Severn’s Water Street Players Proudly Present THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
The Water Street Players are bringing their many talents to the stage for the company’s fall production, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG.
The comedic performance is a play within a play, as the members of the fictional Cornley Drama Society attempt to deliver their performance of the mid-century style murder mystery, “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” What the audience sees, however, are the many disasters, miscues and other mistakes that happen to – or because of – the cast. Sticking doors, falling props, an actor knocked unconscious (and a replacement who refuses to yield when said actor returns) are just a few of the things that go wrong while the cast valiantly attempts to continue on with the show.
In order to pull off the style of highly physical and stylized comedy featured in THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, the on-stage cast have learned how to do strikes, slaps, hair pulls, falls, spit takes, and other physical stunts. Behind the scenes, the crew learned how to build and operate an elaborate and sophisticated set filled with tricks that get used by the actors on stage and behind-the-scenes. In all, nearly 20 Severn students are contributing to the production, which was cast in early September.
“I am enormously proud of the actors and technicians involved with this production,” said Dr. Elizabeth Patterson, Director. “Their dedication, commitment and passion for what they do; and their work as a true ensemble and a team; these are the things that make THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG so very right.”
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, and is produced by special permission from Dramatists Play Service. Premiering in 2012, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG quickly became a staple of West End London’s theatre scene. It is now widely produced in theaters large and small all across the United States as well as the United Kingdom, Australia, and beyond.
The Water Street Players – Severn School’s theater company -- encourage the dynamic growth and deepened involvement of emerging young artists. With a renaissance spirit and through quality programming, the company strives to entertain, engage, and challenge audiences through the art of theater.