Drama students are celebrating another successful Fall Play. This year's chosen production 'Tune in to Murder', held performances on Friday, November 1st through Sunday, November 3rd.
When radio station manager, Clay Davis (played by senior Dale Bacon) learns that an heiress was poisoned at the secluded island resort where his girlfriend works, he goes to warn her but is trapped there with all the other guests. An elegant Countess and mysterious maid also disappear creating a chaotic 'who-done-it' atmosphere. During Clay's nightly talk show, which he does from the resort, they uncover facts and every movement is broadcast in hopes of preventing another murder.
Students worked tirelessly for two months prior to opening night to ensure a successful production, and most agree that performing in front of audiences is just a small fraction of the benefits of getting involved in theatre.
"I love meeting all of the new cast members and getting back together with the old ones, especially the seniors," said junior Maddie McDowell who played Madame Lutess "I felt nervous on opening night, I think everyone else was too, but I also felt confident that we were doing our best and that we all would do a great job!" Joey Ranieri played Mark Meecham enjoyed acting in his 2nd Montini production. "I loved being able to put on a comedy act using only dialogue and no dancing and singing," he said. "My best memory was being able to die on stage, something I’ve never done before!"
Although this was the last Fall Play that senior Sarah Zimmerman will perform in at Montini, she is already looking forward to trying out for the Spring Musical in March. Sarah played the part of Holly Royce in this year's play. "My favorite thing about being involved within the Fall Play is the sense of family that being in a cast brings and the end product on show night. We work so hard everyday for two months in rehearsal in order to perform to the best of our abilities, so it’s hard not to be proud of all of our hard work and not to form relationships with the rest of the cast and crew." Gabriella Guercio, who played Countess Duchamp, agrees. "It's great to be around people who care about theater as much as I do and realize that everyone has a place on the stage. Montini theater is just one big crazy family and we all love everyone for who they are. Theater can have such a positive impact on those who struggle with finding their voice. It can also help with stage fright or social anxiety."
Dale Bacon has performed in four Fall Plays and three musicals so far as a Montini Bronco. "My favorite part of performing is seeing myself embody the character and seeing everyone around me brighten up and perform as well. Being on stage with these amazing actors gives me the confidence and experience I need for my college career." Dale is looking forward to his next performance in the Spring Musical. "I can't wait to act, sing, and dance my heart on stage to show the audience and put a smile on their faces," he said. "These memories are priceless and I would not trade them for anything in the world."
"My advice for those who consider performing in a theatrical performance is to - stick with it," added Dale. "Theatre is truly an amazing experience from understanding the character to finally putting on the show. You can't describe in words how blissful a feeling it is!"
'My favorite thing about being in fall play is spending the time with students who have the same common interests as me," said Gabriella. "Being in the play or musical can really bring out a whole new side of you - one that you never knew you had!"
Montini's version of 'Tune in to Murder' was directed by Dr. Diann Matheson and performed by members of Montini Catholic's Theatre Department. Next up for the Drama Department is the much anticipated Spring Musical in March of 2020.
Photo above: The Cast and Crew of Montini Catholic's Tune in to Murder Fall Play 2019:
Front row l to r (sitting on floor): Kyla Sherry, Francesca Spizzirri, Angelina Gomez; Second Row: Gaby Guercio, Maddie McDowell, Dale Bacon, Sarah Zimmerman, Christina Schieman, Emmanuel Corpuz, Ali Geraci, Megan Kosmach, Alex Reading; Back row: Jillian Todd, Angela Maduzia, Zena Jabir, Julia Donaldson, John McNamara, Maria Hemmersmeier, Sarah Ernat, Danny Lansdon, Jack Sebben, Ayann Dhir, Devin Chiaramonti and Ben Racine; (Joseph Ranieri not in photo)