes to the Senior Play program as the school welcomed our new director, Ms Evans. While the play had a very different vibe than last year’s show, Puffs, which was a story celebrating underdogs in a Potter-adjacent universe, Senior Play veteran and Co-Captain, Skye P, Alex ‘23, embraced the challenge saying, “It was so fun to learn and share such a special show!”
Any mention of a theatrical performance cannot go without expressing admiration for all of the work that went on behind the scenes. In order to perform the nearly two-hour show, the actors had been rehearsing since early in the school year while the stage and technical crew were practicing with the lights, props, and mics with the help of the Theater Production teacher, Ms Plough. Charlie R, Alex ‘25, was one of the many people working hard behind the scenes in the stage crew: “The job was stressful and demanding at times, but it was very rewarding to see it all come together in the end!” they remarked.
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten was widely enjoyed by staff, students, and the greater Mill Bay community. Congratulations to all the actors on their hard work to put on such a great show - and a job well done to the crew!
Maxine P, Alex ‘23