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'Mary Potter' Takes the Stage at Wilton High

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton High School senior play offers students one last chance to be in the spotlight. And this year’s play, “Mary Potter and the Race to Nowhere”, the opportunity is all the more amusing for the seniors.

Written by director Mat Young, “Mary Potter” is a parody of J.K. Rowling’s popular “Harry Potter” series. Young said that after doing Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in the fall, “Mary Potter” is a much lighter and amusing performance. “This is kind of the reward for all the kids who put so much into Hamlet.”

With 68 cast members and another eight on tech, “I think it’s the biggest senior show we’ve ever had,” said senior Bex Thorogood, a stage manager. Everyone who auditioned was given a role.

It wasn’t the first time Georgia Blatchford, 17, auditioned for a show at Wilton High, but it was the one she got into and was cast as a lead. She’s playing the role of Benifix, a servant of the Dark Lord Walmart.

“I wasn’t even sure I’d try out,” she said. “I’ve always really wanted to do theater. As a freshman I tried out for the musical but didn’t make it.”

Georgia said that after she got the callback and a lead part, she was excited but worried about the extra time. But “it’s totally worth the time for the experience,” Blatchford said.

For Eleanor Clifford, 17, who was cast as the title character, the theater isn’t a stranger. She played Hamlet in the fall play and performed several times when she was younger.

“It’s been really exciting to see the kids who’ve never done theater before,” Eleanor said. She said that being in a play forms a community and brings everyone closer together.

The cast has spent so much time together, Eleanor said, “At this point it seems like an extended play date.”

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