The East Hamilton Theatre Company just finished their 2017 fall production of All in the Timing, which is a show composed of five completely separate scenes all with deeper meanings and that is something EHTC has never done before. Because of the advanced level of skills it takes to perform a show like this, the newspaper knew they needed to write about it.
The assistant director and one of the actors, Ms. Gracie Vogel, who is a junior here at East Hamilton has been doing theatre since her freshman year and has been our stage manager for three shows now. This was Gracie’s first time acting and assistant directing and she commented, “Being the assistant director, I definitely tried to give equal participation in all of the scenes, because they were all my scenes technically, but I definitely put forth a little more effort into my scene, seeing as I had more to do with it. I had to memorize my lines and my blocking and all of that. However, I feel like I pretty well managed all of it,” concerning the experience.
Samantha Campo is part of the class of 2019 and was one of the stage managers for the show. This was Sam’s first time stage managing however, she has been doing theatre with the school for almost a year. For those that might not know, a stage manager is responsible for a lot of things such as getting props ready, changing the set and making sure everything runs smoothly backstage. Something else the stage manager has to deal with are cast members, which for a high-schooler, which is hard at times when people didn’t listen according to Sam. Although Sam did do a lot as stage manager, she was not alone as she did have a co-stage manager, Kendle Blum. Kendle was also a first time stage manager for this production and she has stated that, “It wasn’t obviously easy, but it was an easier show to be first time managing because it didn’t have as many props and stuff and there wasn’t that much to que. Like I had to que people a couple times, and I had to move a few props but it wasn’t like super stressful.” Kendle also loved the show because of the fact that people could see the progression from when the show first started and not a lot of people thought it was funny, but as it went on, more people started to get it. She continued that she would love to stage manage again and plans on doing it for the upcoming musical.
One particular part of the show stood out from the others because all of the other scenes featured fictional characters. However, the second to last scene “The Variations of the Death Of Trotskey” was about Leon Trotsky and his wife, who were actual people in history. When an actor or actress is playing a real person and not a made up character, one would think that would be more difficult because the audience knows about the person: how they acted, how they dressed, etc. Playing Leon Trotsky’s wife, who is not a well known figure in history put some pressure on, but also, “sort of took some off because nobody knew who she was, so I could...do whatever and nobody would know the difference,” according to our very own Mrs. Trotsky, junior, Johnna Hardy.
The person that made this happen and chose this show is Mr. Ford. Knowing that this show does require people with such advanced skill levels, Mr. Ford still chose it for high schoolers. Most high school directors might have chosen a show with a lower level of difficulty for their students to perform. However, Mr. Ford believes that it is not just about entertaining the audience when putting on a show, but as a teacher and a director, it is important to, in his words, “Stretch your students’ capabilities.” In doing this show, it made the students act like adults and be put in situations that they had never been in and get to explore that in order for them to better understand life and expand their talents. In addition to doing a show that contains more intellectual humor, All in the Timing was also a challenge because none of the characters were really abnormal and with that comes the task of making your character different from the others without completely changing them.
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