by Vivian N. Tran
There is so much more to a play than what the audience sees on the stage. The most essential step towards the production of any play is what happens behind the curtain. This year, the Stuart Theatre Department is producing the play, Get Smart. The play is directed by Julie Wharton, the new head of the Stuart Theatre Department.
The play is based on a comic secret agent TV series that ran in the late 60s to 1970. The action revolves around the classic struggle between good and evil, with a well meaning but goofy secret agent, Maxwell Smart, at the center of the action. He and his partner, the more astute Agent 99, have to unravel a plot to steal a very powerful new weapon.
The cast and crew members of the fall production have been rehearsing since late September, committing a lot of their time to the premiere of Get Smart.
“We have about 2 hours of rehearsal every day and on the week of the show performances, we’ll be at school every day until about 9 or 10 at night. We’re also occasionally here on Saturdays for at least a couple of hours to work on tech,” said sophomore Jessica Sharp, the stage manager for the play.
There are times when balancing daily rehearsals, academic obligations, and other commitments become difficult for cast and crew members. There are also many complications that they must overcome during rehearsals.
“The most tiring part of rehearsal is always putting energy onstage and vitality into your role after you got 2 hours of sleep and just took 3 essay tests and almost missed your cue because you may have fallen asleep on the floor backstage,” said senior Sarah Rubin, who plays Professor Zalinka.
Although involvement in the fall play is accompanied with a lot of hard work and dedication, cast and crew members find the experience enlightening because they get to interact with different people and develop a stronger bond amongst themselves.
“The rehearsals for Get Smart in particular are fun because I don’t know most of the cast very well and I get to see them in a new light. It’s really great to see how everyone interprets their part and how they’ll make it unique, funny, and charming,” said senior Karen Whitlock, who plays May.
On the week of the show performances, cast and crew members will be having a grueling week with long hours of rehearsing, but all of the casts and crews efforts will be displayed on Nov. 21. “It may seem a bit dorky and old fashion, but it is definitely worth coming to see!” said senior Echo-Celani Arnold, who plays Agent 99.