Sentinel Productions, the Ticonderoga High School student drama club, performed “Pride and Prejudice” recently. Those who missed the performance can still see it. The play was videotaped and can be purchased from the school for $12.
A 200-year-old tale came to the stage at Ticonderoga High School as students presented “Pride and Prejudice.”
Sentinel Productions, the student drama club, performed an adaptation of the classic Jane Austen book that tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet in 19th Century England. Bennet deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education and marriage. The book was first published in 1813.
“Pride and Prejudice” was an ambitious undertaking for the group, according to Amy Crannell, English teacher and play director.
“This is an independent group,” Crannell said. “We work to encourage that, as it yields the best opportunities for learning.
“That includes everything from planning ahead to coping with last minute surprises,” she said. “They learn about finances and sharing resources. Everyone has different talents and ideas, partly because we draw from many social groups. They gravitate toward their strengths and I just keep a light hand on the tiller, offer suggestions as we go. Our biggest rule is that there should be ‘no drama in drama’.”
The student production was a rousing success, according to Deb Breitenbach, an English teacher at the school.
“Ms. Crannell’s drama students did a wonderful job this year of bringing the Jane Austen classic to our stage,” she said. “It was a challenging undertaking in many ways; however, Ms. Crannell and her talented Ticonderoga thespians were up to the task. Kudos to them all.”
The cast featured Tyler Morse, Mackenzie Strum, Willa Shakeshaft, Josie Worley, Laura Perez Maquedano, Emily Powers, Taylor Dorsett, Cody Shaner, Shelby Spaulding, Martin Glazer, Michaela Baker, Cassie Adams, Lillith Ida, Nicholas Fitzgerald, Ryan Price, Shelby Turner, Susan Ward and Alex Harvey.
Lighting and design was handled by Michael LaFountain, Jamie Cox and Sam Shelmidine; Hair designs and styling were done by Sharon Dorsett and Taylor Dorsett. Set construction and decoration were completed by Susan Ward, Zech Yaw, Cody Shaner, Cerise Bush, Sandra Carpenter, Laura Perez Maquedano and Mackenzie Strum. Props and costumes were organized by Susan Ward and Mackenzie Strum. Kately Troche was the baker. Ryan Price and Katelyn Troche were the prompters.
“The community has been particularly supportive of our efforts this year. Mrs. (Martha) Strum made the kids aware of a dance day in Saratoga and a number of club members made their way down to take advantage of a special Jane Austen workshop,” Crannell said. “They returned to teach other cast members and shared the dance at the ballroom scene.
“Mrs. (Kim) Powers and her sewing class constructed dresses for the Bennet sisters and Karl Crannell re-purposed some sport coats from the (Ti) Methodist Church to give male cast members a real regency appearance,” she said. “A number of cast and crew members who hand-sew mended costumes and lent garments they have constructed. Kelly Baker made a lovely gown for her daughter, Michaela, and gave cast and crew a lovely lunch; Karl Crannell provided the annual opening night dinner. Sharon Dorsett and her daughter, Taylor, teamed up to create theatrical hairstyles and makeup to evoke the historical period.
“Aubuchon’s donated part of our construction materials,” Crannell said. “Many businesses and groups displayed our posters. Fort Ticonderoga gave us some clothing which is great for costumes but no longer supports their mission. We were even included in the MArts Madness calendar. The entire list is overwhelming as a whole; best of all, the adults who support the club are people who teach and advise rather than taking over.”
A key to the production’s success was the leadership of this year’s senior cast members, Crannell said.
“We’re going to miss our graduating seniors Martin Glazier, Michael LaFountain, Shelby Spaulding, Taylor Dorsett and Cassie Adams, not to mention our wonderful exchange student, Laura Perez Maquedano,” she said.
“I am moved each year by the people who support us in every possible way, including a significant number of the faculty and staff,” Crannell said. “This was a production not to be missed.”
Those who do miss the performance can still see it. The play was videotaped and can be purchased from the school for $12.